KINGSLEY ACADEMY NEWS
There is always much to talk about at Kingsley Academy! We share our news in a variety of ways. We post on an ongoing basis on the school website. It appears on the Home page of this site and on this page. In addition, we send a bi-weekly newsletter to our parents and share it on the website too. Finally, you can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook too!


Jack Petchey awards announced

posted 13 Dec 2017, 04:46 by Michele Colt

Congratulations to our Autumn term Jack Petchey winners all of whom have shown real commitment to our school community in one way or another.




September

Award winner: Tyler Clark, age 14

Reason for award: Always trying to improve himself, facing obstacles all the time and tries to find ways to overcome them.  He shows a determination of someone with not an easy life, but keeps going forward. He never moans!

October

Award winner: Dhondup Dorje, age 15

Reason for award: Dhondup has an unbelievable commitment to extra curricular activities. He attended all sports clubs run by the school and represented the school in the following sports:

  • Captain of Y10 Cricket team that won the borough league.
  • Captain of Y10 Volleyball team that won the borough tournament
  • Captain of Y10 Basketball team that won the borough league
  • Was an ever present member of the school football team
  • Represented the school at borough badminton championships
  • Finished fourth at the borough cross country championships thus qualifying for the Hounslow cross country team
  • Borough champion at Javelin
  • Subsequently this year he is lending his expertise to coaching the Y10 Basketball team.

November

Award winner: Gael Muyonge, age 14

Reason for award: Gael has demonstrated amazing development in his maturity since last summer. He is now one of the lead coaches for KS3 football sessions run after school. His commitment and professionalism and shown that he is now a true role model for his peers


Winter Concert - book tickets now!

posted 13 Dec 2017, 04:19 by Michele Colt

The 2017 Winter Concert takes place next week and will be a seasonal treasure trove of entertainment! Don't miss out. Put it in your diary now and join the fun!

Christmas Menu announced!

posted 6 Dec 2017, 03:36 by Michele Colt

The .Christmas menu in the Kingsley Kitchen is set to whet appetites this term. To view the full menu and see what else in in store in the Kingsley Kitchen this Winter go to the Kingsley Kitchen web page.

Mayor Sampson visits Kingsley Academy - by Ms Kirby

posted 20 Nov 2017, 13:43 by Michele Colt

I had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Mayor Sue Sampson who took office in Spring this year. Mayor Sampson seemed particularly thrilled to be at Kingsley Academy, not least because she is a former student herself, and sent her children here. Our first stop was to see the newly re-configured Student Parliament in action and they were pleased and delighted to hear that the mayor had come here herself. As we progressed, we met other staff who remembered the mayor’s children when they were here.

Our tour took in all the areas of the school. The mayor saw some fabulous 6th form art and we both guessed, correctly, that architecture or fine art were preferred career options for the A level students we met. In English, Mr Haque presented the mayor with a copy of our superb student compilation book of art, poetry and short stories, [sic].  We were impressed by the focus and application of students in maths, English, technology, food and science - the latter classrooms being from where Madame Mayor was able to admire the view over central London, albeit a rather misty one.  


After the tour, I spoke to the mayor about her impressions. This is what she said: “As a former student of this school, it is nice to return to see the complete transformation and progress here. The building is fantastic! To come here and see this...its modern technology equipping our young people to enable them to be successful in the 21st century in more ways than one is remarkable and amazing”.


The mayor was very keen to work more with Kingsley Academy and we discussed some ways forward to do this.  Thank you, Madame Mayor, for your time and generosity of spirit! We will be in touch.


こんにちは (Kon'nichiwa) = Hello!

posted 20 Nov 2017, 13:16 by Michele Colt

KA welcomed lots of visitors on Monday 20 November: 2 Japanese visiting professors and a Department for Education (DfE) representative from the Academies Regional Division Group. Kaori Kikuchi, Assistant Professor
from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, and her colleague  Dr Seiko Oyama, Associate Professor from Tokai University, visited us to look at English as an Additional Language provision in our school. The number of speakers of Japanese as an additional language has been growing over the past few years, with large numbers arriving from other Asian countries and Brazil. Seiko and  Kaori, who has visited us twice before, have been leading research looking for the development and implementation of provision for students of Japanese as an additional language in mainstream education and have chosen Kingsley Academy because of our expertise and national standing in this area.

Our DfE visitor came as part of an immersion programme, developed to allow DfE staff to understand better the workings of academies. He will spend three days working with senior staff and visiting classrooms. After day 1, he reported that he had enjoyed himself very much and learnt a great deal.


Fireworks - keeping safe

posted 18 Oct 2017, 03:45 by Michele Colt

We are approaching Fireworks Night so it is a good time to remind ourselves about how to keep safe and enjoy the evening. Go the official safety website for rules, regulations and top tips for having a great Guy Fawkes Night on the 5 November!

National Poetry Day - winners announced!

posted 8 Oct 2017, 03:56 by Michele Colt

The English Department and the Library marked our first National Poetry Day in the new building with a boisterous celebration of poetry and all things poetical.

English lessons were dedicated to poetry throughout the day and the Library hosted the now annual lunchtime poetry event which saw members of the school community convene to discuss the important role poetry has played in shaping our understanding of the world.  Guests were fed on light snacks and readings of powerful verse written around this year’s theme: Freedom. Much of the poetry read out at the event was original verse written by our learners as a response to the English department’s call for entries to our poetry competition.  As always we were delighted and impressed with the reaction of our poets.

Choosing the winners was not an easy task, as so many students wrote lyrical and thought-provoking responses to the theme of Freedom. In the end, the judgement came down to the poets’ originality and to how well they had used language, structure and imagery. The winning poem, ‘Big Sis!’ is a passionate observation of the injustice meted out to minorities in the postmodern world. It is clear that the poet, Nicole Kalungwishi-Can (Y11), has a genuine understanding of the power of words and, by extension, the important role words can play in changing views and attitudes. The winning entry shows an awareness that poetry can be a medium to process anger and frustration – a clarion call to us all to stop and think about who we are and what we’re doing.  In second place, ‘Pride’ by Francis Mulcahy (Y11) is an example of the power of poetry as a form of expression. The honesty and vulnerability of the poem moved the judging panel, but they were equally impressed with the imagery and structures used. Finally, in third place, ‘This is Freedom’ shows once again that poetry triggers in us a fire that cannot be dampened. Neharika Limbu (Y8) shows an assurance beyond her years in her choice of language and imagery, responding to the theme in a visceral and polemic way. Freedom, it seems, means something to our students. 

Other than the three winners, we would also like to mention the quality of the other entries. The English department was blown away by the creativity and talent that was on display. The winning entries and other poems will be up on the website for you to digest. Many of the best entries will be included in the next issue of [sic] due for release in December.        

Well done everyone!

FIRST PRIZE – 1000 VIVOS

Big Sis

"Big sis"
Some people legit take the piss
Of my his-tory
They think I lift my fist 
Up for nothin’
They have a list 
Of people to annihilate
This is what society may end up becoming 
where the privileged make the
not so blessed kiss their behinds 

Mistaking kindness for being weak
Humble for being cheap
Thinkin' of my skin as a joke
-  ie., thinking I'm ghetto for saying YO
Making me feel so freaking low
Fo’ shaw

'nother word
So absurd 
I think they might've heard
'Dear white people'
Asking us to be equal
Parallel sequels that may never end
Therefore, we'll never be equal

Always blacks verses whites
Everyone loves and hates lights
We gotta shine a light on this topic
And focus more on equity and fight
For people to visualize such sight

Right now it's black lives matter
And I believe that all lives matter 
But right now we need it more than ever
Because more people want to erase us forever
Some go as far as wishing it was us killed in nine-eleven... 

I went too far on that one. 
I apologize 

I’m just so sick of society continuing to fantasize
About their happy ending

And we're all affected
Black, white,
You can be Indian
I hate how Muslims 
Are all accused of terrorism
Which is why we all got to keep going
And keep the boat floating

For a time will come where we'll all stop living
And the after-life will greet you with a light high up sitting
And asking you: what were you doing?

NICOLE K-C

SECOND PRIZE – 500 VIVOS

Pride

Hated yesterday, accepted today 
Banned and hated by people with dark hearts
Loved by those with hearts of gold.

These people were called oddities
But I’m proud to be one of them in our own home, our own end

The happiness to be different
The happiness to be gay.

FRANCIS M


THIRD PRIZE – 300 VIVOS

This is Freedom

Do you remember those days?
Shackled we were,
Downtrodden, beaten, and killed.
Wings shredded and torn,
Flesh pulled from our backs,
Leaving scars that carried our shame. 
But at last the time has come,
To end our suffering.
To burn it down, to burn it all,
Their ships, their castles, and their lives,
For this is freedom, I am sure.
The moment the sky rains the cruel King’s blood is the day we all will be free,
When all will feast on splendid pork,
And cheers will ring in my name,
When my wings, tainted red, arise again,
For that is my freedom, I am sure.

NEHARIKA L



Kingsley Academy's new home is "fantastic."

posted 4 Oct 2017, 06:37 by Michele Colt

Kingsley Academy students and staff have moved into their new building and are delighted with what they can now call their educational home, Set over 5 floors the building is bright and airy centred around a central atrium where the cafeteria is located. Each floor is colour coded depending on the faculty and each classroom has state of the art equipment with groundbreaking interactive technology which really brings subjects to life. Valanca D said, "The new school building is amazing as it has got excellent facilities, an amazing kitchen with a lot of space. Also a beautiful assembly hall which is comfortable. The classrooms are brilliant because they are clean and are big. The toilets have excellent facilities and you don’t have to wait for long to use a washroom like before. Decent painted walls, which make the school look amazing."




Students comments on new build September 2017.docx



Kingsley Academy Open Morning Tours 2017

posted 14 Sep 2017, 06:00 by Kingsley Academy   [ updated 15 Sep 2017, 02:03 ]


Kingsley Academy Open Morning Tours 2017 with the Principal will start at  at 9.30am on the following dates:


  • Friday 22nd September

  • Tuesday 26th September

  • Wednesday 4th October

  • Tuesday 10th October

  • Friday 13th October

  • Friday 20th October


Please ring or email Julie Traynor, PA to the Principal, to reserve your place: jtraynor@kingsleyacademy.org or 020 8572 4461.

GCSE results day - Kingsley Academy results, “much to be proud of.”

posted 24 Aug 2017, 11:11 by Michele Colt

Kingsley Academy announced its GCSE results today. 60% of students achieved a pass in English with an impressive 12% achieving level 7 or above. In maths, 57% achieved passes with 14% of those securing a level 7 or above. 44% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and maths, an increase on
last year. 

Teaching staff were thrilled that four students managed to score that hard-to-attain Grade 9 in English or maths. This grade is awarded to the top 20% of A* candidates so these students are really la crème de la crème of 16 year-olds in England.  Alex, Ocean, Arantsha and Ashnoi managed to score 20 As and A*s in addition to these Grade 9s. These grades must, of course, be seen in the context of new, harder exams (as reported in the national press) and are a testament to the hard work and commitment of both staff and students.  Many others did extremely well too: Kamal, Trudy, Nabil, Ana and Alex scored 36 As and A* between them, and twelve Grade 7s and 8s in maths and English, with these grades being the equivalent of A or A* in the previous system.

Many students performed extraordinarily well against their targets and we are equally proud of these. Some students who arrived from abroad with little English managed, in less than 2 years, to get a pass in English and a clutch of very good results elsewhere: Safin, for example, scored 2 As, 2Bs and a Grade 8 in maths.

Subjects with excellent results include all three sciences, maths, art & design, business, humanities, ICT and Spanish. 

Student Arantsha wrote: “The school did a lot of work for us and pushed us really hard with the after school revision sessions and lots more” and Nola thanked the school for its “interventions, pizza and lots of love and support!”

Lesley Kirby-Klappholz, Headteacher, described herself as, “so pleased that our students managed to pull out some extraordinary grades”, and goes on to say: “Being the guinea-pig year is no easy option, yet they attended extra sessions (thanks to the dedication of Kingsley staff) and put their hearts into their studies, with the results that we have seen.  I am very proud that so many have ‘made their best better’”.

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