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COVID-19 Update – 20th October 2020

Further to our text message this morning, we have received notification of a further case of COVID-19 in our Year 11 bubble.

We have been in contact with the local authority health protection team about a potential link between the two cases and as such we will be asking all Year 11 students to remain isolated until we provide further information.

I am sorry to say that it is unlikely that Year 11 will be able to return to school before half term.

We will provide further information about the isolation period and work to be completed remotely as soon as possible.

Mrs Lowe

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A34 Improvement Plan – Have your say

The school is delighted that the surronding area has been chosen to benefit from the below improvements. We hope that this project will not only vastly improve road safety but also encourage our staff and students to choose sustainable travel options.

Taken from: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/a34-corridor-improvement-plan

The A34 corridor, from the junction with the M60 to the A555, is a key bottleneck. The proposed plans will increase capacity at key locations and unlock growth potential in the surrounding area.

The improvements are designed to:

  • support sustainable travel with a 5.6km pedestrian and cycle route along the A34 corridor. This includes a segregated cycle track and controlled crossings with connections to the wider Greater Manchester Cycle Bee Network and local public rights of way
  • support businesses with works to improve access to the Cheadle Royal Business Park and the Stanley Green business area by improving key junctions and providing better walking and cycling access
  • support new homes and development with improvements to junctions to provide access to and mitigate the impact of any proposed new housing development on the local road network
  • support education with replacement of an existing subway beneath the A34 at Kingsway School to provide a better link for the split school site and allow for a key east-west cycle route
  • support motorists with improved junction layouts to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide enhanced driver information on new variable message signs.

A new cycle route is proposed along Broadway creating links to existing east – west cycle connections in the area. The proposed scheme incorporates;

  • A traffic calmed route along Broadway with raised speed tables located at each junction to complement the existing 20mph zone;
  • An on-carriageway cycle route in both directions with upgraded pedestrian facilities at side roads on both sides of Broadway;
  • Provision of an upgraded raised controlled Toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at the western end of Broadway close to The Kingsway School entrance with connecting shared pedestrian and cyclist paths;
  • Access protection markings across all driveways along Broadway to reduce obstruction by parked vehicles;
  • No waiting at time restrictions are proposed to enhance visibility at all junctions along Broadway; and
  • New trees along both sides of Broadway where there are currently none provided (locations shown are indicative).

https://a34-improvement-plan.co.uk/map/entity/iB8teLnsDBIoyYOxunxP

A new subway is proposed under the A34 which connects Broadway and Foxland Road and the two campuses of The Kingsway School. The proposed scheme involves;

  • Provision of a new 5m wide and 2.7m high subway which will include a high standard of lighting and CCTV coverage;
  • Provision of pedestrian and cycle friendly paths, including a 5m wide pedestrian and cycle route on the connecting ramps;
  • A connecting path to Kingsway School via a security gate;
  • Proposed new and improved traffic calming measures along Foxland Road and Delamere Road;
  • An on-carriageway cycle route in both directions along Foxland Road; and
  • Provision of new waiting restrictions on Foxland Road to improve visibility and access.

https://a34-improvement-plan.co.uk/map/entity/d0BKSwnx1vZeMeeA2lO3

We encourage parents and local residents to add their comments to the scheme via the below link before the consultation ends on 13th November 2020.

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COVID-19 Update – 12th October 2020

This is a short update to inform you that we have been in communication with our Local Health Protection Team today following confirmation that a Year 10 student tested positive over the weekend. We are now in the process of establishing the close contacts of this student. Our intention is to have the majority of students back in school on Wednesday, there will be a further update tomorrow.

In the meantime, live lessons will continue whilst students self-isolate.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 6

Let’s be rainbows!

There have been some spectacular rainbows over the past week with the weather we have been having. Each time I see a rainbow, I am reminded of the words of American poet Maya Angelou: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”.

Leading a school during the Coronavirus pandemic feels like there is a grey cloud over me most of the time. Each day, I dread the call that we have another positive case and have to make decisions, which seem to please no one. Students want to be in school. Parents want their children in school. Teachers want their students in school. But we must also make every effort to avoid further transmission of the disease to keep our school community safe and well.

Thankfully, there are many people who are my rainbows.

On a particularly cloudy day, I decided to ditch the paperwork needing my attention, and instead walk around the Year 10 lessons taking place. I was so impressed with the engagement of every single student in their lessons - all working hard and soaking up their learning.

Mr Williams shared some rainbows last week in the form of Year 7 budding artists in 7C selected by Ms Whadcock-Jones.

I have also been really grateful to those parents who have taken the trouble to send me an email thanking me for the communication from the school in these challenging times. Here’s just a flavour of the rainbows on a gloomy day:

“I just wanted to say thank you for the way Kingsway School is handling everything at what is a really difficult time for everyone. I'm sure the current situation is a logistical nightmare for you all but the regular updates are really helpful, & I appreciate the steps that are being taken to keep our children safe. I, along with many other parents, are obviously worried about our children in year 11 who are in their final year & face an uncertain future with regards to GCSE exams & job prospects but I have confidence that we will be kept informed every step of the way so thank you for that. I hope the staff & their families are all safe & well.”

“I just wanted to say thanks to you and all of your staff for the work you're doing to keep students and families safe and minimise disruption to learning. It is a massive undertaking in a school of this size, but the communication between home and school, and the online work have been excellent. I can only imagine what a nightmare it must be for you, so thanks again.”

“I just wanted to add how impressed we have been with communication from the school throughout the induction process and how much Oliver is enjoying Kingsway so far. We are so glad we chose Kingsway for him and appreciate all your hard work and dedication.”

“The communications we received from the school were fantastic, in what must have been difficult circumstances. We have been kept informed throughout and I can happily say the one day of homeschooling we took part in was also brilliant. Thank you for looking after my daughter and her friends so well - it really does put my mind at rest whilst the rest of the world is losing theirs!”

Please keep these messages coming - I share them with our teachers and support staff to remind them of what a great job they are doing. Your positive feedback really does help staff morale at a time when grey clouds are all too frequent.

Talking of which - last but not least - the staff at The Kingsway School are my array of rainbows. They are all working so hard to provide a safe and inspiring learning environment for your children. Rushing from one classroom to another every hour, ready to shift from face to face lessons to virtual teaching and all with a smile on their face.

You can meet many of them in our first ever virtual open evening. Even if you don’t have a child in primary school, it is worth a look at what is really great about Kingsway.

As I write this blog, I am responding to the latest report of a positive case in Year 10. Again, we find ourselves putting our plan into action. Year 10 students will need to isolate at home whilst we go through the process of identifying close contacts.

We know that parents will be disappointed that their year 10 children are back learning from home. We hope that the majority will be back in school shortly.

COVID is certainly making its mark on our normal school routines. We have noticed a particular impact on our attendance data. Not surprising you might think! However, COVID related absences apart, we have also noticed an increase in non-COVID related absences. Previously, students with sniffles would have been sent into school, whereas now parents are choosing to keep them at home.

If you think your child is well enough to be in school, and they are not displaying any of the COVID symptoms, it is better for them to be in school to receive the education that they need. I appreciate this is a difficult call to make as parents; if you would like any guidance on whether your child should be in school, please get in touch with their pastoral head of year or our attendance officer Miss Stansfied - l.stansfield@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Looking forward to a week of rainbows (without the clouds!).

Have a lovely week,


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Year 7 Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4)

In school, we wish to assess all our Year 7 students to see what their needs are and how we can best help them learn and achieve. As part of this process, we will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) to all students in Year 7 during the first week back after the October half term holiday (week beginning Tuesday 3rd November).

More information for parents can be found in the letter below.

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