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Virtual Year 7 Parents’ Evening

We would like to invite you to attend our Virtual Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 24th March, between 5pm and 8pm.

Parents’ Evening appointments will be held virtually using SchoolCloud, the online Parents’ Evening system we introduced last academic year. The system allows you to schedule your own Parents’ Evening appointments and attend appointments via video call.

Appointments can be made from Thursday 10th March.

Please visit https://thekingsway.schoolcloud.co.uk/ to book your appointments. Login with the following information:

  • Parent Title
  • Parent Surname
  • Student’s First Name
  • Student’s Surname
  • Student’s Date of Birth

A video guide about how to login, book appointments and manage the video appointments can be viewed here:

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Year team who will be able to discuss arranging telephone calls with teachers.

Please note that all appointments are strictly limited to 5 minutes duration. After the five minutes have elapsed, the video call will automatically end so that all appointments keep to time. A countdown clock will appear on your screen so that you know how much time remains.

Invite another parent or guardian

A new feature of the Parents Evening System is the ability to invite another parent or guardian to your appointments. You can do this once you have made your bookings (or when you later log in and go to My Bookings). More details can be found on the Video Appointments: Parents - How to attend appointments over video call page.

On the night itself

Visit https://thekingsway.schoolcloud.co.uk/ and sign in and your appointments will load at the correct time.  All you need to do is be signed in and your appointments will automatically appear at the correct time.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 22

Welcome back after a wet and windy half term break.

Here’s some news from before half term:

On 2nd February we hosted a 'Girls in STEM day' in celebration of International Women’s day. The day was an opportunity for our girls to celebrate the achievements of Women in STEM, participate in STEM activities and meet with Louise, a STEM ambassador from Learn design.

Learn by Design delivers workshops that are practical, fun and inspiring. Increasing engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the sessions bring to life the core principles of STEM.

Our girls were involved in:

  • Robotics Programming – using coding skills to programme Lego Boost robots around a maze.
  • Practical Physics – the group took part in a series of challenges including a Batak board, sprint challenge and radar speed kick.
  • STEMinist Quiz - Using wireless remotes, linked to a 'Qwizdom' interactive system, girls explored a diverse range of STEM topics.

This was a fantastic event, organised by Science teacher, Ms Khan.

National Apprenticeship Week also took place before half term. We recognised the event with a full week of video's, presentations and online quizzes. Organised by Mrs Flood, all subject teachers took time to reference their subject to the potential related careers which are available as Apprenticeships. There has been lots of information available to students during the school day as well as opportunities for key year groups and parents to register to attend webinars to find out more about different professions. We hope this week has resulted in 'Apprenticeships' becoming a more familiar term with both students and parents.'

Another event before half term was Mental Health Awareness Week. Miss Cropper and Mrs Mann signposted students to some really useful services where students can access support if they are struggling with their mental health. Since the pandemic, 1 in 3 of us have suffered some form of heightened anxiety, low mood or feelings of worry - sometimes it's normal to not feel ok. 

In school, our students are encouraged to talk to a trusted adult who will always listen to their worries and make sure the appropriate support is made available.

Outside of school there are loads of services students can access:

For our Year 11s:

  • Togetherall - (over 16s) 24/7 anonymous support accessed online
  • Kooth - Online counselling and emotional wellbeing support

For under 16s:

  • Living Life to the Full - Online courses, and resources covering low mood, resilience and stress
  • Self Help Stockport - Online, interactive e-therapy and virtual therapies
  • SHOUT - 24/7 Text Service ~ Chat with trained crisis volunteers by text message text SHOUT to 85258
  • Hopeline UK - call 0800 068 41 41 
  • Samaritans - 24/7 Support via telephone or email ~ 116 123

After half term, our Year 11 students faced another round of PPE exams. With restrictions lifted, it is highly likely that these students will sit their GCSEs in the usual formal manner in the summer. 

Also a return to normality will be the end of Year 11 Prom. The event is being organised by Mrs Guess and the Year 11 Senior Student team. The invite criteria has been launched and hopefully as many Year 11 students will be eligible to attend.

For our previous Year 11 cohort, sadly the Prom was one of the events which did not take place. However, there was an opportunity to celebrate with the highest achievers last week when they came into school to receive their awards.

Along with Sam W who sadly couldn't make it, Nayl A and Emma R all achieved a clean sweep of grade 9s across their GCSE subjects last summer. What an incredible achievement. Emma is currently studying Biology, Chemistry and English at Aquinas college with aspirations to read Medicine at University. Nayl is studying A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics at Loreto, with a view to a career in Dentistry. 

We are very proud of Sam, Emma and Nayl and wish them all the very best for their future!

An opportunity is available for parents and carers of pupils with SEND to attend a free workshop on Thursday 17th March, delivered by PACT in partnership with Stockport LA and the NHS. 

COVID-19 Guidance

Finally, as you will be aware the guidance to schools on managing COVID has changed recently. 

A quick overview is provided below:

The legal requirement to self-isolate has been removed. However, students who test positive for COVID-19 should not attend school. The guidance says this should be for at least 5 days and following 2 negative consecutive Lateral Flow Test results. Students should not return if they have a high temperature.

Students are no longer required to take Lateral Flow Tests twice weekly. Therefore, we will stop issuing these to our students.

Routine contact tracing has ended. Contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate, or be advised to take daily tests for 7 days. Students should attend school as usual unless they develop symptoms.

Fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 are no longer required to test daily for 7 days if they are close contacts. The legal requirement for close contacts, who are not fully vaccinated, to self-isolate has been removed.

 Schools continue to retain the right to send a student home who is symptomatic.

What to do if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19

If you live with, or have stayed overnight in the household of, someone who has COVID-19, you are advised to:

  • minimise contact with the person who has COVID-19
  • work from home if you are able to do so
  • avoid contact with anyone you know who is at higher risk of becoming severely unwell if they are infected with COVID-19, especially those with a severely weakened immune system
  • limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces
  • wear a well-fitting face covering made with multiple layers or a surgical face mask in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces and where you are in close contact with other people
  • pay close attention to the main symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop any of these symptoms, order a PCR test. You are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people while you are waiting for your test result

Follow this advice for 10 days after the day the person you live or stayed with symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms).

Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has COVID-19 should continue to attend the setting as normal.

If you are a contact of someone with COVID-19 but do not live with them or did not stay in their household overnight, you are at lower risk of becoming infected. Carefully follow the guidance on Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

Rise and Shine

Our breakfast cafe is now open on Foxland Campus every day from 8am! Students are welcome to come in from the cold to purchase a warm drink, bacon butty or pastry. A wide range of breakfast items are on offer starting from just 42p for buttered toast.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
3rd March Year 8 Parents' Evening
24th March Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Have a good week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Virtual Year 8 Parents’ Evening

We would like to invite you to attend our Virtual Year 8 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 3rd March, between 5pm and 8pm.

Parents’ Evening appointments will be held virtually using SchoolCloud, the online Parents’ Evening system we introduced last academic year. The system allows you to schedule your own Parents’ Evening appointments and attend appointments via video call.

Appointments can be made from Thursday 17th February.

Please visit https://thekingsway.schoolcloud.co.uk/ to book your appointments. Login with the following information:

  • Parent Title
  • Parent Surname
  • Student’s First Name
  • Student’s Surname
  • Student’s Date of Birth

A video guide about how to login, book appointments and manage the video appointments can be viewed here:

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Year team who will be able to discuss arranging telephone calls with teachers.

Please note that all appointments are strictly limited to 5 minutes duration. After the five minutes have elapsed, the video call will automatically end so that all appointments keep to time. A countdown clock will appear on your screen so that you know how much time remains.

Invite another parent or guardian

A new feature of the Parents Evening System is the ability to invite another parent or guardian to your appointments. You can do this once you have made your bookings (or when you later log in and go to My Bookings). More details can be found on the Video Appointments: Parents - How to attend appointments over video call page.

On the night itself

Visit https://thekingsway.schoolcloud.co.uk/ and sign in and your appointments will load at the correct time.  All you need to do is be signed in and your appointments will automatically appear at the correct time.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 20

Mental Health and Apprenticeship week

This week is Children’s Mental Health week 7-13 February. The local authority have created a resource pack for parents and carers. Stockport LA has a real ambition to raise awareness of the support out there for young people, and to get them involved in the conversation. The pack contains details of a poster competition which has been organised by Beacon Counselling and is live until Easter.

This week is also National Apprenticeship Week. Throughout this week there will be frequent references to 'Apprenticeships' in form time and lessons. Our objective is that students learn a little bit about Apprenticeships and what they can offer, no matter how far away this may seem for them.

GCSE Presentation Evening

Usually by this time of year we have been able to celebrate the achievements of last summer and would have hosted our GCSE Presentation Evening. This popular event is still not possible to hold at this current time but we did not want the achievements of the Class of 2022 to go by unacknowledged so we have put together a virtual presentation which can be found on the school website. We are delighted to hear how our alumni are doing beyond Kingsway so please do keep in touch and let us know what you are up to and your continuing achievements.

STEM 

Last week STEM dominated our extracurricular activities. In addition to our weekly STEMETTES group, we also hosted a ‘Women in STEM’ day on Wednesday. Students from Key Stage 3 got involved in a variety of activities including: Robot mazes, practical physics, programming and learning about the science behind sports. We hope that these events will spark an interest in our students in their future interests and careers, in an area in which women are underrepresented.

COVID update

The local authority public health team have arranged a further 10 opportunities for people to get their vaccines during the week from 14th February (half term). All of the locations listed below will offer vaccination to everyone aged 12+ from 10am to 2:30pm. All locations will offer the Pfizer vaccine, and will be providing first, second and booster vaccines.

Please note that these are all walk-in only sites and no booking is required.

Monday 14th Adswood Community Centre
213 Garners Lane, Stockport, SK3 8QJ
South Manchester Mosque
Weybrook Road, Stockport, M19 2QD
Tuesday 15th First House
367 Brinnington Road, Brinnington, Stockport. SK5 8EN
Salvation Army Citadel
121 Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath, Stockport, SK3 0JE
Wednesday 16th St John the Baptist Church Hall
St John’s Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, SK4 3BR
Woodley Civic Hall
Hyde Road, Woodley, Stockport, SK6 1QG
Thursday 17th Life Leisure
Houldsworth Village, Broadstone Road, Reddish, SK5 7AT
Kimberley Street Community Centre
Kimberley Street, Shaw Heath, Stockport, SK3 8EB
Friday 18th Bridgehall Community Centre
Siddington Avenue, Adswood, Stockport, SK3 8NR
Offerton Community Centre
Mallowdale Road, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5NX

Social media

School leaders across the local authority have raised concerns about a noticeable shift in the use of social media since our return to school in September. In response, the following message is being sent out to every family within Stockport:

We want to remind parents that posting or sharing derogatory comments about other people can be abusive, defamatory, bullying and cause serious harm to a person’s reputation. They may also constitute a criminal offence and/or lead to civil proceedings being taken by the school or Local Authority.

 Adults, children and young people can put themselves and others at risk when they:

  • Upload inappropriate, offensive or even illegal content to their own online spaces;
  • Post or share material that could damage their reputation or the reputation of others;
  • Post or share inappropriate comments on other people’s profiles that are humiliating or result in bullying.

Where incidents are brought to our attention, we will seek advice from the Local Authority. We may also refer matters to the police. We need to set the best example for our children, so we urge everyone to think before you type/post/share and the potentially severe consequences for themselves and others. We have attached the school’s home-school agreement/ acceptable user agreement as a reminder for all.

Free school meals

Finally, please find below information on half term support for families with children who are eligible for free school meals.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 11th February Break up for Half Term at 3pm
Monday 21st February Students return to school
Tuesday 22nd February - Wednesday 2nd March Year 11 Spring PPEs
3rd March Year 8 Parents' Evening

Have a good week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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