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Ofsted Inspection Outcome – January 2020

Dear parents and carers,

We have today received our Ofsted report following their 2 day inspection on 28th and 29th January 2020. The inspection was conducted under the new Education Inspection Framework, which has a much stronger focus on the quality of education provided in schools.

The inspection was thorough with a team of 5 inspectors visiting lessons, talking to staff and students and looking through our students’ work. They also took account of your comments on Parent View.

I am delighted to inform you that the school was awarded a GOOD rating.

You can find a copy of our report below.

This is a real accolade for Kingsway. The new framework for inspection is tougher and inspectors delve in to every aspect of our school. Your children were amazing – they were not in the least bit phased by our visitors and behaved impeccably.  In their verbal feedback, the inspectors commented on what a credit our young people were to their school and to their families. I totally agree.

The report quotes many positives about our school and the improvements we have made. However, the opening statement captures the vision for our school in a nutshell:

“The headteacher and staff are working to make this good school even better. They have demonstrated the capacity to make this happen. They prepare pupils well for successful and happy lives.”

The staff at The Kingsway School have the drive and determination to make our good school outstanding and we will continue our hard work to ensure that every single child goes on to live a successful and happy life.

On behalf of the staff and governors, I would like to thank our parents for their continued support.

Have a lovely half term,

From a very proud Mrs Lowe

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Champion School!

Last week, we were delighted 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!

We would encourage all of our students to participate in this wonderful opportunity.  Please speak to your child about National Citizen Service and encourage them to find out more when they see NCS representatives in school throughout the year.  You can find out more on the NCS website.

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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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The Kingsway Association – Help Raise Funds For Our PTA!

The Kingsway Association is trying 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 PTA. 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.

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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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