Headteacher’s Blog – Week 5

In this week’s blog, I have asked Miss Woodyer to share some important information regarding additional funding available to school. 

The Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of students from when they start school to when they leave in year 11. In order to receive this additional funding, we are required to provide information to the Department for Education confirming which children meet the criteria below.

  • All children eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years. If your child is eligible for free school meals or has been since January 2015 this will generate pupil premium funding. To be eligible for free school meals you must be in receipt of the appropriate benefits and have submitted an application for free school meals. If you qualify for the appropriate benefits but have chosen not to apply for free school meals please consider applying. You do not have to take up the free school meal for school to attract the funding. Free school meals cannot be backdated so you should only apply if you currently qualify. 
  • Children who are, or have previously been, adopted or in the care of the local authority. The pupil premium for 2021 to 2022 includes pupils who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). If your child meets this criteria and the school is unaware, notifying us could help your child receive the additional support that they are entitled to. We respect and understand the sensitive nature of any information passed and can assure you that all information will be received and treated with the strictest of confidence and in line with our data protection responsibilities as set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK GDPR. 
  • The Service Premium gives schools extra funding to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces. Students attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
    • One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces. 
    • One of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years
    • One of their parents served in the regular armed forces 
    • One of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

If your child meets one of the above Service Premium criteria please let us know as this will enable us to claim this additional funding.  

Please help us to maximise the amount of Pupil Premium that the school receives by getting in touch with our Data Manager a.page@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk  before 7th October2021 if you feel your child meets any of the above criteria.

Outdoor Coats

Now that the weather has turned some students have started to wear hoodies to school. A reminder please that hoodies are not permitted in school. We would appreciate your support by encouraging your child to wear a suitable outdoor coat to school over their blazer and to leave their hoodie at home. Students have been informed that if their hoodie is seen during the school day it will be confiscated.

Presentation Evening

Unfortunately, we have made the difficult, but sensible, decision to postpone our GCSE Presentation Evening. The event, which celebrates the success of the class of 2021, was due to take place next month. It will now take place in the new year. More information to follow.

Class Charts

As explained in the year group information evening videos, we are streamlining our communication systems. This involves Class Charts becoming a central communication tool for both parents and students. From October this will be the main method of communication, providing information on: homework; behaviour; and, announcements, including letters home and we move to a more paperless system of communication. If you have not recently logged on to Class Charts, or your son/daughter has not yet registered please do so by half term so that you do not miss vital information. If you are uncertain of your login details, please contact your child’s year team in the first instance.

Year 7

We are absolutely thrilled with how our Year 7 students are settling into The Kingsway life. This was evident last week when all Year 7 students completed their CATs test. The Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) are a battery of tests which reveal an individual’s reasoning, logic and ability to work with information and can accurately predict potential for success. Further information has been provided in Dr Holdsworth’s Year 7 Information Evening video. Any student who was absent last week will have the opportunity to complete the tests in the next couple of weeks. Further information about the results will be forthcoming, and will be used by teachers to tailor support in classrooms, including stretch and challenge.

Year 7 Virtuoso Programme

We are thrilled to announce that all our Year 7 pupils will be given an opportunity to learn an instrument, free of charge in the first instance, as part of our ‘Virtuoso programme.’ Where possible this will include the use of a school instrument for both lessons and home practice. The Kingsway prides itself on its extensive extra-curricular opportunities as we firmly believe that it provides students with: a chance to learn new skills; make new friends; and enhance future college and job applications. Learning music has also been shown to support academic performance. We hope as many students as possible will engage with this opportunity. All details can be found on the form, but it is important to note that there is a limited amount of spaces available and all applications must be completed by Friday 8th October and will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.

Open Evening

A couple of weeks ago we made the disappointing decision to move our Open Evening to a virtual website. This means that students will not be leaving school at 12.25 this Thursday, and this has been communicated home and to the bus services that will continue as usual. If you would like to view our Open Evening offer please go to our school website at 3pm on Thursday 7th October. 

We are certain that prospective parents and their children would appreciate an opportunity to hear from our existing parents, so if you get the chance to complete the short 5 minute Parentview questionnaire that would be very much appreciated.

Reminders

  • Form tutors are monitoring the ‘hits’ of views by parents to the Information Evenings that were published last week. If you haven’t yet done so, please access the videos on the school website.
  • Your child’s planner is a key tool in communication between home and school. At the front of the planner, you will find our K:OAR agreement - this is a set of values shared between the school, students and their family. Please can you make sure that you and your child have signed this agreement.
  • Foxland Road - A polite request to be mindful of our neighbours if you are dropping off or picking up your child on Foxland Road. Please do not park across driveways or block access as this can be difficult for those who live on the road.

Celebrating our alumni

Former Kingsway student, Eli Campbell, already has a successful football career, currently playing for Everton FC, but we are absolutely delighted that he has been called up to the England U18s squad. We will be cheering him on and wish him every success.

Dates For Your Diary

Date Event
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
Friday 22nd October School closes for Half Term
Monday 1st November INSET Day
Tuesday 2nd November School re-opens

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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