Headteacher’s Blog – Week 40

Smashing it

What an amazing day we had at our annual Sports Day! Our students ‘smashed it’ with many records broken…

Here’s Mr Duffy’s report: 

After a long wait to get the annual House competition up and running again after a three year break, this eagerly anticipated event proved to be a great success! It provided an excellent opportunity for our students to demonstrate the excellence, dedication and enjoyment they have for sport and also to show their support for all!

With a huge number of different students taking part in a variety of traditional athletic events, we had a great day celebrating athletics, competition and the hard work that students have demonstrated by competing for their House. We had lots of outstanding performances from students across all year groups and it was great to see so many different students involved in the day. With over 20 school records broken, the day was not only a huge success from a sporting point of view, but also gave students the opportunity to push themselves physically and mentally, show excellent courage and also enjoy being part of a whole school event.

Thank you to all of the students who represented their House and the school in such a positive way and who supported all other students throughout the day. The noise from cheering and celebrating the success of fellow students was excellent and the whole day was a positive and enjoyable experience for all involved.

A special mention must be made to Jess Lord who was one of the 19 students who broke a school record. Jess broke the Year 10 records in 100m, 200m, 800m and Long Jump, with times and distances that will be etched into Kingsway Sporting history books, hopefully for many years to come. Every race position counted towards the coveted Kingsway House Sports Shield and the results could not have been closer, with the winning House winning by only 3 points! The Kingsway House Sports Shield for 2022 is Lowry!

We look forward to Sports Day 2023, where the event will be bigger and better than ever before!”

Year 6 Induction Day

What a smashing day Year 6 had last week during their induction day. Over 270 eager students arrived to be greeted in the hall to have their first ever Kingsway assembly and to meet their form tutor and members of their form. Everyone was excited and had an amazing day sampling a range of lessons, bonding in their form groups and enjoying some relaxation at break times.

Later that evening, parents and carers came into school to meet their child’s form tutor and hear about the Kingsway life that their son or daughter will be looking forward to in September. They gained insight into what they had been doing throughout the day as well as valuable information so that their children can start positively in September. Parents also had the chance to meet their child’s form tutor, who will be the first point of contact for the next five years, and the families of other form members. It was a delight to be able to open our doors and welcome the families into the school. For parents who were unable to attend, copies of the presentations can be found here.

The Class of 2027 look like they will be a cracking cohort - I can’t wait to meet many of them at our Summer School at the end of August and meet the rest of them in September.

College Taster Days

On Tuesday 5th July, we took a small group of Year 10 students to Manchester College’s Taster Day. This was an afternoon session which showcased the variety of the courses on offer at this college. Students had an opportunity to select two workshops to attend, which ranged from Bricklaying to Animal Care to Hair and Beauty. This was just a snapshot of the college and although the Northenden campus is closing down, we hope it gave our students a flavour of college life at Manchester and the diversity of what can be studied post-16 on vocational courses.

Our Year 10 students continue with tasters days to other colleges this half term, including Xavarien and Loreto colleges, amongst others.

Year 7 Scholars

At the Kingsway School we pride ourselves in catering for students of all abilities. We run a scholars programme for our most able students to equip them with skills and talents to give them the ‘edge’, through an enhanced curriculum program.

Last week, the Year 7 scholars followed a level 1 Makaton Sign Language Course, which is a recognised qualification. Next year these students will visit local Primary schools and teach basic Makaton language skills to younger students in the community.

Same Day Reflection Update

Following on from the letter you will have received outlining this possible permanent change to our detention system, I want to update you on our same-day reflection trial, which we started last week.

By Friday, we were able to close over 95% of issues that had resulted in a C2 sanction, compared with the previous week, where too many detentions were being upscaled, meaning students and teachers were entering a new week without issues being resolved. We think this shows that students are behaving more appropriately in their lessons because they know with certainty that they will have to stay after school if they don’t.

Thank you to those of you who attended the drop-in sessions and those who have contacted us with comments or questions about the proposed changes. We thought it would be useful to share the feedback from these.

Weather Warning

It looks like we will be ending this term with a few days of sunshine and high temperatures. Please remind your child to bring a refillable water bottle into school and sun cream if needed. Also, we have noticed more students suffering from hay fever this summer. If hay fever affects your child, please consider giving them a non-drowsy antihistamine in the morning. We are also relaxing our uniform rules next week with ties and blazers optional to help students feel more comfortable. 

COVID Update

As I’m sure you are aware, we are experiencing another wave of COVID in the region. In school, we are seeing the number of staff and students absent with Covid begin to increase. The Government’s guidelines for schools have not changed and we are to use the same approach as with other respiratory diseases. Therefore, if your child feels too unwell to attend school then they should remain at home.

In the event of a child having a positive COVID test result, they should remain off school for 3 days, and avoid contact with other people. The notion of close contacts no longer exists. Therefore, you do not need to inform the school who they have been in contact with.

We will provide further information should this situation change.

Uniform

In case you are replacing items of uniform over the summer holidays, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you about our uniform policy

Uniform Policy

  • Footwear: Plain, flat, below the ankle all black leather footwear only (including soles). Footwear should have no air pockets, different coloured laces or any additional decoration. It should not be a sports shoe.
  • Trousers: Must be school approved tailored trousers – no jeans, canvas, chinos or corduroy allowed.
  • Jewellery: No jewellery may be worn, this includes earrings and other piercings. Please note we do not allow plasters over new piercings – students will be asked to remove all piercings. Students can wear a watch; however Smart Watches are not permitted.
  • Make-up: Students seen wearing makeup will be required to remove it. Nail varnish and false nails (including gels and acrylics) are not permitted, neither are false eyelashes.
  • Outerwear: Students should wear a coat suitable for the climate. Hoodies are not permitted.
  • Promotional Clothing: Clothing which promotes e.g. sports teams, political groups, etc is not permitted
  • Haircuts: Extreme haircuts are not permissible, e.g. unnatural hair colour (including red) and shaved heads less than grade 2. As a Health and Safety measure, long hair should be tied back from the face during lessons where there is a potential Health and Safety risk, e.g. Food Technology, PE and Dance classes or during a science experiment.

Footwear

Only footwear that is all leather, black and has no air pockets will be allowed.  Any additional decoration needs to be removed. There are examples on the school website of footwear that is allowed.

I would also like to reinforce that ‘Hoodies’ are not allowed in school and are not a substitute for a coat or a school blazer. Students are permitted to wear hoodies to and from school but from 8:30am until they leave school at 3pm, the hoodies should be in their school bags and not seen. 

Finally, any false eyelashes or acrylic nails need to be removed before returning to school. Piercings are not permitted; even new ones so please do not allow your child to get a piercing towards the end of the holidays as they will be asked to remove them when they return. If you have any queries regarding uniform then please contact your child’s Pastoral Head of Year.

Message from Greater Manchester Police (GMP)

The police have been in touch to inform us that some young people have been trespassing at Moseley Old Hall (a listed Tudor house in Cheadle). They have asked the school to advise students that this building is unsafe as there are loose floorboards and that the property possibly contains asbestos. The police have stated that there is CCTV in the area and if any young people are found on the property they will take action.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 15th July Year 11 Prom
Wednesday 20th July School closes at noon for Summer Holidays
Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd September Staff INSET Days
Monday 5th September Year 7 & 11 start at 8:30am
Year 7 to arrive at Broadway
Year 11 to arrive at Foxland
Tuesday 6th September All year groups start at 8:30am

Have a great week everyone.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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