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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 21

Preparation for life!

At The Kingsway School, we pride ourselves on how well we prepare our students for life beyond school. We recognise that a successful and happy future not only depends on good GCSE outcomes, but also on valuable work skills and attributes. We remind our students about the importance of skills such as good timekeeping, resilience and problem solving through our careers programme, which is delivered in Life Skills lessons, assemblies and focus days.

We have already been awarded the ‘Inspiring IAG’ (Information, Advice & Guidance) Gold award in recognition of our high quality careers education.

I was therefore doubly delighted last week to receive an award from the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust on behalf of Rt Hon Boris Johnson Prime Minister in recognition of our outstanding NCS engagement. The National Citizen Service helps children aged 16 and 17 build skills for work and life. Last year, over 80,000 young people spent their summer having a positive impact in their communities and developed the essential skills that will help them in their futures. Our award was in recognition of the high numbers of Kingsway students who have signed up to this project - over 30% of our Year 11 cohort!

Linked to our careers work, last Friday we were delighted to welcome Kuehne & Nagel to The Kingsway School to talk about opportunities within the Logistics Industry.  This visit coincided with National Apprenticeship Week. Here’s Mrs Flood’s report on the event:

Kuehne and Nagel are one of the largest logistics companies in the world, transporting goods by Air, land and sea for well known organisations including Waitrose and Boohoo.

K & N representatives presented to a group of Year 10 students who enjoyed learning about the different careers that exist for future Apprentices and Graduates in the logistics industry.  Logistics is a huge growth market for labour and there are an increasing number of job opportunities. Following the presentation, some students worked in teams to play a Logistics board game, all about the most economical, environmentally friendly and efficient ways to get goods from A - B.

Another group of students enjoyed a tour of the Kuehne & Nagel Lorry, which was parked up on site.  Lots of information was provided and students had the opportunity to visit the cab and see all the internal comfort and safety features.  Students also had the luxury of pressing the horn!

A massive thanks to all the staff at Kuehne & Nagel for introducing these careers to our students.

The Kingsway Association (PTA) is trying a way to increase the funds available to school without costing anyone a penny. Easyfundraising.org.uk is an easy way you can help raise money for The Kingsway Association. Buy your internet shopping from over 4,000 retailers and a percentage of what you spend is donated to The Kingsway Association at no additional cost to you. Retailers include Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Tesco and many more.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 14th February Half Term
Monday 24th February Back in School
Monday 24th February Year 11 Photographs
Tuesday 25th February Year 11 PPEs Start

Have a lovely week,


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 20

The blink of an eye!

I’m sorry it’s been a few weeks since my last blog. There’s been a lot going on and time has just ran away from me. January has disappeared in the blink of an eye and February has already begun!

So here’s a whistle stop tour of what January had to offer at Kingsway.

We began by celebrating the achievements of our December merit winners for each house:

  • Pankhurst - Zack Jordan 7E
  • Whitworth - Dyan Lamond 9H
  • Rylands - Mary Rea 7C
  • Lowry - Hannah Phillips 7I
  • Gaskell - Charlie Lund 9N
  • Turing - Emma Boaler 8K

On Thursday 9th January 2020, Year 11 received their Mock GCSE results. They will be undertaking a second round after February half term. Good luck to our Class of 2020!

Year 9 enjoyed two STEM curriculum themed days. The days were held in conjunction with one of The KIngsway's longest working partnerships - N.G. Bailey, the largest independent family owned Engineering company in the UK. The students were involved in a variety of STEM problem solving activities based around a theme of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. The event was also an occasion to launch "Unifrog" with Year 9, a complete one stop app providing comprehensive careers guidance and support.

The two day event was a competition leading to interviews for the 12 Industrial Cadet places on the EDT G04SET 10 week award programme. We are delighted to say that we have been inundated with applications from Year 9 and interviews will take place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd of January; very shortly afterwards, the successful candidates will spend a day at Manchester University as they learn about what projects they can do.  They will also meet up with their industrial link company as they begin their journey into hopefully a STEM related career. Students found the day immense fun and very beneficial with a few records being split between multiple winners, due the quality of tasks completed to such high standards.

Year 9 students and their parents also attended our Options Information evening, where representatives from across our school’s curriculum were present to provide valuable information and advice about their GCSE courses and where they could lead in a student’s career. There are some new courses being considered for September 2020 including Dance. For more information on Year 9 Options click here or contact Deputy Headteacher, Ms Linnecor (m.linnecor@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk).

To finish off a busy month, last week we were visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for schools, Ofsted. This is always a significant event for any Headteacher. It was two days of very rigorous scrutiny into the work of our school, judged against a new Inspection Framework. The report will be published in a few weeks at which time I will share the outcome with students, parents and carers. Whilst we are unable to feedback any details of the inspection until the report is published, I would like to say thank you to all the families who completed the parent questionnaire. In addition, I want to share with you my gratitude to our staff who pulled together and supported one another during the stressful 2 days. But most of all, I was so proud of our young people who presented themselves in a mature, confident and polite manner. They were a credit to their families and their school.

Finally, it was a great day of cross country racing on Sunday at Heaton Park. Year 10 students Akira Edgson and Will Parker had qualified to represent Stockport in the Yr 10/11 category. Both ran really well and Akira qualified to represent Greater Manchester in the National Finals.

So as we look back over our shoulder to January and Ofsted, we are now looking forward to Spring and the hard work ahead for our Year 11 students who are preparing for their GCSE examinations which start in just 10 weeks time. Yes, in education time goes by in the blink of an eye - but it’s fun while it lasts!

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Thursday 6th February Year 9 Parents’ Evening
Friday 14th February Half Term
Monday 24th February Back in School

Have a lovely week,


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 16

Happy New Year

A warm welcome back to our staff, students and families.

We have started 2020 with a vengeance!

I gave an assembly to all students about how proud they make me feel. Particularly when I drop in to their lessons and see them working hard with a focus on their learning. I have to remind myself what a tough job school can be - the amount of ‘stuff’ students need to learn and recall is vast. From equations in Maths and Science to quotes from Literature and learning by rote in Drama and Languages.

The standard of their written work is also exceptional. I popped in to Miss Tunnell’s Year 9 English lesson last week and saw students improving their work on Martyn Pig to achieve higher grades. I was hugely impressed with what they had written in just one lesson. Walking around lessons is a real tonic - your children are working hard and you should be rightly proud of their achievements.

In the assembly, I also talked about how our students make me proud outside the classroom. For example when they are representing the school in community events or representing school sports teams or just taking part in enrichment activities. I had the pleasure of reading the GCSE Latin coursework for a group of Year 9 students and Miss Murray who are now studying the level 2 course after successfully completing level 1 at the end of Year 8. Wow! What an accolade.

I am also proud of how respectful our students are and the maturity they demonstrate on a daily basis. They are a caring bunch, looking out for one another and behaving respectfully in school. I loved being asked “Did you have nice Christmas Miss?” last week or being wished  a “Happy New Year Miss”.

What a lovely start to 2020 I had!

Another great experience last week was our Year 11 GCSE mock results day. All Year 11 students were formally given their mock results by senior staff on Thursday morning. All students acknowledged that their results reflected the amount of studying they did. From those who achieved the highest possible grades, to those who were disappointed with their outcomes but solemnly acknowledged “I didn’t do much revision Miss”. These exams provide a crucial learning opportunity for our Class of 2020. They now know how big the mountain is they need to climb in order to get the grades needed for the next stage in their education/career pathway.

The good news is that support is here for them. All they need to do is take advantage of it .  It could be a 1:1 conversation with their teacher, attending extra-curricular revision or studying at home using online materials. Our Year 11 have only 14 school weeks until their first GCSE exam so they need to start revising now. After 5 years, that’s a lot of “stuff” they need to be able to recall in the summer!

Year 11 were joined by their parents on Thursday evening for the first parents’ evening of the academic year. The evening was really well attended with parents absorbing all the information from teachers as to how they can help their child reach their potential. Thanks to all those parents who completed the evaluation form and left some really positive comments about the education their child is receiving at Kingsway. If you were unable to attend or would like more information about how to help your child in their GCSEs, please get in touch with Year 11 RSL, Mr Wiliams (n.williams@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk).

Please join me and extend a very warm welcome to new staff who started with us this week. Mrs Nieman will be supporting the Languages department as Foreign Language Assistant and Miss McSheffrey joins us as Head of Performing Arts. Welcome to them both.

Finally, we have seen a few uniform issues creeping in this week. Namely AirPods, acrylic nails and trainers - all very welcome Christmas presents I assume, but not so welcome in school.

Please can you help us by ensuring your child has the correct uniform and equipment for school each day. Thank you.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Wednesday 15th January Year 9 SEN Coffee Afternoon
Thursday 23rd January Year 9 Options Information Evening
Wednesday 29th January Year 11 Photograph
Thursday 6th February Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Have a lovely week,


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 15

Seasons greetings

Christmas is coming and we've had a week of celebrations.

Let me start with celebrating those students who have worked hard all term, getting themselves to the top of the merit tables. I was delighted to share their success with them last week by presenting their certificates and badges to them in their lessons.

Gaskell winner, Nayl Ahmed (Y10) was in Mrs Greenwood’s GCSE German lesson. Nayl was responding to the FAR marking of an exam-style writing task, which he had written on the theme of free time, so he was correcting and extending his language.

Imogen Davies (8T) and Esme MacDonald (8T) were joint winners for Rylands. They were in Mrs Bradbury-Cheethams Art lesson, where they were doing oil pastel studies of John Piper’s work - a British artist.


Emma Boaler (8K) was Turing’s highest merit total winner. Emma was in Mr Dubale’s Maths lesson, where she was in the process of completing her "red pen retest" from the first Year 8 end of unit test.  Emma then went on to learn about conversions between fractions and ratios.

Dylan Lamond (9H) was the Whitworth winner this month. Dylan was in History where Mrs Mackay was teaching the lead up to the Second World War with a focus on Chamberlain's policy of appeasement and the analysis of the cartoons of David Low.

Pankhurst winner, Zack Jordan (7E) was in Music with Mr Wood, where they were doing their assessment using duration notation. They were creating their own 4 bar rhythms then arranging them so they demonstrated Pulse, Call & Response, Polyrhythms and team/ensemble skills.

Finally, Lowry winner, Hannah Phillips (7I) was taking part in the scholars’ workshop.

On 13th December, Year 7 scholars were invited to a workshop presented by Stephen Frew from ‘Tomorrows Engineers’. This is a charity which aims to enthuse and instruct young people about the world of engineering and STEM.

The scholars spent the day learning about renewable sources of energy, discussing why these are important in the industry of today, and then making and testing electric cars. Students worked together as engineering teams and spent time considering variables in order to achieve a set distance for their car before it ran out of energy.

Students were encouraged to develop creative technological ideas in order to enter the ‘bright ideas’ student STEM challenge and become engineers of the future.

Dr Holdsworth, who organised the event said:

“The 50 students taking part today were chosen based on achieving and maintaining greater depth in their Year 7 studies and being awarded the highest Attitude To Learning scores in the year group. We hope that by providing our students with enhanced learning opportunities that we can help them to compete for the most sought after college and university places in the future.”

Congratulations to Della Skarratt, Emma Young, Georgie Cavanagh, Grace Knight, Ayesha Khan, Laiba CHoudhry, Emma Boaler, Kate Scott, Rebecca Ikin and Faith Francis who helped to raise £32,020 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. We received some lovely certificates for the girls from the RBL thanking them for supporting the armed forces community, past and present.

On Monday evening, The Kingsway School performed their annual Christmas Concert at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Cheadle. It was amazing - our best ever! There were performances from our talented orchestra, Kirsten Attfield who performed a clarinet solo, the beautiful chamber orchestra, the fabulous French singers, the flute choir, the super guitar ensembles, the gorgeous Year 7 Chamber Choir, Tilly Earnshaw & May Bradley’s duet, the stunning Year 10 GCSE performance and our school choir's grand finale. Not to mention the outstanding staff choir who performed a christmas song written by our very own head of Music, Mr Lawton. It was a truly wonderful evening - thanks to all the staff, students and families who supported the event.

As I write this blog, school is limbering up for our inaugural Santa Dash. So far students have pledged over £4,000 towards charity for the event, which takes place on Thursday morning. More information to follow via social media and the school website.

Finally, as part of their work to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people, Stockport local authority officers have co-produced (with children, young people and families) a set of outcomes which create a framework for measuring how well every child or young person, including those with SEND, reaches their own goals. To collect a wider view on the proposed outcomes the local authority have asked schools to share the following link for parents to complete:


Dates for your diary

Date Event
Thursday 19 December 2019 Charity Day Santa Dash - students finish early at 12pm
Monday 6 January 2020 Students return to school at 8:30am
Thursday 9 January 2020 Year 11 PPE Results Day
Year 11 Parents' Evening 5-8pm

Wishing all our families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 14

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Goodness me! This half term is flying by - not only in school, but also with festive preparations at home too. We have our tree up and outside lights and the turkey is on order! There’s something about Christmas that makes hard work fun!

Kingsway also got into the festive spirit this weekend at Cheadle Victorian Christmas Market day. Near ‘Splat the Victorian Rat’ and the Coconut shy you will have found the amazing ‘Human Fruit Machine’, Manned by Kingsway’s student ambassadors!  The stall was great fun for children of all ages. The Cheadle markets were a huge success with hundreds of visitors throughout the day. I even got the chance to do a bit of Christmas shopping from the craft fair and makers’ market.

Here’s Liam, Georgie and Jodie being the fruit machine!

On Friday 6th December, a small corner of Kingsway was transformed into a Christmas grotto for a bauble painting workshop. Year 5 students from Cheadle Primary, Prospect Vale, Etchells, Lum Head and Gatley painted snowmen and penguins, whilst singing along to festive music and enjoying a visit from Father Christmas himself. What a great way to start the festive fun!

Finally, congratulations to ex-student Ben Metcalf who has just competed in the national finals at World Skills UK live at the NEC in the patisserie and confectionery section. Ben got the silver medal in his category. Well done Ben and congratulations - feel free to bring some delicious cakes for me to try!

Date Event
Monday 16 December 2019 Christmas Concert at St. Mary’s Parish Church
Thursday 19 December 2019 Charity Day Santa Dash - students finish early
Monday 6 January 2020 Students return to school - 8:30am

Have a lovely week,


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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