Headteacher’s Blog – Week 39

Oh, what a week!

Do you ever have one of those weeks where it just flashes by? Last week felt a bit like that for me, with so much going on. I’m not complaining though - I love the buzz of our busy school, and of course, the weekend comes around quickly.

So what was going on?

On Monday we had a visit by the new Director of Children’s Services (DCS) for Stockport, Chris McLoughlin. The role of the DCS is to work with schools and organisations in Stockport to ensure that the needs of Stockport children and families are met. During her visit, Chris was given a tour of the school and met some of our senior student team. They asked Chris about her role and shared their plans as student leaders for the coming year. Chris was particularly interested in the work our senior students will be undertaking to support mental health and offered support to our students in their work.

Director of Children’s Services (DCS) for Stockport, Chris McLoughlin with Senior Students, Mrs Lowe and Ms Maxey.

Also on Monday, 14 students competed in our Masterchef competition, where they had to produce and present a main course and a dessert in one and a half hours. Students designed their own menus and made a fantastic array of dishes, ranging from chateaubriand to Thai curry and traditional shepherd’s pie. Our visiting guest from the Rotary Club, Mr. Roger Shepherd was very impressed with the work ethic and the level of expertise shown. Well done to all the entrants: Alfie Saunders , Aroush Zia , Simona Miteva, Amy Berry, Lucy Kerr, Katy Hughes, Zaina Zzaman, Maha Ahmed, Olivia Ashmore, Polly Hogg, Hassan Nawaz, Aaliyah Arif, Louis Martin, Emily Briedenbach .

And the winners were:

  • 1st place – Zaina Zzaman
  • 2nd place – Lucy Kerr
  • 3rd place – Polly Hogg

These three amazing chefs will go forward to the district final in December.

On Monday evening, The Kingsway Association (our PTA), met to agree which school bids they will support from their fundraising. The money that you contribute (£10 per quarter per family) goes to some really worthy causes. There has been a lot of press recently regarding schools asking parents for contributions towards basic resources: pens, books and even toilet rolls! This is in response to the funding crisis that many schools are finding themselves in. Whilst times are certainly challenging financially, our Kingsway Association are only asked to support bids which go above and beyond the basic delivery of the curriculum.

On Monday they approved:

  • 10 Chromebooks to support the new vocational courses
  • 4 Visualisers for the Science department
  • 2 mobile display boards for Art

If you haven’t yet signed up, and would like to make your contribution you can follow this link.

We welcome new parents and details of our next meeting with be on the website.

On Tuesday, it was another year and another great turn out for The Kingsway School’s 'Chance to Shine' Cricket Festivals. Schools from all over Stockport attended the annual U15 and U13 events at Cheadle Cricket Club and The Kingsway School for a day full of high quality and competitive cricket. Both the U15s and the U13s competed in the Festivals with the U15s entering two teams due to the popularity of the schools extra curricular club and the number of cricket enthusiasts we have in both Years 9 and 10. Both the U15s and U13s teams played well with the U15s 'A' team narrowly missing out on the final. Equally, both the U15s 'B' team and U13s showed great resilience and determination throughout the day, where they faced tough competition in their groups. Well done to all of the pupils who represented The Kingsway School and showed excellent respect and teamwork across the two events.

On Wednesday evening, our Governing Board held their Summer term meeting. Our Senior Leadership Team joined governors to respond to their questions around:

  • outcomes for students,
  • teaching learning & assessment,
  • students’ behaviour, safeguarding and wellbeing and
  • the leadership and management of the school.

For the past 4 years, our school has been supported by a Local Authority School Improvement Advisor, Graham Hunt. Graham has worked closely with the senior leadership team and governors to challenge and support. This meeting was Graham’s last as our SIA as he leaves to retire and explore the world. We wish Graham well and thank him for his work with our school.

On Thursday, we had a great day hosting Lumhead primary school’s sports day. The day started out with field events in which the "living Legends" took on the "fabulous 14". The students took part in 6 field events that challenged them physically and mentally. After a short break, the pupils took on the track events, which included hurdles, the dizzy dash and the 50 metre sprint. Each and everyone of them conducted themselves in a competitive yet sporting manner. The PE Dept are looking forward to welcoming some talented athletes from Lumhead into The Kingsway School this September.

Our Post 16 evening for Year 10 took place on Thursday night. It was really well attended. The evening is designed to support students and their families make decisions about their futures by providing the opportunity to talk to local college representatives and range of employers and training providers. Our independent Careers Advisor Joanne Green was there to answer questions and our own post 16 advisor Mrs Flood, who organised the event, provided an insight into the increasingly popular world of apprenticeships. If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child’s future post school, please get in touch: s.flood@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk .

The climax of the week was our Prom. Oh, what a night! This year, our Prom was held at The Mere in Knutsford. A stunning location for our equally stunning students (and staff)! The weather topped off a perfect evening. Students arrived in an array of vehicles, enjoyed a delicious three course meal, had some memorable photographs taken and ended the night with a disco.

Our Prom King and Queen were announced: Harry Earnshaw and Charlotte Jennings and this year students voted for their own Prom King and Queen: Mr James and Ms Watson. It was a beautiful evening and the perfect end to a busy week.

Have a lovely week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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