November 2012

As I write at the start of the week after half term we look forward to a packed calendar of events and opportunities for students at North Kesteven School.

Year 11 students face a crucial term with trial examinations and two key evenings to help plan their future pathways in education or training.

‘What’s Next’ at North Kesteven School on Thursday 8th November and Year 11 Options Evening on Thursday 22nd November will be vitally important sources of advice, guidance and information to help with decision making and the trial exams starting on Monday November 19th will help to inform students, staff and parents about progress and the preparation required for summer 2013.

Year 9 students will also be very busy with a Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 28th November providing an opportunity to assess progress and gather first thoughts about options for KS4.

Post 16 students will be completing their UCAS applications, working hard to complete coursework and modules in their subject areas and leading the school’s party for our senior citizens on December 18th which is always a marvellous community event.

During November and December, the number and quality of Performing Arts events is quite remarkable. Jazz Vehicle at the Royal Albert Hall on the 12th November, Shakespeare Schools Festival at Melton Mowbray on 14th November and in our own theatre on the 15th November, the fantastic school production of ‘Annie’ from 11th – 14th December and the Carol Concert on the 18th December will provide excitement and opportunities galore to showcase the skills and talents of NK students and staff.

Numerous other events and trips will underpin our core business of teaching and learning and I have to express my genuine delight to see so many positive, innovative and engaging lessons when I move around the school on a daily basis. Our new behaviour procedures have had a really positive impact and behind the scenes we have an outstanding programme of professional development for all staff with ideas and strategies being shared across departments and the whole school.

We will continue to strive to do our very best for all students at North Kesteven School this term. Please do attend any events we have, be they to support your child’s academic progress or public performances to fill you with pride!

With my best wishes,

Martin Connor

September 2012

A warm welcome to the 2012/2013 academic year. We have had a fantastic first week back at school with beautiful weather, newly painted classrooms and smartly dressed students helping to create a really positive atmosphere around the school.

Doctor Mackenzie has started her whole school ‘spotlight’ tour of lessons looking at how well routines and relationships are established to enhance teaching and learning and our new behaviour code has proved popular with staff and students alike, especially the vast majority who work hard, behave well and wear the correct uniform at all times.

The summer’s exam results were our best ever at GCSE level with 96% of our Year 11 students gaining 5 or more A* - C grades, 63% gaining a remarkable 10 or more A* - C grades and 60% gaining 5 or more A* - C grades including English and Maths.

However, that is all gone and we must look to improve still further in 2012 – 2013. In my first day assemblies I stressed the need to aspire, aim and achieve, the three goals of the 2012 Olympic Games’ Makers who helped to create such as fabulous atmosphere in London this summer.

I hope we will all work together to ensure all NK students aspire to be the best they can be, aim to reach the highest standards they can reach and achieve the success they richly deserve.

July 2012

As I write this entry, we are one week away from completing the summer term at North Kesteven School, and what a term it has been, (despite the weather!).

There have been so many events, trips, performances and successes and we have so many reasons to continue to celebrate the achievements, positive approach and skills of our students. I encourage you to view our latest school newsletter which will provide you with an idea of all that we have been doing.

The lengthy exam period passed smoothly thanks to the hard work of staff and the exemplary attitude and behaviour of students. I look forward to the 16th and 23rd August when students will be rewarded for their efforts with their public examination results.

The summer holidays will see the Olympic Games take place in our capital city. We have had a taster of the Olympics at NK with two of our students being proud torch bearers and through the Olympic Fortnight organised by our PE department. We have seen so many examples of the Olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence within our school and we will strive to maintain these in everything we do.

During the summer break we will also see exciting developments on site, particularly when work commences on our new five classroom teaching block which will house fantastic ICT and Media facilities.

Please note that our Open Evening will be held on Thursday September 20th as I am sure many students will be involved in demonstrating, displaying and discussing the outcomes from our broad range of subjects, our exciting extra-curricular programme and our commitment to the social and educational development of every student at NK.

Have a fantastic summer.

March 2012

As I write, we are in the final week of the Spring Term and moving inexorably towards the ‘business end’ of the school year when many of our older students will reach a key milestone in their school career.

Year 13 students will be preparing for the final A2 examinations or completing their BTEC portfolios and Year 11 students, having just received their public examination timetables, will be completing coursework, planning revision timetables and wondering just where the last five years at NK have gone!!!

We all react differently to such pressures and I know that many staff are giving up a great deal of time to ensure the students are fully supported in the run up to the exams. We will continue to work together and do everything we possibly can to prepare each and every one of them for the challenges ahead.

Last week’s Flexible Learning Day involved a huge number of visitors coming into school and I am delighted to say that I have been inundated with positive comments about the enthusiasm, commitment and excellent behaviour of the students, similarly, our Student Leadership Team were in fine form at the County’s Sustainability Conference at the Lincolnshire Showground. They are a talented, enthusiastic group of students with strong opinions, great ideas and a genuine pride in North Kesteven School. Well done to them all.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Easter.