Headteacher’s Blog – Week 26

Welcome to the start of the summer term 2021.

Rather than looking back on what the last year has been like, I thought we should start the summer term looking forward, with enthusiasm and anticipating what is to come!

The Class of 2021: For our Year 11 students, we now have more detail about how the teacher assessed grades will be used to replace their GCSE exams. Teachers are currently working on this process, ready for the submission of grades by the 18th June 2021.

Year 11 students need to continue to work hard and try their best as is our vision ‘to be the best versions of themselves’. Whilst the evidence for their grades will take account of what they have achieved thus far, it will also take account of their future academic performance. This includes the mini-exams which will be taking place between 4th May 2021 and 14th May 2021.

I am sure that Year 11 students and parents will have questions, for example about leaving school, prom and results day. We will continue to communicate with our students and their families as soon as decisions have been made. 

The current expectation is that, for the vast majority of Year 11 students, their last day in school will be Friday 28th May 2021. However, some students may be required to return to school to provide supporting evidence for their GCSE assessments. We will also continue to support students after 28th May 2021, with advice and information on their post-16 pathways.

Students will receive their GCSE results on Thursday 12th August 2021 - more information to follow.

Aside from Year 11, other students can also look forward this term to fifteen weeks of hopefully uninterrupted learning! I am pinning all my hopes on a Covid free term for our staff and students and their families. We will continue to take the necessary precautions including:

  • the wearing of face coverings in school (as per the updated government guidance on 6th April 2021). The Prime Minister’s roadmap suggests that this rule will be relaxed on Monday 17th May 2021. We will share updated information with our families nearer the time.
  • twice weekly rapid testing at home for all staff and students to help identify anyone who has the virus, but is not displaying symptoms so that they can isolate and keep their family and school community safe.
  • separation of year groups at social times and one way systems in both campuses to avoid the spread of the virus across student groups. 

The Class of 2026: 2026 seems a long way in the future, but these ten and eleven year olds are already gearing up for joining Kingsway in September. We are really looking forward to meeting them and their families in the coming weeks. Mrs Wardle (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Jones (Transition Mentor) have a rich array of events taking place to help aid students transition to high school, despite the barriers presented to us by the pandemic.

This week, we will be holding our Welcome Evening for the class of 2026 parents and carers. Usually this would have been a face to face event but, due to current restrictions, we will be posting a welcome presentation on the Class of 2026 Parents’ Facebook page and on our website at the same time. Should you have any comments or questions, please post them below the video on our Facebook page, where Mrs Wardle and Mrs Jones will be available from 5:45pm to respond to you. We hope that this will allow for greater engagement and enable you as parents/carers to ask us questions directly.

Following this event, we will also post a FAQ sheet to share with all families.

Finally, I would like to add my tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh who passed away last week. I too hope to live to 99 and look back on a life well lived. One of my first actions as Headteacher at The Kingsway School in 2013 was to introduce the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to provide opportunities for Kingsway students to have fun, make new friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. Since then we have had many hundreds of students successfully complete the award, pushing their own boundaries and creating the ‘best version of themselves’ in the process. I could not be prouder of any young person who works hard and always tries their best - there is no greater attribute in my eye!

Tribute from Miss Horsey (DofE Coordinator)

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been a huge part of my time at The Kingsway School and is a great celebration of a range of achievements our students have completed - from volunteering in the local community, to walking 10km in the pouring down rain! 

It was an honour to represent the school at Westminster Abbey in November 2016, in attendance with HRH Prince Phillip, celebrating 60 years of the award. 

Our students have really showed what the Duke of Edinburgh is about - creating memories which allows students to build the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to make the most out of life. 

Whilst the COVID pandemic has had a huge impact on our lives, The Kingsway School DofE students have shown great determination to complete the award and I’m proud to continue working with the students as they complete their award. 

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Thursday 15th April Year 6 Virtual Welcome Evening

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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