September 2016

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It is with great pride that I take up my position as Acting Headteacher from 1st September and I am eager to welcome our students through the doors on Monday 5th September. Having been teaching our students and part of the school community for 8 years, to be leading it at this interesting time in education feels like a real privilege. Our staff work tirelessly to teach and support all of our students to achieve their potential academically and also to be well rounded and responsible adults within the community. This was reflected in our recent A Level and GCSE exam results, with the students successfully opening doors to give them access to their future aspirations.

We have introduced an improved system for tutoring, with the vast majority of students having two tutors. This will greatly enhance the support and academic monitoring and mentoring that we are able to provide individuals to enable them to break down any barriers and aspire to be and achieve their best.

I am looking forward to further developing the positive relationships we already have established with parents and the community around us by welcoming you into our school for the variety of information and entertainment events throughout the year.

Jo Tunnicliffe

July 2016

teachersblogIt is with more than a tinge of sadness that after eight years in post I write my final blog for the school website. It has been a huge privilege to be the Headteacher of North Kesteven School and I want to take this opportunity to thank the students, staff, parents and local community for your kindness, support and commitment. The strength of the relationship between home and school is vital to the ongoing progress and success of each and every student and I have had tremendous backing from you in the past eight years.

The positive and friendly ethos in the school does not happen by chance. Last year's Ofsted report highlighted the positive relationships, innovative teaching, student enjoyment and respectful relationships prevalent in the school and reflected in the positive outcomes for students across the whole curriculum.

The opening of OneNK on July 1st was hugely significant for me as it illustrated just how much can be achieved when everyone works together for a common purpose. Working closely with North Kesteven District Council , One Life and Lindum we have been able to create truly outstanding sporting, dance and leisure facilities for our students and the local community. The concept of community is vitally important. North Kesteven School as a community and in the community must be a successful, forward thinking feature of North Hykeham and I hope it will remain so for many years to come.

I have too many wonderful memories to mention them all, but events and occasions where students flourished and found the confidence to visibly grow as people will always be at the forefront.
I repeat my thanks to you all and I should like to wish everyone a happy and sunny summer holiday and every possible success in the future. Our school is a great place, with fantastic students, committed and talented staff and many positive partnerships providing academic, creative and vocational opportunities galore. To all the students I say grab the these opportunities, flourish and enjoy!

With my best wishes,

Martin Connor

April 2016

teachersblogThis week I have been talking with our Post 16 students in assemblies and briefing the Year 10 students at the start of their trial exams. These exams are the precursor to the public examination season which begins in earnest on the 3rd May.

For students, staff and parents/carers this is very much the 'business end' of the academic year when the age old pearls of wisdom about revision, preparation, organisation and determination are wheeled out by people like me! However, these pearls are just that, and, that is why they have stood the test of time. It might seem slightly bizarre that, despite huge technological advances, the vast majority of examination are completed using paper and pen but that is why the tried and tested advice still holds true in 2016.

So, to all students at NKS, I repeat my words in this week's assemblies – don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today! Have a session organising your work regularly to 'clear your mind', work with your friends by talking to each other, testing each other and enjoying some 'down' time together and be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help and brave enough to ask for it!

Good luck to every NKS student taking examinations this summer.

December 2015

teachersblogAs you will now know, after eight years, this will be my last Christmas at North Kesteven School.

I have some wonderful memories of the thousands of students who have studied with us, grown with us and achieved with us and look forward to ensuring all of our current students enjoy success in 2016.

Our final few weeks of term have been very festive, and, in the spirit of giving and sharing, I am immensely proud that our students have participated in the Rotary Shoebox appeal sending off many boxes to those in need. They have also been involved in community events such as the Hykeham Nativity and inviting lots of local residents to our annual senior citizens Christmas party.

I hope you all enjoyed our 2015 school show, 'Behind the Red Curtain' which this year was written by our Drama staff and included lots of popular songs from a wide selection of musicals. We had a huge cast and it was a pleasure to see the whole age range represented.

2015 has been a year that has seen great developments for our school and 2016 will see the completion of the £3.6 million One NK developments which will provide state of the art sporting and dance facilities for our students. We have just begun a fundraising campaign to re-vamp the Terry O'Toole Theatre. Seats, lighting, sound and décor all need updating to ensure the theatre matches the wonderful facilities elsewhere in the centre. If you have any contacts or fundraising ideas, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fox our Deputy Headteacher.

I look forward to my remaining few months at North Kesteven School working with our students, staff, governors and the local community. I wish you all a very peaceful and happy Christmas period.