Headteacher’s Blog – Week 28

Seeing the world differently

The Kingsway School prides itself on its diversity, so we welcomed the assembly focus for this week on ‘Autism: Seeing the World Differently.’ National Autism week fell within our Easter holidays, but recognising neurodiversity is an important conversation so we held our own event this week. Mrs Burgess, our resource based manager, shared an assembly with all year groups. This identified a number of recognisable people who have autism, such as Chris Packham (presenter), Anne Hegarty (TV personality) and Talia Grant (actor). Additional information was shared with all staff to increase awareness.

Enrichment

We are delighted that we have been able to introduce our extensive enrichment programme, and even more thrilled at how popular they have been. It feels like a return to normal. All of the enrichment programmes can be found on the school website and cover Sports, Humanities, STEM and The Arts. 

There are some new additions, such as the marathon challenge that was mentioned last week, but we are also delighted to broaden our Performing Arts offer. Starting this week students are being encouraged to get involved with: musical theatre; dance; acting; choir and even start working towards LAMDA which is a nationally recognised qualification in Acting, Musical Theatre and Public Speaking. We will also be running the Arts Award. All students, regardless of ability or experience, are encouraged to come and try new skills, and will have the opportunity to perform in the July showcase. We hope to uncover the next generation of Kingsway stars! 

Further information on all the enrichment opportunities are available on the website, with regular information being updated via the Frog platform.

EDT Industrial Cadets

Over half term we were delighted that 14 of our students undertook a flexible study course exploring routes into STEM. Students completed 20 hours of study over the 2 weeks, culminating in the students being awarded a Bronze Industrial Cadets award. An amazing achievement and use of their holidays. Well done to: Adam W; Alec N; Amelia E; Amelia T-M; Aneesa K; Caden T; Dylan L; Emily F; Emma B; Khalid N; Luke R; Mariam R; Nina B and Sophie J. Many thanks to Mrs Khan for organising and overseeing the programme. If you would like to be involved in any of the Routes into STEM courses that are running in May and July registration is now open and can be accessed through the tweet below:

Year 8 Speech Competition

Year 8 have recently been learning about how to write persuasive speeches and were given the opportunity to enter their speeches on the theme of ‘equality’ and ‘making the future a better place’ into a competition. The competition was judged by Sarah Jones, who is a lawyer who works to get justice for people with disabilities and for a charity who support women working towards equality in developing countries.

Sarah provided us with some really rich feedback

“It has been a real honour and a privilege to read the incredible speeches drafted by the Year 8 students. I want to thank everybody… because even taking part is making a difference - the very practice of putting our thoughts together and setting out ideas on equality are an important way to recognise the problems that we face in equality. 

The overall quality of the shortlisted speeches has been phenomenal. I am astounded that this level of quality writing has been produced by students only in Year 8! It gives me hope for the future. I find it inspiring to think what these students will go on to achieve, when they are already capable of producing work and words of this calibre at such a young age. I wish them all every success in their education and future careers. The world will certainly be a better place with students like this in it.”

We are so proud of everyone but a particular well done to:

  • 1st Place Aminah M (who has won a voucher and an opportunity to meet Sarah)
  • 2nd Place Rose S 

and our runners up - Pati K, Zach K, Meriyam C

‘The Big Ask’

We hope that all our students can stand up and have an increased awareness of the impact their voice can make on improving opportunities for young people. As such we would encourage as many of our students to participate in the largest ever survey of children and young people, which is being undertaken by the Children’s Commissioner of England, Rachel de Souza. The focus of the survey is for children and young people to inform the Government what they need to live happier lives, something that considering the past year is so important. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes and can be found via the link below.

Community

The Kingsway School is proud of its involvement in the local community and supporting local businesses and we are thrilled that this is a two-way street. We are extremely grateful to Piccolo, CoffeeFix, Bxrbers, Angela Lewis Hair and Brow Lounge for their kind donations of prizes and vouchers to support our students. If you are a local business owner and would like to donate a reward to our students please contact Mrs Jones on a.jones@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Noticeboard and messages

As you can imagine there is always a lot going on in our wonderful, busy school. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a moment to read the year newsletters written by your child’s RSL

There are a number of career opportunities that are updated on almost a daily basis by Mrs Flood. These can be accessed via the school’s noticeboard. We recommend that families in Year 9, 10 and 11 check these regularly for information relating to colleges, apprenticeships, or general careers advice.

LFD Testing

Last week all students collected their next batch of LFD tests to be completed at home. We continue to remind students to complete these twice a week (ideally Sunday and Wednesday evening). If there is a positive result, please don’t forget to inform the school (only positive results need to be reported). The current guidance is that following a positive test, students should seek a PCR test. If the PCR is positive then self isolation should commence, if the test is negative please inform school and we can confirm your child’s return to school. The email address for reporting a case of COVID-19 is covid@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Parking

Thank you to families who read my previous messages about the increasing parking issues outside Foxland and Broadway. This continues to present increased risks for our students, so we would continue to urge families not to use these areas at the beginning and end of school, but to arrange a nearby meeting point. Your cooperation in this is greatly appreciated.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Monday 3rd May Bank Holiday
Tuesday 4th May Year 11 Mini Exams Start
Thursday 6th May 2021, 5-8pm Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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