Headteacher’s Blog – Week 33

A bucket full of brilliance!

In education, we love to use the adjective outstanding but what about amazing, incredible, exceptional? Over the last few weeks there has been plenty of brilliance at The Kingsway School.

Mrs Marsh invited me to see the final pieces of GCSE art work by her Year 11 class. Oh my word! I was taken aback by the incredible talent of our teenage artists including the brilliant Sungleen Moon. Sungleen chose exam question no 3, "In the news" for her controlled test and created a range of fantastic responses on the theme of "Equality" as a result of researching the artist Hannah Hoch. Her her final piece is shown below and is the result of her own artistic journal which detailed her creative journey.

Sungleen Moon - "Equality"

Mrs Marsh also led a group of Year 9 students in an Art Progress Workshop. They have only attended two sessions so far, and the standard of their work is exceptional.

On Monday last week, I had the pleasure of presenting the Class of 2019 Senior Students their ties. Jess, Ethan, Judy, Hannah, Meji, Owen B, Grace, Youmna, Owen F and George gleefully removed their house ties and replaced with the multi-coloured senior student ties. They have been discussing the legacy they will leave behind through their work over the coming year. As a team, they have agreed their priorities will focus on community liaison, student wellbeing (inc. mental health), Enrichment, charities, rewards and primary transition. They certainly have the skills to make a real difference to our school community.

On Thursday, our Student STEM Ambassadors spent the day at John Crane Engineering in Manchester who were celebrating their 100th anniversary. Our students are working with John Crane engineers on a Wateraid project for our sister school in Kolweny, Kenya. Our students presented to their staff on the progress of their projects so far. Mr Hammersley reported back that the students excelled themselves and they found the day very beneficial and are much more confident and secure now in speaking to an audience.

There were more moments of magic for some Year 9 Kingsway students who went through the gruelling process of applying to be House Captains. The successful students who will take on the role of leading their house fundraising over the coming year, were:

On Friday morning, we had a lovely visit from our local MP, Mary Robinson. Mary is a great supporter of the work we are doing here at Kingsway, in particular in relation to our academic pathways in to STEM careers.

During her visit, Mary saw some super bright Year 8 mathematicians solving angle problems, a class of skilled Year 7 students who were loving the electronics curriculum available here and a group of gifted Year 9 students who had made rockets in their lab and were testing them out on the field.

One of the Year 9 students, Ella Stirling, who was Stockport’s Youth Parliament rep last year talked to Mary about her career plan to be a political journalist. Mary was really impressed with not only the standard of STEM education taking place at Kingsway, but also the broad and balanced curriculum we are offering to support our students’ future success in a range of careers.

Finally, on Friday afternoon our new parent governors came in to school to get a feel for the ethos of our school. They were taken around our campuses by Year 10 students Grace and Mia. The feedback from our new governors was really positive:

“Thank you for this afternoon, it was lovely having an insight in to the school day. I am amazed at how quiet and calm the school was and how welcoming the teachers were. The children were all engaged, well mannered and happy to tell us what they were doing...”

“Thank you for inviting us in to school this afternoon. Grace and Mia gave us a brilliant tour - they are both a credit to you and the school. I already feel incredibly proud to be a parent governor at The Kingsway School”.

At Kingsway we have a winning formula: amazing students, awesome staff and ambitious governors. Not forgetting the wonderful parents, carers and members of our local community!

Have a lovely week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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