Thursday 1st February 6.00pm Year 7 Pastoral Information Evening

Dear Parents/Guardians

Re: Year 7 Parents’ Pastoral Information Evening

I would like to invite you to a very important event on Thursday 1st February.  On this date, from 6pm, there will be a presentation in the Main Hall which will last about an hour.

Much of the evening will be presented by the highly acclaimed Lorraine Lee Dip. Child Psychology BSc. Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry of ReCap. Lorraine offers dynamic and inspirational training for parents, teachers, practitioners, children and young people from early years right through to college, and will on this occasion be discussing the challenges involved in dealing with transition and forming new friendships.

We know that there is a very clear connection between parent support and the progress pupils make, and we would strongly urge you to attend this event.

We hope the information evening will be very popular so due to the limitations of space, we ask that you do not bring your children with you on this occasion.

I look forward to seeing you on the 1st February.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. C. Marwood

Head of Year 7

Late Bus Update

Dear Parents/Guardians

Late bus update

Last Thursday’s message about the late buses has generated a lot of interest and I am writing to provide more information about it. We are very open to creative suggestions about how we can deal with the problem and, as such, I would like to invite parents to a meeting to discuss it. The meeting will take place next Monday (22 January) at 6pm, in the main hall here at school.

On 22 November we were notified by First, one of our bus service providers, that they were giving us notice of their intention to terminate all their school bus contracts. Our immediate focus was the 3.30pm routes that they provide for us, but the question of the late buses also presented itself. We were relieved to secure a commitment from our other principle provider that they would cover the 3.30pm routes through to the summer of 2019; however, they are quoting the same price as First charged for their whole contract. We would need to pay £220 per day (£44,000 per year) extra if we wanted the late bus routes as well.

The late buses are currently used by between 5 and 30 pupils each day.

Many of the parents who are most concerned live in Colden Common. Hampshire County Council are obliged to provide buses to and from school from Colden Common but they do not provide a late bus service for us (or for any other school). We have checked alternative options and note that buses to Colden Common on Route 69 depart from Winchester bus station at 1625, 1710, 1740 and 1810, with a journey time of 24 minutes. Many of our other pupils currently use the frequent Romsey Road buses to travel down to the city bus station and make connections with other routes there.

We appreciate that parents may have concerns about younger children using this public alternative. We also appreciate that other parents in other locations have more general concerns about access to extra-curricular activities and to revision classes. We are keen to explore possible solutions, including possible use of the school minibuses – hence the meeting next week. However, we are facing very great pressures on the school budget more generally and we simply cannot afford substantial additional/ unbudgeted expenditure.

Yours faithfully

Mr Leeming

Headteachers Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians

Happy new year! I hope that you and your family have enjoyed lovely Christmas breaks and that you are now feeling thoroughly refreshed for the year ahead. The new term seems to have started really well, with Year 9 thoroughly immersed in their exams and with a purposeful and productive atmosphere all around the school.


Building works

You might remember that we have been working on plans for a brand new building. Four years ago, we decided to add an extra class in every year group (without changing the total number of pupils) – this allowed us to reduce the average size of a Kings’ School tutor group from 30 to 28, with a proportionate impact on the size of all the other classes. We knew we had enough teachers to do this (just) but we have always struggled to find enough rooms – your daughter/son may well have been taught in some surprising places as we have tried to squeeze everyone in.

The funds we have now obtained from the sale of the old boarding house have allowed us to afford a brand new 4-classroom block and construction work is about to start. We hope to have builders on site from February half-term (and to have a shiney new building ready to occupy by next Christmas).

The new block will be located behind the gym, on the corner of the tennis courts (one of the courts will be rotated through 90 degrees to help us fit the new building in). The Business Studies team will occupy the new rooms – we will then move some other subjects (including English, Geography, History and RS) to make optimum use of all our other rooms. The music will stop in July 2019, by which time we hope everyone will be in the right place!

An immediate implication of this exciting project will be that the PE team will need to make more intensive use of the Sarum Road courts and so parents and visitors will not be able to use these for parking after 3.30pm. I fear that there may be other inconvenience as the project progresses and I apologise in advance; we hope it will be well worth the trouble in the end.


Quad redevelopment

Our very wonderful Kings’ School Association have been busy fundraising (their next big event is the Comedy Night on Friday 16 March – save the date). Their current project is a major redevelopment of “the Quad”, the open space in the middle of the school where a very large proportion of the pupils spend lunchtime.

We hope to provide a new outside serving point for hot snacks and sandwiches (the “Snack Shack”!); an outside stage for music and theatrical events; a number of booths/kiosks for pupil enterprise companies; an outside chess area and also lots of new and additional seating. This work, together with the landscaping that will surround the new classroom block, should transform the quality of exterior space for the pupils and we are very excited about it. I would like to thank the KSA for all the fundraising work that has made this project possible and also to thank all those parents who have supported KSA events.


Instrumental music lessons 

We have some vacancies for flute, clarinet and saxophone lessons.  Please click here. This might be just the moment for your son/daughter to try something new – lots of pupils clearly get enormous pleasure from playing their musical instruments.


Late buses

I mentioned the changes to our bus contract in my December letter. Sadly we have not been able to negotiate a viable price and so the late buses will cease from February half-term. We know that this will make it harder for some pupils to take part in after-school activities and we are really sorry about this. However, we simply cannot afford the level of subsidy that would be required to keep the bus service running.


Training to teach

As I am sure you know, we are members of the Winchester Teaching School Alliance and this means that we can help you train to become a teacher! I hope you won’t be surprised that I think teaching is the very best job in the world – rewarding, varied, worthwhile and highly enjoyable AND the holidays are pretty good. The School Direct scheme that we offer is run in conjunction with the University of Winchester and offers training both for primary and secondary teaching qualifications. Applications are open now for September 2018 – you could be qualified a year later. There is more information on the WTSA website at


Service Children

As you may know, there is extra funding available to schools to help support children with parents in the armed forces. The Service Pupil Premium is provided by the Department for Education to enable schools to offer additional support during challenging times, which could include anything from a service parent being away, being injured on active service or even bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools, with headteachers and governors deciding how the funds should be used.


Schools with service children from Year R to Year 11 are eligible to receive Service Pupil Premium, but only if the child’s name appears on the school roll as being a service child. If you think your family is eligible and we do not already know, please let us know no later than 17 January 2018.


For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:


Fit Fest event

We work closely with Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). They run a series of free information events for parents – a leaflet about the next one is attached. Please note that although it is free-of-charge, you do need to book.


Important dates


w/c 8 January             – Year 9 exams

11 January                  – Y11 Parents evening

26 January                  – INSET DAY

w/c 5 February            – Y11 Peter Symonds College Interviews

8 February                  – Y9 Options Information Evening

w/c 12 February          – Half Term

w/c 19 February          – Year 10 exams

w/c 26 February          – Year 10 exams

28 February                – Y9 Parents evening

w/c 12 March              – National Science Week

16 March                     – KSA Kings’ Comedy Night

29 March                     – INSET DAY

30 March – 13 April    – EASTER HOLIDAYS



Yours faithfully


Matthew Leeming



Monday 8th January Year 9 Examinations

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we all approach the excitement of the Christmas period, I am writing to communicate the details of the Year 9 Examinations which pupils will be starting on Monday 8th January and will continue through to Friday 19th January. I hope to clarify the arrangements for the examinations and help to alleviate any pupil anxiety, ensure timely preparation and promote a relaxing and enjoyable holiday for all.

The arrangements for the core subjects of English, Maths and Science examinations will be different in Year 9 and are shown below. The examinations will be taken as a whole year group in the Sports Hall to facilitate pupil experience of the formal examination conditions that they will encounter in Year 11. If your son/daughter has any formal exam concessions due to additional learning needs, there will be an alternative Examination Concessions Room where pupils will be able to sit examinations under the supervision of the Learning Support Department. (Please contact Miss Linton in Learning Support if you need advice or guidance over examination concessions.)

The remainder of the subject examinations will be undertaken in the pupils’ regular teaching groups, during normal timetabled lessons in the usual classroom setting. Any examinations missed due to the core examinations time slots below will be taken during the timetabled lessons over the following week of the two-week exam period.

Core Subject Timetable:

Tuesday 9th Jan

AM –   Maths                                                              (1 hour 30 mins)

Wednesday 10th January

AM –    Science                                                           (1 hour 30 mins)

PM –    English                                                            (1 hour)

Thursday 11th January

AM –    English                                                            (1 hour)


In preparation for the examinations, teaching staff will be providing guidance material during lessons on the topics that pupils will be required to revise. Mr Leeming has spoken to all pupils during Assembly and given advice and guidance on sensible revision expectations over the holidays. We have advised the following:


2-3 hours for core subjects; 1 hour for each non-core subject; in total 15-20 hours over the 2 school weeks before the exam period instead of homework


I hope this information is helpful and may I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Yours faithfully



Mr S Simpson                                                            Miss C Fox

Head of Year 9                                                           Deputy Head of Year 9

Akram Khan’s Dance Production

On Wednesday 13th December, eighteen Year 9 pupils travelled to The Grange in Northington to watch Akram Khan’s dance production Xenos. They learnt about contemporary dance styles and were involved in a question and answer session with the world renowned Akram Khan. Many of the pupils that attended the performance are prospective GCSE Dance pupils and were excited to be involved in this top secret live viewing. Excitingly, The Grange Festival is now looking to work more closely with educational establishments and as a result may work with Kings’ school on dance and drama performances in the future.

Sports Results

Week Ending 15th December

Team Opponents Fixture Type Result Player of the Game
U16 Boys Hockey Perins Friendly Won 4-3 Ollie Green
U16 Girls Basketball Hamble League Won 25-21 Millie Smith
U16 boys Basketball Westgate District league A Won 62-8 Max Burns
U14 Boys Football Perins Friendly Won 4-0 Leon Stewart

This week’s team of the week are the girls Under 16 basketball team who enjoyed a narrow victory over Hamble despite missing a number of key players.


Week Ending 8th December

Team Opponents Fixture Type Result Player of the Game
U14 Boys Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Won 36-12 Ben Stanley
U16 Boys Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Lost 20-7 Louis Strangeway
U13 Boys Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Drew 15-15 Patrick Dunne
U12 Boys A Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Lost 30-10 Nicholas Moore
U12 Boys B Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Won 35-10 Zakhos Lekkas
U15 Boys Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Won 34-0 Jamie Carroll
U13 Girls A Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Lost 45-15 Mia Selman
U13 Girls B Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Won 90-70 Maia Hunter Guest
U15 Girls Rugby Perins Kings Vs Perins Cup Lost 20-5 Skye Ayling
U16 Boys Basketball Crestwood College District League A Won 36-72 Max Burns
U16 Girls Basketball Romsey League Won 21-16 Astra Tsangaris
U14 Girls Basketball Bohunt County Cup Won 59-6 Lucy Payne
U14 A Netball Swanmore League Won 20-12 Maddie Rowden
U16 A Netball Swanmore League Won 56-4 Eloise Hart
U13 A Boys Football Perins Friendly Won 8-0 Tom Henderson
U13 Boys Hockey Kings’ U14 Boys Friendly Lost 3-0 Matty Delara
U14 Boys Hockey Kings’ U13 Boys Friendly Won 3-0 Joseph Cook
U13 Girls A Football Thornden District Cup Won 1-0 Thorden Samantha Corrie
U13 Girls A Football Westgate District Cup Lost 1-0 Westgate
U13 Girls A Football Mountbatten District Cup Lost 1-0 Mountbatten

This week’s team of the week is the U16 Girls Netball team who recorded an emphatic 56-4 victory over Swanmore with a thread bear team.

Week Ending 1st December

Team Opponents Fixture Type Result Player of the Game
U16 boys Basketball Winchester College Hampshire Cup Won 63-34 Max Burns
Boccia Treloars District Tournament 2nd place Tom Kelly
U12B Netball Henry Beaufort A League Won 19-5 Emelia Philips
U13B Netball Henry Beaufort A League Won 9-5 Abi Haly
U14B Netball Henry Beaufort A League Won 16-5 Ayla Francis and Clara Bocci
U16A/B Netball Henry Beaufort A League Won 11-4 Ella Popowicz
U15 Boys Rugby St Clement Dane RFU National Plate Round 4 Won 41-0 Jack Goode
U16 Girls Basketball Romsey League Won 21-16 Astra Tsangaris
U14 Girls Hockey Bedales Friendly Won 4-1 Sandra Htay

This week’s teams of the week are the U16 boys basketball team following their excellent victory over Winchester College and the U15 boys rugby team who triumphed again.

Special mention also to the PE department for their excellent turn out and contribution to the Xmas Cracker and for organising the Kings’ end of the Kings’ Vs Perins rugby cup on Saturday which ended in a 4-4 (matches) draw.

Week Ending 24th November

Team of the week is the U14 Boys’ Football team following their nail biting penalty shoot-out win over Priestlands in the Hampshire Cup.

Team Opponents Fixture Type Result Player of the Game
U13A Netball KES Friendly Lost 28-21 Jess Fry
U13B Netball KES Friendly Lost 16-11 Holly Mediratta
U13A Girls Rugby Priory Tournament Drew 5-5
U13A Girls Rugby St George’s Tournament Drew 0-0
U13A Girls Rugby Priestlands Tournament Won 10-5
U13A Girls Rugby Testbourne Tournament Won 5-0 Player of Tournament – Abi Duxbury
U13B Girls Rugby Toynbee Tournament Won 25-5
U13B Girls Rugby Noadswood Tournament Drew 20-5
U13B Girls Rugby Ringwood Tournament Drew 15-15
U13B Girls Rugby Perins Tournament Won 15-5 Player of Tournament – Mia Selman
U13A Girls Rugby St Georges League Won 40-30 Ruby Lawrence
U14 Girls Hockey Robert Mays Trophy Won 4-0 Bea Hepworth
U14 Girls Hockey Alton Trophy Drew 0-0 Sandra Htay
U14 Girls Hockey St John’s Trophy Lost 0-1 Ellie Dawkins
U14 Girls Hockey Island Free Trophy Drew 0-0 Emily Weeks
U12 Girls Hockey Thornden Friendly Drew 0-0 Mia Selman
U13 Girls Hockey Perins Friendly Won 8-1 Mimi Chainey
U13 Girls Hockey Island Free In2Hockey Drew 0-0 Elizabeth Benzie
U13 Girls Hockey West Hill In2Hockey Lost 1-2 Mimi Chainey
U13 Girls Hockey Bedales In2Hockey Won 3-0 Milly Hughes
U13 Girls Hockey HCS In2Hockey Won 3-0 Milly Hughes
U14 Girls Hockey Thornden Friendly Won 3-1 Mimi Chainey
U14 Girls Hockey Bryanston Friendly Lost 0-1 Zippy Cornberg
U14 Girls Football Westgate National Cup Lost 5-0 Abi Haly
U12 Girls Football Weydon National Cup Won 5-0 Lara Simpson
U14 Boys Football Priestlands County Cup Won 9-8 (2-2 normal time) Michael Green
U13A girls’ rugby St Georges League Won 40-30 Ruby Lawrence
U14A Netball Mountbatten League Lost 28-7 Maddie Rowden
U16A Netball Mountbatten League Won 47-5 Sarah Kettley
U13A Netball Wyvern League Won 38-0 Jess Fry
U12A Netball Mountbatten League Drew 8-8 Ruby Davies
U13A Netball Mountbatten League Won 23-1 Mimi Chainey
U12 Boys Football Perins Friendly won 4-2 Josh Raisbeck
U14 Boys Football Perins Friendly Won 5-1 Leon Stewart
U16 Boys Football Perins Friendly Won 3-2 Max Swanbrough
U15 Boys A Table Tennis Various Consortium Tournament Fourth Place Julian Young
U15 Boys B Table Tennis Various Consortium Tournament Second Place Zac Dazley
U13 Boys A Table Tennis Various Consortium Tournament Third Place Reggie Hodan

Week Ending 18th November

Team of the week this week are the U16 Girls Basketball team following a hard fought win over Aldworth.

Team Opponents Fixture Type Result Player of the Game
U12 Boys B Football Mountbatten Friendly Lost 6-1 Joe Jenkinson
U12 Boys B Football Perins Friendly Won 5-0 Hal Carson
U12 Boys B Football Thornden Friendly Lost 4-1 Alex Whittaker
U16 Girls’ Basketball Aldworth Hampshire Cup Won 36-20 Astrid Williams
U12 Boys Rugby John Hanson Friendly Won 40 – 25 Henry Carter
U12 Boys A Football Perins Friendly Won 4-2 Josh Raisbeck


Week Ending 11th November

Team of the week is the U15 girls hockey team following their 4-1 demolition of Bryanston in Dorset, thanks to an outstanding team effort. Special mention also for the U15 Boys rugby team, whose success in Richmond Surrey on Friday takes them onto round 4 in the RFU National Vase competition.

Team Opponents Fixture Type Result Player of the Game
U16 boys Basketball Noadswood League Div A Lost 36-31 Pietro Farconi
U12B Netball Romsey Tournament Won 6-2 Martha Sharrock
U12B Netball Mountbatten Red Tournament Won 7-0 Emma Reid
U12B Netball Perins Tournament Lost 2-1 Emma Shedden
U12B Netball Thornden Tournament Won 7-6 Emily Wilson
U12B Netball Romsey Tournament Won 6-5 Emma Reid
U12B Netball Mountbatten Blue Tournament Won 17-1 Harriet Armstrong
U12B Netball Various Tournament 2nd Place POT Emily Wilson
U15 Girls Hockey Bryanston Friendly Won 4-1 Bea Heptworth
U16 Girls Basketball St George’s League Won 58-12 Flora Williams
U13 Girls Basketball St Edmunds Friendly Won 75-6 Mae Fry
U14 Boys Rugby Romsey League Won Jacob Hoffman
U13 Boys Rugby Bohunt Friendly Won Finlay Strangeway
U13 Boys Rugby Westgate League Lost 20-35 Jake Jupe
U13 Boys Rugby Mountbatten League Lost 15-25 Will Taylor
U15 Boys Rugby Orleans Park National Vase Round 3 Won 29-14 Freddie Inwood

Headteacher Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope your son/daughter has enjoyed their first half-term and that they and you are looking forward to a little time off next week – Year 11 pupils will want to spend some time revising for the mock exams, but I hope that younger pupils will enjoy a full break. We have been as busy at school as ever, but I think we have made a really successful start to the new year.


I would like to thank you (and your children) for your patience while our new IT arrangements have bedded in. In particular, it has been frustrating that “Show My Homework” was out of action for a while. I think we are at last seeing some sustained improvement in the situation, thanks to the hard work of staff, both from the school and from our new contractors, RM. We remain hopeful that the new system will be substantially better than the old one was, eventually!


Speak Out Challenge

Parents of pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 may well have heard about the excellent Speak Out Challenge run by the English department. Three times each year every single pupil will be asked to speak to their whole class on an engaging subject. The first Speak Out week is coming up soon, from 20 November.

Please do ask your daughter/son about their speech and, if possible, ask them to practise on you. We know that the prospect of public speaking can be quite daunting, but we also know that the benefit to pupils’ speaking, writing and confidence is enormous.

We will also have Speak Out weeks commencing on 26 February and 25 June 2018 – please make a note in your diary now.


Catering changes

As you might remember, we are planning some more changes to lunch queues. I am delighted to say that the number of pupils who want to buy Kings’ School food continues to rise steadily, but this success has created problems of its own.

We want to increase the speed with which we can serve hot meals. From the first Monday back after half-term, we will have 2 separate serving points for hot meals in the Main Hall. Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will queue up as they do now, in front of Reception. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 will form a brand new queue in the Music Corridor, entering through the sliding doors that face the car park.

At the same time, we will start serving hot meals on proper crockery, with metal cutlery. This will be MILES better for the environment and much nicer to eat off, too. The polystyrene trays will still be available, for take-away meals, but we hope that more and more pupils will choose to remain in the Main Hall and eat their lunch with their friends there.


Walking to school

We are keen to encourage pupils to take physical exercise and to keep traffic near the school as manageable as possible. Working with Hampshire County Council, we have produced a “Drop and Stride map”, showing how easy and quick it is to walk to school from drop-off points in Winchester Village and Chilbolton Avenue. If you do drive your son/daughter to school, please consider using these drop-off/pick-up points.

You can see the map here:

Training to be a teacher (or a Learning Support Assistant)

As you have probably heard, Kings’ is part of the Winchester Teaching School Alliance. This means that you can train to be a teacher with us! We are currently recruiting graduates to start in September 2018 following the “School Direct” route – if you would like more information, do get in touch with my colleague, Maggi Edwards at

We have noticed more and more people charting a route into teaching via the positions of Learning Support Assistant and/or Cover Supervisor. These are two excellent ways to get experience of what classroom-life is all about, either as a fulfilling job in themselves or as stepping stones towards a full teaching qualification. Whilst we do not have vacancies as I write, it is definitely worth keeping an eye on our website as vacancies in both areas arise fairly regularly.


Important dates

I would like to remind all parents that the last day of term (Thursday 21 December) is a half-day, with pupils leaving after registration at 1220. This will also be the case on Tuesday 17 July 2018, with the Activities Days following on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week.


House news

Following a dramatic surge from Stuart on the back of a great crop of entries in the Photography Competition, the current standings in our 2017-18 inter-house competition are as follows: We are really keen that all our pupils should have a go at extra-curricular activities in general and the house competitions in particular. Attendance to date is as follows:

25% of Year 7

22% of Year 8

18% of Year 9

18% of Year 10

It has been lovely to see so many Year 11 pupils coming along to help out, too! There is something competitive on every Thursday after school, along with plenty of other more prolonged activities. Do please encourage your son/daughter to take part!


Carol Concert

This highlight of the school year takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 December. It is always a wonderful experience and I would urge you to come along, even if your son/daughter is not performing – it is a unique opportunity for the Kings’ family to gather and to celebrate.

I hope that you will also consider joining the Adult Choir – I understand that the closing date for applications is this Friday (20 October) so there is (just) still time to rush your application in – you won’t regret it!

KSA donations

Thank you to those parents who have chosen to support our KSA financially through a monthly standing order. Every penny of the money raised will directly benefit the pupils in our school. Even a small monthly donation of a few pounds is really welcome and will make a difference to the school community. If you would like to know more about this voluntary initiative please follow the link:

Christmas Cracker

Our amazing Christmas Cracker takes place on Wednesday 29 November from 6.00pm-8.00pm. This Christmas market is an ideal  opportunity to sell (and buy!) Christmas gifts, crafts and cards.   If you would like to run a stall, or would just like more information, please contact  Mrs Berridge ( Do put the date in your diary now and come along to support the school!


Sports News

We received a nice letter from Sport England telling us that we are  “In an elite group of around 120 schools which have achieved.”School Games Mark Gold for 5 consecutive years”. We were really pleased about this – we hope that the PE and games offer at the school is as good as it can be and it is nice to have this additional recognition!


Important dates

30 October                                         Start of half-term

7 November                                      Year 7 Internet Safety Evening

10 November                                    KSA Quiz Night

29 November                                    Kings’ Christmas Cracker

30 November                                    Year 8 Dealing with Social Media Pastoral Evening

5 December                                      Year 7 – 9 Drama Performance Evening

12 December                                    Kings’ Carol Service – Winchester Cathedral


Yours faithfully


Mr M Leeming


Additional Letter


2017 GCSE Results

Our initial analysis shows that 85% of Kings’ School pupils achieved 5 or more standard passes including Maths and English in their GCSEs, with 97 per cent gaining at least GCSE A* – G passes overall. The changes to the assessment system make it very difficult to make comparisons with previous years, but it appears that the pupils (and their teachers) have successfully risen to the challenge of the new courses.

We are delighted with these results which reflect the hard work of our pupils supported by their parents and the school’s staff.