Dear Parent /Carers
It’s hard to believe that we are about to finish for the Summer break. This term has been SO difficult and testing for students, families and staff, but I believe that there has been a real sense of togetherness. All of the staff have worked relentlessly preparing resources and supporting students and each other in any way that they can. Many students have been accessing the online learning offer or collecting work packs from school. Encourage your child to continue with this learning over the Summer holidays. There will NOT be additional work put on the website over the holiday break.
Sadly, we say goodbye to several colleagues at the end of this term (including myself). I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff leaving for all of their hard work and support at Kingsway Park High school and I wish them all the very best for their future plans whether it be retirement, promotion, moving abroad or another job.
I became the Headteacher of KPHS 10 years ago and it has been the best 10 years of my life. I have been SO lucky to have worked with so many incredible students, staff, families and Governors. KPHS is a truly inclusive and caring school and I’ve been very proud to have been part of its journey of improvement. Due to the present COVID19 situation, my travelling abroad plans are now on hold. It would however, be lovely to come back and visit the school and celebrate in its successes in the future. I will keep a close eye on the future developments at KPHS and I’m very confident that it will continue to go from strength to strength. A new Headteacher has been appointed called Mrs Jenny Langley (an experienced Head from a school in Ashton).
She will take up the post sometime in the Autumn term. I’m absolutely thrilled with this appointment. I have personally worked with Jenny over the last 3 years in my capacity as a Governor of her school. She is an inspirational leader.
Start of next term
As you will know the Government has announced the very good news that all schools will reopen in full from this September. We are absolutely delighted with this news. It’s very important that all children get back into school for their education and their well-being. We look forward to welcoming all students back to school in September and our children and young people can look forward to the routine of normal school life and seeing their friends and all the staff at Kingsway Park High school.
We have now received the full government guidance about how this will work, and we are currently finalising our plans for how we deliver this learning offer to all students. At all times, the safety health and wellbeing of students and staff will be of the greatest importance and we will be ensuring that everything required will be put in place over the Summer break for all of our staff and students at KPHS.
Our intention is that the school will run as normally as possible following the guidelines.
For you as parents/carers, the simple things to note are that we expect ALL students to be in full school uniform or in school PE kit if they have a PE lesson that day. Students will also be expected to bring a school bag and have all of their own school equipment that they need (pencil case, pens pencils etc).
The government documents are long and complex and create a wide range of logistical challenges for our school. Whilst we have already commenced our detailed planning so that we have robust risk assessments in place in the school, we may NOT be able to share the full details with you until sometime during the Summer holidays. So please keep checking the school website for further information over the holiday period. I know this is NOT ideal, but I do NOT want to be giving you information and then having to backtrack on it. So therefore, a more detailed letter will come out in the middle of August explained how things will work for staff and students on their return in September. This letter will be on the school website.
Please note that Tuesday and Wednesday of the 1st and 2nd of September are staff training days and students are NOT expected to attend school.
On Thursday 3rd of September, Year 7 students ONLY are to attend school. This is to give them an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school. Their school day will be 8.30am-2.40pm. This will be the same on the Friday 4th of September.
On Friday the 4th of September, different year groups will be coming into school as a ‘Year bubble’ to collect their new school timetables, diaries and get used to all of the new safety measures which have been put in place around the school site. They will spend their time in school with their Personal Tutor. These meetings are VERY important and students MUST be punctual to their sessions
Year 8 8.45am-9.30am
Year 10 9.45am-10.30am
Year 9 11.00-11.45am
Year 11 12.00-12.45pm
Finally, on behalf of all the staff, I want to thank you for everything you have done to support your child’s success over this difficult period. Your ongoing support has been greatly appreciated. Take care and keep safe. Have an enjoyable summer and please keep checking the school website for regular updates.