‘Gig on a Lorry’

Kingsmead was pleased to welcome Richard Huish College’s Music on Tour to school on Tuesday 29 June for a lunchtime of open-air music on the playing field. Students from the college (including one of our own past students) entertained with some great singing and instrumentals. Well done also to our Year 8 music students who joined in with a song.

Geography Trips to Horner Water

During the week commencing Monday 7 June, Year 10 Geography classes visited Exmoor National Park to conduct their physical geography fieldwork element for their GCSE studies. This project involves them studying a river - Horner Water, and looking at the changes to the river from Horner Wood to Bossington. The students took measurements of the width, depth, velocity, wetted perimeter and bedload sizes. They also took photos and completed field sketches for their studies.

Last day for Year 11s

It was the end of an era for our Year 11 students who spent their last full day in school on Friday 28 May. The students enjoyed a special lunchtime and final assembly in celebration of their time at Kingsmead. The year group will now focus on a transition programme of Post-16 education activities until the end of the summer term. We look forward to seeing them all again at their Prom night!

Year 10 Careers Day

Students in Year 10 had a day off timetable on Tuesday 27 April to take part in a Careers Day at school. During the day the students spent time with representatives from local colleges to find out more about further education options and college life. They also had the chance to take part in practical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) activities outside on the school playing field with the Army and Navy and learn more about career options in the armed forces.

Wouldn’t Change a Thing

World Down Syndrome Day took place on Sunday 21 March 2021 and to mark the day the charity ‘Wouldn’t Change a Thing’ launched a special video on the theme of ‘siblings’. The charity works to raise positive awareness of Down syndrome, to break down stereotypes and to help raise the value of people with DS in society, and their carpool karaoke style video shares the joy of siblings in families where one member has Down syndrome.

Red Nose Day 2021

This year’s Red Nose Day was on Friday 19 March and Kingsmead joined in with the fun and fundraising: A ‘Time to Laugh’ ran during the week, where each tutor group shared and voted on their best two jokes in their tutor group (with the best two winning a prize and being shared via Firefly for the whole school to enjoy in afternoon registration time on Friday).

Option Choices for Year 8

During the week of 15-19 March a series of lunchtime sessions were on offer to Year 8 students, giving them the chance to learn more about some of the subjects they can choose to study as part of their options in Years 9-11. The sessions focussed on subjects that the students have not yet been taught in school, including Child Development, 3D Art & Design, Agriculture, Motor Vehicle, Engineering and Construction.

New School - build progressing well

Kingsmead’s new school build project is progressing well. A large crane was successfully installed on the site over February half term and over the first half of March staged concrete pours took place to complete the ground floor base of the building. Concrete pillars have been lifted into place up to the first floor and the internal concrete walls are being formed.

Grand Lateral Flow Testing

Kingsmead welcomed all year groups back to school during the week ending Friday 12 March. By the end of the week all students had been offered their first Covid lateral flow test within school, with some progressing to their second test, taken 3-5 days after their first test.

Launch of Kingsmead Amateur Radio Club

Kingsmead students will soon have the chance to take part in an exciting new lunchtime activity with the launch of our very own school amateur radio club. The club will run from its own fully operational radio station room and students will be able to communicate “on the air” with other radio amateurs around the world.