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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 27

Summer spectacular!

Welcome to the summer term… it has certainly come around fast.

I hope you and your family had a really lovely Easter break. I certainly enjoyed some much needed rest and relaxation and spending quality time with family and friends.

This week our Year 10 students start their end of year PPE exams and in just a few weeks time our Year 11 students will start their GCSE examinations. It has been two years since a year group has sat these exams in a traditional setting and it has been admirable to see how prepared the Year 11 cohort are in the two recent seasons of PPE exams. They have worked hard for these exams and I have every confidence students will achieve the grades they deserve because EFFORT = REWARD.

We ended the Spring term with two great achievements:

  • The Year 11 football team narrowly lost out to Priestnall in the Stockport School boys football finals. The team, coached by Mr Hulme, are incredibly talented and we are really proud of their fantastic achievements all season.
  • Ms Nay and her anti-bullying ambassadors led a fabulous fundraising event at the end of term with three members of staff (Mr Dubale, Mr Cook and Mr Abbott) volunteering to have their hair or beard shaved for the charity Teenage Cancer Trust. Unfortunately, I was not available to volunteer that morning (!)… nonetheless they raised £1858.72. Well done guys.

We also welcomed Year 6 parents last term in the first of our ‘Meet the Team’ events,  led by Mrs Wardle and Mrs Jones. This was an opportunity for parents to receive valuable information to help best prepare their child for their start at Kingsway in September. We also informed parents of the transition activities that will take place before September to help their child feel at home at Kingsway, including a summer school which builds on the success of the summer school last year. If you have a child starting with us in September and would like any information about the support we can offer in transition, please email transition@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Another joyful activity last week of term was the Year 11 photograph. Over 300 students and a dozen or so staff collected together to have our commemorative photograph taken. It is a really proud moment for me as Headteacher to join these amazing young people as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Here’s a sneaky preview of the before shot! 

Living with COVID-19

At the end of last term the Government announced measures for living with COVID-19. The basis of these measures is to treat COVID-19 in the same way as other infectious respiratory diseases. The need to test for COVID-19 has generally been removed, as has access to free tests.

A student who has symptoms of a respiratory illness and a high temperature should not attend school and avoid contact with other people, until they feel able to resume normal activities AND no longer have a high temperature.

If a student has received a positive COVID-19 test then they should remain at home for 3 days after the test result and avoid contact with other people. This period is extended to 5 days for an adult.

Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

Break time sports activities

Break times are much needed free time for students to catch up with friends, be fed and watered and to take a break from learning. Some students have asked for more structured activities during break time, so we have invited a local coaching company to come and trial break time sports activities such as cricket and dodgeball. This trial will continue in the summer term on Broadway campus and if proven to be popular, it will extend across both campuses.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Wednesday 20th April Year 10 PPEs Start
Thursday 21st April Year 7 Parent Information Evening, 5pm in Foxland Hall
Thursday 5th May (TBC) Year 8 Parent Information Evening
Monday 2nd May May Day Bank Holiday

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Latest COVID-19 Guidance – 20th April 2022

The Government has announced measures for living with COVID-19. The basis of these measures is to treat COVID-19 in the same way as other infectious respiratory diseases. The need to test for COVID-19 has generally been removed, as has access to free tests.

A student who has symptoms of a respiratory illness and a high temperature should not attend school, and avoid contact with other people, until they feel able to resume normal activities AND no longer have a high temperature.

If a student has received a positive COVID-19 test then they should remain at home for 3 days after the test result and avoid contact with other people. This period is extended to 5 days for an adult.

Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick
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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 26

Springing into action

Spring is certainly here… what a lovely weekend we have had. I hope you managed to enjoy some of the early sunshine.

Kingsway students certainly shone during the last two weeks.

Year 10 students all took part in Mock interviews. It was great to have this event back in school this year for the first time since 2019. We were delighted to welcome back our business volunteers who came in to meet and interview our Year 10 students. Before their allocated interview, students had a briefing to explain the process and had 'interview tips' highlighted to them. We were realistic that in light of the last two years our students may have felt overwhelmed and a little out of their depth in this situation but we needn't have worried, Year 10 students stepped up to the challenge beautifully and presented themselves in a mature, focused and very able manner. All our volunteers were hugely impressed with the calibre of our Year 10 students and how they approached this task. The aim of this exercise is to ensure that students have experienced an interview environment in preparation for their real college or apprenticeship interviews which will normally be in approximately 7 months! Huge thanks goes to all our business Volunteers and to Our Futures for delivering these days!

On Wednesday 16th March, around 100 members of our Student Parliament came together to raise questions and solutions about school matters to myself, Caterlink, Mrs Wardle and Mr Wood. A hot topic at the moment is the provision of activities at break time. In response to student voice, we are launching a trial of break time enrichment with a view to a full roll out after Easter. More information to follow.

Also on Wednesday we welcomed back over 150 ex-students from the Class of 2021 who came to school to enjoy an informal presentation event organised by Mrs Guess. There were balloons, donuts and lots of staff there to celebrate their GCSE success. Our grown-up ex-students left with their formal GCSE certificates and lots of lovely words about their time at Kingsway. We will miss them. We are very proud of each one of them.

There were more shining stars  in National Poetry Week assemblies. Led by Mr Carr, our Year 7 poets recited poems, limericks and sonnets to each of our year groups.

Well done to Simeon H, Josh S, Prith S & Veer-Raj S.

I'd rather have fingers than toes,
I'd rather have ears than a nose;
And as for my hair,
I'm glad it's all there,
I'll be awfully sad when it goes.

The CEO of our Trust, Miss Murray, joined me earlier in the week. We talked about developments at Kingsway and our culture of being the best versions of ourselves. On the back of this, Miss Murray joined me in a walk around school to award our merit winners with their certificates and badges. Well done to these superstars:

Whitworth: Luke R (Year 10)
Turing: Nancy C (Year 7)
Gaskell: Oscar M (Year 9) / Lowry: Patrycja K (Year 9)
Pankhurst: Alyesha K (Year 7)

And finally well done to Bastian B (Y10) who was the merit winner for Rylands - but was busy having his Mock interview.

I was delighted to see our Trust’s promotional video which contains lots of Kingsway students, and a cameo from our own Miss Dean.  Parents can also read ELT’s Annual Report.

Year 9 Art and Design students have been working on their self-portraits. They have been focusing on proportion, tone and mark making. These are some from 9G which are on display in the Art room.

We have welcomed A* coaching to school - a small team of sports coaches who are working with our students at break time to offer enrichment activities. This is currently a pilot which we will be rolling out over the summer term.

With the good weather came some poor behaviour by a small number of our student body. Sadly, some students behaved in a manner which fell well below our expected standards in Gatley last week. I would like to reassure our community that any behaviour which reflects badly on the school is taken seriously. Parents are informed and sanctions issued. We also take every effort to restore relations with the community e.g. last week a student who was involved in an altercation in Gatley, delivered flowers to the kind bystander who tried to help.

Thankfully, the vast majority of students in our school are a credit to our ethos of being ‘the best versions of themselves’. Here’s just one of the lovely social media messages we received from a member of our community. Please keep them coming!

Bike security

Please may I remind students that they should secure their bikes with a lock when using the communal bike sheds as we cannot be held responsible for any losses where these are not secure. Alternatively you could also request one of our individual bike pods which are a great way of keeping your bike safe and secure. Please contact the relevant head of year for more information. 

Dates for your diary

Date Event
30th March Meet the Team (Year 6 Welcome Event)
1st April School closes for Easter at 3pm
Tuesday 19th April School re-opens at 8:30am

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 24

Caring for one another

Last week was Golden week in school, a week where we put wellbeing at the forefront of our daily routine as teachers and support staff. There were a range of activities for staff to enjoy including Pilates Flow and Mindfulness class, staff badminton and lots of goodies to eat at the Big Breakfast. Staff also took part in a Random Act of Kindness and delivered small gifts for one another to brighten the day. It was a lovely week - all organised by our fabulous Staff wellbeing team.

Saddened by the tragic events in Ukraine, The Kingsway School launched its own fundraising appeal last week. We have already raised over £300 to help the victims of the war. Our Just Giving page is also available to parents and members of our community. If you would like to contribute to the DEC Ukraine Appeal please visit our Just Giving page.

National Offer Day

Last week we saw our Kingsway family extend again as many of our families received notification of their child’s secondary school allocation. We were warmed to hear about so many applications naming The Kingsway School. Whilst we understand that some families have not received their preferred option can we encourage you to liaise directly with your residential Local Authority who will be working hard to resolve your concerns. In the meantime we have a number of events planned in addition to our usual transition programme. We have been delighted that so many parents have joined our private Class of 2027 Facebook group which will enable us to keep you up to date with key information until you join us in September.

If you do have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the transition team on transition@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Dates at a glance
Event Led by Date Time Location Eventbrite Sign-up
Meet The Team Evening
PARENTS ONLY
Mrs Lowe (Headteacher), members of the Transition Team & Senior Leaders 30th March Session 1 ~ 4-5pm
Session 2 ~ 5:30-6:30pm
Foxland Hall Sign up here
Bridging the Gap (1) - Online safety & social media at secondary school
PARENTS ONLY
Ms Woodyer & Mrs Bull (Teachers of Computing & Business Studies) 3rd May 5:30pm Foxland Hall Sign up here
Bridging the Gap (2) - Numeracy to support your child at secondary school
PARENTS ONLY
Mrs Dyson (Head of Key Stage 3 Mathematics) 10th May 5:30pm Foxland Hall Sign up here
Bridging the Gap (3) - Reducing anxieties in the transition to secondary school
PARENTS ONLY
Mrs Mann (Operational Safeguarding Lead), Ms Nay (Anti-bullying Co-ordinator), Mr James (Cultural Mentor) 17th May 5:30pm Foxland Hall Sign up here
Bridging the Gap (4) - Literacy to support your child at secondary school
PARENTS ONLY
Mrs Sawyers (Head of Year 7 & 8 English) 26th May 5:30pm Foxland Hall Sign up here
Year 6 SEN Evening Ms Djang (SENCO) 15th June Invite only - Ms Djang to co-ordinate with individual families directly.
Transition Day & Parent Evening Transition Team 7th July ~ Further information, including details of Form Tutor to be sent near the time.
Summer School 22nd - 26th August ~ Further information to be sent at a later date.
Start of Term / Kickstart to Kingsway Monday 5th September ~ Further information to be sent at a later date.

Battle of the books

We were delighted to celebrate World Book Day with our annual Battle of the Books event - even more so to welcome pupils and their families back into school. There were some amazing performances from a wide variety of students all debating their book and engaging in a verbal battle. The panel of judges were astounded by the originality and creativity of the arguments. Year 7 were in good form with 3 representations from 8 students, and a special award was made to the Percy Jackson team who incorporated role plan, presentation skills and a boy band tribute into their performance. But the overall winner, after 4 years of contributing to this event was Emma B and Rebecca I in Year 10. Their engaging and persuasive debate around the book ‘A Recipe for a Perfect Wife’ by Karma Brown had all the judges and the audience running out to purchase their own copy.

Well done to all the participants as well as Mr Carr and Miss Williamson for organising and all the judges for making a very difficult decision.

National Careers Week

(7th to 12th March) was celebrated in school focusing on all 'Careers'.

During registration students had a daily quote to think about. This encouraged them to think and start a discussion about their future journey and the opportunities to work hard, overcome barriers and not limit themselves. We want our students to be the best version of themselves and have the brightest future so it is never too early to think about the Post-16 journey. Subject teachers directed more focus in their daily lessons to career paths which had an element of their subject in order for students to understand the breadth and diversity of where school subjects can lead. Students also had an opportunity to learn the career's journey their teachers had taken. Staff posted on their classroom doors the jobs they had previously had before working at Kingsway. There were many surprising and very different routes that our staff followed to ultimately end up in teaching. This was to highlight the number of transferable skills which allow you to progress in different directions.

We hope this focus in school coupled with the Parental Guide posted on Class Charts was the beginning of some interesting follow-up conversations at home.

Enrichment

At The Kingsway School we are very proud of our enrichment programme. There are so many different activities available and they all add to the experience of secondary school as well as providing key employability skills. Students are regularly updated on new opportunities, for example in recent weeks PE have offered Fencing and Performing Arts are holding auditions for The Kingsway Showcase. Students should keep an eye out for the information shared by tutors and class teachers, as well as our weekly updates on the PE twitter page for clubs and fixtures.

CCTV Upgrade

We are in the process of upgrading our outdated CCTV system in the external areas which we feel will aid security of the site and reduce the number of incidents. Students are still advised to bring a bike lock or use the allocated bike pods. Sadly, our facilities staff who look after the crossings have been subjected to abuse by members of the public in recent times and this will not be tolerated. For this reason we will also be providing them with body worn cameras which can be activated in the event of an incident.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
15th / 17th March Kingsway Showcase Auditions 3:15-5pm in F41
16th March Class of 2021 GCSE Presentation Event - 3-4pm in Foxland Canteen
24th March Year 7 Parents’ Evening
29th March Year 11 Macbeth Super Revision Session - 3pm in Broadway Hall
30th March Year 11 Photograph
30th March Meet the Team (Year 6 Welcome Event)
1st April School closes for Easter at 3pm
Tuesday 19th April School re-opens at 8:30am

Have a good week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Class of 2021 – Collection of Exam Certificates

As COVID restrictions are easing we feel that the time is now right to welcome the Class of 2021 back to school to collect their GSCE certificates.

We would like to invite them to come into school between 3:30pm - 4:30pm on Wednesday 16th March. They will be able to collect their certificates, enjoy some light refreshments and chat to some of their teachers. This will be an informal event based on Foxland campus. Students who have already collected their certificates are also welcome to join us for refreshments.

We look forward to seeing as many of the ex-students as possible.

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