For the third year in a row Kineton High School & Sixth Form has won the award for ‘Most Raised by a School’ in this year’s Karcher Accumulator Challenge. Our total of £1950.50 beat 16 other schools to make us champion fundraisers. All of the proceeds raised from the Challenge goes to the Katharine House Hospice in Banbury. The money was raised through our annual Enterprise Christmas Craft Fair. The students worked in tutor groups to come up with a concept for their stall, design and produce the goods and then ran the stalls on the evening. As a school we have signed the Warwickshire employability charter and this activity is a fantastic example of how our students are developing their employability skills.
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What a wonderful World Book Day we had at Kineton High. Staff and students dressed up as fictional Witches, Wizards and Mythical Creatures and we had a whole host of reading related activities and events running throughout the day.
In Period 1 Year 7 participated in a celebration of reading in the hall with their English teachers. Each class performed a sketch on stage promoting reading – we loved the ‘Take Me Out’ piece promoting reading books from the Library by Ms Hughes’ group.
Then in Period 2 Years 7 & 8 had a visit from guest author Mark Walden. Mark is the author of the HIVE series – a series of young adult fiction novels H.I.V.E., the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, is a top secret school hidden inside a volcano that trains children to become criminal masterminds. Mark spoke about writing and how he finds villains so much more exciting than heroes!
In Period 4 and 5 Years 9 & 10 had an amazing session with guest spoken word artist Solomon O.B rapper, poet and musician and 2016 Hammer & Tongue National Poetry Slam Champion. Solomon performed for the students and spoke about his life and experiences growing up.
During the morning we had teams of Year 5 students from our partner primaries in school to participate in a fantastic Book Quiz. Congratulations to the winners Xanthe, Yazmin, Scarlett and Kate from Cropredy Primary School.
At lunchtime we had Wizard Wicks reading from ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket in the LRC and the Sixth Form had organised our own take on the popular wizarding sport of Quidditch with matches running in the Sports Hall.
There was also an interactive Book for students to explore, courtesy of DT Technician Tim.
We even had a spells poetry competition – congratulations to Anabel Burton from Hoy/NH on her winning poem Death Candy.
Particular thanks to Mrs Dewhurst who brought in a stunning 3 tier cake to help us celebrate World Book Day.
World Book Day has been a great celebration of reading (an important activity that is proven to help student attainment). Many thanks to all the students and staff for participating so enthusiastically – we have raised money for charity and had a lot of fun at the same time.
Delighted staff, students and Governors of Kineton High School & Sixth Form are celebrating after receiving a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors. The school was recognised as continuing to be Good following its latest inspection in January and inspectors commented: ‘Leaders have maintained the good quality of education since the last inspection.’
What was particularly pleasing was that the inspectors recognised the school’s passion for ensuring students’ achievement. The school’s mission is for all students to ‘Achieve their Personal Best’ and this comes through strongly in the report.
Inspectors noted, ‘you are determined and passionate about improving standards in your school and make teaching and learning the priority in all you do.’ ‘You are driven by a moral purpose to ensure that all pupils succeed.’ ‘You know your pupils well and make it your business to understand the barriers for learning that pupils face and help them overcome these.’
Inspectors visited the school for one day; they met with key staff and governors, visited lessons from all year groups and across a wide range of subjects. They talked to pupils, looked at their work in lessons and their books and analysed questionnaires completed by staff, students and parents. The report states that ‘parents and students are positive about the school and staff stated that they enjoy working at Kineton.’
Ofsted recognised that leaders at all levels ‘know the strengths and weaknesses of the school well.’ ‘They carefully and thoroughly evaluate what works and have robust plans to address areas that require attention’. They also identified that ‘Governors are a strength of the school’.
The quality of teaching was also highlighted, it is described as ‘having a good impact across the school, enabling pupils to be curious and interested in their learning’. The inspectors were very positive in their feedback about the lessons they observed. The report states ‘Leaders work well with outside agencies and pursue the best outcomes for pupils. Consequently, parents and pupils are positive about the care and support they receive, especially those who need additional help’.
Inspectors were also impressed with the progress of students, noting that ‘pupils in the school continue to do well’, ‘pupil progress is increasingly strong in English and especially good in Mathematics’ and ‘the majority of pupils who left in 2016 made good progress from their starting points’.
Pupils were also singled out for praise with the report describing them as ‘friendly, confident, polite and respectful of each other’, and that they ‘behave very well’ and ‘are proud of their school and the difference they make’.
Head teacher, Siona Robson said ‘We are delighted that the report details so many very positive features. The Ofsted inspectors have confirmed what we already knew – that Kineton High School & Sixth Form is a great place to work and learn. The report is a testament to the hard work and commitment of all members of the Kineton team: students, staff, parents and governors.’
A full copy of the report, which is in the form of a letter is available on the school’s website or from Ofsted.
Over February half term students from Kineton High School travelled to the winter sports resort of Natz in the Alps on the Italian and Austrian border to go skiing. The group were all complete beginners but everybody enjoyed their week and made great progress, by the end of the trip they could all competently ski down a red run. It was a fun filled and busy time, every morning and afternoon the group had ski lessons then in the evenings the students also got to go ice skating, bowling and participate in challenges such as quizzes. Mrs Green the ski trip leader was very proud of the group, saying ‘It was a superb week, the students were impeccably behaved and were great ambassadors for the school.’