Thursday 18th July Non Uniform Day

Dear Parent/Guardian

I am writing to let you know that there will be a non-uniform day on Thursday 18th July.

As is usual with a non-uniform day, pupils will need to be dressed in an appropriate manner for normal school work.  This includes no short, tight, or revealing clothes.  In addition they should refrain from painting their nails and conform to the usual uniform policy surrounding piercings and excessive jewellery.

We would ask that pupils remember to bring their full PE kit appropriate to any activity they may be taking part in.  I would also like to remind pupils to retrieve their bus pass and locker key from their blazer pocket before leaving home.

We are asking that, for the privilege of not wearing uniform, pupils bring in £1 which will be collected by your child’s Tutor representative on Wednesday 17th July.

 

On this occasion we will be making a £500 donation to the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, a charity which has supported Kings’ with drugs education for young people. You can find further information about the charity here: http://dsmfoundation.org.uk/

All additional funds raised will be divided between the charities nominated by each Year Group.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

Yours faithfully

 

Mr R James

Assistant Headteacher

 

Term Dates 2019 – 2020

 

AUTUMN TERM New Year 7, Year 11 Senior Prefects only on Thursday 5th September 2019. All pupils return to school Friday 6th September 2019 Friday, 20th December 2019
Half-term Monday, 28th  October 2019 Friday, 1st November 2019
SPRING TERM Monday, 6th January 2020 Friday, 3rd April 2020
Half-term Monday, 17th February 2020 Friday, 21st February 2020
SUMMER TERM Monday, 2oth April 2020 Wednesday, 22nd July 2020
Half-term Monday, 25th May 2020 Friday, 29th May 2020

IN-SERVICE TRAINING DAYS 2019-2020

The following dates have been agreed as Staff In-Service Training Days.

The School will, therefore, be closed to pupils on these dates:

Wednesday 4th September 2019   Wednesday 18th September  2019
Friday 29th  November 2019     Friday 31st January 2020
Friday 3rd April 2020

Term Dates 2019/2020

Piam Brown Ward update!

It is never easy as a teacher being made aware that one of our pupils has become seriously ill. It is even worse when you hear the word Cancer. Having said that can you imagine being the person that has been told this when you are just 14 years old? Could you imagine being the parents of that child? Everyone would hope that it is not a message they hear in their lifetime, but if you did, what support is out there especially for our children.

We have been humbled by the support that is offered by the Piam Brown Ward in Southampton Hospital and we had the privilege of visiting them and seeing first-hand the outstanding work that they do. Incredibly, and sadly, NHS money only provides for the treatment of the children in their care, everything else, literally everything else, has to come from charitable donations. It was our honour as Kings’ School to raise money on their behalf as a huge thank you to care and provision that they provide and have provided.

Through donations over time they now have a play room, a teaching room and relaxing room (with a Juke Box), a living room with sofas and a dining table for families to sit together when a child is too ill to be at home and a small kitchen for parents to cook real meals in and make tea and coffee. It was our honour to present the cheque to Piam Brown Ward this week. Donations can still be made via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kings-school Congratulations to all involved and thanks to all who donated.

Money has now reached a whopping £7009.40!!!

Please click here to view a short video

 

Monday 29th July — Friday 2nd August Kings’ Sports Week

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Here is the annual invitation for your son/daughter to reserve their place at this Summer’s

Kings’ Sports Week 2019

(Open to Years 6, 7, 8 & 9 Pupils)

Please don’t miss out on the Extreme pathway because spaces are limited due to minibus seats. The booking form is attached to this email.

The pupils will be shown a promotional assembly during the normal school week as this year’s camp includes some new off-site activities!

Please return a bookings forms to the Year 8 office or the post box in the main foyer.

Please click here to view the Promotional Presentation

Please click here to view the Booking form

Kind Regards

 

Mr C. B. Marwood

Head of Year 8

GCSE Examinations

 

 

Headteachers Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope you and your family are enjoying the lengthening days and brighter weather and that you will be able to take some time off together during the Easter holiday. We have had another busy but successful term – I hope your son/daughter has enjoyed it.

If your child is joining us in Year 7 in September, you may be receiving this email for the first time – welcome to Kings’!

 

Governors’ Surveys

If you have attended a parents’ evening recently, you will know that school governors have been surveying parents’ opinions about the school. They will provide a comprehensive summary of what you said when they have information from every year group.

I am relieved to say that the initial results look very positive, with fulsome praise for many aspects of the school’s work – parents seem particularly appreciative of the quality of teaching and also of the high level of pastoral support on offer.

A number of parents have asked about communication with the school. There is a page all about this on the website. Amongst other things it says:

 

Whom to contact

1.Pupil absence –

Email: pupilabsence@kings-winchester.hants.sch.uk

Pupil Absence Text: 01962 600028

 

2. General welfare and pastoral enquiries – Tutor

Questions about specific subjects – Subject Teacher

 

3. Serious welfare and pastoral issues – Head of Year

Serious subject-specific issues – Head of Subject

 

4.Issues that cannot be resolved at levels 2 or 3 – linked member of the Senior Leadership Team

How to contact them

Phone the school on 01962 861161 or email kings.school@kings-winchester.hants.sch.uk.

What should happen

We aim to respond to telephone messages and emails within two school days.

Some other parents have asked about the school’s approach to bullying. I would like to say that we take it very seriously – I feel very strongly about it personally and a zero-tolerance approach to bullying sits right at the heart of the school’s values. We say:

“At Kings’ School, everyone works together. Knowing that all human beings are equally and infinitely valuable and that they have equal rights and equal dignity, we promote respect, kindness and courtesy. We aim to enjoy our learning and to care for, and protect, every member of the school family.”

A couple of years ago, staff and pupils spent some time working on this issue. We drew up a ‘Charter for Action’ – it is displayed on Reception and it looks like this:

In the assembly I do on it, I say:

Always….

  • Challenge it
  • Remember, it is not the victim’s fault
  • Tell someone, preferably us

Never….

  • Tolerate it
  • Give up

Remember, you cannot be neutral – if you are there, you are involved, one way or another

If you think your son/daughter is being bullied, please tell us – their Head of Year will usually be the best person to contact.

 

 

Setting

I am regularly asked about the school’s thinking on pupil grouping. I thought it might be useful to share our recently-agreed protocol on this:

‘We are committed to setting by prior academic attainment in many subjects. We believe that it helps pupils, who feel more confident knowing that their class-mates probably feel about as confident as they do; we also think it helps teachers, who can pitch content and tasks so they are appropriately challenging. Setting also allows us to concentrate additional adults where they are most needed and to provide smaller classes for pupils who need most support.

Grouping pupils in this way requires us to make sure that they make great progress from their starting points in every set and that pupils in lower-attaining sets are not restricted by lower expectations. 

Initial decisions about setting should be based on all available evidence. This will usually include primary school test data, qualitative comments from primary school, baseline test data from Kings’, CAT scores and teacher comments on attainment at Kings’ prior to setting.

Pupils should be in the best possible set for them to make progress. A change of sets should only be considered when pupils are very clearly in the ‘wrong’ set academically or, in some cases, socially. There should be no expectation of an automatic change of set on the basis only of exam or test scores. In practice, outcomes, tasks and expectations overlap between adjacent sets and so moving pupils between sets should not happen frequently.’

 

Osborne project

Many thanks for your responses to my message about our exciting new project with Osborne School. I am pleased to report that they were (almost) all enthusiastic and supportive.

One parent asked about the financial side of things – perhaps I should have said explicitly that there is no financial benefit to Kings’. We will be charging Osborne a modest “occupation cost” to cover utilities and caretaking; apart from that, there is no impact on our budget.

 

Show Your Appreciation scheme

Many, many thanks to all the kind parents who have said “thank you” to school staff by donating a prize. Winners this term have been:

 

  • Chocolates – Miss Birebent – Pupil Support
  • Silver gift Bag – Miss Ransome – English
  • Whiskey – Mrs Skerritt – Drama
  • Sherry – Mrs Sessions-King – Science
  • Fudge – Miss Morris-Thomas – Science
  • M&S Voucher – Miss Parker – Cover Supervisor
  • Amazon Gift Card – Mrs Stringer – English
  • M&S Gift Card – Miss Clarkson – Head of Year 9
  • M&S Chocolates – Mrs Twiggs – PD Resourced Provision Co-ordinator
  • White Wine – Miss Begum – Pupil Support
  • Rose Wine – Mrs Spencer – Science
  • Surprise Parcel – Mrs Ive

I cannot over-state how grateful the winners have been and what a positive impact the scheme has had – we have a few more prizes in reserve but we would be very grateful for more! Please drop any donation off at Reception.

 

Sponsored run

Many thanks to everyone who has sponsored our staff running team in support of the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton Children’s Hospital. I am happy to say we are over halfway to our £5000 target.

As a reminder:

15 Kings’ staff are participating in either the Southampton Half or Full Marathon on Sunday 5 May in order to raise funds for the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton Children’s Hospital. 

The ward provides care for children from birth to 16 years of age with all forms of cancer and is providing excellent support for one of our own Year 10 Kings’ pupils.

I would like to thank those of you who have already made a donation via our Just Giving Page – your support and generosity is very much appreciated.

We are keen to push on towards our fundraising target, so if you are yet to make a donation and would like to do so, the link to our page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kings-school .

 Alternatively, donations can be made via our collection box at School Reception or by sending your contribution in an envelope marked ‘Piam Brown Fundraising’, via your child.

 

Eco News

We make progress!  I am delighted to report that pricing adjustments in the canteen means that there is an increased number of (easily-recyclable) cans sold and therefore a reduction in the number of plastic bottles by about 1,050 every month.

Free software

Due to our school Microsoft licencing, we are able to offer your son/daughter a downloadable copy of Microsoft Office whilst they are at Kings’. If your son/daughter would like to take advantage of this they should visit www.rmunify.com and login using their school email address ending in ‘@kings-winchester.hants.sch.uk’ and their network password. They can then click on the Microsoft Office download tile and follow the on screen instructions.

The download is available for Mac and PC users.

 

Changes to Cashless Catering System from 23rd April 2019

As you may know, up to now we have automatically extended credit of up to £3.00 to pupils who have insufficient funds in their accounts. This arrangement has proved to be very difficult to administer, in practice, and therefore this provision will cease when school re-opens after the Easter holidays.

From that point, if a pupil does not have sufficient credit on their account, they will be able to obtain a token from Reception to the value of £2.30: this can be exchanged at the main tills only for a hot meal and dessert. Our policy of never refusing to provide a pupil with lunch remains unchanged. Parents of any pupil receiving a lunch token will be contacted to request immediate payment into their lunch account.

We would be grateful if parents could make sure that lunch accounts remain ‘topped up’.  It is possible to set an automatic text reminder on ParentPay.  Go to ParentPay, View / edit profile>Phones & emails to register your mobile.  Once a mobile number is registered then go to the ‘I want to….’ area of the home page, click ‘Pay for Items’ and then ‘Other’.  SMS messages are charged at 6 pence per text and the SMS text balance needs to be maintained to a value of at least £2.40.

Should you have any concerns or questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Please click here for the latest edition of Kings’ Catering

 

KSA news

Please click here for news from the KSA.

 

Half term activities

Please click here for some Half term activity ideas from the Hampshire Cultural Trust.

 

Important dates

 

Friday 5 April                     Inset Day

Monday 22 April                Bank holiday

Tuesday 23 April                Start of summer term

Monday 6 May                   Bank holiday

Thursday 9 May                 Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 22 May           Year 9 Pastoral Information Evening

Monday 27 May                 Half Term

 

Yours faithfully

 

Matthew Leeming

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winchester Teaching School Alliance

Are you interested in a career in teaching?

School Direct teacher training positions in Winchester

School Direct is an innovative school based training route into the teaching profession. Winchester Teaching School Alliance, working with The University of Winchester, is pleased to be able to offer School Direct teacher training places commencing in September 2019.

These placements are available in a number of the city’s schools with both primary and secondary positions offered. Subjects we offer are listed below:

  • Primary: School Direct (tuition fee) Primary posts.
  •  Secondary: School Direct (tuition fee) posts in Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Food, Geography, History, Languages, Maths, Music, PE, Physics, R.S.For further information on training to teaching with WTSA and to search for courses please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses-in-england

 

In order to apply for any of the above positions, please visit www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training

For further information, call Maggi Edwards on 01962 861161 or email enquiries@wtsa.info

Osborne School

Dear Parents/Guardians,

You may know that we have been welcoming groups of pupils from Osborne Special School (for pupils with moderate learning difficulties) since the start of September. They have been joining the Year 10 and 11 college groups for PSHEE and it has gone exceptionally well. Our friends at Osborne would now like to take this idea a bit further.

Osborne has a couple of problems. It is very successful, very popular and very cramped. They need to increase their number on roll, but they have no space on which to build. They are also aware that many of their higher-attaining pupils find the post-16 transition to mainstream quite scary.

They would like to re-locate a small class of Year 10 pupils (up to 9 or 10) and a small class of Year 11 pupils (likewise) onto our site. They would remain Osborne pupils for most purposes – they would be taught by Osborne staff  and their exam results would belong to Osborne. However, socially, they would aim to become Kings’ pupils, wearing our uniform and mingling with our pupils at lunchtime. One or two might join our pupils for a handful of lessons, on a very limited basis.

We would dearly like to tap into Osborne expertise, especially with our own low attainers, both in KS4 but also in Y7. We also think that “an Osborne annex” would be very positive for our ethos.

Our current thinking is that from September 2019, we will provide two classrooms at the far end of Bradbury Block for them. Three or four Osborne staff would be permanently based with us, looking after about 20 of their Key Stage 4 pupils. If it goes well, we would hope to do some building work and give (well, rent) them something more permanent in September 2020. At that point (or, maybe, sooner) we would also aim to provide some level of expert Osborne input for up to 10 of our own pupils.

To be clear, this would make no difference to our number-on-roll, to our exam results, or our budget. Kings’ class sizes would be unaffected, except that some individual Osborne pupils might join us for the odd lesson and some individual Kings’ pupils might be accommodated by the Osborne staff for the odd lesson.

We think this is a really exciting opportunity for both schools; I will include updates about it in my regular newsletters.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Leeming

Head Teacher

Charity Run by 15 Kings’ School Staff

15 members of Kings’ School staff are running either the Southampton Half or Full Marathon on Sunday 5th May 2019 in order to raise funds for the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton Children’s Hospital. The Piam Brown Ward is the Wessex children’s cancer unit. It provides care for children from birth to 16 years old with all forms of cancer and the ward is providing excellent support for one of our own Kings’ School Year 10 pupils.

We have set up a Just Giving Page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kings-school and we hope that you will be able to support us by making a donation and help the Piam Brown Ward to continue its excellent work. 

Donations you make will help to enhance the experience of young patients and their families whilst under the care of the Piam Brown Ward. Its charity fund is used for patient, family and staff wellbeing, specialised paediatric oncology education for hospital staff and research to improve treatments.

We hope that you will be able to help us reach our fundraising target and maybe come along and support the Kings’ team on the day of the race at what is always a fantastic event!