Headteacher’s Blog – Week 31


Every year, the Prime Minister recognises the work of outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community. One of this year’s winners was our very own Mr Mahmood, Head of ICT, Business and Computing here at Kingsway.

In a personal letter to Mr Mahmood, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Through the ‘Myriad Foundation’, you are sharing a spirit of neighbourliness and compassion with thousands of people of all faiths across Manchester. Your inclusive outreach work is not only promoting a greater understanding of Islam in local schools and communities, but also making a real difference for those facing social isolation or in need of further welfare support.”

Local MP, Mary Robinson, came to Kingsway on Monday to present Mr Mahmood with his award - in the middle of his Year 10 Business Studies GCSE lesson!

We are so proud of Mr Mahmood, not only an inspiration to Kingsway students, but to his entire community.

Read more about the Points of Light Award

As well as famous teachers, Kingsway also has some famous students!

We were thrilled to be asked by the BBC to help them out with their Bitesize programme. The BBC came to Kingsway last term and filmed some staff and students talking about their experiences of transition from primary to secondary school. The film should be going live this week.

We were keen to support the BBC with this particular project because ensuring a smooth transition from primary to secondary is really important to us. Children in Year 6 have just finished their SATs and will be getting warmed up for their move to Kingsway. We have a range of transition events taking place this term, not only for students but also for their parents. Events include:

  • Parent Coffee Afternoon and Drop-in Tuesday 21st May 2019
  • Literacy and Numeracy Workshop for parents Thursday 20th June 2019
  • Year 6 Induction Day (for children) and evening (for parents) Thursday 4th July 2019

Find out more about our transition events, and book your place!

Appearing in the Sunday Times Rich List last month was ex Kingsway student and entrepreneur Oliver Cookson, who has made his £200 million fortune by developing sports nutrition, Myprotein. Reading his story online, it seems GCSEs were not the building blocks for his multi-million pound success. Twenty years on, we pride ourselves at Kingsway on students not just being a statistic. Here we value attributes such as resilience, determination and creativity as much as examination success. I’d like to think that Oliver picked up some of these attributes during his time at Kingsway, which contributed to his enormous success. I hope his memories of school are happy ones and if he finds himself back in the neighborhood, we’d love to hear from him,

Kingsway has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Cheshire and Greater Manchester Police. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced any domestic abuse. Our key adults are Mrs Maxey and Ms Cropper.

If you are concerned about a child at school, who may be experiencing domestic abuse at home, please get in touch with Ms Cropper (c.cropper@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk).

Finally, would you, or someone you know, be perfect for our team? We are looking to employ a new Apprentice School Administrator at Kingsway. Further details can be found below.

It really is a great place to work, learn and develop. Who knows where it might take you!

Have a great week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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