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New Art Mural enhances the East Block Building

The outside of Kingsmead’s East Block building has been enhanced with a great new piece of artwork created by students and staff. The large 8ft x 20ft mural was constructed, drawn and painted during Challenge Week in July this year by the Art Department and Year 8 students (now in Year 9) who selected Art as one of their GCSE options. The mural was inspired by Kingsmead's students and staff who were visiting Zambia at the time on an exchange trip. The mural is a reminder of our connections with partner schools in Zambia and with the aim of bringing a little bit of Zambian colour and pattern into our school environment.

Kingsmead GCSE Results 2017

Predictions for GCSEs this year suggested that this was going to be a particularly difficult year for many schools. Kingsmead School has however confounded those predictions achieving a truly excellent set of results which are in fact the second-best set of results in the school’s history! 68.5% of students achieved five or more GCSE grades previously described as good (i.e. A* to C) including English and Mathematics with 38% achieving the new government benchmark of achieving five ‘strong passes’ including English and Maths. 44% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate.

Challenge Week at Kingsmead

Kingsmead’s annual Challenge Week is running in school this week! Challenge Week is a great opportunity for students to learn different things in different ways from the ‘timetabled curriculum’. Students who are on site are taking part in a variety of half-day workshops over the 5 days. Many students are also spending time off-site. Our Year 10 students are on work experience for the week and a large number of our Year 7 students are on residential in either France or Germany. Day trips have also been running for those students who are in school.

Celebration of Achievement Evening

Kingsmead held its annual presentation evening on Wednesday 12 July to celebrate the achievements of its students over the past academic year. The event was attended by students, parents, staff and governors and awards were presented for academic subject and sport accomplishments.

Barle are House Cup Winners!

Well done to Barle who are House Cup Winners for the second year in a row. The results were announced in whole school assembly on Monday 10th July. Barle students were allowed to wear non-uniform the next day to celebrate their achievement and enjoyed a ‘house reward prize’ session of bouncy castle/jousting/foam ball shooting in the sports hall. Photographed are Year 10 students and house vice-captains Lucy Wray and Morgan Smith receiving the House Cup from Mr Griffin.

Zambia here we come!

After months and months of fundraising and planning Kingsmead’s 12 Zambian Exchange Programme students set off on their journey to Kitwe on Monday 10th July. Accompanied by teachers Mr Thompson, Mr Dunnett, Miss Fleming and Miss Honour, the group will spend just over two weeks as guests of their Zambian families. We wish them a safe trip and look forward to hearing about their travels on their return.

Year 11 Prom 2017!!

Kingsmead’s Year 11 students celebrated in style at their Prom night on Friday 23 June, held at Oake Manor Golf Club.

Year 6 Maths Challenge Day

Budding mathematicians from our feeder primaries visited the Kingsmead Maths Department on Friday 23rd June for a half day of Maths Challenges.

Establishment Reward Lunch

Establishment Phase students enjoyed a reward lunch at Wiveliscombe Community Centre on Wednesday 21st June with their Form Tutors and Phase staff.

Year 11 Artwork

Coursework by our Year 11 students has been on exhibition in the Art Department over the last week for moderation and for staff and students to enjoy. A few examples are pictured which show the artistic talent of this group of students.