Headteacher’s Blog – Week 1

New beginnings!

Welcome back blog readers - I hope you all had a really lovely summer holiday.

My husband and I had a ‘fly and flop’ fortnight in Jamaica where I had a much welcomed rest, reading lots of books and recharging my battery ready for a new academic year.

My return to work started with the release of the GCSE results in August, where the Class of 2019 celebrated their fantastic success. Results Day is one of the favourite days in my school year. The students’ hard work is rewarded with feelings of pride and success. I am so proud of them. It was especially lovely to share with their families this summer - parents and carers who have been on this journey with us providing much needed encouragement and support.

Like most comprehensive schools, the academic potential of our students varies - with some students’ natural best being much lower than others. But whatever their potential, we make sure they achieve it. Celebrating achieving the highest possible grades this year were Owen Faulkner who got grade 9s in every subject, closely followed by Will Wakefield and Lara Barbara who achieved eight grade 9s.

Whilst we still have our GCSE Certification Evening to come on Thursday 14th November 2019, I am already missing the Class of 2019. They were an incredible bunch of talented, bright, charming young people and I wish them and their families all the best for their futures.

I hope that their futures are as amazing as the Class of 2017. I received a letter from the Principal of Loreto Sixth Form College last week, informing me that out of the 22 students who had been offered places at prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities, three were from Kingsway! What an achievement for them. We are so, so proud of ...

  • Niamh O'Shaughnessy achieved A*, A, A and is off to Selwyn College at Cambridge University to read Law
  • Edward Wakefield who achieved A*, A*, A*, A is also off to CambridgeUniversity  - Magdalene College to read Medicine
  • Thomas Charlesworth achieved four A* grades and is going to Corpus Christi College, Oxford to read Chemistry

In his letter, Mr McGhee (Principal) says the students’ success “builds on the excellent teaching that they enjoyed at The Kingsway School”. I couldn’t agree more! We are so proud of all our ex-students’ success at A level and wish them all well for the future.

Our amazing new Year 7's kick started their Kingsway experience with two jam-packed days full of exciting activities. From fire building to app designing, students formed new friendships within their forms as well as learning new skills designed around our school ethos of 'opportunity, achievement and respect'. Students will continue to build on these skills throughout Year 7.

Our new Yellow School Bus is now operational. The Y21 service is provided by TFGM and it leaves from Sale Road at 7:25am then picks up from a number of South Manchester locations including Benchill tram stop (0750), and Outwood Road, Heald Green (0810). Limited places on this service are open to those students who have a yellow bus permit. This is expected to be a high demand route so do register as early as possible. For more information visit https://www.tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/bus-school-bus-services

We have some superstar students already who have achieved the highest number of merits in the few days we have been back at school. Well done to:

  • Emma Boaler - Year 8
  • Ellis Woods - Year 9
  • Ryan Tibbets - Year 10
  • Madison Allcock - Year 11

Unfortunately, some students are receiving de-merits at this early stage for breaches of our school’s behaviour expectations:

  • To arrive to school and lessons on time
  • In full school uniform*
  • With the correct kit, equipment** and homework
  • Have a positive attitude to learning
  • Behave responsibly and respectfully at all times

*Please note that acrylic or painted nails are not permitted. Students are also not allowed to wear any jewellery including the clear piercings which have been seen last week.

**The minimum equipment expected for every child is pen, pencil, ruler, planner, bag and reading material.

Dates for your diary:

As part of our continual investment in providing your child with the highest quality education school will be closing early for staff professional development on Wednesday 18th September. Lessons will finish at 2pm at which point all students will be allowed to go home. Bus companies have been notified and will pick students up as usual. If you have any difficulties please contact your child’s pastoral head of year so we can accommodate your needs.

May we also take this opportunity to remind parents that, as in previous years, will be closing early on Wednesday 2nd October to prepare for our annual Open Evening. We will be inviting many of our students to return that evening to represent the school in ambassador role throughout the evening. More details will follow shortly.

Each year team will be holding Information evenings this month:

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The Kingsway Association warmly invite parents to a Cheese and Wine evening on Monday 23rd September 2019 at 6:30pm.

Have a lovely week,

Mrs J. Lowe

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