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COVID-19 Update – 23rd September 2021

Dear Parent/Carer.

As you may be aware, we have experienced a recent rapid increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 within school. We have had a meeting with Stockport Public Health to review the cases at school and have agreed to increase our levels of control. Our aim is to have a measured response which balances the educational and health needs of our students and staff. In consultation with Public Health we have now amended our COVID-19 controls:

  • With immediate effect, face coverings are compulsory and must be worn in school by staff and students. This applies to all communal areas. Staff and Students can choose to wear them in classrooms. Following our earlier communications, the number of students wearing masks has increased but now Public Health have made it compulsory and we expect everybody to comply. All students must bring their own mask as part of their uniform, with the only exceptions being students who are medically exempt. It is vital that our whole school community play their part in keeping the school operating as near to normal in the forthcoming weeks to avoid the need to revert to arrangements that would have a detrimental impact on our students and their families.
  • Due to the high rates of COVID-19 Public Health advice has now changed for our families. If a household member has a positive test then siblings must remain at home and have a PCR test. They can return to school if this result is negative. Please send a screenshot of all results (negative or positive) to covid@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk
  • It is essential that everybody conducts Lateral Flow Tests twice weekly to reduce the risk of an asymptomatic student being in school. Thank you to all the families who have been conducting these regularly and informing us when they have had a positive test.

The Government’s Chief Medical Officer has approved vaccinations for 12-15 year olds. We will be communicating with families more information about this in the next few weeks. The programme for vaccinations in schools does not currently include 16 year olds.

It is now possible for 16 year olds to access the vaccine themselves.  At present our most local centre is: The Scorah Chemist based at Trinity Methodist Church. Other options can be found using this link: https://www.stockportccg.nhs.uk/news/covid-19-vaccination-options/

We are continually monitoring the situation and will communicate home as we receive further information.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we are keeping our school community safe and well.

Yours faithfully

Mrs. J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Virtual Parent Information Evening

Unfortunately, due to a rise in reported COVID cases in our local area, we have found it necessary to cancel the planned in school Parent Information Evenings.

As such, our Raising Standards Leaders have produced a year group video which includes information on who to contact, key expectations and school systems. Whilst we know that this never replaces face-to-face communication, we hope that these videos will help you as parents support both your child and the school.

Click on any year group tab to view the video.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 3

Better to be safe than sorry

That pesky COVID is still lingering around our local community. We receive reports of positive cases on a daily basis and whilst in the main our students are not unwell when they contract COVID, the risks on their vulnerable friends and family remain. Due to the increased rates in school I have included in this blog a letter from the Stockport Health team. They may recommend additional methods of control and I urge you to follow our advice and testing arrangements.

Stockport Health Team COVID-19 Update - September 2021.pdf

We will be strongly promoting MASKS ON THE MOVE from this week. This means we will be expecting staff and students to wear masks when they are moving around the school buildings. Please help us to keep your children and our staff and our families safe by sending your child to school with a face mask.

We will not be sanctioning students who do not have a face mask - instead we are relying on their mature, respectful response by wearing masks in corridors. It is also advisable to students to have their own hand sanitizer for an added layer of protection.

The Kingsway Association (TKA) is our PTA, a volunteer group of parents and carers who meet each term to discuss bids to support the enrichment of students’ curriculum. There are no fundraising activities required of parents such as bake sales, car boots etc. Instead TKA rely on voluntary contributions from each family of £10.00 per quarter. You can find more about TKA, how they support the school and how you can make your donation.

Extra-curricular sports are back and Kingsway teams have got off to a great start. Congratulations to our year 11 netball team who came second in Stockport’s tournament last week. Our superb netballers are: Izzy C-M, Tahlia M, Chloe P, Charlie L, Esme H-P, Emily F and Lydia C.

Following a successful period of engagement, Stockport Council are moving to a formal consultation around the proposed moving of services from Central Library to the new town centre Stockroom development. 

The council successfully bid for £14.5 million of the government’s ‘Future High Street’ fund to create Stockroom, a learning and discovery centre that will attract multiple generations. It is set to take over currently vacant units in the Merseyway shopping centre. The council are seeking views on whether services should be moved from Central Library to the Stockroom development. The council has promised to safeguard the Central Library building so it will remain for public use. You can find out more on this here. You can have your say on the proposals by clicking the link below. Your views matter, so make sure you have your say before the consultation closes on 18th October. 

Proposal to move Central Library services to Stockroom Consultation

The council have asked us to share this consultation so they hear as many opinions as possible. Paper copies are also available, just drop in to your local library to get yours.

Open Evening Update

It is with great disappointment that we have to inform you that unfortunately, due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the local area, we have taken the difficult decision to move our Open Evening to a virtual event. I’m certain due to the popularity of this event it will be disappointing for many prospective families who had secured tickets for the evening, but our number one priority will always be the safety of our students and staff.

However, we will still have our virtual webpage, which will go live on Thurday.

We are also planning some other events that we will share shortly. These will give you a greater insight into The Kingsway School and what we have to offer. 

This does also mean that the school will not be closing early on Thursday 7th October as the time is no longer needed to set up the event. The buses have been notified and normal service after school will resume.  Messages have been given to all pupils.

In the meantime you may be interested in reading about our fantastic transition programme, that this year was supplemented by our 7-Up Summer School.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Tuesday 21st September Year 9 Information Evening
Wednesday 22nd September Year 8 Information Evening
Thursday 23rd September Year 7 & 11 Information Evening
Thursday 30th September Year 10 Information Evening
Thursday 7th October Virtual Open Evening (please note that there is no longer an early close due to the cancellation of the face to face event)
Friday 8th October School closed in lieu of Jubilee Bank Holiday

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Important COVID-19 Update – 20th September 2021

In the last few days we have seen a significant rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 being reported to school. As a response we have advised that all students and staff should wear a mask whilst moving around the school in the communal areas and corridors. Please also ensure that your child has hand sanitiser so that they can regularly clean their hands.

A further measure is likely to be the introduction of lateral flow tests in school with those Tutor or Year groups particularly affected. We are currently looking at how these might operate. These additional tests should reduce the likelihood of passing the virus between groups within school. Testing will remain voluntary and families should continue to test at home twice weekly as normal.

These remain challenging times and your support is much appreciated.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 2

Teaching Skills for Life

This week Miss Linnecor delivered an assembly to all year groups about the importance of good punctuality to school. I have put together a parent-friendly version of her assembly. Please take a few minutes to watch the assembly which gives tips for students on how they can be organised and therefore, punctual to school.

The core values of Opportunity, Achievement and Respect are central to our school ethos. We promote these values in partnership with our students and their parents/carers. In the assembly I refer to our Home-School agreement. In order to strengthen the tripartite partnership between school, students and parents/carers, all 3 parties are asked to sign the KOAR agreement on an annual basis. This can be found in your child’s planner. Can you please take a moment to read through the agreement and ask for you and your child to sign it.

Congratulations to the following Year 8 students who completed an outstanding Maths summer homework project:

  • Lexie J
  • Meadow K
  • Lola H
  • Clare L
  • Amy H
  • Sahil A
  • Vicky C
  • Emily B
  • Harrison G
  • Maddie S
  • Isabella N
  • Emma H
  • Oliver C
  • Ellie E

We were delighted to be awarded a plaque from The University of Manchester in acknowledgement of our sustained and high-quality contribution to the university’s PGCE secondary programme. The programme supports graduates who qualify as teachers through school based placements where our experienced teaching staff support and mentor the post-graduate students, under the guidance and leadership of Miss Murray.

Class Charts and Home Communication

This year we plan to streamline our communication systems with home. As such we have a planned move to using announcements on Class Charts. Class Charts is both an app and website which you can track your child’s homework, behaviour and communications. All new Year 7 students have been sent details enabling both parents and students to access their accounts from home. If you haven’t logged on to the system for a while please do so. Enabling notifications will help you keep on top of messages and your child’s progress in school. Further information will be shared at the year group information evenings.

COVID-19 Update

We have continued to be notified of students contracting COVID-19, and it is clearly very prevalent in our local community. Please ensure that your children are conducting the Lateral Flow Tests twice a week. It is best to err on the side of caution if your child is unwell and seek a PCR test, this will reduce the risk of it spreading to groups of friends. Results are being processed extremely quickly at the moment.

Everybody should have completed at least one LFT at home by now. Here is a link to a short video in case you are unsure how to test at home. 

Remember all results have to be sent using the NHS app, and you must inform school of a positive result. 

A reminder that your child should bring hand sanitiser to school and we recommend that a face covering is worn.

Behaviour

I’m pleased to say that our students have made an excellent start to the year. They are looking very smart and I thank you for your help and cooperation in ensuring that our uniform policy is being followed so closely. Already, many students have received merits from their Form tutors and teachers. You can monitor your child’s merits and demerits by using the Class Charts app. A reminder that if a student disrupts learning then they will go to the Patrol room to work. If this is during the afternoon then they will leave the Patrol room at 3.20pm after they have completed their detention.

If your child comes to school on a bike can I please urge you to ensure a helmet is worn, and that your child rides safely and is considerate of other road users or pedestrians.

In the summer term we were advised that there was a proposal to build additional housing in Gatley and how this could generate additional demand for places in our school. Meeting the needs of our local area, and being the secondary school of choice for our local community, which includes Gatley, Heald Green and Cheadle, remains our priority. We have now been approached by the project management organisation to make our local community aware of a local housing development on the site of Gatley Golf Club. Local parents and carers can make comments on the application by registering on the Council’s planning portal or by post to Stockport MBC, Planning Services, Place Directorate, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE.

The Council’s consultation on the application runs until Thursday 23 September 2021 and all comments should quote the application reference DC/081468.

Open Evening 2021

Subject to no changes in COVID we are delighted to announce that we are able to run our Open Evening live and face to face and look forward to welcoming Year 6 prospective parents.

The event will have some small adjustments to keep everyone safe and secure and as such it will be a ticketed only event with a limit of two people (one parent/one child) per family. There will be two time slots available (5:30-6:15pm and 6.15-7:30pm). Further information is available on our Eventbrite registration page.

In order to provide as much information  as possible we will also pre record the Headteacher’s and senior students’ speech and provide our virtual open evening webpage which will go live on our website on the same day.

There will also be a limited number of places available for people who have been unable to attend the open evening and to meet the transition team. Please look out for details of these primary transition events on the school webpage following the Open Evening.

We look forward to seeing as many new prospective families as possible and showcasing the students and the school.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Tuesday 21st September Year 9 Information Evening
Wednesday 22nd September Year 8 Information Evening
Thursday 23rd Septembe Year 7 & 11 Information Evening
Thursday 30th Septembe Year 10 Information Evening
Thursday 7th October Open Evening (early close)
Friday 8th October School closed in lieu of Jubilee Bank Holiday

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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