Headteacher’s Blog – Week 11 & 12

Smiling and successful

Oh what a night! On Thursday night, the entire staff came out to celebrate the GCSE success of the Class of 2019.  It was an absolute delight to see them back in school, looking all grown up and sharing their experiences of college and work. It was a well turned out evening, with families joining their children to watch them receive their formal GCSE certificates.  We also celebrated the individual performances of Owen Faulkner and Lara Barbara, who achieved 17 Grade 9s at GCSE between them. An outstanding achievement! Ex-head boy and girl, Ethan Wilson and Jess Crawley, gave a lovely speech to their year group. Following this, our ex-students were shown a video of their prom and results day, along with some footage of their first days at Kingsway - much to everyone’s joy!

The highlight of the evening for many was our guest speaker Stacey Copeland, who gave a truly inspiring speech about her challenging journey to sporting success. Stacey won the Commonwealth women’s boxing championship, previously playing professional football for her country. She has overcome many obstacles to achieve her success and has used her experiences and success to start a project called ‘Pave the way’. The project aims to inspire women and young people through sport to use their passion and skills to secure careers in the profession they love. Whether their passion, I hope the Class of 2019 follow their dreams.

I will miss the Class of 2019; they were a bundle of extraordinary individuals, who I have every confidence will go on to achieve great things!

We were also delighted last week to hear from Miss Wildgoose that our Year 10 girls Dodgeball team were crowned Stockport champions - well done to Emma Hill, Holly Failie, Emma Redford, Isheenah Blake, Alice Gill, Brooke Jones and Clara Thompson.

A few days after our GCSE Presentation evening, we celebrated more success at our annual Sports Presentation Evening. The hall was packed with students and their families who were there to collect their colours and awards in reflection of their commitment to their school team and high level performance. At Kingsway, we offer so many sports including: athletics, badminton, cricket, cross-country, football, netball, rounders, rugby and trampolining.  This means that there were many badges, medals and trophies to award. In addition, we heard from Mr Hulme about what an incredibly successful year our sports teams had in 2018/19, with many teams crowned Stockport and Greater Manchester champions!

Our guest speaker was ex-Kingsway student, Rebecca Podlaski who is now Director of Sport at an Independent School in Sheffield. Rebecca’s talked to the audience about how she embraced the opportunities presented to her during her time at Kingsway and as a result she developed skills and friends for life!

Mr Howarth was delighted when his Year 7/8 cricket team won the award for ‘Team of the Year’.

Other individual successes were recognised with the Sports Personality of the Year awards:

  • Year 7: Emma Boaler & Josh Crawley
  • Year 8: Charlie Lund & Harry Andrews
  • Year 9: Roccio McGilvray & Luke Ogden
  • Year 10: Polly Hogg & Eli Campbell
  • Year 11: Grace O’Shaughnessy & Owen Booth

Well done to all our young sporting ambassadors and thank you for winning so many trophies! I always believed Kingsway is the best school in Stockport 🙂

Last Friday was Review Day, where all students and their parents/carers had a face-to-face review of their progress with their form tutor. The primary focus for the review meeting was the first monitoring report of the academic year. Discussions included reflections on student academic performance and their attitude to learning so far this year.  As well as this, students were asked to set targets to help them achieve their full potential for the remainder of the academic year. All students are encouraged to exhibit the key attributes of a Kingsway learner and this is measured in the ATL (attitude to learning) score based on the following criteria:

  • Try your best when producing classwork
  • Present your work to a high standard
  • Concentrate on the task in hand
  • Actively engage in lessons
  • Collaborate well with other students
  • Talking should contribute to learning
  • Work independently and have strategies for finding answers
  • Don’t give up - persevere when facing difficulties
  • Be brave - take risks with your learning and challenge yourself
  • Respond appropriately to constructive feedback given by staff
  • Take advantage of opportunities offered in and out of lessons

If you would like to discuss your child’s academic progress or ATL scores, please get in touch with their Raising Standards’ Leader.

On Wednesday 20th November, four members of The Kingsway School Senior Student team represented us at the inaugural Stockport Youth Climate Change summit. The summit, hosted by the University of Manchester, was the inspiration of Mellor Primary School's Headteacher Jim Nicholson and saw both Primary and Secondary School students giving 3 minute presentations about Climate Change. Presentations focussed on a variety of topics: the impact of single use plastics, global warming; palm oil and clean water.  All the presentations emphasised how these issues need immediate action. The message from all the youth delegates was simple: "act now to save our future".

Kingsway's Senior Students were an absolute credit.  They were Kirsten Attfield, Sarah Morgan, Joshua Kindon and Aroush Zia.

Careers Speed Dating

Thursday 21st November saw our 6th annual Year 9 Careers ‘Speed Dating’ Event!  As the name implies, this was a fast moving but informative event, which we hope was enjoyed by all. This evening is all about furnishing our young Year 9 students with lots of information about the wealth and breadth of careers available.  Some professions they would have heard of, some were completely new to them. Our objective was to highlight different future pathways and ensure that our students knew what various careers entailed and also what subjects would help them achieve if they decided to follow a specific route.  This evening always successfully assists our students in making those all important GCSE subject choices, although we do find that parents enjoy it just as much as our students! We are fortunate enough over the years to have built up a really positive relationship with local firms and employers who all willingly give up their time for free with only the promise of a sandwich and a cup of tea!  We have some volunteers who have come every year since the introduction of this event. It is also lovely to see that more and more parents are getting on board and coming in as volunteers after experiencing this evening with their child in Year 9 and recognising the value of it!

A huge thank you to all our volunteers and to Year 9 students and their parents for attending this event.

Dates for your diary:

Date Event
Sunday 1 December 2019 Gatley Village Christmas Markets
Saturday 7 December 2019 Cheadle Village Victorian Christmas Markets
Monday 16 December 2019 Christmas concert at St. Mary’s Parish Church
Thursday 19 December 2019 Charity Day Santa Dash - students finish early
Monday 6 January 2020 Students return to school - 8:30am

Have a lovely week,

Mrs J. Lowe

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