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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 7

Squid Game

We have received the following guidance from the local authority regarding the Netflix show Squid Game. 

Squid Game is currently one of the most popular shows on Netflix and has a rating of age 15 and above. The programme centres around a series of children’s games that have deadly consequences, and is very violent in nature. 

We understand that there is other adult content and despite its initial appearance it is not suitable for younger children. The BBFC have awarded Squid Game a 15 rating in the UK for “sexual violence references, injury detail, crude humour, sex, suicide, sexual images, violence.” This is very different from the 12a rating which allows younger viewers if they are supported by a parent or other guardian. The 15 rating states that the material is “suitable only for 15 years and over” with no concession for accompanying adults. Parents may not have realised the age certification of the programme and you may wish to alert them. 

Parents can also apply parental controls to Netflix if they wish by setting up a Netflix children’s profile, this limits viewing to TV shows and movies which have been carefully selected for children.

To do this:

  • Go to https://www.netflix.com/account
  • Scroll to 'Profile & Parental Controls' and click on the profile you want to manage.
  • Click 'Change' next to the Viewing Restrictions setting.
  • Enter your Netflix password.
  • Set the maturity rating for the programmes and films you want to allow in that profile.

COVID-19 update

Please see the attached joint letter to parents of secondary school and college students in England on COVID-19 testing and vaccines from the Secretaries of State for Education and for Health and Social Care.

I am pleased to communicate that our rates of COVID-19 in school have been falling week on week since we re-introduced some additional COVID controls. Following a meeting with the Local Authority we will review the current arrangements. Any changes will be announced later this week. 

Good news

I received a lovely message from the manager of the Headway Charity Shop in Cheadle village. Last week, two of our students Oscar and Esme (pictured below) were awarded a certificate of achievement and dedication to the charity. Oscar and Esme have been volunteering for over 12 months every Saturday for the charity that works to improve life after brain injury.

As mentioned last week, I had the pleasure of a celebratory breakfast with the Year 10 students with outstanding Attitude to Learning. Mrs Bradley (Year 10 RSL) also joined us for a scrummy pain au chocolat. Surprisingly, all that remained was the fruit!

Year 7 updates

For the first half term, Year 7 students have been able to leave at 2:50pm to support a staggered exit. From next half term onwards this will come in line with the rest of the school and students will leave with the bell at 3pm. They will also move more in line with the Break 2 lunches. At the moment they leave period 3 with their class teacher at 12:15pm, but from half term this will be 12:20pm as they are now all familiar with the systems in school. Before students return to school please can we ask you to check that their Parent Pay accounts have been topped up ready for their lunches on Tuesday 2nd November.

Miss ABC

Let me introduce our Anti-Bullying Coordinator, Miss Nay!

Hi, My name is Miss Nay and I’m one of the Behaviour Mentors of The Kingsway School. I’m also the Anti-Bullying Coordinator. I am available if any students have concerns or worries regarding bullying either for themselves or others.

We have at least 2 student Ambassadors for each year group who are approachable with a friendly face for the first contact.

Any conversation with a student will be treated with sensitivity and understanding. We have a thorough system in place to deal with any issues, small or large.

Posters are available in the classrooms with my email details and a dedicated Anti-Bullying mobile number. You can of course speak to any adult in school who can direct students to me. The Anti Bullying mobile number is 07871 074544 and my email address is missabc@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 22nd October School closes for Half Term
Monday 1st November INSET Day
Tuesday 2nd November School re-opens

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 6

This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week which runs from 9th to 16th October. The awareness week is an opportunity to bring people together, highlight Greater Manchester’s zero tolerance to hate crime and encourage both victims and witnesses to take a stand and report hate crime.

Greater Manchester stands together for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Hate crime will not be tolerated here. If you’ve been a victim or witness of hate, report it and get support ~ www.letsendhatecrime.com

Please always contact your child’s year team if you have any concerns about the mental health of your child. There is further support from our local authority for any young person who suffers with low mood or anxiety. 

COVID-19

A reminder that our school has different rules in place following advice from Stockport Public Health, and these are different to the national guidelines.

At present, students and staff need to wear a mask in school, although they do not have to wear them during lessons. Students must bring their own mask with them each day.

Isolation guidance is also different. If a person tests positive for COVID-19 in a household, then any children attending Kingsway MUST isolate and book a PCR test. They can return to school if they have a negative PCR result.

Home testing using the Lateral Flow device kits is a foundation of the government’s efforts to control the virus in schools. Please can you ensure that all your children test twice weekly. 

Our rates of COVID-19 are still high, but due to these measures we have seen the numbers begin to level off.

Student News

More great news - Year 11 student Holly D has been called up to the under 16 England squad to play Wales on October 31st.

Holly is a shining example of the importance of enrichment. Opportunities outside of the classroom build students’ character and confidence and allow them to learn new skills and develop talents. Enrichment is the focus of this week’s assembly, expertly delivered by our senior student team.

Finally, congratulations to the following fabulous Year 10 students who achieved the highest possible ATL (attitude to learning) scores on their last assessment: Emma B, Luke R, Jamie P, Esme M, Imogen D, Lilly T and Bastian B. They will be enjoying a delicious breakfast with myself and Mrs Bradley later this week.

Whilst we didn’t have our face to face event Open Evening continued using our virtual platforms. Whilst technology can never replace the real thing we hope that the Virtual Event will provide some insight into our beating heart. If you haven’t seen it yet please take a look. We will also be updating our social media platforms with daily insights from students and staff to give you further insight. 


Last week we also got to meet Year 6 pupils at Gatley Primary when some of our teachers went across to deliver our Performing Arts workshop. Led by Mrs Dunn, students got involved with art, dance, drama and music all around the theme of Oliver. We hope they enjoyed it as much as we had and we looked forward to visiting our other schools throughout this week.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 22nd October School closes for Half Term
Monday 1st November INSET Day
Tuesday 2nd November School re-opens

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Open Day Event 2021 – 7th October

Last week we launched our Virtual Open event for all prospective students and their families! It will be available on our website throughout October so please use the link below to hear from teachers and students, find out about the admissions process and see how students create the best version of themselves.

You can also read about our fantastic transition programme, that this year was supplemented by our 7-Up Summer School.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 5

In this week’s blog, I have asked Miss Woodyer to share some important information regarding additional funding available to school. 

The Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of students from when they start school to when they leave in year 11. In order to receive this additional funding, we are required to provide information to the Department for Education confirming which children meet the criteria below.

  • All children eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years. If your child is eligible for free school meals or has been since January 2015 this will generate pupil premium funding. To be eligible for free school meals you must be in receipt of the appropriate benefits and have submitted an application for free school meals. If you qualify for the appropriate benefits but have chosen not to apply for free school meals please consider applying. You do not have to take up the free school meal for school to attract the funding. Free school meals cannot be backdated so you should only apply if you currently qualify. 
  • Children who are, or have previously been, adopted or in the care of the local authority. The pupil premium for 2021 to 2022 includes pupils who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). If your child meets this criteria and the school is unaware, notifying us could help your child receive the additional support that they are entitled to. We respect and understand the sensitive nature of any information passed and can assure you that all information will be received and treated with the strictest of confidence and in line with our data protection responsibilities as set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK GDPR. 
  • The Service Premium gives schools extra funding to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces. Students attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
    • One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces. 
    • One of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years
    • One of their parents served in the regular armed forces 
    • One of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

If your child meets one of the above Service Premium criteria please let us know as this will enable us to claim this additional funding.  

Please help us to maximise the amount of Pupil Premium that the school receives by getting in touch with our Data Manager a.page@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk  before 7th October2021 if you feel your child meets any of the above criteria.

Outdoor Coats

Now that the weather has turned some students have started to wear hoodies to school. A reminder please that hoodies are not permitted in school. We would appreciate your support by encouraging your child to wear a suitable outdoor coat to school over their blazer and to leave their hoodie at home. Students have been informed that if their hoodie is seen during the school day it will be confiscated.

Presentation Evening

Unfortunately, we have made the difficult, but sensible, decision to postpone our GCSE Presentation Evening. The event, which celebrates the success of the class of 2021, was due to take place next month. It will now take place in the new year. More information to follow.

Class Charts

As explained in the year group information evening videos, we are streamlining our communication systems. This involves Class Charts becoming a central communication tool for both parents and students. From October this will be the main method of communication, providing information on: homework; behaviour; and, announcements, including letters home and we move to a more paperless system of communication. If you have not recently logged on to Class Charts, or your son/daughter has not yet registered please do so by half term so that you do not miss vital information. If you are uncertain of your login details, please contact your child’s year team in the first instance.

Year 7

We are absolutely thrilled with how our Year 7 students are settling into The Kingsway life. This was evident last week when all Year 7 students completed their CATs test. The Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) are a battery of tests which reveal an individual’s reasoning, logic and ability to work with information and can accurately predict potential for success. Further information has been provided in Dr Holdsworth’s Year 7 Information Evening video. Any student who was absent last week will have the opportunity to complete the tests in the next couple of weeks. Further information about the results will be forthcoming, and will be used by teachers to tailor support in classrooms, including stretch and challenge.

Year 7 Virtuoso Programme

We are thrilled to announce that all our Year 7 pupils will be given an opportunity to learn an instrument, free of charge in the first instance, as part of our ‘Virtuoso programme.’ Where possible this will include the use of a school instrument for both lessons and home practice. The Kingsway prides itself on its extensive extra-curricular opportunities as we firmly believe that it provides students with: a chance to learn new skills; make new friends; and enhance future college and job applications. Learning music has also been shown to support academic performance. We hope as many students as possible will engage with this opportunity. All details can be found on the form, but it is important to note that there is a limited amount of spaces available and all applications must be completed by Friday 8th October and will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.

Open Evening

A couple of weeks ago we made the disappointing decision to move our Open Evening to a virtual website. This means that students will not be leaving school at 12.25 this Thursday, and this has been communicated home and to the bus services that will continue as usual. If you would like to view our Open Evening offer please go to our school website at 3pm on Thursday 7th October. 

We are certain that prospective parents and their children would appreciate an opportunity to hear from our existing parents, so if you get the chance to complete the short 5 minute Parentview questionnaire that would be very much appreciated.

Reminders

  • Form tutors are monitoring the ‘hits’ of views by parents to the Information Evenings that were published last week. If you haven’t yet done so, please access the videos on the school website.
  • Your child’s planner is a key tool in communication between home and school. At the front of the planner, you will find our K:OAR agreement - this is a set of values shared between the school, students and their family. Please can you make sure that you and your child have signed this agreement.
  • Foxland Road - A polite request to be mindful of our neighbours if you are dropping off or picking up your child on Foxland Road. Please do not park across driveways or block access as this can be difficult for those who live on the road.

Celebrating our alumni

Former Kingsway student, Eli Campbell, already has a successful football career, currently playing for Everton FC, but we are absolutely delighted that he has been called up to the England U18s squad. We will be cheering him on and wish him every success.

Dates For Your Diary

Date Event
Thursday 7th October Virtual Open Evening (please note that there is no longer an early close due to the cancellation of the face to face event)
Friday 8th October School closed in lieu of Jubilee Bank Holiday
Friday 22nd October School closes for Half Term
Monday 1st November INSET Day
Tuesday 2nd November School re-opens

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 4

What a difference a week makes

Last week was one of ‘about turn’!

Following guidance from the local authority health protection team, we returned to compulsory wearing of masks in communal areas. I have been so impressed with our young people who have shifted back into this routine quickly and easily. Whilst we have a small number of disposable masks, I strongly urge students to bring their own mask into school, ideally with a spare. Please encourage your children to include a mask as a mandatory item of uniform when they leave the home in the morning.

Vaccinations

Vaccinating 12 to 15 year olds is a much discussed topic, with varying opinions across the nation. At the end of last week, we were advised that eligible students (with consent) will receive their COVID-19 vaccinations in school on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th October. The programme is managed by the NHS and the Local Authority’s Schools nursing team. Our role is merely to collect consent forms, provide a place for the vaccination process and to manage students on the days.

The following students will not be eligible for vaccinations:

  • Year 7 students who are not 12 by the 5th October.
  • Students who are over 15 years old by the 5th October. These students can receive the vaccine at other centres.

Letters and consent forms were quickly distributed on Friday afternoon. The turnaround is tight! To order the correct number of vaccines, all consent forms must be returned no later than Wednesday 29th September 2021. If you did not receive a form and would like one, you can access this on our school website. These need to be returned to form tutors.

We respect the views of all of our parents on this matter. Whether you choose for your child to be vaccinated or not, the importance is the health and education of our young people and I hope that this next step in the government vaccination programme will help us to secure the continuity of providing a quality education to all our young people.

Home COVID-19 test kits

Students will be issued with more test kits in school this week. They should be testing twice weekly and reporting results on the NHS app. Positive results should also be sent to covid@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

The local public health protection team have produced this infographic to help guide parents and carers to the course of action.

Calendar cancellations

Disappointingly, we also decided to cancel some key face to face events including assemblies, year team information evenings and our annual spectacular open evening which showcases the spirit and ethos of our school. But our current priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and their families and so we will divert our energy into making fabulous virtual events.

Cheadle Village Partnership

One meeting I was able to attend in person last week was the Cheadle Village Partnership meeting. There was great excitement to hear that the town had been successful in securing around £14 million through the government town investment fund. The money is being used to create:

  • a new single platform rail station joining Cheadle to the wider public transport network, transforming accessibility to Stockport Town Centre and beyond
  • comprehensive active travel proposals which include a network of new cycleways to link together residential, employment and transport destinations. Promoting health and reducing local congestion
  • an innovative state of the art low carbon eco business park that will act as an exemplar for low carbon technologies and clean energy production. The eco park will cluster small and large businesses, accelerating the green business sector

It is great to hear that one of our local towns is thriving and growing despite these challenging times.

Sporting updates and Enrichment

It’s great to see our students still looking for ways to enrich their experiences at The Kingsway School. Trampolining proved incredibly popular last week with over 60 Year 7 girls attending.

On Thursday our Year 11 Rugby team played our first ever Cheshire Shield game against Wilmslow High School. The PE staff were delighted with their commitment and impact in what turned out to be a very close game, 14-20.

It was great to see some students taking their love of being active outside of school and we were very grateful that Jack B’s mum in Year 9 shared photos of Jack as he completed the Manchester Junior Run this weekend, getting a personal best no less at the same time!

Please make sure you let us know what you get up to both in and outside of school as we would love to recognise and celebrate all your hard work and commitment

As enrichment is very much back on the agenda and part of our school life we are delighted to say that in addition to the Kingsway Active opportunities the Performing Arts department have also rolled out their offer. Students should check Class Charts announcements and the Frog platform for information about the opportunities available.

Senior Prefects

Well done to all the students who will support the Senior Student Team as Senior Prefects. We’re certain that they will help support and guide all our students and will be a valuable contribution to school life.

Alec N 11G, Amber K 11G, Alex W 11I, Elise M-K 11S, Charlie A 11T, Izzy C-M 11G, Ellis W 11T, Jessica B 11S, Frankie W 11E, Nina B 11I, Rashid O 11G, Ruby W 11S, Toby M 11E, Sophie J 11E, William G 11C, Violet T 11E, Ahnaf K 11Y, Emilia T 11E, Dylan L 11H, Ellie T 11N, Haaziq A C 11C, Esme H-P 11K, Harry A 11I, Jennifer B 11T, Sameer S 11S, Jessica A 11H, Zak H 11S, Mariam R 11K, Sienna C 11E & Nika Y 11Y

House Merits

To all those students who have been counting those hard earnt merits, we were delighted to release the first Merit total updates for this year. It’s a hard fought battle and it is very close at the bottom end at the moment, so there is everything to play for but well done to every single student who has contributed to their House’s overall success to date:

  • 1st Lowry (12835)
  • 2nd Whitworth (12348)
  • 3rd Turing (11701)
  • 4th Pankhurst (11563)
  • 5th Rylands (10599)
  • 6th Gaskell (10561)

Let’s see if things change by the next update!

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Thursday 7th October Virtual Open Evening (please note that there is no longer an early close due to the cancellation of the face to face event)
Friday 8th October School closed in lieu of Jubilee Bank Holiday
Friday 22nd October School closes for Half Term
Monday 1st November INSET Day
Tuesday 2nd November School re-opens

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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