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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 6

Welcome visitors!

Last week we had four furry visitors to our school - Tricky, Gelart, Max and Mr Lucky (along with their handlers) were brought in as part of our school’s commitment to being drug and knife free. The team of 4 dogs walked around the entire school on Wednesday afternoon and carried out checks on every student and their belongings during a 2 hour period. The dogs are trained to ‘sniff out’ drugs or knives and were brought in as part of our safeguarding strategy.

Whilst we do not have any specific concerns - we want to be proactive in keeping all our students safe.

During their afternoon at Kingsway, the dogs found no student (or their possessions) in possession of drugs or knives. The handlers also commented that Kingsway was one of the most positive and safe environments they had inspected in recent times. Our students behaved incredibly well and quickly returned to learning after the dogs had visited their classroom. If you would like any more information or have any specific safeguarding concerns, please contact our designated safeguarding lead Miss Cropper.

Other welcome visitors last week were the groups of prospective parents and families who chose to have a look around our school during a typical school day. These tours took place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and started with a cuppa and a biscuit in our library, catered by our new Year 7 students. Senior leaders escorted the parents around school, dropping in to lessons to see how well Year 7 had settled in but also to see how focussed students across the year groups were in their studies. We saw some bleep testing in GCSE PE, heard some Harry Potter reading in English and students learning historical facts in History. The feedback from the parents was really positive with feedback how calm the school was. One parent stating:

“The students are so focused! I can't believe that they've been in the classroom for such a short period of time and have got so much work done already. They're really here to learn!”

Over the last few weeks, we have been taking some time to look at the work in students’ books and how well it is presented. Asking students to keep their workbooks organised and well presented will help them when they come to revise for their assessments later in the year. Whilst most of our students keep their books organised, we have spotted the odd one here and there that are already letting standards slip. Next half term, we will continue our drive on this and class teachers will be asking students to pay special attention to keeping their work books as well presented and organised as possible.

We are super proud of one of our own this week, Mrs Marsh (Art teacher) has written and illustrated her own book to help young people suffering from bereavement. Mrs Marsh brought a prototype of her book in to school - it is a beautiful book that she started writing 13 years ago when her father sadly passed away whilst she was pregnant with her first child.

It was great to celebrate the monthly merit total winners for each house this week. The first of the year. The September merit total winners were:

Emma Boaler (8K) for Turing

Here’s Emma in Miss Sawyer’s English class where the class were learning about the damaging effects of white supremacy in relation to the text they've been studying ('Noughts and Crosses' by Malorie Blackman).


Jack Bray (8E) for Pankhurst

Here’s Jack making Pasta and sauce in his Food Technology lesson.


Aleeza Sattar (10S) for Gaskell

Here’s Aleeza in Miss Slater’s GCSE French lesson.


Joe Bracegirldle (10H) for Lowry

Joe was in Miss Woodyer’s GCSE Computer Science lesson, learning about the data capacity of secondary storage and how to calculate data capacity requirements for different scenarios.


Lewis Bartram (8H) for Whitworth

Lewis was in Miss Fairclough’s Geography lesson where they were learning about a sustainable aid project in Kenya and how it is having a positive influence on improving people’s lives.


Grace McKenna (9A) for Rylands

Grace was in Graphics where students were creating mood boards of inspirational images to communicate ideas of design influence of their festival, aid the creation of their festival and the design of related merchandise.

On Monday and Tuesday our Music Department put on two nights of musical magnificence in the form of our Year 7 Showcase. Students across all 12 year 7 forms all sang two songs from the eighties to current day and then collectively performed a Little Mix number called The Cure. I absolutely loved it - the children sang their hearts out, ably supported by Mr Lawton, Mr Wood, Mr Davidson and Miss Jackson. 


Students can gain merits for good classwork, homework, contributions to lessons and commitment to enrichment activities. All the merits awarded contribute to the House Cup which is presented to the Head of House at the end of the year.

Here’s the totals so far…

  • 6th place with 13852 merits is Mr Howarth’s RYLANDS house
  • 5th place with 15424 merits is Miss Slater’s PANKHURST house
  • 4th place with 15441 merits is Mr Duffy’s WHITWORTH house
  • 3rd place with 15604 merits is Miss Willet’s GASKELL house
  • 2nd place with 16685 merits is Mrs Lucas’ LOWRY house
  • 1st place with 17289 merits is Mrs Bentham’s TURING house

But it’s all to play for with 5 more half terms to go! Come on everyone, get those merits rolling in!

Dates for your diary:

  • Break up for Half Term - Friday 18th October
  • Staff INSET Day (students not in school) - Monday 28th October
  • GCSE Presentation Evening - Thursday 14th November
  • Review Day - Friday 15th November 2019
  • Sports and Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening - Wednesday 20th November
  • Year 9 Careers Speed Dating - Thursday 21st November

Have a lovely half term break,

Mrs J. Lowe

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Review Day

Review Day will take place on Friday 15th November 2019. On Review Day, parents/carers are invited into school for an appointment with the form tutor to discuss student progress and pastoral matters.

Students must attend the meeting, preferably with their parents/carers. Students attend school only for the meeting and spend the rest of the day working at home. Please be aware that we can provide supervision in school for families for whom this presents child care issues.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 5


Who doesn’t love Strictly? It is a dazzling spectacle of glitz and glamour, showcasing the talent and hard work of the contestants.

Well, Strictly stands in the shadow of our Open Evening on Wednesday 2nd October. It was a glorious celebration of our inspirational students and staff.

There was so much going on, it’s hard to know where to begin.

The amazing year senior students gave a confident presentation to hundreds of prospective parents. They prepared their own speeches (which they learnt off-by-heart) and Powerpoint slides. One parent said she felt they were so good that it moved her tears. A huge thank you to (Boys, Girls L to R) Callum, Hassan, Josh, Joe, Lily, Aroush, Sarah, Kirsten and Amy.

Here’s a flavour of what was on offer:

  • Detective work in English to solve the clues to who committed stole Dumbledore’s lemon drops in Harry Potter!
  • Murder mystery in Maths as well as the chance to complete some ‘Doddle’ tasks!
  • Dissecting organs in Biology and chemical creativity in science!
  • Hindu snakes and ladders in RE!
  • Performances by our choir and dance groups!
  • Identifying poos from the past in History!
  • Iron Man and Woman competitions in PE!
  • All finished off with some delicious French cheese and wine in the MFL department

No wonder everyone looked exhausted when they left!

If our Open Evening was FAB-U-LOUS, then there was a glitter ball trophy for the children from our feeder primary schools who came to Kingsway to take part in a visual and performing arts showcase. Students from Lum Head, Meadowbank, Prospect Vale and Gatley Primary schools spent a day at Kingsway completing a range of activities showcasing their creative skills. This included a piece of art work, a song and a dance all around the theme of ‘The Greatest Showman’. The children were incredible and it was lovely to share the brilliance of their hard work with their parents and families who came along in the afternoon to see their performances.

It’s a ten from Kingsway!

And there is more musical magnificence to come. All Year 7 students are currently rehearsing for a compulsory part of their KS3 curriculum: ‘to perform to an audience’. The dates are below. We hope you can make it - I promise it will be one of the best nights of your life!

At the end of last month, our new Head of History, Miss Bowers, took 100 Year 11 GCSE History students to Kenilworth Castle. It was very, very wet. However, despite the rain, students explored the ruins of the castle and were given a tour of how the castle has changed from the 1100s to now. Despite truly terrible weather conditions, our students conducted themselves in a manner that made Miss Bowers and her department very proud. They actively engaged with the tour and the vast quantity of information they were given and many showed off their excellent subject knowledge. Pupils were commended by the tour guide and several pensioner visitors that they interacted with. The department are looking forward to taking Year 10 in June.

Over the past few weeks, Miss Wardle, Mrs Jones, Mr James and myself have been visiting our feeder primary schools (Bolshaw, Cheadle, Gatley, Meadowbank, Lum Head, Prospect Vale and Outwood) to provide prospective parents and students with an insight into life at The Kingsway School. We have spoken to groups of parents after school regarding their priorities and talked to groups of Year 5 & 6 children about what they are looking forward to and what they are most concerned about when moving from primary to secondary school. I would like to thank all our associated primary schools for hosting us. It was great to meet such lovely parents and incredible students.

On a beautiful Autumn Thursday morning, Mr James took some Year 7 students to join the ‘Friends of Scholes Park’, planting flowers in their community planters. The FOSP committee were really impressed with our students, especially the way in which they supported the younger students with the task at hand. Well done guys for making a positive contribution to our community.

Finally, we have a couple of vacant positions at our school. It is a fantastic place to work. If you are interested in any of the following posts, please see our website for more information:

  • Receptionist
  • Learning Support Assistant (Mainstream SEN students)
  • Resourced Support Integrated Assistant (Resourced SEN students)

Dates for your diary:

  • Year 7 Showcase (THEKIN) - Monday 14th October 2019 6:30pm
  • Year 7 Showcase (GSWAYC) - Tuesday 15th October 2019 6:30pm

Have a lovely week,

Mrs J. Lowe

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Drug and Knife Detector Dogs at The Kingsway School

As part of our commitment to being a drug and knife free school, we occasionally undertake random checks using trained detection dogs. This is a proactive safeguarding measure and is not undertaken in response to any specific concerns.

On Wednesday 9th October 2019, two teams of dogs (Mr Lucky, Max, Tricky and Gelart) passively checked students, their belongings, classrooms and communal areas. The company that we used visit schools across the country (as well as policing major events) and reported that The Kingsway School was one of the most positive and safe environments that they have inspected in recent times.

In total 1125 individual students were checked in a 2 hour period, no student or their belongings were found in possession of either drugs or knives.

If you have any concerns or comments that you would like to make, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

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Open Evening – Discover what The Kingsway School has to offer!

Discover what The Kingsway School has to offer!

Join us for our Open Evening on Wednesday 2nd October, 5-7:30pm on our Broadway Campus.

At The Kingsway School we have outstanding teachers who nurture and develop a passion for learning, delivering an exciting and inspiring curriculum, where students excel.

We are proud of the way that our school community accepts and celebrates the diversity within it and we strive to ensure that every single student is supported to achieve their potential, irrespective of their background or beliefs.

In addition to the academic focus, The Kingsway School offers a broad range of popular enrichment activities and opportunities for students to make a difference to the world around them.

Come and see us in action at our Open Evening where you will be able to:

• Have a guided tour to get a flavour of the Kingsway ethos.
• Meet our staff and students to hear about their Kingsway experiences.
• Take part in a huge range of fun activities including science experiments, cupcake decorating, trampolining and French boules.
• Enjoy a display of our current students' talents, including: musical performances, demonstrations of sporting and artistic excellence, drama pieces and presentations of students’ work across a wide range of subjects.
• Meet the Headteacher, Jo Lowe, and hear about her vision for The Kingsway School.

Experience how The Kingsway School could be the right choice for you.

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