Headteacher’s Blog – Week 23

Developing that ‘confident’ feeling!

Here at The Kingsway School, we take a proactive approach when it comes to bullying. We have a designated Anti Bullying Coordinator and 15 student Anti Bullying Ambassadors, trained by renowned organisations including The Diana Award and Bullies Out.

The team is managed by our Safeguarding Lead, Ms Cropper, who will be delivering a workshop specifically aimed at supporting parents. We recognise that bullying takes place at school and that sadly it can be a very traumatic, challenging, and an emotionally draining time for all involved. It can also lead to wider anxiety and mental health issues. The idea of the workshop is for staff at school and you as parents to develop an understanding as to how best to support your child if they believe they are a victim of bullying.

Ms Cropper will also be informing parents how we manage any concerns raised in school, how the team deals with referrals and signposting for further advice to support not just the student, but the family. Ms Cropper will also listen to parents’ concerns and experiences to hear how we can further improve our response when dealing with reports of bullying.

The workshop is running from 4.30pm-6pm, on Tuesday 17th March on Broadway Campus.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register your interest with Ms Cropper by emailing c.cropper@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Hope to see you there!

Someone who is currently unlikely to be a victim of bullying, but has nonetheless been reported as a sufferer of mental illness is Heavyweight boxing champion, Tyson Fury. We were thrilled on Friday to receive a last minute and unexpected surprise. Parent and training manager for Fury, Mr Allcock, contacted the school to see if we would like to show the students Tyson Fury's new WBC Heavyweight belt that he won on Sunday in Las Vegas against Deontay Wilder. Local success story, Tyson has held several championship titles is a two-time heavyweight world champion. Mr Allcock explained that Tyson sees his victory as a team effort and as part of that, Mr Allcock was given the belt for the day - opportunity, achievement and respect are core Kingsway values and we can see that this is a wonderful example of these values in action.  Tyson matches the achievements of Muhammad Ali and Floy Patterson. ESPN rank Fury as the world's best active heavyweight. What a lovely achievement to share with our students, who were all eager to have their photo taken with the belt. Many thanks to Mr Allcock for allowing The Kingsway School to share and celebrate Tyson’s success.

It's that time of year when the reality of the exams are setting in and many of our Year 11 students are putting above and beyond into their studies.  We are really proud of those students who are dedicated to their studies and are showing a positive attitude towards their revision. We are equally delighted that businesses in our local community are recognising this and have very kindly donated some amazing reward prizes for our students.  The prizes range from coffee and cake packages, a range of hair treatments and a designer bag. To add to this, we are also donating £200 to a prize draw for students with 100% attendance.

We are very grateful to the following businesses:

  • Coffee Fix
  • Gatley Barbers
  • Angela Lewis Hair and Brow Lounge
  • Magic Moments
  • Bxrbers Barber shop
  • Lounge 66
  • We are Garage
  • Me Time Hairdressing

If you are able to add to our fantastic prizes, please contact Mrs Jones on a.jones@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

We work hard to continually improve our school to make sure all students have the best experience possible.  As part of that process, we like to hear from all our stakeholders. Last Tuesday we invited a number of Year 7 parents to provide honest and constructive feedback on both the transition process as well as their Year 7 experiences to date.  The parents were all extremely helpful, enabling us to reflect on the following areas: transition, homework, improvements to our communication system, catering, social media usage and uniform. We also discussed ways in which our older students can be positive role models for our younger pupils.  One message that came through loud and clear was that our parents were very happy with our recent Ofsted report and are very proud to be part of The Kingsway School. This week we will continue to build on collecting information by meeting with key groups in our local community. Following both these meetings, we will then develop an action plan and share this with everyone involved.  If you would like to be part of future forums, we welcome parents in any year group to email a.jones@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Finally, you may recall that The Kingsway School converted to an academy in 2016. As part of this process an Academy Trust called ‘Abney Trust’ was created to govern the schools within the trust. Since then, we have been the only school in our trust and trustees have recently been considering ways in which we can be part of a larger trust, where we can benefit from shared expertise and financial efficiencies.

We are now considering transferring our Trust to the Education Learning Trust (ELT). This trust has been in place for around 3 years and comprises two of our feeder primary schools (Meadowbank Primary School and Gatley Primary School) as well as a third primary school in Bredbury, Stockport.

As part of the decision for Abney Trust to join the ELT, we want to seek the views of our parents. Parents can contribute to the consultation, a link to which will be sent to you in an email.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Tuesday 10th March “Meet the Team’ event for Year 6 parents 5:30pm
Thursday 12th March Year 8 Parents’ Evening
Tuesday 17th March Parents’ Anti-Bullying workshop 4:30pm Broadway
Thursday 26th March Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Have a lovely week,

Mrs J. Lowe

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