September 2015

teachersblogWelcome to my first blog of the 2015-2016 academic year at North Kesteven School.

Today I have been out and about greeting our students as they return from their summer holiday refreshed and ready for the academic challenges that lie ahead. For our Year 7 intake, they are just starting their educational journey with us and I can't wait to see how they thrive, taking full advantage of our wide range of creative and academic opportunities. Each student is dressed in our brand new school uniform and it has been absolutely delightful watching them greet one another and admire their smart new attire. I trust that they will continue to wear it with a sense of pride knowing that the vast majority of our student body opted for this change.

Our summer holiday was once again a time where our site and administrative staff could catch up and undertake tasks that are not feasible when school is in session. Classroom G3 has been completely renovated and Huts 1 and 2 given a smart new look – along with a vast array of other site maintenance jobs which are necessary to keep our site functioning as it should.

The A-Level results from the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form were extremely pleasing, and it was a pleasure to join in the celebrations of our students as they collected their envelopes. Our GCSE results saw many of our subjects perform significantly above the national average and my congratulations go to our dedicated staff and students. Especially pleasing was the performance of our most able students with NK's A*/A percentage well above the national average.

As we travel through September and firmly into Autumn, we have a busy term with two whole school Year 5 and Year 6 Open Evenings on the 16th and 24th September, along with various school visits including one to Spain. I've no doubt that the eight weeks until half term will fly by! We have our new rewards system EPraise up and running and parents will be kept fully aware of the praise points earned by their son/daughter.

I trust that as we start this new term, I can once again rely on you as parents, or as members of the local community to work with us and support our school. Six months ago Ofsted confirmed us as a 'good' school, and this is partly due to the fantastic relationships that we enjoy with our parents, external agencies and local organisations. Our students are confident, creative and high achieving and we will continue to celebrate their success every step of the way.

Summer 2015

teachersblogAs I write, the Year 11 students have just started their second Maths GCSE examination and we are well into the main summer exam season for Year 11, 12 and 13 students. Our new Student Development Centre is now built and fully functioning, the first two of our three new Dance studios are being used by our students and the third phase of the £3.6 million One NK development is under way.  The learning environment for our students continues to improve externally too with our Eco Garden being viewed by a local wildlife expert as "the best school Eco garden he's seen".

The commitment of the staff is as always impressive, with numerous holiday revision sessions, a football trip to Valencia, several other school trips and visits and strong representation at this years Lincolnshire Show. I recently had the pleasure of accompanying Mr Walters, (Head of PE), and 24 male students to The Sky Sports Academy in London. Their attitude, behaviour and demeanour were exemplary and the staff at Sky Sports were effusive in their praise of our students whose skills and qualities, along with academic results will take them far.

The remaining weeks of this term will no doubt pass by swiftly and it is full of enriching activities and experiences for our students and staff. We have the 30th birthday of Jazz Vehicle to celebrate, students in the final of 'Slam Jam', Year 10 students out on work experience, our annual Sports Presentation Evening, (this year we are welcoming inspirational gymnast Beth Tweddle),and Sports Day culminating in a non uniform day raising money for cancer research.

As always our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts will keep you fully up to date with all our very latest news.

Spring Blog

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We are now well into the Spring Term at North Kesteven School and the mock examinations for Year 11 have been completed.  The exams passed off without a hitch due to the mature, sensible and co-operative approach of the students and the excellent organisation of the exam team led by Mrs Keogh.  We welcome three new members of staff in key roles at the school: Ms R Sawyer is the new Lead Progress Manager for Key Stage Four; Mr A Ayre is our new Whole School Progress Co-ordinator and Mrs S Pomeroy our new Head of English.  We wish them every success and look forward to seeing the impact of their work across the school very soon.

2015 will be hugely exciting for all at North Kesteven School, not least because we will have a brand new uniform in September.  We will retain our traditional Purple and Green colours in the jumper option to be worn with the blazer, shirt and tie.  Over 80% of students, parents and staff voted for the change and the governors have approved the change for September 2015.   However, NK is more than just a uniform and we need respectful, confident, creative and aspirational students to wear the uniform with pride.  The £3.6 million re-development of the North Kesteven Sports Centre will see OneNK emerge as part of a fantastic development of the whole site.   Within the school we will be refurbishing the music department in February and the school’s main block will be redecorated in the summer to complement the OneNK signage and colour scheme. New air conditioning units in the Science department and a newly built student support block will add still further to the teaching and learning environment.

I will keep you all informed of these developments and look forward to a successful and positive year for you all.

December

teachersblogWe are almost at the end of this term and there is a festive air at NK School.  The last week will be filled with seasonal events and I do encourage you, as parents, to join us at our annual Christmas Carol Concert on the 17th December at 7.30pm where you will be treated to some fabulous entertainment courtesy of our students.

Our school show, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ commences on Monday 8th December with a sold out performance to our local primary school children; performances for parents and the local community run from Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th December.  A large number of our students from across the year groups are involved and their creativity and talent is truly outstanding.

I would like to pass on my special thanks to all of our students and staff for their hard work this term and I look forward to seeing all that they achieve in 2015.

I hope that you all have a restful and peaceful holiday period.

Mr Connor