Headteacher’s Blog – Week 13

STEM Success

As I’m sure you are aware, The Kingsway School is proud of our broad and rich curriculum offer, and we have always fought hard to save subjects like the technologies and creative subjects from extinction as a result of the government’s focus on the EBacc qualifications.

In particular, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects are close to my heart and Mr Hammersley and Miss Khan have been keeping our STEM torch alight for a number of years now. Their work has been recognised in parliament by local MP, Mary Robinson and through local and national awards including:

  • Excellence in STEM Award 2017 from the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Best Team Award, Pupil Choice Award and Best Overall Project Award from North West EDT Go4SET - The University of Manchester
  • The Era Foundation - Outstanding STEM Teacher - Mr Hammersley 2017
  • The Big Bang Special Award winner for Environmental/Scientific Advancement
  • The Rotary Club of Great Britain & Ireland Special Award for Environmental & Scientific Advancement

and then last week, we received the great news from Mr Hammersley and Miss Khan that Kingsway were awarded the UK’s Industrial Cadet Award.

Here’s Mr Hammersley’s report:

“On the 21st November, myself and Miss Khan set off very early in the morning to London for the EDT Industrial Cadet Awards at The Institution of Engineering and Technology.  We were shortlisted with just 3 other schools, nationwide, for this highly prestigious national award.

We already knew that Kingsway had been nominated for the award with judges summing up our application as “a very inclusive attitude towards STEM. From year 7 they run a Stemettes club during break times, as well as getting their year 9s to attend STEM activities supported by Industrial Links. Year 9s are also invited to apply for the Go4SET programme. The school has very active links with post 16 providers and work hard to ensure that their students are skilled to the levels that colleges desire. They won the North West Best Project in 2018 and an award at The Big Bang. They have also been one of the first schools to gain The STEM Excellence Award in Stockport from The Museum of Science and Industry.”

The judging panel was made up of some of the largest engineering companies and academic institutions within the United Kingdom, and were unanimous in their judging decision and I am extremely proud to announce that The Kingsway School won the award.”

UK Industrial Cadets Award for School/College 2019.

This highlights that the STEM provision and the STEM capital that we have developed at The Kingsway School, is without doubt, judged as the best in the country for 2019.

The event endorsed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was a huge accolade for all the hard work that Mr. Hammersley and Miss Khan have put into making STEM such a success at The KIngsway School.

Mr. Hammersley and Miss Khan summed up their day:

“It was a considerable honour to be presented with the award. To receive such recognition from EDT, Industry and Academia and to know that our next future King is aware of us and The Kingsway School. We were treated like VIP celebrities all day and left feeling extremely proud of the recognition for our hard work and achievements to date and so grateful to the numerous Industrial links that have been so incredibly supportive of The Kingsway School over the years, particularly John Crane and N.G. Bailey. It’s hard to know where we go from here!”

John Crane have been our industrial partner for a number of years and this email was received from Neil Slater (European Business Development Manager): “I would  like to say  well doneon behalf of us all at John Crane.  This is amazing and as far as I can see, more than well deserved. You have both shown a massive level of enthusiasm, determination, motivation and just sheer loyalty to the scheme you believe in. In an age of targets and the changing of nature of teaching from a vocational to business like role, you show an approach and desire to help the children, which is inspirational and in my humble opinion above and beyond the cause.”

On Sunday, we were lucky enough to be invited by Gatley Village Partnership to their annual Christmas market and light switch-on. Our 'community ambassadors' supported Mrs Jones with the organisation and sale of cakes and hot chocolate cones to a very busy and bustling event. Huge thanks to some of our Year 7 students who kindly donated cakes-we made a huge £141.35 which will support some of our future community events.

A polite reminder from our school nurses Mrs Kelman and Mrs Jones: “Students should not be picked up from school without authorisation from the school. We have seen an increase in students contacting parents directly without being seen by the school nurse. Alerted parents are turning up to school to collect their child without the school’s awareness. The school nurse will always encourage your child to stay in school where they are deemed well enough so they can continue to access their learning and avoid lost learning time. If they feel your child is too unwell to carry on with their lessons, they will contact parents or carers. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dates For Your Diary

Date Event
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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