Headteacher’s Blog – Week 20

The blink of an eye!

I’m sorry it’s been a few weeks since my last blog. There’s been a lot going on and time has just ran away from me. January has disappeared in the blink of an eye and February has already begun!

So here’s a whistle stop tour of what January had to offer at Kingsway.

We began by celebrating the achievements of our December merit winners for each house:

  • Pankhurst - Zack Jordan 7E
  • Whitworth - Dyan Lamond 9H
  • Rylands - Mary Rea 7C
  • Lowry - Hannah Phillips 7I
  • Gaskell - Charlie Lund 9N
  • Turing - Emma Boaler 8K

On Thursday 9th January 2020, Year 11 received their Mock GCSE results. They will be undertaking a second round after February half term. Good luck to our Class of 2020!

Year 9 enjoyed two STEM curriculum themed days. The days were held in conjunction with one of The KIngsway's longest working partnerships - N.G. Bailey, the largest independent family owned Engineering company in the UK. The students were involved in a variety of STEM problem solving activities based around a theme of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. The event was also an occasion to launch "Unifrog" with Year 9, a complete one stop app providing comprehensive careers guidance and support.

The two day event was a competition leading to interviews for the 12 Industrial Cadet places on the EDT G04SET 10 week award programme. We are delighted to say that we have been inundated with applications from Year 9 and interviews will take place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd of January; very shortly afterwards, the successful candidates will spend a day at Manchester University as they learn about what projects they can do.  They will also meet up with their industrial link company as they begin their journey into hopefully a STEM related career. Students found the day immense fun and very beneficial with a few records being split between multiple winners, due the quality of tasks completed to such high standards.

Year 9 students and their parents also attended our Options Information evening, where representatives from across our school’s curriculum were present to provide valuable information and advice about their GCSE courses and where they could lead in a student’s career. There are some new courses being considered for September 2020 including Dance. For more information on Year 9 Options click here or contact Deputy Headteacher, Ms Linnecor (m.linnecor@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk).

To finish off a busy month, last week we were visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for schools, Ofsted. This is always a significant event for any Headteacher. It was two days of very rigorous scrutiny into the work of our school, judged against a new Inspection Framework. The report will be published in a few weeks at which time I will share the outcome with students, parents and carers. Whilst we are unable to feedback any details of the inspection until the report is published, I would like to say thank you to all the families who completed the parent questionnaire. In addition, I want to share with you my gratitude to our staff who pulled together and supported one another during the stressful 2 days. But most of all, I was so proud of our young people who presented themselves in a mature, confident and polite manner. They were a credit to their families and their school.

Finally, it was a great day of cross country racing on Sunday at Heaton Park. Year 10 students Akira Edgson and Will Parker had qualified to represent Stockport in the Yr 10/11 category. Both ran really well and Akira qualified to represent Greater Manchester in the National Finals.

So as we look back over our shoulder to January and Ofsted, we are now looking forward to Spring and the hard work ahead for our Year 11 students who are preparing for their GCSE examinations which start in just 10 weeks time. Yes, in education time goes by in the blink of an eye - but it’s fun while it lasts!

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Thursday 6th February Year 9 Parents’ Evening
Friday 14th February Half Term
Monday 24th February Back in School

Have a lovely week,

Mrs J. Lowe

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