The Headteacher's Blog – Wednesday 11 September 2019

A rather delayed first blog to the new academic year, but none the less - better late than never!

So here we are, back again, business as usual at The Kings of Wessex Academy. As we start anew this year with fresh faced students, returning old hands and new members of the teaching and support team – I want to firstly share with you all how proud I am on Kings and all it achieves.

As we have now pulled ourselves out of holiday mode, readjusting hazy eyes from sun filled skies to white boards and work books, we’re started this year with our best foot forward. Following on from an inspirational Wessex Learning Trust Inset day during which Teaching and Support staff from our family of schools came together and were equipped with the skills to master the ‘Art of Being Brilliant’ by the remarkable Key Note Speaker, author and coach Errol Lawson– we’ve started this year on the positives, and let me tell you there are a fair few to choose from!

I am delighted to report on an excellent set of summer examination results at A Level, GCSE and BTEC. At A Level a quarter of all grades were A* or A with almost a half being A*, A or B (or equivalent). At GCSE an impressive 75% of students achieved at least a grade 4 in both English and Mathematics (equivalent to the old grades A*-C) whilst 50% of students achieved a grade 5 or higher in both subjects. Initial indications suggest that students at Kings have again made progress significantly above national trends. The core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science again performed extremely well at Kings. 85% of students achieved a grade 4 or better in an English GCSE whilst 82% of students secured at least a grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics. Additionally, 78% of students achieved grade 4 or better in at least two Science GCSEs.

Kings remains one of Somerset’s top performing schools. Indeed, in the Government value added Progress 8 measure that captures the progress a student makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school our provisional figure for 2019 is at +0.32. This means that Kings’ students are making on average, half a grade more than expected progress across all subject areas. The results are particularly encouraging given it was the first year of the new grading system, which has created some inevitable uncertainty in exam marking.

Exciting sporting opportunities are afoot with plans to reinstall the long jump pit and create a cricket wicket over the following weeks! These installations will undoubtedly create more opportunities for our young people to engage and participate in sport, and who knows, we may even produce some Olympians of the future!

The school itself is looking spic and span and much of the site has received a new lick of paint and touch ups here and there over the summer. Our fabulous student’s art work has been mounted on the walls to ensure that the academy provides an inspiring, motivational and positive environment in which our students can reach their full potential.

To top it all off, our young people are smiling and focused – and more so following their start of term expectation assemblies. I will be writing to you formally shortly with my “official” start of term key points and with some links to key documents on the website. So watch out in your email inboxes!

In the meantime, I wish you a lovely remainder of the week and look forward to continuing this term positively.

Believe and succeed!

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