Headteacher’s Blog – Week 4

A plea for help!

With the unsettled weather we have been having recently, we have noticed an increase in the number of families who are dropping off or picking up their children in cars. This is creating a huge safety issue, particularly on our Foxland campus.

The volume of vehicles in close proximity to our school gates is causing a threat to the safety of our students who walk or cycle from this campus. 

We have received a letter from local councillors advising us that they have received a number of complaints from local residents in relation to inconsiderate parking outside schools in Cheadle and Gatley. A Stockport-wide initiative is being introduced to deter parents and relatives from parking recklessly. This is in the form of an adapted car that can take photographs of illegally parked vehicles so a fixed penalty notice can be issued. The camera-car will be moving around schools locally, especially at the start and end of the school day. We will not know in advance when the car will be visiting Kingsway.

In the interests of our students, and your purse, please do not park inconsiderately, but instead, if your child needs a lift to or from school, arrange to meet them away from the school.

On a similar note, we were delighted that TfGM have agreed to put on a new ‘Yellow Bus’ school service (Y21) to transport students safely to and from South Manchester. There were over 84 applications for the 52 place bus, however, currently not all students are taking their place on the bus, instead choosing to walk home, through Scholes Park. We would like as many of our South Manchester students as possible to use this. Any student who has been issued with a pass but no longer needs it should return it to TfGM, in order to free up places. For more information on the route and applying for a pass, please visit the TfGM website.

With darker evenings drawing close, please can you encourage your child to take the bus home to keep themselves safe and warm on their way to and from school. For more information, including access to financial support for the bus journey, please contact the school’s business manager, Mrs Heard: (k.heard@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk).

One final safety reminder to our families - please be aware that you must not come on to the school site if you are accompanying your child to and from school. If you need to access the school, please report to the reception on either campus.

Thank you for your help in keeping your children safe.

Parents can also help us with donations of any unwanted items that we can put to good use. 

Examples include:

  • Pieces of uniform (in good quality), particularly ties, jumpers & blazers (drop off with either reception)
  • Outdoor kit for Duke of Edinburgh explorers such as walking boots, waterproof coats, sleeping bags, tents etc. (drop off with or email Miss Horsey j.horsey@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk for more information)
  • Old musical instruments no longer being used (drop off with or email Mr Lawton p.lawton@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk for more information)
  • Books for our library - we are currently sourcing sets of Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 13 Story Treehouse series, David Walliams series and Tom Gates series (drop off with or email Mr Carr b.carr@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk for more information)

Inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales (Patron), the Industrial Cadets programme is a national industry-led accreditation designed to enhance workplace experiences for young people. We are delighted to announce that The Kingsway School has been shortlisted for the Industrial Cadets Awards 2019 recognising the achievement of the students who have taken part in the accredited Industrial Cadets programme, making a difference in the world of STEM. Credit is due to Miss Khan and Mr Hammersley for all their work in promoting STEM across our school. The awards take place in November 2019. Watch this space!

Dates for your diary:

  • Open Evening - Wednesday 2nd October 2019 5:00-7:30pm (students finish at 12:25)
  • Year 7 Showcase (THEKIN) - Monday 14th October 2019 6:30pm
  • Year 7 Showcase (GSWAYC) - Tuesday 15th October 2019 6:30pm

Have a lovely week,

Mrs J. Lowe

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