End of Term Letter July 2022
Kingsley Community School,
Telephone: 0151 709 6727
Fax: 0151 708 5105
Head Teacher: Mrs A Whittaker
End of Term News
12th July 2022.
Dear Parents/ Carers,
The end of term is nearly here so with that in mind I want to say a final few thankyous, give a final few updates and reminders about the end of term and the new school year in September.
Arrangements for this week are as follows:
- School finishes at 12.30pm on Friday 15th July. Please make sure you collect your child promptly, we have building work taking place over the Summer and need to prepare the school.
- Y6 Leavers service is at 4pm on Thursday 14th, y6 parents are welcome to attend.
- children will be bringing some of their books home this week for you to look at or keep, should you wish
Free Uniform for September.
As I told you in my last newsletter, we are giving every child in school a jumper or cardigan to start the new term with. This will help keep pupils smart for the new term, and hopefully help everyone out a little in these challenging times. We have ordered stocks of uniform, but only have a certain amount available at the moment. If you want to collect your item this week, please come to the main school office, MORNINGS ONLY and ask for Ms Lee, who will supply you with items and sign you off on our list. If the size you need is not yet available, please collect it on 1st September when school is open for staff training.
- School is open for children on Monday 5th September.
- School uniform sales Friday 1st September 9am- 12pm ONLY.
As I told you last week , we have an almost entirely , brand new office team starting work here in September, please bear with us for the first week or so whilst everyone finds their feet.
On the first day please bring your children to the school gates as usual, at home time you can collect from their new classrooms, so make sure you check out where they are now!
SATs and all that ….
I hope you know that Kingsley school is about far more than testing and academic results. Our children make phenomenal progress in our school, and its this that we have always been most proud of. However I have to give a shout out to all of those pupils who have done formal, national tests this year. In particular year 4 and year 6 , who have to just do a test, with no teacher assessment and in quite strict ‘exam ‘ conditions. Year 4 did the first Multiplication table checker and we have been astounded by their results. No national data is yet available, but talking to local schools, our pupils seem to have done amazingly well- thanks to all of you who supported TT Rockstars at home!
Year 6 results also need some mention. We have had one of the most mature, hardworking and kind groups of children go through year 6 this year and their progress is, as usual through the roof ( we expect to be at least in the top 10% of the country again for progress measures.) However its not just progress that they are celebrating, but also standards, which at the moment, look to be equal to National in Reading and Maths. When you consider how many pupils have completed these tests in a second language , it’s staggering. I won’t be able to publish results until they have all been formally verified in the Autumn, but we are immensely proud of them.
Finally I want to say an enormous and sincere thankyou to all of the staff at Kingsley. The last 2 and a half years have been very difficult. Lockdowns, remote learning and teaching face to face when no one else seemed to be in work has been challenging. The NHS , quite rightly, got a lot of praise during these times, but school staff got very little. Let me tell you, it has been very hard for some of us, and that has quickly been forgotten about. It is no surprise that many staff have left working in school, nationally and in Kingsley as its been a very tough time. What no one will tell you is that from last September, staff at Kingsley also had to contend with the expectation here to work even harder to make up for the lost learning, and social opportunities for all of our pupils. I hope you have noticed the amazing amount of trips, visitors, workshops and opportunities that Kingsley staff have put on for our pupils this academic year. I hope you have also noticed our expectation that we enable everyone to catch up on missed learning. I hope you have noticed the numbers of additional staff school employed to boost learning and to cover significantly high staff absences so that your children did not miss out any more.
I’m immensely proud of our school, of our pupils and our community, but I have to say , I have never been more proud of staff in any school I have worked in. They have done an outstanding job this year, and its because of them , along with your support , that our pupils have done so well.
All that remains is for me to wish everyone a lovely Summer, we look forward to seeing you all in September.
Alison Whittaker, Head Teacher.