Headteacher’s Blog – Week 27

Summer spectacular!

Welcome to the summer term… it has certainly come around fast.

I hope you and your family had a really lovely Easter break. I certainly enjoyed some much needed rest and relaxation and spending quality time with family and friends.

This week our Year 10 students start their end of year PPE exams and in just a few weeks time our Year 11 students will start their GCSE examinations. It has been two years since a year group has sat these exams in a traditional setting and it has been admirable to see how prepared the Year 11 cohort are in the two recent seasons of PPE exams. They have worked hard for these exams and I have every confidence students will achieve the grades they deserve because EFFORT = REWARD.

We ended the Spring term with two great achievements:

  • The Year 11 football team narrowly lost out to Priestnall in the Stockport School boys football finals. The team, coached by Mr Hulme, are incredibly talented and we are really proud of their fantastic achievements all season.
  • Ms Nay and her anti-bullying ambassadors led a fabulous fundraising event at the end of term with three members of staff (Mr Dubale, Mr Cook and Mr Abbott) volunteering to have their hair or beard shaved for the charity Teenage Cancer Trust. Unfortunately, I was not available to volunteer that morning (!)… nonetheless they raised £1858.72. Well done guys.

We also welcomed Year 6 parents last term in the first of our ‘Meet the Team’ events,  led by Mrs Wardle and Mrs Jones. This was an opportunity for parents to receive valuable information to help best prepare their child for their start at Kingsway in September. We also informed parents of the transition activities that will take place before September to help their child feel at home at Kingsway, including a summer school which builds on the success of the summer school last year. If you have a child starting with us in September and would like any information about the support we can offer in transition, please email transition@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Another joyful activity last week of term was the Year 11 photograph. Over 300 students and a dozen or so staff collected together to have our commemorative photograph taken. It is a really proud moment for me as Headteacher to join these amazing young people as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Here’s a sneaky preview of the before shot! 

Living with COVID-19

At the end of last term the Government announced measures for living with COVID-19. The basis of these measures is to treat COVID-19 in the same way as other infectious respiratory diseases. The need to test for COVID-19 has generally been removed, as has access to free tests.

A student who has symptoms of a respiratory illness and a high temperature should not attend school and avoid contact with other people, until they feel able to resume normal activities AND no longer have a high temperature.

If a student has received a positive COVID-19 test then they should remain at home for 3 days after the test result and avoid contact with other people. This period is extended to 5 days for an adult.

Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

Break time sports activities

Break times are much needed free time for students to catch up with friends, be fed and watered and to take a break from learning. Some students have asked for more structured activities during break time, so we have invited a local coaching company to come and trial break time sports activities such as cricket and dodgeball. This trial will continue in the summer term on Broadway campus and if proven to be popular, it will extend across both campuses.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Wednesday 20th April Year 10 PPEs Start
Thursday 21st April Year 7 Parent Information Evening, 5pm in Foxland Hall
Thursday 5th May (TBC) Year 8 Parent Information Evening
Monday 2nd May May Day Bank Holiday

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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