U15 Girls Badminton

The U15 Girls Badminton team (and current KS3 Somerset County Champions), consisting of Megan Mardon, Amber Totterdell, Josie Bryan and Ella Varney, have won the 2nd round of the division II local league at Courtfields. They played against Courtfields, Castle 'C' and Castle 'D' teams on Wednesday 29 March and received gold medals for their efforts. All matches resulted in very convincing wins for Kingsmead in both the singles and doubles games with the girls scoring the full 36 out of 36 points and a total 72 out of 72 across both rounds. Very well done!

Kingsmead Supports Comic Relief 2017

Great fun was had by Kingsmead pupils (and staff) last week all in aid of Comic Relief 2017. Events were held throughout the week, with red noses for sale, a lunchtime comedy film club to enjoy, and cake sales organised by Daniel Whiteside in 7Fn and Tutor Group 9Ck. On Comic Relief day itself pupils donated a minimum of 50p each for an additional non-uniform day. At lunchtime a ‘Ninja Warrior’ style, pay-to-play assault course ran in the gym while outside students lined up to hurl soaking sponge balls at their teachers Mr Johns, Miss Rayson, Mr Keay & Mr Green.

Next Stop, County Futsal Championships

Well done to our girls’ Futsal Team who have qualified for the Somerset Schools’ County Futsal Championships. The girls team, comprising of Year 8 and 9 students, qualified after playing against Taunton Academy, Castle School and Bishop Fox’s School on Wednesday 15th March. Good Luck to the girls in the finals which take place after Easter:-

BBC School News Report

14 students from Year 9 are becoming journalists on Thursday 16th March when they take part in the BBC School News Report project. The students will be covering news stories during the day and publishing them on the Kingsmead website from 2pm. Click on the red “School News” icon on the school homepage to see their reports.

CV writing session for Year 11s

Year 11 students received advice on how to write a CV on Monday 6th March when they were visited by Santander branch staff. The session gave students detail on what a curriculum vitae is, what it should contain (and not contain), plus top tips on how to create a successful CV and avoid common pitfalls. Our thanks go to Mr Harland and Mr Pilton from Santander for giving their time to visit Kingsmead.

Ace Your Exams

All Year 11 students took part in an "Ace Your Exams" session in school on Tuesday 7th March. The session provided advice and guidance on how students can best revise for their upcoming GCSE exams.

World Book Day 2017

Kingsmead teachers have been sharing their favourite books with students in recognition of this year’s World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. Teacher’s class doors have been displayed and decorated with book covers and students are taking part in a book themed quiz in registration. A house competition is also taking place over the next week to create a reading display in students’ tutor rooms – watch this space!

Indoor Athletics Champs!

Kingsmead’s Year 8 girls won their second county title of the school year on Tuesday 28th February when they became Somerset County Sports Hall Champions! The games took place at Richard Huish College where the team competed against the other top four schools in the county in indoor sprint, jumping and throwing. The girls are also Somerset Schools’ Hockey Champions. Well done to Joanna Wilson, Olivia Wade, Hanna Jarvis, Lottie Hardy, Ruby Porter, Poppy Tuaima, Romilly Jones, Emma Baker and Laura McMillan.

BBC Micro:bit Computers

Kingsmead Year 8 students are spending time in their ICT lessons this term learning the basics of how to use their very own micro:bit; a pocket sized, codeable computer. Every student in the UK in this year group have been given their own free micro:bit as a one off project funded by the BBC, as part of their Make It Digital campaign. Students are learning how to create code and effectively use their micro:bits before being allowed to take them home where they can continue to experiment and develop code in their own time as they wish.


Advancement Phase students were visited in assembly in the last week of term by Kingsmead ex-student Rosie Johnson to hear about the voluntary work she has been doing to help refugees in Greece. Rosie, together with friend and fellow volunteer Lily Stephenson, shared their experiences of working in a refugee camp and the people living there who have had to leave their own homes.