Headteacher's Blog

As we start the public examination period in earnest I just wanted to wish every student involved every success.  It is a stressful time and my advice has always been to simply do your best.  If results day arrives and you can honestly say that you did everything you could to succeed then no teacher or parent can ask for more.


In my three years at North Kesteven School the examinations have been run superbly as Mrs Keogh, our Examinations Officer, is a truly exceptional member of staff.  We will all work hard to ensure the best possible conditions for the students and look forward to hearing about much success in August.


My best Wishes

Martin Connor

'Rounded' education at NK

On Tuesday March 8th and Wednesday March 9th I had the pleasure of attending the Year 9 BTEC Performing Arts performances in the theatre.  There are very few schools where the whole year group would be fully involved in an evening event and it is a tribute to the staff and students involved that there was such commitment, passion, courage and talent clearly evident for the packed audiences.  Many students now have a great understanding of the teamwork, dedication and time involved in such a production and the tangible award of a BTEC will be enhanced by the life skills acquired.  My sincere thanks and congratulations go to all involved.


In April 43 of our students will be off to Madrid for the trip of a lifetime as they spend 5 days at Real Madrid Football Club.  They have also been learning about teamwork and preparation both on and off the pitch be it in fitness sessions in the gym or bag packing at Asda.  We all wish them every success and look forward to hearing about their fantastic experiences on their return.


On Thursday March 10th we hosted a dance event in conjunction with Arts NK and LincolnUniversity involving six of our local primary schools.  Pupils from South Hykeham, Waddington Redwood, The Meadows, All Saints, Fosseway and Ling Moor performed splendidly in the theatre in front of proud parents and friends. 


Although our core business of teaching, learning and the best possible outcomes in terms of exam results is of the utmost importance the three events above clearly illustrate the ‘rounded’ education available at NK.  I am fiercely proud of that part of our ethos and culture and will endeavour to ensure that such opportunities remain a regular feature of life at NK in future months and years.


Spring is in the air and ManchesterCity are in the FA Cup Semi-Final!!!


My best wishes

Martin Connor

New Deputy Headteacher for NK

I just wanted to update you all with the news that Mrs Rona Mackenzie has been appointed Deputy Headteacher at NK with effect from May 1st 2011.

Rona is currently Director of Teaching and Learning at ESSA Academy in Bolton and comes with an outstanding record in and reputation for innovative approaches to teaching and learning and high quality school leadership.  We all wish her every success in her career here at NK.

On another note, I should like to thank all parents who have shown such great support during a very busy term of Parent Consultation Evenings and Parent Events related to Options, Key Stage Four Progress and Sixth Form Celebrations.  Such support is hugely appreciated and it is vitally important that the links between home and school remain strong and mutually beneficial.

March, April and May are very much the ‘business end’ of the academic year as the work and revision completed will very much dictate the level of success for our Year 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 students involved in public examinations.  My message to them is keep going and don’t have any regrets when you sit down in the exam hall.


As an avid Manchester City fan I am just about recovering from Wayne Rooney’s goal last week but we all have to bounce back from adversity!!!


My best wishes

Martin Connor

'Creating Futures'

The publication of the recent league tables has reignited the debate about the academic and vocational divide in education.  At NK, our range of curriculum pathways has transformed the number of courses on offer in the past two years and we have been delighted with the results.

As a Performing Arts and Training School we value highly the development of the personal and social skills commensurate with performance and the sheer hard work and preparation needed beforehand.

To improve, develop and perform to your best, be it on the stage, in the classroom, in the exam hall or simply in your day to day life at NK is at the core of our school and we will be relentless in our quest to ‘create futures’ for our students and our staff.

This is a huge term for parents’ evenings, progress reports and decision making for many, many students and I repeat my plea to all parents and carers to come along to our events, read progress reports carefully and work with us to ensure the best possible chance of success for your sons and daughters.

We have been fortunate to secure the services of Richard Mellows, an experienced Headteacher, who will be looking closely at the quality and effectiveness of our teaching this term.  He will act as Senior Adviser to Senior Leadership Team.

Martin Connor

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