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Year 11 Yearbook and Leavers Hoodies Update

The Year 11 Yearbooks and leavers hoodies have arrived in school and we are arranging an opportunity for you to pick them up.

We will be based at Foxland reception from 10am-12pm on Thursday 4th June. 

Due to the current circumstances we will have to ensure appropriate social distancing measures are put in place. Therefore this will not be an opportunity to socialise, there will be a queuing system at 2m intervals and students will be invited to come into reception one at a time to collect their hoodie and yearbook. As soon as this has happened you will need to leave the school site.

If you missed the yearbook deadline there's good news! The company printed far too many by accident and so there are enough for all students. If one of your friends is unable to make it we are happy for you to pick up hoodies/yearbooks on their behalf.

I look forward to seeing you all.

Kind regards,
Mr Williams

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French Trip June 2020 Update

As many of you will know, many countries are beginning to review their lockdown policies following the outbreak of COVID-19 and in some instances, travel restrictions are being amended so that people can travel. However, advice around this is changing frequently and  I’m sure you will agree that it is paramount that the safety of our children comes first. We are therefore informing you that sadly the trip to Paris this year will not go ahead. 

As you know, we have been trying to work with PGL (our trip provider) to ensure that we do not lose the deposits we have already paid. However, in their latest communication, they have informed us that if we cancel the trip now, they will retain our initial and interim deposits of £140 per student. They have further stated that if we do not cancel the trip on or after the 1st June and the government restrictions have not been lifted, they will also keep the £140 deposit. They are stating that the trip will in effect have been cancelled by government action rather than by themselves. Either way, PGL is not prepared to issue any refunds of the initial and interim deposits.  As a school, we are disappointed at the lack of compassion shown by PGL and moving forward, will reconsider our relationship with PGL for the future. 

I know you will most likely have questions around refunds on the amounts that have been paid towards the trip so far. Our intention is to support our Kingsway parents in any way we can at this time. Please rest assured that we are currently working through the details with our insurers and we are confident that it will be possible to reclaim the deposits on your behalf. We will update you as soon as possible with any further developments.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 32

Monday 18th May 2020

This week at Kingsway, there has been lots going on with regards to supporting transition for our Year 6 students who are joining our community in September. This has included many of the Year 6s rising to our baking challenge and cooking some amazing cakes - many are first time bakers and their ability to try something new and follow instructions will give them a good understanding of the skills it takes to be a Kingsway learner!

Transition isn’t always the easiest thing at the best of times; change can be worrying. There also is increased anxiety at the moment but we are doing the very best we can to welcome our new students and their families. Part of this has been regular communication with both the students and their parent/carers. We have also been working hard on a new transition resource, developed by PIXL, called ‘Be Awesome Go Big’. This 9 week programme will see the students working through a number of issues to prepare them in advance of September. We hope that this will support them during this time and that the Class of 2025 are ready and excited to join us at The Kingsway School.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

It’s been another busy day today at ‘Kingsway HQ’ and it feels like school is getting that tiny bit busier as each week goes by. Thanks to Mr Sadler, Miss Burrows, Miss Owen, Miss West, Mr Fraser and the ever-present Mr Carr for working with the 11 students we had in school today.  

It seems like things are changing at a rapid pace and following the government’s advice last week, we are also beginning to see some of our other staff pop in from time to time as they come and work on the tasks that have been tricky to do from home (all from a safe distance of course!). As the number of students we are providing Covid provision for also creeps up, we are having to think on our feet and ensure that we are keeping our class sizes down, which meant that we had spread our 11 students across two classrooms to make double sure that social distancing was being fully observed. 

Today started as every day should with some reading and some exercise. Following their morning read in B25 and B24, Mr Fraser took our ever growing band of students to the sportshall for some basketball. The middle of the day was dedicated to Maths and the students were able to use mathswatch, whilst having their maths teachers on hand to support where needed. The students also got a chance to increase their maths Cultural Capital and learn about the unsung heroes in the movie ‘Hidden Figures’. The day ended with some more physical activity when the students were taken out into the warm May sunshine for an afternoon of games on the field.

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Thanks to Miss Wildgoose, Miss Burgess and Miss Daley for today’s activities. 

Given a PE teacher was leading the morning session, it’s no surprise there was a lot of sport involved. Basketball, table tennis, badminton and treadmill work were all involved. In the past few weeks, we’ve played friendly matches but today, the competition was on! There was frustration and perspiration but Callum and Aidan came out as the winners.

As the weather was so gorgeous, we extended our outside time to an hour, and had some frisbee matches. Miss Daley and Mr Carr gave it their all but were exhausted by the end!

The afternoon brought some storyboarding led by Miss Daley. Students watched some clips of The Simpsons and then had to retell the story but adding a twist. 

We ended the day with a quiz on the countries of Europe. Mr Carr is determined they will learn them all by the summer holidays! 

Thursday 21st May 2020

We pride ourselves with being a school that supports our local community, and so we were delighted to hear of a new project that is underway, which is another fantastic way for the wider community to connect.  

Cheadle FM is a new radio show and they are looking for participants from the community!  The station is launching soon and part of the programme will be a show called ’Reflections.’ They are looking for people from the area to narrate their anecdotes and stories from their childhood, teens or twenties. They'd also like to know, what makes living in Cheadle special for you?  We’re certain that with our Broadway campus being 80 this year that The Kingsway School is likely to be part of the memories and we would love you to share them.  

These can be funny, serious, but hopefully uplifting.

If you are able to get involved please follow these simple steps:

  1. Record your memory from the past on your iPhone/ android device.
  2. Send it to the email address below, make sure you include the title of any songs from the period of your memory to be played.
  3. Tune in to Cheadlefm and enjoy the show. 

Send your recording to: reflections@cheadleheritage.online

Thursday in school saw Miss Bowers and Mr Burniston taking the group, with support from Mr Carr and Mr Randall. After the morning read (we’ve finished the book!) we got stuck into a murder mystery set by Miss Bowers. The students were given a lot of evidence to examine and had lots of questions, as well as some interesting answers! 

In the afternoon, we took part in a geography quiz… with a difference. Mr Burniston gave each student a 4 figure coordinate and they then had to race to that location and answer the quiz question they found. Tom was the rightful winner with 13 questions answered. 

We finished the day with another quiz… this time about TV shows and Dougie came out on top with 15 out of 15!

Friday 22nd May 2020

Our students have really risen to the challenge this half term and gone above and beyond, adapting to remote learning and new systems.  We are extremely proud of their resilience. As you will be aware, we have undertaken a student voice activity to gauge problems and to look at how students are engaging and interacting with the work at this time.  Through this, we have seen that students appreciate the improvement in the clarity of the deadlines and scheduling of work. Student wellbeing continues to be one of our priorities and the feedback from a majority of students was that whilst the work was appropriately challenging, difficulties with sharing remote devices, juggling deadlines and amount of content was causing anxiety, with pupils feeling overwhelmed. As such, we have revised the timetables to make this more manageable for families and copies of these timetables for Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and Key Stage 4 (Year 10) have been shared on social media, the school website and via announcements on Class Charts and Frog. These will take effect from Monday 1st June.

The DFE has provided some guidance and advice for parents and carers of pupils in Year 7 to 11 this week.

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Raising Standards Leader.

Year RSL Name / School Email Address
7 Ms Hulance - e.hulance@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
8 Mrs Bradley - k.bradley@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
9 Ms Clarke - k.clarke@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
10 Dr Holdsworth - l.holdsworth@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Please note that school will be closed during the half term holiday, with the exception of the children of key workers, who have secured a place via the booking system. We look forward to welcoming you all back after half term.

 


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Parental FAQs – COVID-19

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to extend our thanks to all families for their efforts in supporting our move to remote learning. We do not underestimate the impact that this change to our way of life has had on most families. Whilst some children may have adapted to this new mode of learning, others will be feeling stressed and anxious, and some will be feeling demotivated. These are all ‘normal’ reactions and as a school we hope we are supporting you in addressing key concerns as they arise.

Each year group has one Raising Standards Leader (RSL) who works alongside the Pastoral Head of Year to ensure all learners are able to access the curriculum.

Year RSL Name / School Email Address
7 Ms Hulance - e.hulance@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
8 Mrs Bradley - k.bradley@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
9 Ms Clarke - k.clarke@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
10 Dr Holdsworth - l.holdsworth@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
11 Mr Williams - n.williams@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Please keep checking this page on a regular basis for updates.

Below are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers to support you in this next phase of remote learning.

FAQs

What if my child falls behind?
Firstly, don’t worry! The work that is being set is to keep students’ engaged and involved with their subjects. We will modify our curriculum as required when they come back to school and ensure any gaps in their understanding are filled.

What if my child is getting overwhelmed with the amount of work that is being set?
The priority for all students at the moment is their well-being. The work that is being set is to help keep students engaged in learning. However, if this becomes unmanageable it is fine to focus on specific subjects for a while. Doing a little bit of something is better than doing nothing.

The Remote Learning Timetable has been designed to provide structure to students. If this appears overwhelming then ask your child to choose up to two subjects to study in one day.

How much work should my child be completing?
The simple answer is one size does not fit all. We ask that students try their best and attempt at least some of the work being set providing they are fit and well.

We have streamlined the setting of work down to 2-4 subjects per day with the expectation that each one will take no longer than an hour. For Year 10 students this may be slightly different due to the expectations that they will submit work.

We urge them to speak to their RSL if this becomes unmanageable. At the end of the day, you know your children best and have first-hand knowledge of how they are dealing with this situation. If you feel they are working too hard, advise them to take a little more free time; if you don’t think they are working hard enough, encourage them to do so – contact school if you would like us to assist with this.

What if my child runs out of work?
Children work at different speeds and there are always those in the classroom who require that little bit extra. The work being set by departments is more than enough academically so our advice is to encourage them to do other things they might enjoy or try something new. They can also engage in some of the challenges that are set by the year teams on the school message board. Wherever possible good old-fashioned reading always beats staring at a screen!

My child is unmotivated or refusing to complete their work. How can I encourage them to complete it? 
Firstly this is one of many ways people will be responding to this difficult time. Encourage your child to see the ‘bigger picture’ - that school work does matter and they will be back at school soon. Reward them for completing a set amount of work - free time to computer games / social media / a treat they enjoy. Ask for help from school if you would like a teacher to speak to them. If they become extremely unmotivated or depressive, seek support - we can help you with this.

How can my child get help if they need it?
If it is a subject specific issue the first port of call is the subject teacher. You can contact your subject teacher by email. All you need is their initial and surname. This can be found on your child’s timetable, or on the 'Our Staff' page on the school website.

For example, to contact Mr A Burniston you would email a.burniston@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk. All our email addresses work this way.

If it is a general academic issue, for example; motivation to work during lockdown, you can contact the Raising Standards Leader for the year group.

If it is a pastoral issue, for example; having concerns about health and well-being, you can contact the Pastoral Head of Year.

Will there be catch up lessons when my child returns to school? How will this happen as I don’t want my child to stay in school until late every day?
All subject areas will adapt the curriculum so that lost learning time can be made up in lessons. This will include the introduction of a bespoke “recovery curriculum” to support students emotionally and socially in their transition back to school. More details will be available on this when students return to campus.

As always in Year 11, there will be after-school intervention opportunities but we do not anticipate these being on any larger scale than they have been in previous years.

Will the GCSEs be modified in 2021 ?
We await government information on any modifications. However, bear in mind that every examination candidate will be in the same position next year, having missed the same amount of school. This is significant because grade boundaries are set and grades are awarded according to performance of the candidates in that examination series only.

My child doesn’t know how to access their school email account from home. How can they do this?

  • Go to the school website: www.kingsway.stockport.sch.uk.
  • Login to the school's Frog Learning Platform (at home or in school) or use the quick link at the top of the school website (Frog Icon).
  • Enter student's school username and password.
  • Once logged in, under 'Google Services' on the student dashboard is a link to 'Student Email' which logs them into their email account automatically.

How do we log into Class Charts?
Families can log into Class Charts by downloading the app for free from one of the app stores. Once registered with the service you will need a code to access your child’s profile. All families have been given this code. If you don’t have it, do not worry, all you need to do is email your child’s RSL and they will issue it to you again. Using this code, you can then access your child’s profile.

What is Google Classroom? How do we access it?
Many subjects are using Google Classroom to set work as it is a straightforward way for teachers to share documents with students. All subjects are setting their work in Class Charts initially so this is the first place that students should look to see what work has been set.

Year 10 students only are being asked to submit work through Google Classroom. This video is a ‘how to’ guide if you want more support on using Google Classroom.

How do I access the Frog noticeboard and what information is shared there?
Go to the school website and click on the Frog logo then enter your student login details. There is a noticeboard for each year group. For Years 7, 8 and 9, RSLs are supplementing subject lessons with optional daily challenges that students may want to “have a go at”. Year 10 and 11 RSLs are also communicating messages here which will be tailored to key stage four priorities. Year 10 main priority is to complete MILESTONE assessments which are posted by departments on Class Charts. These will be marked. Students should not worry about results, these will help us to see knowledge gaps on return to classrooms

We do not have access to a computer. How can we complete the set work?
If you are finding it difficult to access a computer for your child then please do call the school (0161 428 7706) and ask for the relevant Year team to return your call. Alternatively, you can email the Year team and request paper copies of all work set to be sent home. Please advise on the best home address if there is more than one. We are sending out paper packs of work every three weeks so there may be a delay from requesting to receiving work. If this is the case please do contact the relevant RSL who can support you in the meantime.

My child doesn’t want to study a certain subject as they find it difficult or are not taking it as an Option. Can you advise?
We advise that your child studies what they love, or what they are “best at” initially in order to foster engagement. It is advisable to keep up to date with all areas of the National Curriculum and so if they are finding a certain subject difficult or would not usually put it as their favourite then ask them to look at the task set from the teacher and attempt it for 15 minutes. If they are still struggling after that then they need to note their concerns in an email to their subject teacher who will most definitely look to support them.

I am concerned as my child has none of her school books at home to complete their work in.
Many students’ books are in school. We recommend that they start a folder or notebook for school work (which could be digital) that they can bring in and show their teachers once the restrictions are eased if they wish to.

Will Kingsway be delivering live lessons via the internet (e.g. on Zoom)?
When schools initially closed, Kingsway followed guidance from the local authority who advised against live lessons for safeguarding reasons. However, we have piloted some live/recorded lessons using new technology. There have been some initial glitches with this that we are currently working to rectify. At the moment it is a case of ‘watch this space’. The school will use the usual reporting methods to communicate if these type of lessons will be launched.

How can Parents and Carers keep updated with key information?
Students in Years 7-10 can go to their relevant year group tab on the message board every day to see a themed message from their RSL. Likewise parents can click on the “Parents” tab and see messages directed to them from the relevant RSL.

Mrs Lowe also writes a weekly blog. This contains key information as well as reflections on school life.

The school usually communicates with families via email but will also share key messages via social media and text. Should your email or phone number change then please do inform your child’s RSL who will update it centrally.

How can I share my child’s efforts at home with school?
We have created a Parent News online form which you can complete in order to share your child’s remote learning journey. This might be a project they are working on or a piece of work that they are most proud of. This work will be shared with key staff and celebrated. As families you can also recommend the awarding of up to three merits per item submitted.

When would my child get confirmation of the options they have picked for GCSE? 
Ms Linnecor (Deputy Headteacher) who is in charge of Options has advised that all students hae received their option choices which they confirmed with their form tutor in March 2020. The only exceptions are students who may have had an Options conversation with Ms Linnecor after submitting their choices to "iron out" some technical issues. There were very few of these conversations held.

And finally...
Thank you to all our families who are working alongside the school to support our remote learning opportunities. Please remember that in the year team, both the RSL and PHOY are available to support, suggest and action any concerns or queries. All families are having to cope with their own circumstances so please rest assured that the whole staff here in school is behind you every step of the way and recognises the efforts you are making to support our remote learning package.

Stay safe and well and please do keep in contact with us.

If you have any further questions for our RSLs, which haven’t been answered by the FAQs above, please complete this short form and they will do their best to answer them. General questions will be answered and added to these FAQs. Questions relating to specific students will be answered by email.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 31

Monday 11th May 2020

I hope you are reading this having had a safe and restful weekend. Whilst some of the messages over the last few days were less than totally clear, you can be assured that in school, the strictest social distancing rules and best practices are being adhered to.

We had 6 students today, and thanks to Miss Hulance, Mrs Bradley and Mrs Rouse for their supervision and support today.

After our regular morning read of Billionaire Boy, Miss Hulance led the class in a tense murder mystery activity. Each student played a different character and presented their story to the group. Everyone then filled in a motive/alibi matrix, to help deduce who the killer was. Despite some interesting accusations, the perpetrator was eventually found out and brought to justice!

The afternoon was dedicated to maths work. Mrs Bradley gave students the opportunity to spend some time on their google classroom work, which is set by their class teachers. Having time to complete this in school means any queries or problems the students encounter can be dealt with quickly and easily. We also logged on to some of the great maths games programs we use for some mental arithmetic and times table revision.

After lunch, the group let their creative (and competitive) side out as we invented a new outdoor game, along the lines of dodgeball but with an elaborate scoring system and it certainly got the blood pumping and energy levels high for our mile walk. Today we diverted to Brookfields Park to avoid potentially busy pavements.

The students spent the last hour split between working on their hobbies presentation and an exercise bike competition in the sports hall, seeing who could cycle the furthest in 1 minute.

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Thank you to Mrs Healey, Mrs Gray and Mrs Burgess for supervising today’s sessions. 

Mrs Healey started the day with some reading time; we are very near to finishing our David Walliams book, so next week we will choose another book to read as a group. Some students have chosen to read individually as Dougie shows us here, tearing through his 3rd Roald Dahl book this week!

Basketball was our morning exercise, followed by the first learning session of the day. Mrs. Healey set the challenge question of ‘How does Benjamin Zephaniah challenge assumptions and expectations in his poetry?’ We started with  discussion around student’s own experiences with poetry and then we explored some of Zephaniah’s performance poetry together. Students completed some activities on the poem ‘Dis Poetry’ and they used evidence from the poem to answer the challenge question. 

Lunchtime brought another round of our newly invented outdoor game, affectionately now called Quadball! We then headed back to the classroom with Mrs. Gray to discuss how certain computer games can actually help with Maths comprehension due to their use of a ranking system.

As we took a stroll the park again, students stayed enthusiastic about their afternoon walk, despite the rainy weather.

We finished the day working on our ‘hobbies work’, ready to present on Friday. All the students have worked very hard on them so I’m sure there will be some prizes to give out!

To help with any questions you have about learning from home or ‘Remote Learning’, our RSLs have put together a FAQ sheet.

Also, further to Boris Johnson’s announcement at the weekend, schools in Stockport are working together and have some further information and updates.

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Thank you to Miss Starr, Mr Williams and Mrs Hill for organising and supervising today’s activities. 

The morning exercise consisted of the usual competitive games of basketball and badminton but also involved a relaxing pilates lesson supplied by Miss Starr. Aidan and Callum prevailed on the courts while Beth thoroughly enjoyed experiencing something new with pilates.

The students were very excited when we told them their first learning session of the day would be a takeaway! The mood shifted somewhat when it was revealed as an English Express Takeaway but everyone still took to the task enthusiastically. To start they could choose from activities such as Word Ton Soup, Tweet and Sour and Kung Poster Chicken. Moving on to the mains brought Cantonese- style Crosswords and a Poetry Platter! 

After lunch Mr Williams led an R.E. session where students focussed on what Hindus believe about reincarnation, by using lists of good deeds and bad deeds. The group were fascinated to learn about the idea of Karma and the Hindu life cycle, ‘Samsara’. Student’s used this knowledge to create a Nirvana Snakes and Ladders, where snakes represented bad deeds and a backwards move, and ladders offered rewards for good deeds. 

The sunshine was back out for our afternoon walk through the park so we extended it slightly to enjoy the fresh air, before ending the day with a final session on our public speaking presentations, ready to showcase either Friday or Monday. Dougie will be telling us all about fishing, Mason has chosen football and Aidan is a fan of Mixed Martial Arts to name a few!

Thursday 14th May 2020

Thank you to Mr. Singh, Mr. Hussain, Mrs. Archer and Mrs. Bradbury-Cheetham for today’s supervision of activities.

A different start to today in the shape of a cricket match in the sport’s hall! Mr. Singh led students in a friendly match, with some excellent fielding shown by all involved. As the sun was back out, we decided to move as many activities outdoors as possible. Mr. Singh continued his session on the number grid asking students to find prime numbers, multiples, square numbers and factors.

Mr. Hussain took the afternoon sessions and taught the students how to measure their own speed. They first did a walking lap of the tennis court to measure it’s distance, then timed each other sprinting around to work out their speed. All the student’s cheered each other on and enjoyed the time outdoors.

After lunch, the students were set the challenge of ‘Protect The Egg’! Given a drawer full of junk, the group had to create something which would stop an egg from cracking when dropped from a 1 metre height. Imaginative doesn’t even begin to describe the contraptions which were produced, but every egg survived!

After our walk we decided to take in more sunshine by having a relaxing read in the quad. Some students wanted to read alone, some with a member of staff and some students just enjoyed being read to. Perhaps some were relaxing more than others!  

Before home we finished the week long ‘Badminton Battle’ in the sports hall. To save Mr. Carr’s blushes, I won’t mention the score but let’s say well done to Dougie who left very happy!

Friday 15th May 2020

Re-opening of schools

The Government released further guidance at the start of the week concerning re-opening of schools:

This guidance appears to be focussed more on the details for the Primary sector and which years are expected in school and when, with a wider aspiration for Primary children to have a month in school before the summer holidays.

The guidance is more vague in terms of Secondary schools. They have asked schools to create some “face to face” contact with Year 10 students, but the manner in which this is to be achieved and the timeframe is not specified. As a result, all schools are currently uncertain about the ways in which the guidance should be implemented.

There is an expectation that further guidance will be issued, which will provide more detail regarding the type of provision for Year 10 students. As parents and carers, you will be concerned to know when your children will be able to return to school and what this experience will be like. We are currently planning for different types of scenarios and you can be assured that when we have definite information about plans to re-open school, we will share them with you.

In the meantime, the school is only providing provision for students of key workers and vulnerable students. If you need to access our key worker provision please complete the booking form on the school website. We are aware that some employers are seeking employees to return to work, but at this stage we are not able to extend this provision to our other students.

Have a nice weekend!


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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