Headteacher’s Blog – Week 3

Better to be safe than sorry

That pesky COVID is still lingering around our local community. We receive reports of positive cases on a daily basis and whilst in the main our students are not unwell when they contract COVID, the risks on their vulnerable friends and family remain. Due to the increased rates in school I have included in this blog a letter from the Stockport Health team. They may recommend additional methods of control and I urge you to follow our advice and testing arrangements.

Stockport Health Team COVID-19 Update - September 2021.pdf

We will be strongly promoting MASKS ON THE MOVE from this week. This means we will be expecting staff and students to wear masks when they are moving around the school buildings. Please help us to keep your children and our staff and our families safe by sending your child to school with a face mask.

We will not be sanctioning students who do not have a face mask - instead we are relying on their mature, respectful response by wearing masks in corridors. It is also advisable to students to have their own hand sanitizer for an added layer of protection.

The Kingsway Association (TKA) is our PTA, a volunteer group of parents and carers who meet each term to discuss bids to support the enrichment of students’ curriculum. There are no fundraising activities required of parents such as bake sales, car boots etc. Instead TKA rely on voluntary contributions from each family of £10.00 per quarter. You can find more about TKA, how they support the school and how you can make your donation.

Extra-curricular sports are back and Kingsway teams have got off to a great start. Congratulations to our year 11 netball team who came second in Stockport’s tournament last week. Our superb netballers are: Izzy C-M, Tahlia M, Chloe P, Charlie L, Esme H-P, Emily F and Lydia C.

Following a successful period of engagement, Stockport Council are moving to a formal consultation around the proposed moving of services from Central Library to the new town centre Stockroom development. 

The council successfully bid for £14.5 million of the government’s ‘Future High Street’ fund to create Stockroom, a learning and discovery centre that will attract multiple generations. It is set to take over currently vacant units in the Merseyway shopping centre. The council are seeking views on whether services should be moved from Central Library to the Stockroom development. The council has promised to safeguard the Central Library building so it will remain for public use. You can find out more on this here. You can have your say on the proposals by clicking the link below. Your views matter, so make sure you have your say before the consultation closes on 18th October. 

Proposal to move Central Library services to Stockroom Consultation

The council have asked us to share this consultation so they hear as many opinions as possible. Paper copies are also available, just drop in to your local library to get yours.

Open Evening Update

It is with great disappointment that we have to inform you that unfortunately, due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the local area, we have taken the difficult decision to move our Open Evening to a virtual event. I’m certain due to the popularity of this event it will be disappointing for many prospective families who had secured tickets for the evening, but our number one priority will always be the safety of our students and staff.

However, we will still have our virtual webpage, which will go live on Thurday.

We are also planning some other events that we will share shortly. These will give you a greater insight into The Kingsway School and what we have to offer. 

This does also mean that the school will not be closing early on Thursday 7th October as the time is no longer needed to set up the event. The buses have been notified and normal service after school will resume.  Messages have been given to all pupils.

In the meantime you may be interested in reading about our fantastic transition programme, that this year was supplemented by our 7-Up Summer School.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Tuesday 21st September Year 9 Information Evening
Wednesday 22nd September Year 8 Information Evening
Thursday 23rd September Year 7 & 11 Information Evening
Thursday 30th September Year 10 Information Evening
Thursday 7th October Virtual Open Evening (please note that there is no longer an early close due to the cancellation of the face to face event)
Friday 8th October School closed in lieu of Jubilee Bank Holiday

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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