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Dear Parents/Guardians

Happy new (school) year! I hope that you and your whole family have enjoyed something of a summer break and that your daughter/son is feeling refreshed for and excited about the new school year. It has been great to see the Kings’ School family reassemble after the holiday.

I would like to say a particular welcome to the families of our new pupils, in Year 7 and elsewhere. I hope that your son/daughter has settled in and is enjoying being at school. I am looking forward to meeting you during the course of the year and I hope that our partnership with you will be fruitful.

Please accept my apologies for any problems you or your daughter/son may have experienced with school IT this term. We have transferred to a new IT provider and we are confident that there will eventually be a much improved service! Many thanks for your patience during this settling-in period!

As well as the new pupils, several new adults have started with us this September. I would like to mention Mr Lean, who is new both to the school and to the position of Head of Science, and to Mrs Payne, who takes over as Head of English. In addition, we welcome:


Mrs Baxter                                                                 Learning Co-ordinator (BASE)

Miss Birebent                                                            Pupil Support Staff

Miss Braithwaite                                                       Food Tech/Art Technician

Miss Cambridge                                                       Pupil Support Staff

Miss Cadle-Hartridge                                              Pupil Support Staff

Mr Cazalet                                                                 Teacher of RS

Mrs Cobb                                                                   Pupil Support Staff

Miss Hannah Cowking                                            School Direct Student – History

Miss Jessica Drain                                                  School Direct Student – English

Miss Gifford                                                               Teacher of English

Miss Hallett                                                               KS3 Co-ordinator – English

 Miss Hayward                                                          School Direct Student – Geography

Mr Chris Holligan                                                     Teacher of Maths

Miss Honour                                                             Learning Mentor (BASE)

Ms Housego                                                             School Direct Student – Science

Mrs Hussain                                                             Pupil Support Staff

Mr Lucier                                                                   School Direct Student – RS

Miss Nicolaou                                                           School Direct Student – Music

Miss Ransome                                                         Teacher of English

Mrs Wheatley                                                           Teacher of History and RS


While I am on this subject, I would like to mention that over the last few years we have welcomed a number of slightly older trainees who have decided that teaching might be a brilliant second career. The “School Direct” route into teaching is ideal for people in this group and we are excited about the quality of training we are now able to provide. If you would like to know more about training as a teacher please contact Maggi Edwards, our Teaching School Coordinator on 01962 861161 or via email on – please see the attached flier.

Exam results

As you may know, there were significant changes to the GCSE courses in English and Maths this year and we were slightly unsure about what to expect. As it turned out, the class of 2017 (and their teachers) excelled themselves! The headlines are:


  • 86% achieved at least 5 C+/4+ GCSEs including English and Maths
  • 33% achieved at least 5 A+/7+ GCSEs


We will be doing lots of additional analysis to learn what we can from the results in all subjects. Year-on-year comparisons are made very difficult by the changes, but in some important respects (including that 86%) these appear to be the best Kings’ School results on record.


Parent Information Evenings

We want to work as closely with you as we possibly can, so that you can help your son/daughter effectively. As such, there will be “Information Evenings” for each year group, each starting at 6pm on the following days.

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7 Academic

New Study Skills


Meet the Tutor


Internet Safety



New friendships,




Parents Evening (x)


Parents Evening (y)


Year 8 Dealing with Social Media



  Parents Evening


Year 9 Academic


Options Evening


Parents Evening


Teenage anxiety/good mental health



Year 10 Academic


Self identity/positive relationships



Parents Evening


Year 11 Study Skills Evening


Careers Fayre


Parents Evening



We expect that the information meetings will take 1½ – 2 hrs each – do please put the dates in your diaries and expect more details in the near future.

I should add that we are also very happy to speak to you at any time – please don’t feel you need to wait for a formal evening. For subject-specific questions, the best person to contact is your child’s teacher; for more general enquiries, their tutor is the first port-of-call. Heads of Subject and their Head of Year can help you with more serious matters and/or issues which subject teachers/tutors have not been able to resolve. Please do not hesitate to contact us, either by phone (01962 861161) or by email to

Extra curricular programme

As you know, we are proud of the extra-curricular opportunities we offer. The precise schedule changes all the time, but the timetable as it stands is here.

I hope that you will have a moment to have a look at it and to encourage your daughter/son to take part.

House Events 2017-2018

Mr Palmer writes:

Please find below a list of all the House activities we are offering to pupils throughout the year. These events mostly finish at 4.30pm and pupils will need PE kit for the sporting events. Where extra kit is required, this will be communicated via tutors. We would love every pupil in the school to attend at least three events this year. It really is a forum of fun and a great community for both new and established pupils to find new friends. For parents new to our school community, all pupils are split into four ‘Houses’ (Godwin, Tudor, Norman and Stuart).  Each House is awarded points for placement and attendance per event, which go towards the House Cup competition (awarded during Sports Day). The current reigning House champions are Tudor house.


11th Sept House Photography  open for entries (Deadline for submission 9th Oct)
14th Sept Dodgeball Yr 7&8
21st Sept Dodgeball Yr 9&10
28th Sept Football / Netball 7&8
5th Oct Football / Netball 9&10
12th Oct Rugby 7&8
19th Oct Rugby 9&10
2nd Nov Benchball 7&8
9th Nov Benchball 9&10
16h Nov Basketball / Wheelchair Basketball 7&8
23rd Nov Basketball / Wheelchair Basketball 9&10
27th Nov House Christmas Card Competition open for entries (Deadline for submission 11th Dec)
28th Nov Swimming 7&8 (During Periods 1-3)
30th Nov Swimming 9&10 (During Periods 1-3)
7th Dec House Quiz
11th Jan House Bake Off (Stuart and Norman Houses)
18th Jan House Bake Off (Godwin and Norman Houses)
24th / 25th Jan House Animation
1st Feb Hockey 7&8
8th Feb Hockey 9&10
22nd Feb House Countdown
1st Mar Kings’ Got Tough (Mini fun-run / biathlon)
5th Mar House Reading Begins (Ends 26th Mar)
8th Mar House Science
23rd Mar Red Nose Day Fancy Dress Mile Run
16th Apr – 26th Apr Kings’ Got Talent Auditions (Lunchtimes)
3rd May Kings’ Got Talent Final
10th May House Softball Whole School
17th May House Rounders Whole School
7th June House Volleyball Whole School
14th June House Quidditch Whole School
21st June *Proposed* Sports Day
28th June House Summer Games Whole School
5th July House Capture the Flag
12th July House Tennis / Table Tennis (Non Competitive)



Business, Enterprise and Employability Update

Mrs Rickman writes:

The Autumn term is always a busy one for the BEE department as we have a number of big events taking place. Here is a round-up of the key activities students will have the opportunity to participate in this term:

Careers Fayre – this impressive annual event is taking place this week, giving Year 11s and Year 9s the opportunity to talk to a number of employers and FE institutions about future education and career options.


Year 11 Mock Interviews – Mrs Turner is in the process of planning these interviews which will run towards the end of November. All year 11 pupils will apply for a real life job role and undergo a mini-interview with volunteers from external businesses and public sector organisations. They will be provided with feedback on how they performed and will be given tips for future interview success. The school have been running these for a number of years now and the students find them of enormous value.


Tycoon in Schools – This national competition was set up by Peter Jones of Dragons’ Den fame to encourage young people to develop their entrepreneurial skills.  We will be entering Tycoon in Schools again in 2017 and will be asking pupils from Years 7 – 9 to submit business plans. If you know your child has aspirations to run a small business of their own, please encourage them to contact Mrs Rickman in BEE for further details.


Year 7 Enterprise Day – Pop Up Shops – All year 7s will be off timetable for the day on Thursday 12th October to participate in this exciting activity. Pupils will work in teams to develop product ideas for the Christmas Cracker, producing prototypes, financial projections and a marketing campaign.  Successful teams from each tutor group will then produce and sell their products on stalls at the Cracker.


Christmas Cracker – This year’s Cracker will take place on Thursday 29th November. We always have a fabulous mix of external sellers and pupil stalls. The quality of products for sale gets better each year and it is a great opportunity to buy your Christmas gifts. If you are interested in having a stall at the Cracker please contact Miss O’Leary. Please do come along and support the event.



We are always looking for volunteers to help with BEE activities such as: the Year 7 Enterprise Day; to interview pupils during our Year 11 mock interviews; and to come in and speak to KS3 BEE and GCSE Business classes. If you feel you have experience you would like to share and are able to give up your time, please contact Mrs Rickman or Mrs Turner. We would love to hear from you!


Please click here for the Business and Enterprise Times brochure.


KSA Meetings

The very wonderful Kings’ School Association will be working hard this year. They organise wonderful social events; they help out at parents’ evenings and concerts; they also raise money to support the school, most recently supporting the development of the new Enterprise Suite. Taking an active part in the KSA is a great way to get to know the school better.

Their first  meeting this term is on Monday 16th October (in C1) at 6.00pm, followed by our AGM at 7pm. All parents are most welcome.

You may also wish to put a date in the diary for our very popular Quiz and Curry night which will be held on Friday 10th November.

Carol Service

A date for your diaries – our Kings’ School Carol Service will take place in Winchester Cathedral at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th December. Every year, a group of parents, staff and friends of Kings’ School form a choir to sing a couple of carols at the event. Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday evenings throughout November in the school hall, from 7.30 – 8.40pm. If you would like to take part, an application form and further information regarding repertoire etc. will be available online at the end of September. 

Extra-curricular Music

Kings’ Music Department run a variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities open to musicians of all abilities. Our orchestra rehearse after school Thursdays in the main hall, open to musicians around grade 3 and above; Year 7 have their own choir that rehearse on a Tuesday lunchtime, and a main choir open to all pupils rehearse on a Monday lunchtime. There are a number of other ensembles that run, including steel drums, Brass group, Woodwind Group, Jazz Band and Chamber Orchestra (open to pupils grade 5 and above) – further information can be found on our website or on posters around the Music department.

Instrumental Lessons

If your son or daughter would like to learn instrumental lessons at Kings’, please ask them to see one of the members of the Music Department (Mr Clarke, Mr Deacon or Mrs Ive) for an application form. Lessons cost £66 per term for a 20-minute lesson each week, paired with one other pupil of a similar ability.

General Reminders

If you want to request authorised absence (for a sporting event, for instance), please write to me.

Please be aware that we do not authorise absence for holidays.


If your child is absent because they are unwell, please notify us as soon as possible, either by text (to 01962 600028), by email ( or by phone (01962 861161 option 1). Please follow this message up with a letter to their tutor when they return to school.


If you have any urgent enquiry or message, please phone the school rather than using the email system. 


School meal pricing

Sorry, now for some bad news: it has been well over 5 years since there was an increase in the cost of hot dinners here at Kings’ School.  The cost of preparing hot meals has, however, continued to rise during this period and we have therefore had to review our prices. With effect from 4th January 2018 the price of a plated meal will rise from £1.80 to £1.90, whilst the “meal deal” – which includes a selection of desserts – will be £2.15 per day. I hope you will agree that this still represents excellent value for money with a choice of two homemade “specials” every day as well as jacket potatoes, pasta and salad.

Foster caring – message from Hampshire County Council

Hampshire is in need of more foster carers and adopters. We also have sibling groups that we are trying to keep together but we need more people to come forward to help.


If you’ve been thinking about how you can help looked after children, we offer many flexible options for people looking to support children who need to grow up in a happy and stable home. We have a drop in event in Southampton on Saturday, 16th  September, from 10am-2pm, where our team and foster carers will be able to talk to you and share their experiences.

We will be at:

St Mary’s Stadium

Terry Paine Suite, St. Mary’s Stadium, Britannia Road, SO14 5FP

Parking will be available at the main car park.  If you have any questions, please contact the team on 0300 555 1384 or visit


Important dates for next year


20th September                                Inset Day

                                                            Open Evening

21st September                                 Open Morning

22nd September                                Open Morning

26th September                                 European Day of Languages

10th October                                      Open Morning

16th October                                      KSA AGM 7.00 pm

23rd – 27th October                           Half Term

1st – 10th November                         Year 11 GCSE Mock Examinations

10th November                                  KSA Quiz Night

14th November                                  Internet Safety Evening

29th November                                  Christmas Cracker

5th December                                    Year 7 – 9 Drama Performance Evening

12th December                                  Kings’ Carol Service at Winchester Cathedral

21st December                                  End of term – half day – pupils finish at 12.25 pm


Yours faithfully


Mr M Leeming