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HEADTEACHER'S UPDATE

Wednesday 22nd May 2024

May Half term  27-31 May 2024

May half term is almost upon us.  The school will be closed from Mon 27 May until Friday 31 May.  It will reopen as normal on Monday 3 June.  While it's important for Yr 11 and 13 to keep their focus, as they will be returning for the last leg of the exam series, there is also a need for some down time.  Please support your child in balancing their studies with some time to unwind.  I would like to wish everyone a safe half term.

 

Summer Exam Series 2024

The terminal exam series have now reached their midpoint.  So far students have been positive and the behaviour in the exam hall has been exemplary.   

 

As in past years, Yr 11 and 13 have moved onto a bespoke revision timetable to ensure that they are supported right up until the exam itself, so please ensure your child is in school to participate in these important sessions.

 

It's a challenging time for all involved, staff and students alike, so please be mindful of this when dealing with children that are perhaps a little anxious.  They will come through it and staff will be supportive in school regardless of the outcomes.

Thank you in advance to all those parents and carers supporting their child through these challenging next few weeks.  Every exam is important - they all count! 

Details will be shared about results day in later updates.

Transition arrangements for New Yr7 September 2024

We are looking forward to welcoming our New Year 7 students to Kingsmeadow this September.

 

We want to ensure that every child's transition from primary to secondary school is as smooth as possible. In order to do that, we need parents to provide us with essential information about their child, specifically contact details and medical information etc. Parents of all incoming year 7 students have been sent information regarding transition via email, including a New Starter Information form, which should be returned to us as soon as possible. If you have not yet received this form, please contact lthompson@kingsmeadow.org.uk to confirm we have your correct email address.

 

Transition days are taking place on Wednesday 3rd July and Thursday 4th July. Your child should make their way to and from Kingsmeadow School instead of attending their primary school. Your child is expected to arrive at 8.30am, and they will finish at 3.15pm. If you are accompanying your child to and from school, you are more than welcome to bring them onto the site and see them to the front of the building. We would recommend, though, that you wait at the top of the stairs overlooking the school’s main entrance. In doing so, you will be able to see your child all the way onto the site, whilst allowing them to enter the school independently as they will do from September.

 

Visitors are asked to follow the one way system when entering and exiting the school site,  please note that the gates to school will be closed between 8.35 – 8.55am. The school car park can be used if a space is available and not obstructing staff members from leaving the site.  If you are parking off site please be respectful of our neighbours. 

 

Your child should arrive via the main reception where they will be greeted by members of staff and taken to the hall. They should wear their full primary school uniform and bring the following:

 

  • Trainers (suitable for PE)

  • A packed lunch (if not free school meals)

  • A bottle of water

  • A suitable coat (students may spend some time outdoors) and sunhat and sun protection (if applicable - please note, we are unable to provide this).

  • Students should also come fully equipped (pen, pencil, ruler), to get themselves into a routine ready for September.

A set meal will be provided to students at lunch time, along with a cookie and a bottle of water free of charge. Alternatively, students may wish to bring a packed lunch with them if they prefer. If your child has any dietary needs or allergies please let us know by emailing enquiries@kingsmeadow.org.uk and we will let the kitchen staff know. 

 

There is a Parents Evening information session on Wednesday 3rd July which will give you a chance to meet staff members and hear important information about your child’s enrolment into school. The session starts at 6.00pm and will run for approximately one hour.

Please visit our website https://www.kingsmeadow.org.uk/school-uniform for more information regarding the Kingsmeadow uniform, uniform expectations, and how to order.

 

Further information about Year 6 Transition including important information about our school can be found here and will be updated as soon as new information becomes available https://www.kingsmeadow.org.uk/year-6-transition.

 

Attendance

It is important that students maintain regular school attendance, as any absence may interrupt academic progress and may have an effect on maintaining friendships. You should also be aware that regular attendance is a legal requirement.  Under the Education Act 1996, parents and carers have a duty to make sure their children regularly attend school. If parents or carers fail to do this, they can be prosecuted.

 

Full attendance is expected of all students unless there is a medical reason.  

MCAS

I would like to remind families that you can find all your child’s school information, reports, etc on the My Child At School App (MCAS).  If you have not registered or need support in accessing this, then please email Mr Whitmore in the school office swhitmore@kingsmeadow.org.uk and he will be able to answer any queries or reissue you with access details.

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