April 2017

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We have sprung into spring this year with a focus on revision for our Year 11s. This Easter break the school held revision sessions across all the core subjects as well as Drama, Health and Social Care and Art. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff who gave up their time and to all the Year 11 students who took the opportunity to work towards success in their G.C.S.E.s.

It' s exam fever as Year 10s are in the midst of their mock exams! School is buzzing with adrenalin! I feel a positive energy as I walk around our campus but also realise the stress that can be felt by our young students at this time. I can reassure all parents that our staff are on hand to support and guide all those who are feeling the pressure. No-one is alone in this process; all we can ask of our children is that they make full use of all our school has to offer and, with these tools, do their best.

Many other events are taking place. On Friday, 28th April, we have 'A Night at the Races' evening to help raise funds for a student trip to Tanzania. To follow on from this there will be a Family Fun Day , May 28th ,with a plethora of activities from arts and crafts to face painting! .Please find details on our website.

Our Year 9s have embarked on a 'First Steps to Study' trip to Bishop Grosseteste College this week. This is a programme aimed at students who would be the first in their family to attend Higher Education. It focuses on study skills and team building and gives them a taste of university life. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to see fresher's week, a flavour of life away from home and a view of the course menu! Degree students will show them around the university campus which will no doubt inspire and raise the aspirations of all those who take part.

Also this week our Maths Department are calling upon all Year 7s and 8s to take part in Maths Challenges, huge fun and hugely beneficial...I might be tempted to join in myself! From Maths to Music, we have Music Showcase, round two, and rehearsals taking place for Bance, a transition programme using music and dance for primary students through to secondary school. To top off the week we have the sixth form 'Wear a Hat to School Day' to help raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Finally, I would like to wish our Year 13 student, Blake Gidley, good luck as tomorrow he is taking part in the Regional Gymnastic Championship Competition. He faces the gruelling parallel bars, rings, pommel horse and floor routine! To the rest of us, to all our parents and students, have a very good Bank Holiday weekend.

February 2017

teachersblogWhat a week! I feel so proud. Last week has seen huge achievement and innovation. The students continue to show their drive and determination towards their future success.

On Monday 30th January Mr Ayre and I met with representatives from our partner University Medical Schools and the Medical Schools Council to discuss how we deliver excellence for young people at North Kesteven and further support students to aspire to and gain success in medicine and healthcare roles. We are also planning the only schools based Teacher/Advisor conference in England, something we are very proud of. As if that wasn't good enough we are also in the planning stages to deliver a student/parent conference too. Watch this space!

On Wednesday 1st February we had a fantastic turn out for our Key Stage 4 Experience event. A huge thank you for all the students and parents that attended – we were packed and the feedback has been superb! Staff are very excited by the discussions they have had and we are very much looking forward to our year nine students beginning their formal qualifications, some of which they will start straight after the February half term.

On Thursday 2nd February the English department had planned an innovative after school event to boost student confidence and performance in English Literature. The number of students that attended was so large that we had to place them all in the Restaurant! Well done to all those students for their commitment to excellence in their learning! They are an inspiration! With this level of dynamism and drive the year 11 students are going to excel and, currently they look poised to set the highest achievement record for the school this summer! This is on the back of Outstanding English results last year too! Well done everyone.

Finally, on Friday 3rd February – year thirteen Psychology students spent the day analysing a staged crime scene. The dynamic learning experience placed the students' acumen, knowledge and skills to the fore. The experience was clearly relished by all the students, learning like this demonstrates the expertise and variety of delivering here at NKS focused on engaging our learners to excel.
What a week!

January 2017

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Here we are at 2017 and a Happy New Year to all our students and parents. New Year gives us an opportunity to change something that will be better for us, a change that, we hope, will make us better than the person we were yesterday. So, with that thought in mind I'd like you all to engage with us on the launch of our new Respect for Learning strategy. In the short period that I have been Head Teacher I have been struck by the excellence of the teaching staff at North Kesteven. Their ideas, energy and total dedication to their students, helping them be the best that they can be, is inspirational. They, and I, equally are inspired by those who begin their educational journey with us, grow into confident young people ready to encounter the wider world. Part of this educational journey is working as a team. So, a clear, concise strategy has been implemented to have us all working together towards our common goals.

We ask of ourselves, as staff, and you as students to be determined and committed to your own desire to be the best that you can be. Education is a major asset to life. Together, as a team, we will achieve great success.

Neil Wilkinson-McKie.
Head Teacher.

November 2016

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North Kesteven School introduces Neil Wilkinson-McKie as its new Head Teacher; “It is coming to the end of my second week as Head Teacher at North Kesteven School and I can honestly say that is a privilege to work here. The staff and students are a real asset to the school and community. Students are full of excitement and enjoyment about school and learning. They are very positive about their education and tell me about how they take full advantage of the opportunities that are made available through the hard work and dedication of the staff at the school. The staff are clearly second to none! We are very fortunate to have the expertise that exists in the school and I am very grateful to everyone for the warm welcome I have received.  I would also like to thank parents for their warm welcome, I look forward to getting to know many of you well. There is a vast array of activity going on at North Kesteven making full use of the world class facilities that we have.  If you would like more information about what is going on please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

Staying on the subject of school this year’s North Kesteven School production is ‘High School Musical’. East High is brimming with the championship winning Jocks and Cheerleaders, the Brainiac and the Thespians. High School Musical is a modern day adaptation of the classic love story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ featuring fast paced dance routines and sing-a-long songs. This musical is a hit with all ages as we see Troy and Gabriella from opposing sides of High School  social circles brought together, yet held apart by their rival factions.  With over a hundred students involved in the cast it is a fitting scale for the school’s return to the Terry O’Toole Theatre following the recent renovation works. Come along to this year’s production to show that, ‘We Are All In This Together!’ Show dates are; Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th December. Tickets are available now and can be purchased from the Terry O’Toole Theatre Box Office.