Headteacher’s Blog – Week 21

Preparation for life!

At The Kingsway School, we pride ourselves on how well we prepare our students for life beyond school. We recognise that a successful and happy future not only depends on good GCSE outcomes, but also on valuable work skills and attributes. We remind our students about the importance of skills such as good timekeeping, resilience and problem solving through our careers programme, which is delivered in Life Skills lessons, assemblies and focus days.

We have already been awarded the ‘Inspiring IAG’ (Information, Advice & Guidance) Gold award in recognition of our high quality careers education.

I was therefore doubly delighted last week to receive an award from the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust on behalf of Rt Hon Boris Johnson Prime Minister in recognition of our outstanding NCS engagement. The National Citizen Service helps children aged 16 and 17 build skills for work and life. Last year, over 80,000 young people spent their summer having a positive impact in their communities and developed the essential skills that will help them in their futures. Our award was in recognition of the high numbers of Kingsway students who have signed up to this project - over 30% of our Year 11 cohort!

Linked to our careers work, last Friday we were delighted to welcome Kuehne & Nagel to The Kingsway School to talk about opportunities within the Logistics Industry.  This visit coincided with National Apprenticeship Week. Here’s Mrs Flood’s report on the event:

Kuehne and Nagel are one of the largest logistics companies in the world, transporting goods by Air, land and sea for well known organisations including Waitrose and Boohoo.

K & N representatives presented to a group of Year 10 students who enjoyed learning about the different careers that exist for future Apprentices and Graduates in the logistics industry.  Logistics is a huge growth market for labour and there are an increasing number of job opportunities. Following the presentation, some students worked in teams to play a Logistics board game, all about the most economical, environmentally friendly and efficient ways to get goods from A - B.

Another group of students enjoyed a tour of the Kuehne & Nagel Lorry, which was parked up on site.  Lots of information was provided and students had the opportunity to visit the cab and see all the internal comfort and safety features.  Students also had the luxury of pressing the horn!

A massive thanks to all the staff at Kuehne & Nagel for introducing these careers to our students.

The Kingsway Association (PTA) is trying a way to increase the funds available to school without costing anyone a penny. Easyfundraising.org.uk is an easy way you can help raise money for The Kingsway Association. Buy your internet shopping from over 4,000 retailers and a percentage of what you spend is donated to The Kingsway Association at no additional cost to you. Retailers include Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Tesco and many more.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 14th February Half Term
Monday 24th February Back in School
Monday 24th February Year 11 Photographs
Tuesday 25th February Year 11 PPEs Start

Have a lovely week,

Mrs J. Lowe

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