Headteacher’s Blog – Week 8

Here’s to half term two

I hope all our students and their families had a lovely half term break. I enjoyed a few days in Yorkshire enjoying the damp, but still stunning, Yorkshire Moors. Half term is also a time for students and staff to spend valuable time with their friends and families - something I always very much enjoy.

We start this half term with an INSET day for staff - where we are focussing on the teachers’ professional growth - how good teachers will become great teachers throughout the course of the academic year. In the afternoon we are welcoming to Kingsway the primary partners in our Trust - Meadowbank and Gatley - to look at the curriculum journey for students from 3 to 16.

Around school we have displays of the five year curriculum journeys for each subject.

These can also be found on our website

These journeys are to help students and their parents/carers have an overview of what students will be learning during their time at Kingsway and how that supports their GCSE success and post 16 progression.

By the end of last half term, we saw a significant decrease in the number of positive cases of COVID-19. This was in part thanks to the efforts of our students and staff in school by wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing where possible and parents who were not sending their poorly children into school.

At the start of this new half term, we want to continue on this downward trajectory, hence the letter sent out to all parents and carers at the end of the half term advising that we continue to expect students and staff to wear face coverings in communal areas. Please prepare your child for wearing a face covering in communal spaces in school and that students carry out daily LFD tests at home if there is a positive case in your household. If the LFD test is negative, students can come to school, if it is positive students must book a PCR and remain at home.

Students will be issued with more LFD kits this week to ensure they have sufficient tests. These are different to our previous kits and are easier to use because they are nasal tests only and the test tubes are pre-filled with solution. Results are also ready in 15 minutes.

Below is an open letter from Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi about the importance of children aged 12 to 15 getting the vaccine.

“Dear parents, carers and guardians,

It remains my top priority as Education Secretary to protect education and make sure children are spending as much time as possible in the classroom.

Last month, the UK Chief Medical Officers recommended that the government extends the offer of a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all 12-to-15-year-olds. This has been approved as safe and effective for this age group by the UK medicines regulator, the MHRA.

It is estimated that this country’s world leading vaccination programme has saved more than 120,000 lives. Vaccinations are building a wall of defence across the country and it is important that as many young people as possible take up the offer so we can continue to keep these defences strong.

Young people aged 12 to 15 can now book an appointment using the NHS book a vaccination service. Where possible, appointments should be booked outside of school hours to avoid missing school.

Getting the vaccine is one of the best things young people can do to protect themselves and those around them – and I want to encourage you to consider the new option for them to have their jab at a vaccination centre locally, as well as the option to have it in school.

Having the vaccine makes us all less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on and so will be important in ensuring children can do the things they love like seeing their grandparents during the Christmas holiday. Young people who get COVID-19 will miss school, and may spread it to others. That is why we are encouraging you all to support your children to get vaccinated.

The school-based COVID-19 vaccination programme has already vaccinated nearly half a million young people and visited thousands of schools. If your child is 12 or older on the day the vaccinations are taking place in school, they will be able to access a vaccine.

Further information about vaccinations for 12-15-year-olds can be found at the NHS website here.

It is also particularly important that young people take a COVID-19 test and report the result before returning to school after the half-term break, helping make sure we keep the virus out of education.

Together, we’ll beat this virus and protect the education of our children.”

Later this half term, Kingsway senior students and community ambassadors will be laying a wreath in memory of local armed forces who have died in service. Below are the details of some of the events taking place in our neighbourhood.

A reminder that the council would like to hear the views of the local community on the new railway station and the walking and cycling proposals. 

We want the investment to be focused on infrastructure that will meet the needs of and provide the greatest benefits for Cheadle’s community and economy. There is a drop in event taking place on Thursday 4th November, 2.30pm-6.30pm, Cheadle Village Hall ~ 1 Brook Rd, SK8 1PQ.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 26th November - Friday 10th December Year 11 PPEs
Friday 17th December Santa Dash
Friday 17th December @ noon Term finishes
Tuesday 4th January Students return to school at 8:30am

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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