As I write, it’s a week to the end of term, two weeks
to Christmas, and a milestone for those of us who
are not lovers of winter — the shortest day draws
nigh on 21 December 2016. But for now, it’s time
for me to look back on events from this Autumn
Half Term. But firstly, I bring you a quick headline: this marks the last
edition of the
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You might have guessed from the front page and conversations with
your children that we have just been entertained by this year’s Chari-
ties Week. A lively and lovely Kings’ tradition that raises lots of money
for the students’ chosen charities and I hope you enjoy reading the full
report shortly. I thank the Senior Student Team and House Captains
for their fantastic work in creating a thrilling week of activities at
break and lunchtimes and I know the photos will tell the story of all
Thank you to everyone who took part and for your very
enthusiastic support and generosity!
We also came together in November on a more reflective note for our
Remembrance Day Services held in St Andrew’s Church and I thank
Subject Leader Mrs Shorrock and the History Department for organis-
ing the services and all our student readers and musicians.
We will be going to church again this week to remember the real meaning of Christmas, which I know will be a
special time and there has been more merry music-making with the wonderful Winter Concert in which students
excelled themselves and in this final week of term they have been sharing their joyful singing and playing at local
care homes. I know the residents always greatly appreciate their happy visit.
There have been lots of exciting enrichment activities this term. Languages students practised their German on
the trip to Berlin, as well as other trips and talks; many of which you can read about in this newsletter and on our
Looking ahead to the next academic year our Year 11 students enjoyed the Sixth Form Taster Day in November
when they tried out subjects at A Level, and the perks of not wearing uniform, their Sixth Form Common room
and of course free study periods!
Interviews are scheduled early next Spring Term and students can see Head of Sixth
Form Miss Hopwood with any queries who will be pleased to help.
On our return in January, Years 11, 12 and 13 will be sitting their Pre Public Examinations (PPEs). I cannot em-
phasise enough the importance of these exams that will provide vital preparation before the public exams in the
summer; not least as many subjects are now linear exams. Thank you to parents for reinforcing to your child
how hard work now will be beneficial and help them to be prepared and confident in their learning. The PPEs
are also a useful guide for teachers to determine students’ tiers of entry for the summer exams. I know you will
find time during the Christmas holidays to encourage your child to revise, as well as relax and recharge. Students
can find essential revision materials on Firefly, as well as using their notes.
As we began the term on a celebratory note with Awards Evening we will end the
term with our Achievement Assemblies in year groups and I am looking forward
to seeing our young people recognised for their contributions and accomplish-
ments to the Academy.
Well done to you all!
Finally, I end this head’s up by thanking staff and students for all their diligent
work this half term and thank you to parents for
all your support at home and I wish you and your
family a Happy Christmas time.
Head’s-Up from Mr Richardson
Headteacher, The Kings of Wessex Academy
Contents in this edition…
Students are Top of the Pops
End of Autumn Term Roll of Honour
Praise from Regional Schools Commissioner 13
“We will remember them” 14-15
Our Engineers of the Future 16-17
The Kings Art
Year 12 Driving to Success 21
Sixth Form Taster Day
Cheddar Arts@Kings Theatre
Winter Concert & thank you to Mrs Marshfield
Historians Kip on a Ship 24-26
Scientists investigate Spectroscopy in a Suitcase 27
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The Kings and Queens Sports Scores 42-44
Friars Spread the love of St Francis at Kings 45
Time for the 10 minute interview
Our Man in Westminster
A diary reminder!
We return for the start of the
Spring Term on
Monday 3 January 2017