19th October 2017

Dear Parents,

We seem to have packed a lot in to the first 7 weeks of the new academic year.  There was the Year 7 Geography Field trip to Thurstaston and Year 8 History field trip to Conwy Castle …

… two Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions, the Year 7 trip to Colomendy where great friendships were forged and the Harvest Assembly for our EYFS, Infant and Junior Departments where all of the children and staff made us very proud indeed.  Thank you for your donations to Wirral Foodbank which weighed in at 112.23 Kg!

In addition, we have raised £565.72 through the Scholastic Book Fair towards new reading material for our libraries and significant sums (still being collected and calculated) through the amazing efforts of our Junior Department Race for Life on Hoylake Promenade.

The new term will start with a bang … literally; as the Friends of Kingsmead host their annual Firework Spectacular on Monday 6th November from 5pm.  This is always a popular event, please be sure to let reception know that you would like tickets before the end of tomorrow.

We will also be holding another Open Morning for prospective new pupils and their parents during the first week back as well as Year 11 Career Interviews.

I am delighted with the renovations that have been going on in school since the summer holidays. I have appreciated, very much, how they have minimised their impact on the smooth running of the school.

The half term break will provide an excellent opportunity for Year 8 and Year 9 students to begin their revision programme with an eye to their examinations starting on November 20th.  Naturally the Year 11 students will also need to take the opportunity that these two weeks afford to organise a disciplined revision schedule that allows time to relax but more importantly time to show that they are serious about working for the grades they are aiming for at the end of the academic year.

We are comfortable with our robust systems, based on relationships and communication, which enable our children to achieve the best results on the Wirral for all ability schools by a significant margin. We were delighted that 92% of last year’s cohort achieved at least 5 GCSEs with C (or equivalent) or above and including English and Maths. Another record result for Kingsmead!

We are indeed fortunate to have many loyal and dedicated members of staff at Kingsmead and I am delighted to recognise Mr Hope’s 25 year association with our school at this time. Mr Hope first joined us in 1992 as a Youth Trainee and remains a vital cog in the Kingsmead wheel, showing loving care and concern for pupils and staff that goes well beyond the call of duty.

I trust that you all have a lovely half term break and I look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 6th November.

Please do remember that the EYFS Department and Year 1 and 2 closes at 3.30pm tomorrow, with after school care available until 5pm and Years 3 – 11 finish at 4.15pm with no after school clubs.

Yours faithfully

Mark Gibbons