Headmaster’s Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s been a wonderful and rather wet start to the academic year at Kingsmead, however in the true spirit of Kingsmeadians over the generations we have embraced every opportunity available to us whether it is academic, sporting or cultural.

On the academic front we are delighted to have welcomed Mr David Finch to our dedicated team of teachers at Kingsmead. David joins us from Bloxham School where he was Director of Co-Curricular and Services and is both Head of our Boarding houses and teaching Sciences and PE. Our Early Years team is now being led by Mrs Rowan McManus and the girls’ boarding is overseen by Miss Jane Bolton.

Our increasingly well-resourced Learning Development Unit has grown a little too and we welcome Mrs Sally Tempest, Mrs Jane Futcher (including After School Care) and Mrs Oonagh Lee to that team.

Sadly, we also say goodbye to two staff members this week. Mr Alex Smith, who has recently qualified as a teacher and was previously a pupil and gap year student here at Kingsmead, has very ably been covering for Mrs Schanck since the start of term in our EYFS Department. We wish Mr Smith well and look forward to seeing him on Monday as he helps to lead our Holiday Club! Mrs Karamjit Kaur who has been key to setting up our new website and populating it with all things Kingsmead also leaves us for pastures new at the end of this month. She has been a delight to have in school and we will miss her sunny smile and helpful ways.

Last week the Early Years, Infant and Junior children delighted us all with their charming Harvest Festival Assembly. The children and their teachers had obviously worked hard and produced a harvest of musical and poetic treats. It was lovely to welcome Cate Warbrick the community lay worker at St Luke’s Church to speak to us at this event.Harvest Celebration

On the sporting front, both indoors and outdoors, our pupils have enjoyed two swimming galas (one Junior, one Senior), netball matches, football matches and some very muddy cross-country events.Netball girls team

Speaking of mud, we do wish the Duke of Edinburgh students well this weekend as they go off for their Silver Award training expedition. Parents may wish to put an extra rinse cycle on their washing machines on their return!

Our truly amazing catering team, Wilson Vale continue to surprise and delight us with the multi-cultural feasts that they present us with each week. If you have not done so already it may be worth logging on to our website and looking at our weekly menus and encouraging your children to try something new.

Social media and the ramifications it has for our children, continues to dominate the headlines and, I am sure, your children’s lives. I was interested to read a recent article which linked that children’s reading levels are dropping significantly as they spend more time on screens and less time reading and being read to. There is also the social impact that we often have to deal with in school in terms of some children being unkind to each other through this medium.

I would like to remind those who come to pick up their children in cars to please not park on the double yellow lines in our car park outside the EYFS building (Verulam) as this compromises the safety of our children. Also, please do remain within the 20 mile an hour speed limit on Bertram Drive for the same reasons.

I look forward to seeing you at our Friends of Kingsmead fireworks display on Tuesday 5th November. You will have seen the reminder to book tickets at www.kingsmeadschool.com/fireworks by the 1st November. Payment to be made at reception.

Please do ensure that your child returns to school on Monday 4th November looking smart, with an appropriate haircut, no makeup or jewellery.

Have a lovely, restful break.


Yours faithfully,

Mark Gibbons