Headteacher’s Blog – Week 5

Safety first!

At the heart of our school is our commitment to safeguarding your child or children and for us to foster our ethos of Opportunity, Achievement and Respect. Sadly we are receiving complaints from our neighbours within our community with regards to parents misuse of parking in the mornings and after school.

This makes it difficult for all our students walking to school and limits their potential to cross roads safely when negotiating so many cars parked so close to the school campus. Additionally it causes considerable frustration for local residents when leaving their drives or legitimately parking their cars next to their homes. Could I please ask parents to be as considerate as possible when dropping students off to school or collecting at the end of the day. It would be very much appreciated if parents could try their utmost to avoid Foxland and Silverdale Road, Broadway and High Grove Road.

In an age where we are encouraging healthy lifestyles it will not do the children any harm to walk that extra distance to a road where the traffic is less congested and your car is less likely to add to these already very busy and congested roads. As always, if your child has any medical needs or other, which means you need to be parked close to the school, please contact your Pastoral Head of Year to discuss further, so that we can help with a solution.

We are also aware that some of our students are showing a blatant disregard to their own safety. Whilst we have staff out on duty at the end of the school day, we rely on students’ own awareness to keep themselves safe during their journey home. Please can you help us by reiterating to your children the importance of road safety. We have had reports from local residents of:

  • Students stepping out into the road without looking
  • Students cycling on the opposite side of the road (particularly down Foxland Road and Silverdale Road)
  • And most worryingly, students crossing the A34 at the end of the day, rather than using the subway

Pastoral staff work hard in school to make sure our students feel happy and safe. We want that to continue outside the school gates.

You may have heard in the news last month about the Headteachers who marched to Downing Street to highlight the financial challenges that schools face in the current climate. I didn’t go to London, but I do support the campaign to improve funding in our schools. Stockport is one of the lowest funded authorities in England, and as Heads we have to carefully manage our budgets to meet the needs of our children including those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. This Friday, Stockport Primary and Secondary Headteachers are joining together in a Positive Day of Action to get the message across to that ‘Our children in Stockport are worth more’. We will be writing to our local MPs and putting information on our website. Whilst we won’t be marching or striking, but instead working in our schools, we still  want our voice to be heard for the children in our schools.

I will jump off my soapbox now and share with you some of the great things that happened at Kingsway last week.

On Monday, The Kingsway Association met to consider bids from across the school for the little extras that our budget doesn’t quite stretch to. The committee is small, yet mighty in its power to support our children. Last week, they agreed to purchase:

  • 30 pairs of running spikes for the PE department
  • Cake boxes for Mother’s Day cake baking in Food Technology
  • A reading room on Broadway campus
  • Text books for the GCSE Latin course run by the scholars club
  • The coach to take students to an English & Drama day in Sale

You can support the work of The Kingsway Association by contributing £10 per quarter by completing the standing order formOr come along to our next meeting on Foxland Campus on 21st January 2019 at 6:30pm.

Mrs Hadfield and I took ex-students back to Bolshaw and Outwood Primary schools last week, handing out invitations to our Open Evening (17th October) and Coffee Mornings (18th & 30th October) to the year 5 and 6 students. The primary children were a delight and asked lots of great questions. It was a real treat to visit both schools, where we were made to feel very welcome.

On Tuesday, Mr Williams held a Year 10 Information Evening for parents, giving an insight on what to expect in the coming months as the students embark on their GCSE courses. This was followed on Thursday by Miss Cuttress who led the Year 9 Information evening, It was great to see so many parents in school keen to learn more about the opportunities that lay ahead to support their children with the new curriculum.

This week is the turn of year 7 (5:30pm Monday and year 8 5:30pm Thursday), both on Foxland campus.

Finally, I was delighted to open an email from Mrs Dunn last week showcasing the talent of Nayl Ahmed in year 9 who produced this incredible piece of Art homework. Well done Nayl - I look forward to seeing your work in the Tate Gallery in the future.

Have a great week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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