The Headteacher's Blog – Tuesday 2 July 2019

July is upon us already – and that means only three weeks to go until we break for the summer holidays - fingers crossed this more acceptable weather holds out until then! The recent spell of hot weather saw us relax the uniform policy in the height of the heat, with students being allowed to remove their blazers. However, as always - keen to maintain our impeccable uniform standards, students were reminded that shirts should be tucked in and the rest of the uniform policy adhered to. I thank you for reiterating at home what I consider to be reasonable requests – let’s keep the standards high as we surge towards the end of term.

First things first - sports day: it's today! Let the competitive activities commence! Whilst we all know that it is the taking part that truly counts, its thoroughly enjoyable to watch our budding young athletes competing on the field, with their House peers dutifully cheering them on from the side lines! With everyone encouraged to clad themselves in house colours for Period Five, I'm thoroughly looking forward to getting in on the action later in the day. (Word on the street is that the Staff relay is one not to be missed!)

Status quo is returning to Kings this week as Year 10 are back in school after their Work Experience placements last week. I hope they all found their placements a worthwhile experience and homed in on the key skills required in their chosen working environment. We look forward to sending our Year 12's out next week on their experience, and hope they return to school feeling more confident in their abilities following what is promising to be a week full of varied activities for all. Employability is an essential part of our agenda, and we relish the opportunities that employers provide to our students throughout their placements. A big thanks goes to Mrs Devlin our Employability and Carers Coordinator, for organising our students (and the employers!) and encouraging all those who took part to get fully immersed in the experience.

A very important date in the academic calendar is upon us this week - Year 8 transition day. Wednesday will see us opening our doors our Year 8 students who will be joining us in September. They will spend their day in tutor groups and experience various taster sessions. So much time and effort goes into planning these days to make the transition period for these students easier, it's a feat that doesn’t go unnoticed and I am truly thankful for the team who have spent many hours gruelling over the schedule of the day! From Year 10 house captains guiding the students around the school, to those giving up extra time at lunch to provide enrichment clubs, this is always an exciting day. We look forward to seeing everyone bright eyed and bushy tailed on Wednesday morning.

It has been a busy period of late in the social calendar - please do take some time when you can to check out the lovely photos on the website from the Year 11 Prom at Rookery Manor last Wednesday evening. It was such a wonderful night and I really enjoyed watching our students as they arrived dress to the nines - and their interesting modes of transport!

So, on that note - onto another sunny, and I hope, purposeful week!

Believe and succeed!

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