KINGSLEY ACADEMY NEWS
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Kingsley Academy delighted with “wonderful” A level results

posted 18 Aug 2017, 04:08 by Michele Colt

We are absolutely thrilled that Kingsley Academy A level students have achieved results which have far exceeded all previous years. More than ¼ of our grades were A* or A, and over 80% of grades were A*-C. All grades
were pass grades.  The higher grades were across almost all subjects including the three sciences, maths, history, citizenship and graphics.
 
These outstanding results mean that Kingsley students have a very wide choice of university places, many submitting applications to Russell Group universities.
 
Top achievers include Shifa Batliwala who gained 2 A* and an A, Anamaria Dragulin who achieved 2 A* and a B, Patryk Dziatkiewicz who got A* and 2 As, Barbara Moura who got A* and 2 As and Kamran Waheed who got A*, A and B. Students’ descriptions of their experience of Kingsley 6th included: “excellent”; “teachers always try their best to give us the best resources”; “fantastic”; "supportive"; “the teaching is really good/great”; “some of the best years of my life”.  Amber Tulett, this year's Head Girl, was thrilled to gain the results to allow her to access her longed for teacher training course at Roehampton and she wrote that Kingsley had been "well worth the 7 years!”.
 
The senior leaders responsible for 6th form, Ms Surani and Ms Naidu, said:  “We are very pleased with the fantastic achievements of our students and we are delighted that the results reflect the efforts they have made to reach their potential and ‘make their best better’”.
 
Headteacher Ms Kirby says: “These results are wonderful and illustrate so clearly that the Ofsted ‘good’ judgement for 6th form was thoroughly deserved. I want to thank the superb staff, as well as our great students and the leadership team, who, together, are the authors of these achievements”.

Kingsley at Annie the Musical

posted 12 Jul 2017, 07:27 by Michele Colt

The sun will come out tomorrow... well it certainly did on July 6th, when a group of year 8 and 9 students braved the sweltering heat to make the journey to London's West End to watch Annie the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre. After stopping at the statue of Eros for an obligatory photo, we made out way to the theatre and took our seats (we had a great view from the stalls). 

From the first musical number, we knew we were Gonna Like It. While Daddy Warbucks sang that 'Something Was Missing', we could tell that nothing was. The staging was imaginative and captured the era of the musical whilst taking a modern slant, the acting was engaging (particular mention to the Little Girls who played the orphans) and in terms of the singing, we didn't Need Anything But the glorious vocals from each cast member.

Everyone really enjoyed the performance; we were left laughing and crying in equal measures. Despite the emotional roller coaster we went on, it was anything but a Hard Knock Life for students who got to attend the performance. So Maybe now this reference to the songs from the musical, is the last one that I'll write... bonus points if you can spot the others! Huge thanks to Ms Hook who accompanied the trip.

Jack Petchey Achievement Awards announced

posted 12 Jul 2017, 06:53 by Michele Colt

We are delighted to announce that the following students have achieved Jack Petchey achievement awards.  With their medal, they receive £250 to spend in school on an area of their choice.

Matilda T (Year 9)
“Matilda cares passionately about the academy and ensuring that it lives up to its motto to 'make our best better'.  To do this she has been committed to the student parliament attending every meeting and representing her peers.  She had the idea of setting up a student support group and rallied together a group of students to support each other and provide a voice for students too uncomfortable to speak out themselves.  She also willing to throw herself into a challenge and from Duke of Edinburgh to school pantomime, she has shown resilience, enthusiasm and a sense of humour.”
Spending her money on Peer2Peer mentoring training.
 
Nicole K-C (Year 10)
“Nicole is an inspirational example of someone who has overcome adversity and come back fighting.  She presented a brave, moving speech to her year group and went on to represent the academy at the Jack Petchey Speak Out challenge.  She is determined to give a voice to students who may find it difficult to speak out themselves and is a founding member of a peer mentoring group with its sole purpose to support each other.  She is a strong, positive personality who embodies her year groups’ motto – ‘my past will not define me; my future will.”
Spending her money on Peer2Peer mentoring training.
 
Ana B (Year 8)
“Ana is determined to make sure they academy is a happy place.  She is part of a Year 8 committee that meet regularly to discuss school improvement.  She is very good at reporting potential incidents of bullying or inappropriate behaviour she sees others experiencing. She always stands up for her peers.  She has also shown great commitment to the world of sport, both with her own personal success in and out of school and supporting other students to achieve.”
Spending her money on promoting/ coaching/equipment for basketball.
 
Dhondup D (Year 10)
“Dhondup showed amazing team spirit whilst on DofE expeditions and really shone out from the crowd. He was helpful and looked out for not only his own team members but also for those in different groups. Dhondup was hardworking and determined throughout the award and in particular the expeditions. He had a real  "can do" attitude, and showed impressive problem solving skills. Being the only male in a group of five females Dondup went out of his way to ensure the girls were safe and supported at all times. He has also demonstrated excellence in sport, tremendous effort in his studies and commitment to the academy as a whole throughout the year.”
 Spending his money on equipment for D of E
 
Rajat P (Year 12)
“Rajat has consistently been hardworking throughout his time at Kingsley Academy.  He was of the students who made the most progress from his starting points at GCSEs and has continued with this positive attitude to hard work in our sixth form this year.  He strives for nothing but excellence.  It is hard to think of a more deserving student who is well-rounded and lovely.”
 Spending his money on resources for the new 6th form study space.

Kayla T(Year 10)
“Kayla has been a fantastic Sports Ambassador over the past year and has thrown herself at everything I have asked her to do. She has attended activities that were outside her comfort zone and worked hard to overcome her self doubts and help younger students to achieve. This was clear at the Sky Sports Dare to be Different event at the local Daytona go kart track, she encouraged the groups she was working with to present in front of a camera. She has an amazing character which enables the younger students around her to feel more relaxed and to take part in the activities. She has trained to be a walking basketball activator and designed posters to encourage non active students to attend a club. Kayla will happily help out in all events, including the primary school indoor athletics and is excellent at organising herself and others. She has an infectious personality which will help her go far.”
Spending her money on promoting/ coaching/equipment for football.

Please congratulate them/thank them if you see them.

School dates update from Ms Kirby-Klappholz

posted 28 Jun 2017, 05:14 by Michele Colt

I am writing to you with some important news about several dates this term and, very importantly,  the start of the Autumn term. Please note the following:

Reminders for this term:
  • - Sports Day takes place on Friday 7th July at Osterley Sports Ground - students go straight there for 8.30. Some students will remain in school to help with our Year 5 A Life in the Day of Kingsley Academy activity
  • - Progress Review Day Tuesday 11th July 
  • - The Year 9 Graduation Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 12 July at 1.30pm
  • - The International Evening takes place on Thursday 13 July (time to be advised)
  • - The final staff training day (we are entitled to a number of these each year) will take place on Tuesday 18 July periods 1 and 2. This means that students should attend school at 10.30 in order to start school on that day at period 3.
The school will close for the summer holidays at 11.30 on Thursday 20 July (see below). Those children wanting a meal or in receipt of a free school meal will be able to eat it at break time on the 20th July.

A very exciting piece of news is that our new build is almost complete and we are due to move in on September 4th 2017. The building project manager is very clear that staff will need a few days to move their things and set up and check the systems and processes. Therefore, we will be ending school one day early (to pack - see above) and the start of the Autumn term 2017 will be delayed:

  • Years 7, 11 and 12 return to school on Friday 8th September. 
  • Year 11 arrive at 8.25 
  • Year 7 arrive at 9.25
  • Year 12 arrive at 10.45
  • Years 8, 9, 10, 13 return to school on Monday 11th September
  • ALL Year groups arrive for 8.25 start
I do hope that the later start of the school year will not prove too inconvenient. 

Yours faithfully,

Ms L Kirby-Klappholz
Principal 

Ofsted reports on Kingsley

posted 28 Jun 2017, 04:39 by Kingsley Academy

Kingsley Academy underwent an Ofsted inspection on 6 and 7 June 2017. 
The report can be seen and downloaded here

While the overall judgement remains at Requires Improvement I am delighted to see much of the good work being done at this academy being acknowledged. Our 6th Form, Behaviour and Personal Development and Welfare were all deemed 'good' which is very encouraging. Leadership and Management were also rated good which means that parents and carers can be reassured that we will continue to tackle those specific areas identified as "requiring improvement", robustly. For instance, the concerns regarding the number of supply teachers are already resolved for the next academic year, I am glad to say.  It is also important to reiterate that the judgement showed most children to be making good or better progress. 

Despite the overall judgement not moving as we had hoped, there is much to be pleased about. I can assure you that myself, the Senior Leadership Team and staff remain committed to making further positive strides over the next year.

Thank you for your continued support as we make those positive changes.

Lesley Kirby-Klappholz
Principal

Grayson Perry, The Serpentine Gallery and Kingsley Academy...

posted 22 Jun 2017, 03:10 by Michele Colt

Kingsley's Key Stage 5 art students enjoyed a trip to see popular artist Grayson Perry's work at the Serpentine Gallery. This is what 6th former Perry S made of the experience.

"We went to the Serpentine Gallery to see Grayson Perry's art exhibition called "The most popular art exhibition ever". Whilst we were there, we visually observed and analysed several pieces of his artwork, particularly the vases he created about Brexit. After, we went to eat lunch and discussed our feelings and opinions about the artwork and how it impacted on us as individual artists. Overall, the exhibition was amazing because the artwork was beautifully constructed both sentimentally and aesthetically, which we found helpful because it gave us direction and inspiration to come up with out topics for our A2 project."


Wear green for Grenfell this Friday

posted 20 Jun 2017, 08:45 by Michele Colt   [ updated 22 Jun 2017, 01:57 ]

Kingsley is inviting students to wear something green this Friday 23 June in exchange for a small donation to the Grenfell Fire Fund.  Please note that all Items must remain in keeping with uniform policy eg if a skirt, reasonable length etc Thank you for your support.

Cultural experiences come back to back...

posted 17 Jun 2017, 14:25 by Michele Colt

On May 17th students from Y
ears 8 and 9 braved the wet and windy weather to make the journey to the New Wimbledon Theatre to watch a musical based on the creepiest and kookiest family around, The Addams Family

Tho story of the musical revolves around Wednesday Addams, now grown up, who has fallen in love with a boy, who incidentally her parents do not approve of. The performance takes places over the course of a torturous evening during which: both sets of parents meet, the Addams try to act normal (you can imagine how well that goes), Uncle Fester professes his love for the moon, Pugsley unwittingly poisons someone, and the spirits of the numerous and diverse Addams ancestry are unable to return to the afterlife so spend their time roaming the house and acting as the chorus that alerts us to what's happening.

The show was a huge success; songs were memorable and catchy, the dialogue witty and fast paced, the costumes were works of art, and the performers gave it their all to make the singing, dancing and acting worthy of a standing ovation. Despite the rainy weather, it definitely wasn't a washout. Huge thanks to Ms McCutcheon for accompanying the trip.

On June 7th, a lucky group of year 7s went to Richmond Theatre to watch a performance of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by the Northern Ballet. This was a performance like no other the students had experienced before and proved to be both a challenge and an inspiration to watch.

The story follows 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.

The climate of segregation and degradation of the Jewish people was expertly portrayed through an expressionist musical score, whose melodies were fittingly fractured and harmonies dissonant. Despite this, the fluidity of movement shown by the dancers of Norther Ballet was beautiful to behold and utterly deserving of the applause garnered. Huge thanks to Mr Haque for accompanying the trip.

KA decides - the 2017 mock election

posted 14 Jun 2017, 08:26 by Michele Colt   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 08:29 ]

As a school, we are keen to involve students in all aspects of their school and learning. So, as has become a common event in KA over the last few years, we held a Mock election campaign to coincide with the “snap” general election. This included speeches by 5 Year 10 candidates, “hustings” and a vote on 8 June, to replicate the UK general election. It was fantastic to see how politically educated our students have become, taking a real interest in the issues that affect their lives.  In mimicking the real process as closely as possible, ballot papers and a ballot box were set up for years 7-10 and staff to cast their votes in. The whole day was overseen by Returning Officers (Citizenship students and staff) to ensure fair play. By common consensus, the speeches and Q&A hustings were very professionally delivered. Some of the teachers’ comments included: “All assemblies and speeches were great”; “The comparisons between different parties helped the students to decide how to vote, details were good to help us understand what the parties stood for, and it felt very realistic.” 

After a fairly fought campaign, the Labour Party (Maria) won with 55% of the vote, followed by UKIP (Ranveer) 14%, Green Party (Rio) 13%, Conservative Party (Wojciech) 10%, and Liberal Democrats (Summer) 7%. All the candidates agreed that they had learnt a lot from the process, including key communication and the whole range of literacy skills. They were fantastic and a credit to themselves, year 10 and the Humanities faculty. Another KA success, well done to everyone involved; and given the real life results, we may be doing the same again in the Autumn!

Duke of Edinburgh dress rehearsal - by Charlotte D

posted 14 Jun 2017, 07:53 by Michele Colt

On the weekend of 13
th May, thirty-four pupils ranging from Year 9 up to Year 13 took part in the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This expedition was a practice for the real thing in June. Many pupils had never been camping or hiking before; very exciting! Early on Saturday morning, the pupils arrived at school, stocked up with ASDA’s finest snacks, waterproofs and all their equipment, ready for a weekend of camping and hiking in the Surrey Hills. The drive up there took us through the chocolate-box village of Shere, and we all held our breath as the coach driver skilfully navigated his way through the narrow country lanes. Once set up at the campsite, tents at the ready, the pupils split into four groups, all accompanied by teachers. Armed with a compass, map, and route card, each group was responsible for navigating to their next checkpoint, a process that would take 6 and a half hours walking through the forests and hills. One group managed to cover around 15km in one day! Sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows was a nice end to the long day. Despite some getting lost, panting for breath on steep uphill climbs, and cooking their own meals in the evening (noodles aplenty!) it was warming to see everyone bonding and working together, and the teachers were extremely proud of the maturity, behaviour and teamwork that each group demonstrated. We wish all pupils the best of luck for their next expedition. Massive thanks to all the teachers who volunteered to help out with the weekend, and a bigger thanks to Ms McCarron for organising it all!

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