Headteacher’s Blog – Week 32

Monday 18th May 2020

This week at Kingsway, there has been lots going on with regards to supporting transition for our Year 6 students who are joining our community in September. This has included many of the Year 6s rising to our baking challenge and cooking some amazing cakes - many are first time bakers and their ability to try something new and follow instructions will give them a good understanding of the skills it takes to be a Kingsway learner!

Transition isn’t always the easiest thing at the best of times; change can be worrying. There also is increased anxiety at the moment but we are doing the very best we can to welcome our new students and their families. Part of this has been regular communication with both the students and their parent/carers. We have also been working hard on a new transition resource, developed by PIXL, called ‘Be Awesome Go Big’. This 9 week programme will see the students working through a number of issues to prepare them in advance of September. We hope that this will support them during this time and that the Class of 2025 are ready and excited to join us at The Kingsway School.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

It’s been another busy day today at ‘Kingsway HQ’ and it feels like school is getting that tiny bit busier as each week goes by. Thanks to Mr Sadler, Miss Burrows, Miss Owen, Miss West, Mr Fraser and the ever-present Mr Carr for working with the 11 students we had in school today.  

It seems like things are changing at a rapid pace and following the government’s advice last week, we are also beginning to see some of our other staff pop in from time to time as they come and work on the tasks that have been tricky to do from home (all from a safe distance of course!). As the number of students we are providing Covid provision for also creeps up, we are having to think on our feet and ensure that we are keeping our class sizes down, which meant that we had spread our 11 students across two classrooms to make double sure that social distancing was being fully observed. 

Today started as every day should with some reading and some exercise. Following their morning read in B25 and B24, Mr Fraser took our ever growing band of students to the sportshall for some basketball. The middle of the day was dedicated to Maths and the students were able to use mathswatch, whilst having their maths teachers on hand to support where needed. The students also got a chance to increase their maths Cultural Capital and learn about the unsung heroes in the movie ‘Hidden Figures’. The day ended with some more physical activity when the students were taken out into the warm May sunshine for an afternoon of games on the field.

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Thanks to Miss Wildgoose, Miss Burgess and Miss Daley for today’s activities. 

Given a PE teacher was leading the morning session, it’s no surprise there was a lot of sport involved. Basketball, table tennis, badminton and treadmill work were all involved. In the past few weeks, we’ve played friendly matches but today, the competition was on! There was frustration and perspiration but Callum and Aidan came out as the winners.

As the weather was so gorgeous, we extended our outside time to an hour, and had some frisbee matches. Miss Daley and Mr Carr gave it their all but were exhausted by the end!

The afternoon brought some storyboarding led by Miss Daley. Students watched some clips of The Simpsons and then had to retell the story but adding a twist. 

We ended the day with a quiz on the countries of Europe. Mr Carr is determined they will learn them all by the summer holidays! 

Thursday 21st May 2020

We pride ourselves with being a school that supports our local community, and so we were delighted to hear of a new project that is underway, which is another fantastic way for the wider community to connect.  

Cheadle FM is a new radio show and they are looking for participants from the community!  The station is launching soon and part of the programme will be a show called ’Reflections.’ They are looking for people from the area to narrate their anecdotes and stories from their childhood, teens or twenties. They'd also like to know, what makes living in Cheadle special for you?  We’re certain that with our Broadway campus being 80 this year that The Kingsway School is likely to be part of the memories and we would love you to share them.  

These can be funny, serious, but hopefully uplifting.

If you are able to get involved please follow these simple steps:

  1. Record your memory from the past on your iPhone/ android device.
  2. Send it to the email address below, make sure you include the title of any songs from the period of your memory to be played.
  3. Tune in to Cheadlefm and enjoy the show. 

Send your recording to: reflections@cheadleheritage.online

Thursday in school saw Miss Bowers and Mr Burniston taking the group, with support from Mr Carr and Mr Randall. After the morning read (we’ve finished the book!) we got stuck into a murder mystery set by Miss Bowers. The students were given a lot of evidence to examine and had lots of questions, as well as some interesting answers! 

In the afternoon, we took part in a geography quiz… with a difference. Mr Burniston gave each student a 4 figure coordinate and they then had to race to that location and answer the quiz question they found. Tom was the rightful winner with 13 questions answered. 

We finished the day with another quiz… this time about TV shows and Dougie came out on top with 15 out of 15!

Friday 22nd May 2020

Our students have really risen to the challenge this half term and gone above and beyond, adapting to remote learning and new systems.  We are extremely proud of their resilience. As you will be aware, we have undertaken a student voice activity to gauge problems and to look at how students are engaging and interacting with the work at this time.  Through this, we have seen that students appreciate the improvement in the clarity of the deadlines and scheduling of work. Student wellbeing continues to be one of our priorities and the feedback from a majority of students was that whilst the work was appropriately challenging, difficulties with sharing remote devices, juggling deadlines and amount of content was causing anxiety, with pupils feeling overwhelmed. As such, we have revised the timetables to make this more manageable for families and copies of these timetables for Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and Key Stage 4 (Year 10) have been shared on social media, the school website and via announcements on Class Charts and Frog. These will take effect from Monday 1st June.

The DFE has provided some guidance and advice for parents and carers of pupils in Year 7 to 11 this week.

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Raising Standards Leader.

Year RSL Name / School Email Address
7 Ms Hulance - e.hulance@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
8 Mrs Bradley - k.bradley@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
9 Ms Clarke - k.clarke@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
10 Dr Holdsworth - l.holdsworth@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Please note that school will be closed during the half term holiday, with the exception of the children of key workers, who have secured a place via the booking system. We look forward to welcoming you all back after half term.

 


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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