Headteacher’s Blog – Week 14

We wish you a merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all our families.

As we reach the end of a very long, extraordinary and demanding term, I would like to thank my amazing staff at The Kingsway School who have been incredible over the past 15 weeks.

Children only get one shot at their secondary education and team Kingsway have made sure that in spite of the challenges faced by COVID, we have provided both learning and care either remotely or face to face (at a safe distance of course!).

End and start of term arrangements

There has been more media coverage of schools in the past few days, particularly with respect to the arrangements for the end of term. Until we receive guidance to the contrary, we are keeping to our original plan - school will close at noon on Friday 18th December 2020. Full school uniform is expected throughout the final week of term. Students are to return at 8:30am on Tuesday 5th January 2020.

COVID update

I am delighted to report that in the last few weeks, we have seen a dramatic fall in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in our community, and with it less disruption to learning in school. Hopefully this trend will continue, although we are anticipating a spike in cases following the Christmas period and do not want to be complacent. Our intention is for next term to retain the Year Bubbles and Year group zones to reduce the risk of transmission in school. However, we will be reviewing our COVID model in light of the changing environment to see when we can return to a more traditional organisation in school. Where we have noticed some benefits of the current arrangements we will endeavour to retain these in any timetable changes in February.

Contact Tracing Over Christmas

We will be maintaining our close contact tracing systems until the 23rd December. Please report any positive tests ofCOVID-19 to our dedicated email address covid@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk  and provide details of:

  • Student name
  • Year group
  • Test result – please send a picture of the NHS test result
  • Date when symptoms first appeared
  • Date when student was last in school
  • Friends/social group that are close contacts

From Saturday 19th to Wednesday 23rd December, we will be monitoring the dedicated COVID email (covid@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk) by 3pm each day. Families will be contacted later that afternoon, by email, if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case. If you have changed your contact details, (including email and mobile phone) please make sure you have informed the school.

Face coverings

There are no changes to the guidance on wearing a face covering in schools. Staff and students must wear face covering in communal areas and may choose to wear one in the classroom. Students are checked on their way into school each morning, and we have seen a rise in the number of students who are forgetting to bring in a mask. Please make sure your child has a reusable mask in the new year and a spare - put it on their list to Santa!

Christmas Charity

Scrooge is certainly not a word you can associate with the staff and students at The Kingsway School. On Friday both students and staff celebrated Christmas Jumper Day, and whilst the final total is still being counted, at the time of writing the blog we have raised an amazing £749.04 for Save the Children.

But our Christmas spirit has not stopped there and we have been amazed with the generosity and wonderful donations that have been made to local food banks. These are just a couple of snaps of the food boxes as each form brought them to the collection point.

Year 10 donations
Year 7 donations
7K showing the K stands for kindness

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Our virtual Year 11 Parents’ Evening is on Thursday 7th January, between 5pm and 8pm. The current COVID pandemic means that face to face appointments will not be possible. Therefore, we have introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online Parents’ Evening system. This allows parents to select their own appointment times with teachers. In addition, the system allows parents to attend Parents’ Evening appointments via video call. 

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Monday 14th December Year 11 return to normal timetable following PPEs
Wednesday 16th December Christmas meal
Friday 18th December School breaks up for students at noon
Monday 4th January INSET Day
Tuesday 5th January Students return to school at 8:30am

Have a good week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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