Headteacher’s Blog – Week 22

7 days and counting… until we start welcoming our students back!

We have been planning all week, readying for their return along with the return of their teachers, the vast majority of whom have been delivering lessons from home.

Here’s the plan for our students’ return to school and engagement with the LFD (Lateral Flow Device) testing programme:

  • Monday 8th March: Year 11 return at 8:30am and receive test 1
  • Tuesday 9th March: Year 10 return at 8:30am and receive test 1
  • Wednesday 10th March: Year 7 return at 8:30am and receive test 1
  • Thursday 11th March: Year 8 return at 8:30am and receive test 1, Year 11 will receive test 2
  • Friday 12th March: Year 9 return at 8:30am and receive test 1, Year 10 will receive test 2

Testing will continue w/c 15th March until all year groups have received three LFD tests in school. Henceforth, students will be issued with tests to complete at home. More information about home testing to follow.

Testing is voluntary. However, we are aiming for as near to 100% of our staff and student population as possible to engage in the testing programme so we can play our part in keeping ourselves and our families safe. If you have not done so already, please give your consent before Wednesday 3rd March 2021 to allow staff in school to plan the administration of the testing schedule.

On their return to school, students will be following the same timetable, but in new classrooms where year groups will be split across campuses and mix in three new zones. These zones will be Year 10 & 11, Year 8 & 9 and Year 7. This allows staff to teach in their own classrooms, reducing movement of teaching staff and minimising movement of students in key stage 3. As before lockdown, students in years 7, 8 & 9 should wear their PE kit on days they have PE lessons, to avoid crowds in the changing rooms.

Teachers are poised to hit the ground running when students return and will be planning for teaching new content and recapping previous content delivered during lockdown. It is important that students return ready to learn, fully equipped. Please remember that two face masks and small hand sanitiser are included in students’ expected school equipment.

It is likely that the vast majority of students are wanting to get back to normal as soon as possible. However, we are also aware there will be some students who will need extra support on their return from lockdown. Our Safeguarding and Emotional Wellbeing Lead, Miss Cropper, will be working with pastoral teams to ensure these students are identified and get the support they need. If you have any concerns about your child’s return to school, please do not hesitate to get in touch, via your child’s Pastoral Head of Year or Form Tutor.

Last week we saw our first Wednesday afternoon of Enrichment Supporting Wellbeing. It was a great success, getting students away from their screens and taking part in activities including cooking, Duke of Edinburgh and supporting charities. 

Congratulations to Poppy B in 10I who created this incredible piece of digital art work. 

Students in Mrs Mackay’s History class have been creating their own versions of the Bayeux Tapestry ‘with a lockdown twist’. Here are the fabulous entries from Robyn B, Miranda L and Isaac P in Year 7.

Thank you to Miss Dean who came into school on Thursday and delivered Drama workshops with our Vulnerable and Key Worker students. The theme was the film ‘Matilda’. Students created fabulous sketches from the film, with some very convincing Miss Trunchbull performances!

Our students are taking up every opportunity they can at the moment and we are delighted that the first batch of electronic certificates will be winging their way out to students who have been completing the seven summits step challenge. At the moment 248 summits have been completed with Josh N in 7S completing all 7 summits already. A fantastic 19,925,945 steps have been logged so far. The challenge is still open so still time to participate.

This week sees our Kingsway family grow again as National Offer Day has come around again. We are delighted that we are again oversubscribed. This week all families who have been offered a place will receive a welcome letter and an invite to our new Facebook group for the Class of 2026. We look forward to building strong links and relationships with everyone. But if you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact transition@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Wednesday 3rd March - Afternoon Enrichment Supporting Wellbeing - no live lessons, all materials to be accessed via Google Classroom
Thursday 4th March World Book Day
Thursday 4th March Year 8 Spring Monitoring Data released
Thursday 4th March Year 8 Virtual Parents' Evening, 5-8pm (There will be NO live lessons P4 & P5)
Friday 5th March Year 7 Spring Monitoring Data released
Thursday 11th March Meet the Team Year 6 Parent Welcome Evening
Thursday 18th March Year 7 Virtual Parents' Evening, 5-8pm
Friday 26th March End of term

Have a good week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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