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Duke of Edinburgh

Eight teams of Year 10 students (a total of 56) have enrolled to participate in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Programme, which is run in conjunction with Kingsmead. During September and October they have been spending lunchtimes preparing for their first Practice Walk and Practice Expedition, as part of their ‘Expedition’ element of the award, by learning skills such as navigation, map reading, camp craft, cooking and first aid.

Senior Student Elections

During the week commencing 2nd October, eight candidates for the senior student positions were asked to present their ideas at Hustings in the Establishment, Advancement and Realisation assemblies. The Year 11 senior students play a vital role in liaising between the Core Council and the Leadership teams in the school. The senior and deputy senior students sit on the Core Council, and attend selected Senior Leadership Team meetings and Governor Sub-Committee meetings to represent the voice of the student body.

Lunchtime and Afterschool Activities

Kingsmead has a variety of lunchtime and afterschool activities which students can take part in. There are lots of different activities on offer throughout the school week, for instance sport, music, drama, science club, languages club and 10 radio club to name a few. A full list of all the clubs on offer this term can be found by clicking the link below.

Year 7 Trip to Hestercombe

On Friday 29th September our Year 7 students spent the day on a Team Building and Activity Trip at the 1610 Sports and Activity Centre based at Hestercombe. The trip was an opportunity for the students to spend quality time with each other and their Form Tutors, working in groups and participating in a variety of different challenges, including tug of war, leaky pipes, roller ball and a blindfold challenge.

Year 10 Careers Day

Year 10 students took part in a Careers Day on Thursday 28th September. They spent part of the day taking part in 30 minute careers-taster sessions, each one focusing on a different industry, to give them an overview of the sorts of careers available in that sector and what sort of person they would suit.

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.