Year 6 to 7 transition FAQs

  • How will my child know where to go on the first day?

    Plenty of staff will be on hand to meet your child at the front gate and direct them to the appropriate place.  Transition Ambassadors will also be there to escort students.

  • Will they need PE kit on the first day?

    No, the first PE lesson will not involve changing into kit.

  • Will they get lockers?

    Lockers are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  There is a deposit of £15 to pay and they will keep the same locker for the duration of their time at Kingsdown.

  • What do they do about getting lunch?

    Students can get food from one of the 4 serving locations or bring packed lunch. They will pay by using their thumb print linked to their account which you will need to top up in advance.

  • How will my child find their way around school?

    Lots of staff will be out and about at lesson changeover to ensure that students know where to go.  They will also be provided with a map of the buildings. All staff where a high viz jacket during lesson changeover.

  • What if my child forgets something?

    Teachers will be understanding in the early weeks of the term.  If they need something important, the Year Office can contact home for it to be sent in.

  • Where can I get the uniform and what are the expectations?

    Your child is expected to wear the new school uniform. You can purchase this on several dates throughout term 6 at the “pop up shop” at Kingsdown School.

  • How much homework will my child get?

    It may vary a little, but a couple of pieces of homework a night on average. This is accessible on Show My Homework which can be accessed on the home page of the website.

  • What are the rules on mobile phones?

    Students are not encouraged to have mobile phones in school. If it is seen or heard by a member of staff, it will be confiscated. Students can collect it from the main reception at the end of the day but on the third occasion, we request parents to collect it. They can go to the Year Office should they need to contact home.

  • What if my child is ill before school / during the school day?

    If your child is ill before school, you may decide to send them.  You can ring in to alert the Year Office.  If they become ill during the school day, they should go to first aid.  They will then be assessed and you will be contacted if it is necessary.

  • What equipment will they need?

    A full uniform and equipment list is printed in the planner.  They should have a pencil case with pens, (including a green pen), pencil, sharpener, rubber, ruler and scientific calculator.  A glue stick is often a useful addition.

  • What is the school planner and how will my child use it?

    The planner is a communication tool between home and school.  Your child is expected to write any prep work that they have in the planner.  If you wish to update us about any absence or other information, you can use the planner to write in a note.

  • What can my child do if they are upset or having friendship issues?

    They can talk to any member of staff, their tutor, or go to the Year Office.

  • Where can my child find out about extra-curricular clubs?

    There will be information in tutor rooms and circulated around year offices and in assemblies.

  • What time does my child need to be at school?

    All students need to be on site for 8.30am each day.

  • Where can I find the schools key dates and information?

    The website is regularly updated with key information.

  • What if my child loses something at school?

    Please ensure all clothing and equipment is clearly named. Lost property goes to the front office where students can go to claim items.

  • How do I pay for my child’s school dinner / school trips?

    You can make electronic payments through our cashless system, ParentPay, for Kingsdown School activities.  We will send you a letter on transition day detailing the unique user ID and password to access your secure online ParentPay account. 
    Not everyone can pay online, and parents who want to pay cash can easily do so using the PayPoint system through one of the stores that operate in the Kingsdown community:

    • Oxford & Swindon Co-op, 204-206 Beechcroft Road, SN2 7QQ
    • Co-operative, Windbrook Meadow, SN3 4UA
    • Meadowcroft Express, 61 Meadowcroft, SN2 7LA
    • Queensfield Store, 92-94 Queensfield, SN2 7SY
    • Co-op Stratton St Margaret, Hyde Road, SN2 7SE


    For PayPoint you will need to take your bar coded letter for any payment due. If you have any queries or difficulties making payments using these methods, please do not hesitate to contact hbrown@kingsdownschool.co.uk or visit the website www.parentpay.com.

  • What happens if my child loses their tie?

    Your child can purchase a tie direct from our uniform supplier for £5 +P&P.

Year 11 - Cohort 2020

February Mocks Timetable

Mock_exam_timetable_wc_24th_feb_2020.pdf

Passport to Prom

Passport to Prom has now been launched for Year 11. They must collect 100 signatures showing commitment to learning to achieve their prom invitation. Students can earn signatures by attending after school sessions listed on the timetable below, seeking help from a teacher outside lesson time, using the VLC at lunchtime and completing extra papers.

Starting revision and preparation for the GCSE exams now will help students feel confident and prepared. Should your child need any further support, please contact the subject teacher via e mail. All e mail addresses can be found on the contacts page.

Event Date
Cohort 2020 - This is Your Year, Student event Tuesday 7th January
Cohort 2020 - This is your year, Parents' event Thursday 9th January, 6pm
Spanish, French & German mock speaking exams 15th, 16th & 17th January
Food Preparation and Nutrition technical skills exams 4th, 5th & 6th February
English, Maths and Science mock exams 24th - 28th February
Non Core Subject Mock Exams (to take place in lessons) 2nd - 13th March
Year 11 Parent's Evening Wednesday 18th March
GCSE Music performances 16th - 20th March
Coursework and Controlled Assessment final deadline - all applicable subjects Wednesday 1st April
GCSE Art final exam 28th, 29th & 30th April
Formal GCSE exam period 11th May - 18th June
Year 11 Prom Friday 10th July
Year 11 Exam Results Day Thursday 20th August

Knowledge Organisers

Art

Task List
Knowledge Organiser
Revision through Techniques

Computing and iMedia

Computer Science PLC
iMedia PLC
iMedia Revision Guide

Drama

PLC
Knowledge Organiser

English

Revision Video - May Half Term Revision


Macbeth
Poetry
Jekyll and Hyde
An Inspector Calls

Food

Health and Wellbeing
RO21
Dietary Needs and Recipe Adaption
PLC
Essential Values of Care Pupil

French

Relationships
Technology
Free Time
Customs and Festivals
Home, Town and Neighbourhood

Geography

Physical Landscapes in the UK
The Challenges of Natural Hazards
Urban Issues and Challenges
The Challenge of Resource Management
The Changing Economic World
The Living World

German

Family and Friends
Free Time
Technology

Health and Social Care

Health and Wellbeing
RO21
Essential Values of Care Pupil

History

Medicine Through Time
Germany 1918-39
Medieval Medicine
Renaissance

Music

Features of Musical Periods Knowledge Organiser
Music Glossary
Haydn
Sgt Pepper

PE

Unit 1

Science

Year 11 Science Revision [Added June 2019]
Review of C1
Science Video Links
Knowledge Organisers

Spanish

Writing and Speaking


Contact Details

Mrs Davis, Progress Leader
01793 837138 or mdavis@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Miss Winwood, Director of Progress
kwinwood@kingsdownschool.co.uk

 

Uniform and Equipment

Uniform and Equipment

​The information & files below gives full details of the School’s new uniform and expectations.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s uniform, please contact your child’s Year Leader.

Uniform supplier

The uniform the supplier is ‘Uniform-Direct’.  We have a dedicated shop page on their website showing just the relevant clothing at https://www.uniform-direct.com/acatalog/Kingsdown-School.html

Overview of the new uniform

The uniform is to be worn by all students. The new PE kit will see a transition year and will be compulsory from September 2019.

Detailed description of the new uniform is within our Dress Code.  Price guides are in the communication updates further down below.

Dress Code

At Kingsdown School, we have the highest standards, and the presentation of our uniform is no exception. Our uniform must be worn with pride at all times.  The expectations are clearly outlined in this linked document below, and there are no exceptions.

Uniform Expectations

Student_Dress_Code_examples.pdf

Equipment

Please see the document linked immediately below for a list of the required equipment students will need such as stationery.
Equipment_List.pdf

Term Dates

Term Dates

2019/2020 Academic Year

Term 2
Monday 4th November
Return on Week 1
Friday 20th December 2019, 12:20pm
Term 3
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 8:30am
Return on Week 2
Friday 14th February 2020
Term 4
Monday 24th February 2020
Return on Week 2
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Term 5
Monday 20th April 2020
Return on Week 2
Friday 22nd May 2020
Term 6
Monday 1st June 2020
Return on Week 1
Wednesday 22nd July 2020

PROVISIONAL 2020/2021 Academic Year

Below is a provisional calendar for the 2020/2021 academic year, but not yet showing any Teacher Development (TD) days.
Dates subject to final confirmation.

Term Begins

Term Ends

Term 1
Tuesday 1st September 2020 Wednesday 21st October 2020
Term 2
Monday 2nd November 2020 Friday 18th December 2020
Term 3
Monday 4th January 2021 Friday 12th February 2021
Term 4
Monday 22nd February 2021 Thursday 1st April 2021
Term 5
Monday 19th April 2021 Friday 28th May 2021
Term 6
Monday 7th June 2021 Wednesday 23rd July 2021

Travel

At Kingsdown we will endeavour to encourage and support safe and active travel choices for students and staff to reduce our carbon footprint.

Bike Permits

Bike_permit_and_expectations_letter.pdf
Bike_permit_application_2019-20.pdf




We hope the following links will help in deciding to use foot, cycle, public transport or car.

Car Share Swindon

(https://swindon.liftshare.com/)

Cycling Now

(http://www.cyclingnow.co.uk/)

Cycle Scheme

(http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/)

Living Streets

(http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/)

Smart Route

(http://www.smartroute.org.uk/)

SusTrans

(http://www.sustrans.org.uk/)

Swindon Travel Choices

(http://www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk/)

Swindon Cycles

(http://www.swindoncycles.co.uk/)

Swindon Recycles

(http://www.recycles-swindon.co.uk/)

Thamesdown Transport

(http://www.thamesdown-transport.co.uk/)

TD Days

This Academic Year

TD Days

Teacher Development - School will be closed for students.


This Academic Year (Sep 2019 to 2020)

Monday 2nd September 2019
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Monday 6th January 2020
Friday 3rd April 2020
Monday 22nd June 2020


A downloadable calendar is also available on our ‘Our School’ > ‘Term Dates’ page


Next Academic Year (Sep 2020 to 2021)

1st September 2020
2nd September 2020
23rd November 2020
4th January 2021
2 further days TBC


School Closure / Adverse Weather

In the event of adverse weather causing the school to close, please monitor our website for regular updates.

The School should only be closed because either:

  • Staff (including non-teaching staff) have been able to arrive.
  • There is a breakdown of services (e.g. heating, toilets) or the condition of the premises makes operation impossible.

Please note that if limited staff are able to arrive at school safely, we may partially close the school.

The Site Manager will contact the Head to advise her of access to the School. By 7.45am a message will then be displayed on the Homepage of the website to alert parents of the status of closure. This will also be shared by group call text so please ensure that all of your details are up to date.

Students are requested to access work via Show My Homework which can be found by following the “Homework” link at the top right of the home page.  If for any reason students cannot access show my homework, they can complete Maths and science work using Hegarty Maths and Tassomai online learning platforms.

School Trips & Blogs

At Kingsdown students are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of trips, visits and activities which enhance the formal curriculum and their learning experience. Wider ranging benefits include the development of social and team building skills as well as broadening students cultural experiences.

Keeping up to date

Parents, Students, Staff and others in the Kingsdown Community really appreciate being kept up to date with what’s going on at Kingsdown.

We’ve created some blogs to keep everyone informed:

​Trips and Visits Blog

Kingsdown’s Duke of Edinburgh Blog (new)

PE Department Blog

Careers Blog

Documents related to Upcoming Trips

tbc

SEN & Disability Provision

A special educational need is defined as ‘a learning difficulty or disability that makes learning a challenge for a child’. Children with SEND have greater difficulty learning than other children of the same age.

Kingsdown School aims to ensure that appropriate provision is available to champion each and every student to have equal access to curriculum opportunities and to ensure that the curriculum is differentiated to meet individual learning needs.

The newly formed Inclusion team have transformed the way in which they support students this year. The support hubs consist of behaviour, health, literacy, numeracy and SEMH. These five hubs work closely with their mainstream colleagues to offer supplementary support to the regular curriculum, for identified pupils needing periods of specific intervention for a fixed period of time. Additional programmes include Freshstart, Springboard, and access to a school counsellor.

Kingsdown has much of its teaching and learning space at ground floor level, and some access ramps and toilet facilities have been installed to those areas. Kingsdown has two lifts providing access to the Virtual Learning Centre (ICT) and to some science laboratories; however, wheelchair users would not be able to gain access to some upper floors.

Kingsdown has an Autistic Spectrum Condition Centre, which was opened in 2003; it has the capacity for 15 students and each year is usually oversubscribed.  It is designed for pupils who are academically capable of accessing the mainstream curriculum but need more support than can be offered in a totally mainstream environment. Admission to the centre is through the decision of a panel of professionals at the SEN Assessment Team and is not controlled by the usual channels of application. All students admitted to the Centre have an EHCP with Autism named as their primary need. The majority of students follow the mainstream curriculum and attend classes with Educational Support Champions. However, all students are withdrawn from certain lessons so they can complete homework and also work on developing key skills. Individualised ASDAN, National Autistic Society, Entry Level and corrective reading courses are taught in the centre, as these may be more appropriate for those students needing a more skills based practical curriculum.

Anxious and vulnerable students have daily access to ‘Haven Club’ in the ASC Centre, which enables them to have a safe space for unstructured, busy times of the day.


As of March 2013 Kingsdown became a Dyslexia Friendly School, and we were revalidated in 2017.

Related Documents


Annual_Report_to_Parents_and_Carers_on_the_provision_for_SEND_2019.pdf
Annual Report to Parents and Carers on the provision for SEND 2018
Annual Report to Parents and Carers on the provision for SEND 2017

 

School’s History

In the mid 1930’s Wiltshire County Council bought seven acres of land for just £750 from the brewers J Arkell & Sons, and local builders Leighfield & Sons were appointed to build the school. On Wednesday 27th of January, 1937, the school was officially opened by the Marquis of Bath.

Since then, Kingsdown School has grown from a five classroom building to a school with over 60 rooms.

During the new millennium the school used funding to create an entirely new learning environment for students, as well as to cater for those with special learning needs. The Virtual Learning Centre comprises of four computer suites and is found on the first floor; on the ground floor is a suite that caters for students with Autistic Spectrum Condition.

In 2011 Kingsdown School took ownership of the old Premier Club (formerly the Raychem Sports Centre). After an extensive refurbishment, students are benefiting from the new state of the art facilities in the Kingsdown Sports Centre. In 2013, construction of a state of the art, all-weather 3G pitch was completed on the field behind the school. This is used during school time for PE lessons and clubs, as well as being let out to sport clubs within the community.

There has also been another transformation, in an unused courtyard area that has been transformed into a covered serving and eating area, and a new canopy has been put in place to shelter students between the main hall and the library.

In the future, where it is not possible to expand we will continue to improve our facilities by replacing the old for the new. In this way, we will be able to continue to offer the best possible education we can for the students of Stratton St Margaret.

Recipe Ingredients

Below are details of recipes that are taught in school, with the ingredients that need to be brought in for those lessons:

Year_7_recipes.pdf

Year_8_recipes.pdf

The River Learning Trust

The River Learning Trust

In September 2017 Kingsdown School became a partner of the River Learning Trust (RLT). In doing so we joined a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) comprising 5 Secondary Schools, 7 Primary Schools, and a school-centred Initial Teacher Training provider.

Since October 2016, the RLT has been working with the teams, leaders and Governors of Kingsdown and has made a significant impact on the general confidence within and across the school, its culture and strategic direction.

What does it mean to be an RLT school and what are the benefits?

The RLT provides Kingsdown with:

  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring for Kingsdown’s leaders, supporting them in embedding the 
required level of school improvement and ensuring the best possible outcomes for all our students.
  • Access to a wide range of networks which will assist our teams in delivering excellence in and outside of the classroom.
  • Numerous Professional Development opportunities for our staff – both teaching and professional support staff – which has had a huge impact on our all-important staff recruitment and retention strategy.
  • Resources and capacity to support with several key operational processes, previously provided by LAs, such as HR, Financial as well as Governor support.
  • The leaders across the RLT support Kingsdown in regularly reviewing our Self Evaluation processes – the “where we believe we are” and, more importantly, the “what we need to focus on in order to improve further”.

Please visit the RLT website to find out more

https://riverlearningtrust.org/

Via the link below you will be able to access statutory information that Academy Trusts must publish, such as the annual report, annual audited accounts, memorandum of association, articles of association, funding agreement.

https://riverlearningtrust.org/information/

Information about the Board of Trustees can be found here:

https://riverlearningtrust.org/teams/

The River Learning Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with a registered company number 7966500. The River Learning Trust’s registered and working central office is C/O Gosford Hill School, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NT.

Telephone: 01865 558727
Email: office@riverlearningtrust.org

 

Revision Links

Below are GCSE revision links and documents collated by the teachers to help supplement the revision materials given to students in school.

English

BBC GCSE Bitesize

GCSEPod
Excellent resource for revision and also quizzing

PiXL English App
Free app to download with quizzes on learning quotations.
Requires credentials to log in

Show My Homework
Weekly prep for Wednesday tests as well as content quizzes

Youtube - Mr Bruff
Some great videos on all aspects of the AQA course
(YouTube not available on school computers)

YouTube - Mr Salles
Some great videos on all aspects of the AQA course
(YouTube not available on school computers)

Maths

Exam Solutions
Lots of videos covering almost all math topics

Khan Academy
American site with lots of good videos

Science

GCSE Science Knowledge Checklists

Science Revision Booklet 2018
Booklet by the science faculty on how to prepare for your GCSEs

Health & Social Care

HSC Revision Guide.pdf

Punctuality

Good punctuality at school is essential for students to achieve their full educational potential.  It is also vital for students to form good habits for later life.  Punctuality records form part of references passed onto employers or higher educational institutes.

All students are expected to arrive punctually for school in the morning and to arrive punctually for each lesson.  Students will enter the school site via the main entrance at the front of school.  We expect all students to be on site by 8.30am in the morning and go straight to tutor time where they will be registered. Students are considered to be late if they arrive after 8.35am. The front gates will be closed and students will need to sign in.

As a safety precaution, students are not permitted to ride their bikes onto the school site, they will need to disembark and walk their bikes onto the school site. Students are reminded to ensure their safety by checking that roads are clear before they cross a main road.

A register is taken at the start of the day and during each lesson.  Students arriving late are recorded as this on the register, along with how many minutes late they are.

THE SCHOOL’S SUPPORT FOR GOOD PUNCTUALITY

We place a strong emphasis on good punctuality; we support this by:-

  • Giving sanctions to students who arrive late to school or lessons.
  • Informing parents, by automated call, if their child arrives late for school.
  • Awarding tutor points to tutor groups where all students have arrived punctually over a period of time.
  • Sending attendance records home to parents each term so that parents can monitor any lateness.
  • Addressing issues of poor timekeeping with individual students and their parents.

PARENTS’/CARERS’ SUPPORT FOR GOOD PUNCTUALITY

We would ask parents to support us in maintaining good punctuality by:-

  • Ensuring that their children get up in plenty of time to be ready and prepared for school.
  • Ensuring their child has organised their bag and equipment the night before so that this does not delay departure in the morning.
  • Discussing any issues of lateness to ensure this does not become a habit.
  • Monitoring their child’s attendance record when it is sent home and looking for patterns of lateness.

PARENTS AND CARERS: FAQS (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

Why has my child been marked as absent for the whole morning when they arrived at 9.30am?
As stated above, DfE guidelines state that the register must be closed after a reasonable time in the morning.  If arriving after 9.15am, a child will be marked as an unauthorised absence for the morning session.

Could I receive a fine if my child is persistently late?
If your child receives 10 or more unauthorised absences, you could be issued with a fixed penalty notice.  This is £50 per parent if paid within 28 days, rising to £100 thereafter.

My child was only a couple of minutes late. It seems harsh that he/she should get a late mark.
The school has to abide by the rules and expectations laid down for all schools. Lateness for school (or work) is a failure to arrive on time and will be marked as such. We would encourage students to set off in good time so that any small delay does not cause them to be late.

Our whole family overslept and it is not my child’s fault that he/she is late.  Will they receive a late mark?
This can not be taken as an acceptable reason for lateness so a late mark or unauthorised absence would be recorded, depending on the time of arrival.

My child has to catch the bus to school which is sometimes late.  Will they receive a late mark?
Any lateness is recorded as thus on the register.  We would advise that the child leaves earlier so that even if the bus is late, they will still arrive on time. If the bus is sometimes late, then it is not a reliable way to ensure arrival in good time.

Would you make any allowances for lateness if, for example, there were major traffic problems in the area perhaps because of an accident, so my car/the bus was unavoidably stuck in traffic?
The school cannot make allowances for the individual problem (however genuine it may be). However, it does make allowances when there are known reported major problems that affect a large number of people; very heavy snowfall would be one such example.

What if I phone up/email to say my child is going to be late? Would he/she still get a late mark?
Yes, they would still be marked late, but it is very helpful to know that you are aware and for us to know the expected time of arrival and reason for lateness.

If I know my child is going to be late, do I need to ring/send in a note?
It is very helpful if you do this. If your child is very late, they will be marked as unauthorised absence and your note may give an alternative acceptable reason to allow us to authorise the absence.

What do I do if I don’t agree with your policy on punctuality?
Much of our attendance policy is designed to satisfy DfE regulation but as always, if you feel an approach is unfair or unreasonable, then you can write to the Headteacher and/or Governing Body asking for a review.  However, whilst any such policy is in place, the school will operate as stated.

 

Parent Pay

We are pleased to be able to accept electronic payments made through ParentPay or PayPoint for Kingsdown School activities. This means that you can pay for trips and school dinners electronically.

To access your secure online ParentPay account you need to visit www.parentpay.com using the unique user ID and Password that you have been sent. Once you have logged into the system for the first time you can change your log in details to something that is easier for you to remember.

PayPoint is one of the UK’s leading retail networks for free and convenient payment of regular bills. Stores that operate PayPoint in the Kingsdown community include:

  • Oxford & Swindon Co-op 204-206 Beechcroft Road SN2 7QQ
  • Co-operative Windbrook Meadow, SN3 4UA
  • Meadowcroft Express 61 Meadowcroft SN2 7LA
  • Queensfield Store 92-94 Queensfield SN2 7SY
  • Co-op Stratton St Margaret Hyde Road SN2 7SE

You will receive a bar coded letter for any payment due, which can be taken to any outlet which has PayPoint facilities. These payments are also recorded by ParentPay and may be seen in your account. If you have any queries or difficulties making payments using these methods, please do not hesitate to contact:
hbrown@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs H Brown
Business Manager

Financial Support

Kingsdown School recognises that there are families that might need support during their child’s education from time to time.  A support fund has been established to help support these families.  Please click below for further details about eligibility and application.

  Financial Support Application

 

Parents’ Evenings

Parents’ Evening is an excellent opportunity for you to discuss your child’s academic progress and attitude to learning with their subject teachers. At each parents’ evening, you will receive a copy of your child’s latest progress report.

Parents’ evenings take place on the following dates for the 2019-2020 academic year:

10th Oct 2019 – Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening
20th Nov 2019 - Year 10 Parents’ Evening
26th Nov 2019 – Year 11 Steps to Success Evening
16th January 2020 – Year 7 Parents’ Evening (this is an amendment from 19th December 2019)
12th Feb 2020 – Year 9 Parents’ Evening
18th Mar 2020 – Year 11 Parents’ Evening
6th May 2020 – Year 8 Parents’ Evening (this is an amendment from 2nd April)
14th Jul 2020 – Year 10 Parents’ Evening

To book onto a parents evening we are using a new online system, for guidance and links please see https://www.kingsdownschool.co.uk/images/documents/Parent_Guide_-_Parents_Evening.pdf

Partners

Feeder Primary Schools

Local Colleges

Partners

Primary Schools

There are three main infant schools and four main primary schools in the area that feed into Kingsdown School:

​Staff at Kingsdown work closely with our feeder schools to help students make the transition to Kingsdown School as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Promoting British Values

We actively promote values such as “mutual understanding and respect” and equality between girls and boys, promote values of democracy, respect and tolerance for all races, cultures, faiths and beliefs. This is lived out in the programmes of School Assemblies, Religious Education, English, Geography, History and Personal Development Curriculum.

The following British Values are covered in the curriculum.

  • Democracy
  • Rules of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Respect
  • Tolerance

These values are also covered through SMSC, assemblies and curriculum provision to:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people; and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

Students learn about the development of the political system of democratic government in the UK, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch. They are taught about voting and elections, the role of political parties and the freedoms and liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the U K such as free speech, free movement and free assembly and worship. Students have leadership opportunities through our senior student programme.
Through our Religious Education and Citizenship programmes, students are taught how citizens work together to improve communities. This is put into practice when they become active citizens by fundraising for charities.

Assemblies aim to teach our students to have belief in freedom, and a tolerance of others. In the Religious Education programme, students study other faiths and learn empathy, tolerance and understanding of people from different faith backgrounds.

Interwoven throughout the whole taught Curriculum and the school’s pastoral programme, students are expected to accept personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the school rules and the rule of law.

In our school community we encourage our students to show a responsibility to each other and adults in the way they behave in school and on their way to and from school.

The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of our students as a result of promoting fundamental British values:

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
  • an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
  • an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  • an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.

We are a diverse school and we encourage respect for religious, cultural and moral values. The school promotes equal opportunities for all and systems are in place that counter racism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination whenever they occur.

Policies

​We have a range of policies in place covering a wide range of school life:

Able Gifted & Talented
Access to Fair Assessment Statement
Accessibility Plan
Admissions Policy Year 6 into 7 2021-22
Admissions Policy Year 6 Into 7 2020-21
Admissions Policy In Year 2019-20
Anti Bullying Policy
Anti Litter Policy
Articles of Association
ASDAN Appeals Policy
ASDAN Malpractice
ASDAN Internal Moderation
Assessment Reporting & Recording
Attendance Policy
Behaviour Policy
Careers Education
Charging & Remissions Policy
Children Looked After
Collective Worship Policy
Complaints Policy
Controlled Assessment Policy
Curriculum Policy
Data Protection
Disability Equality Scheme
Drugs Policy


This policy is currently under review to cover new regulation and will be reviewed in September

E-Safety & Data Security (1 of 2)
E-Safety & Data Security (2 of 2)


Equality Information and Objectives
Exam Policy
Exam Contingency
Exam Risk Management Process
Exclusion_Policy
Feedback Policy
Freedom of Information Act Policy
Funding Agreement
Handling Unreasonably Persistent Harrassing or Abusive Complaints
Internal Appeals Policy
Loss & Bereavement Policy
Marking Policy
On Line Safety
Parents & Carers Code of Conduct
Pupil Premium Policy
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
School Homework Policy
School Young Carers Policy
Self-Harm Policy
SEN & Disability Policy
Sex & Relationships Policy
SMSC Policy
Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Policy
Uniform Expectations
Whistleblowing Policy
Whole School Food Policy
Whole School Literacy Policy
Whole School Numeracy Policy

Promoting British Values / Prevent Duty


Privacy Notice - Governors Volunteers
Privacy Notice - Job Applicants
Privacy Notice - Parents
Privacy Notice - Students


We can provide any specific policies in a more accessible format on request.

 

Pastoral Care

The pastoral system at Kingsdown School is led by Mrs Lees, Assistant Headteacher, with day to day leadership and management undertaken by 2 Directors of Progress; Mrs Boyall for Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3) and Miss Winwood for Years 10 & 11 (Key Stage 4). Progress Leaders have devolved responsibility for student progress and behaviour for children within their year groups.

Progress Leaders for each year group lead teams of tutors:

Mrs Robertson - Year 7 Progress Leader
Mrs Matthews - Year 8 Progress Leader
Mr Hathaway - Year 9 Progress Leader
Mrs Sampson-Emecz - Year 10 Progress Leader
Miss Davis - Year 11 Progress Leader

The school is supported by a number of highly effective staff and robust policies and procedures. In addition, the services of the Local Authority are contracted to provide support in the areas of Education Welfare and Targeted Mental Health.

The school’s assessment and reporting procedures provide all staff with detailed information relating to current levels of attainment, predicted grades, attitude to learning and progress. The pastoral team keep abreast of students performance across the subjects and provide tutoring, mentoring and support where necessary.

The pastoral system at Kingsdown has been commended by Ofsted inspectors noting some very strong features.

Prospectus

Prospectus

At Kingsdown “We champion each and every student” find out how in our prospectus.

Download our prospectus here.

Options

‘Options’ is the term used to describe the process that students go through at the end of Key Stage 3 to determine which subjects they will be studying during Key Stage 4 and therefore which subjects they will be studying for GCSEs (and equivalent).

Our curriculum at Kingsdown is changing, and as such there will be no options process for Year 8 in 2019/20. The current year 8 students will study a three year Key Stage 3 before making their ‘options’ in year 9 ready to begin Key Stage 4 in year 10.

The reason we are transitioning is because we believe as a school that fundamentally all students have a right to broad and balanced curriculum that takes individual differences into account and by moving back the stage at which students opt to narrow their personal curriculum, we are ensuring greater knowledge to be taught to all our students.

At Kingsdown School we provide a broad and varied curriculum at key stage 3 to support all our students with the necessary skills and knowledge for a fast changing world and encourage the attitudes and qualities which will lead students to pursue their learning beyond year 11, and be happy, safe and successful in their adult life. Further details of this curriculum can be found on the curriculum pages of this website.

Further details about the timeline for Cohort 2023 will be released during the academic year 2020/21.

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 consists of a mixture of Core Subjects and Option Subjects. Students will be able to choose some subjects according to their strengths and interests. They will be guided through their choices by subject teachers, tutors and other staff to ensure that their choices are appropriate.

The Key Stage 4 (KS4) curriculum reflects the National Curriculum requirements and the curriculum policy of the school. We want to offer as much individual choice as we can, so that the students can follow courses they need for interest and their future career paths. However, there are also certain constraints and requirements that govern students’ choices.

We urge that all students opt for a broad and balanced curriculum. Whilst all GCSEs have equal status, they do stress different skills and ways of learning. When making choices students must balance their skills and learning styles in order to keep options open for later life, such as choosing college or ‘A level’ courses.

Core Learning: What does everyone do?

All students are taught a core programme of subjects. These are the subjects and skills that are statutory for all children aged 14-16, with the addition of English Literature, which we feel is important too, and is studied by everyone.

Core Learning comprises:

    English
    English Literature
    Mathematics
    Combined Science (double award) or Separate Sciences (GCSE Biology/GCSE Chemistry/GCSE Physics)
    Personal Development (non-examination)
    Physical Education (non-examination)

Option Subjects: What can you choose?

We want our students to be committed to their subjects and so we allow them to choose from four subjects from a range of areas. Whilst we do give as much choice as possible, all students are expected to take one EBacc subject from: History; Geography or a Modern Foreign Language, and from 2021 most students will be required to take two (History/Geography AND a Modern Foreign Language). We make every effort to ensure that students study the course they opt for. We are constrained by constructing a timetable, staffing and group sizes. This is why we ask that you also make reserve options. Any student who does not get their top four choices or their reserve choices will be seen by their Director of Progress.

 

Ofsted


The following link will open a copy of the report from our most recent Ofsted inspection:

Ofsted Report January 2020 - Rated Good

Read our reaction to the January 2020 ‘Good’ Ofsted rating for Kingsdown School.

Our SEN Reports for parents can be found on our SEN and Disability Provision page.


Related Links

Ofsted Parent View

Open Days

Visit Us

We are offering Open Mornings every Thursday at 10am during term-time.
To book your place please contact Mrs J Ellis, PA to Headteacher at jellis@kingsdownschool.co.uk or 01793 822284.

 

Newsletter

2019-20 Term 3 Parent 20 Clicks.pdf - Current Issue

2019-20 Term 2 Parent 20 Clicks.pdf

Letter to all parents (Dec 2019)

2019-20 Term 1 Parent 20 Clicks.pdf


River Learning Trust Newsletters

We are now also contributing to the River Learning Trust newsletters which are available at http://www.riverlearningtrust.org/newsletters

 

Lettings

It isn’t just students at Kingsdown School who have access to all of the amazing facilities available at the Kingsdown Sports Centre; the venue is also available for community hire.

FA accredited pitch

We have a newly built FA accredited 3G artificial turf pitch, already being used by local clubs for various sports.

Booking

If you wish to make a booking, please contact the school directly on 01793 822284 or lettings@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Keeping your Child Safe

If you are concerned about the wellbeing of a student, please report using the button below.

Your report can be anonymous

  Make a report on our ‘SHARP’ page

Kingsdown School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm, safe from bullying, safe from abuse of any kind, safe from discrimination or harassment and ensuring that we all feel safe in our school environment.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms S Magenty, Assistant Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs K Agambar, Child Protection Coordinator

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.

There are 5 main elements to our policy and procedures:
• Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
• Raising awareness of child protection issues & working on the prevention of abuse, through training, teaching and pastoral support offered to students.
• Following procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
• Supporting students who are at risk or may have been abused.
• Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

We have a dedicated team who have all received in depth safeguarding training to ensure that we:

- Identify children who may need early help, are at risk or have been harmed
- Secure the help that children need and refer them to the expertise to help them
- Manage safe recruitment and allegations about adults who may be of risk to children


Anti-Bullying Week 2019

Please click on the thumbnail below for our student friendly antibullying policy:


General Concerns

This page on the NSPCC website provides information about:

  • Online safety
  • Leaving your children home alone
  • Talking about difficult topics
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Self-harm and mental health worries

Railway Safety

Swindon is well known for its history with the railways; Network Rail have been working hard to reduce the accidents that occur on its tracks particularly during the summer months when children are on school holiday. Click this link to find more information.

Help in Swindon

There is a great website called ‘The Dock’ that helps young people and parents in Swindon. It gives advice on national concerns regarding young people and offers local solutions. Really worth a visit. It offers assistance on matters such as:

  • Youth Engagement Services
  • Health in general and more specifically drug use
  • Mental Health
  • Radicalisation
  • Young people’s options
  • School holiday workshops

Mental Health & Well Being

Kooth is an online service by XenZone, who have been commissioned in this area by the Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). In Swindon they provide online counselling and emotional well being help for children and young people. The support is free, confidential, and anonymous.  It can be accessed using an internet enabled smart phone, tablet, or computer.

 

The Kingsdown Vision

The Kingsdown Vision

The Kingsdown vision is of

A school of excellence bursting with pride and ambition

The principles of both our School and the RLT are a commitment to:

  • Excellence – striving for the best possible educational experience
  • Everyone learning – creating and taking every opportunity to enhance lives
  • Respectful relationships – acting with care, integrity and fairness in all we do

Our Wheel of Excellence helps visualise the key elements that underpin our vision.

Homework

Studies show that homework adds more than a year’s progress for students who regularly complete it.

The type of homework also matters. Homework should mainly rehearse knowledge which has already been taught. Individual homeworks should normally last between 30 and 45 minutes.

The brain remembers more when it is tested, and when these tests are low stakes. For this reason, a good deal of homework is in the form of quizzes.

Purpose

We want our students to know as much as possible. Cognitive scientists tell us that “understanding is memory in disguise”. The more we know, the easier it is to understand new ideas. A famous study proved this with a group students who were poor readers, who loved baseball. When tested on a text on the subject of baseball, they consistently outscored a group of very good readers. In other words, our ability to read is largely based on the breadth of our knowledge. The more your child learns, the easier it is to learn new information and ideas.

Consequently, we need our students to complete their homework each and every time. It will simply make them more intelligent. We need our parents to help their children develop this routine, so that understanding and learning become easier.

Expectations

We need our students to complete their homework each and every time it is set. These are habits which will last a life time. But, in the short term, they will also lead to very good grades.

Our school day finishes at 3 O’Clock. We would expect students to do an hour of homework every night. This only extends the working day to the equivalent of 4 O’Clock, which is a gentle preparation for life after Kingsdown. However, this hour of homework will have a huge impact on what our students can remember and understand. With many subjects taking three years to teach a GCSE, your child should be aiming for very high grades.

We therefore need you to encourage, even to require your child to do their homework every day.

We also need you to log on to Show My Homework so that you can see how well your child is doing. All their quiz scores are visible to you.

Procedures

Homework is set on Show My Homework, and will often be completed online. Students without Wi-Fi at home are able to use the ICT suites after school, before school, and at lunch time to complete their homework.

Each quiz set for a student can be taken up to three times. Students should always do this in order to aim for a score of 100%.

Scores in class will often be ranked so students can see how they compare to their classmates. Gaining a high score does not depend on a student’s ability. It is an accurate measure of how much attention they have paid in class, and how much effort they have put into their homework quiz.

Students are expected to read regularly as a means of broadening and extending their knowledge and understanding of subjects and to develop their vocabulary.
Your support in monitoring your child’s completion of homework is greatly appreciated.

Show My Homework

At Kingsdown School we use ‘Show My Homework’ to assign and log homework given to students.

Go to Show My Homework

Policies

Below are school policies related to this page.

School Homework Policy

Difficulties logging into Show My Homework

Please review the video below covering how to log into Show My Homework

 

General Communication

February 2020

 

January 2020

 

December 2019

November 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

July 2019

June 2019

 

Governors

Governors

Introduction from our Chair of Governors

I am delighted to have been elected to serve a second year as Chair of Governors of our Local Governing Body. As governors we continue to support and challenge the school to be the best that it can be, on its journey to excellence.

We welcome the ongoing opportunities presented by us being part of the River Learning Trust and by the appointment of new members to the senior leadership team. The vision and mission of the school has been redeveloped with our guidance and we are very proud of the way in which staff and students alike have embraced the new Kingsdown School. 


Lynne Scragg

The Governors of Kingsdown School

Governors Register of Businesss Interest

Governance Structures

Scheme of Delegation

Governing Body Attendance Record:
2018-19.pdf

2017-18.pdf

2016-17.pdf

While there are several types of governors, the role of each governor is to work as part of a team supporting a school and the Headteacher to decide school policy, help recruit staff and manage budgets.

The governors meet as a full body 4 times per year where they are updated on the performance and status of aspects of the school.

Additionally individual governors sit on one or more of the various sub-committees. These meetings are usually 4 times per year, just prior to the full governors meetings.

The subcommittees are:
Resource Committee (Finance, Staffing, Health & Safety)
Impact Committee (Safeguarding, Teaching & Learning and Curriculum)
Admissions Committee

 

Becoming a Governor

Schools need people who have energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to support them as governors. You don’t need to have had any previous experience or knowledge. Common sense, a genuine interest in education and commitment are the most important qualities required.

Becoming a governor could be a way of contributing to your local school and learning new skills. You don’t have to have a child at a school to become a governor.

More information about becoming a governor is available on the Swindon Borough Council website.

Contacting the Governors

Parents, staff and members of the community may wish to contact governors to express views, and governors very much welcome any such messages, as we are keen to keep in touch with and take account of these views. It is important to say though, that any day to day queries relating to named students should always be directed to school staff first, so that they can discuss and deal with matters in the normal way. Similarly, staff should use their usual line management and communication links in the first instance. Additionally, if you have a complaint, please follow the official procedure outlined in the following document:
Complaints_Policy.pdf

If you would like to contact governors on a particular issue they may be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors:

Clerk to Governors : Mrs J Ellis (jellis@kingsdownschool.co.uk)

Free Software

Kingsdown School has arranged with Microsoft to allow all current students and staff to be able to install Microsoft Office on home computers and mobile devices for free.
Microsoft Office includes Word (word processor), Excel (spreadsheets), and PowerPoint (presentations).  Additional apps are also available depending on the model of your computer or device.  You may also install it across several devices at the same time (e.g. a computer, a tablet, and a smartphone).

The rest of the information below is for those who would like to take up this offer.

If you would like to obtain this software for home, please note:

  • The software is only valid while you are a student at Kingsdown School.  Permission to use the software will be taken away once you leave school. You’ll then need to remove the software or obtain a new Microsoft Office account.
  • Kingsdown’s ICT support department does NOT support this software or devices it is installed on. If there are problems installing the software on your personal computer or laptop.  Microsoft’s Office Support page should help with most problems. https://support.office.com
  • If you use the software on your smartphone, the school’s mobile phone policy still applies to you and it should not be used during lessons.
  • This software should work on most computers (Windows, Apple Macs) and also modern mobile devices (Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows) purchased in the last 2-3 years providing it’s kept updated.  If your equipment is older then you may need to check if it’s supported.
  • Don’t forget to ensure your home computer’s antivirus software is also up to date.

To obtain the software:

  1. To access the software, when on your home computer or mobile device, visit https://portal.office.com, and sign in using your student email address and password.  If you are using OneNote in your computing classes this process will be familiar to you.
  2. After logging in there should be advice or a link to Install Office, eg ‘Install Office 2016’ or ‘Get Office apps’.  Follow the guidance that then appears (instructions will vary depending on your computing device).
  3. If you have any difficulties accessing or logging into the page on step 1, please let us know (Kingsdown’s ICT Support Office).  However if you can access the above page but then have problems installing the software, we will NOT be able to provide support; in which case please look carefully at the screen for any guidance or links for help from Microsoft.  You can also search for help on https://support.office.com.

 

Financial Statement

For the most current financial reports and accounts, please refer to the following Financial Information page for our Multi-Academy Trust, The River Learning Trust:
https://riverlearningtrust.org/financial-information

In addition to the link above, the documents below contain Kingsdown School’s previous financial statements for our financial years prior to 1st September 2017, when we joined the River Learning Trust. They contain reports written by the school, our independent auditors, and details of the annual finances.

Previous statements prior to joining the River Learning Trust:

Financial Statement 2016-2017

Financial Statement 2015-2016

Financial Statement 2014-2015

Value For Money Statement Dec 2014

Exam Results

GCSE Certificate Collection

After the 6th December if you are still needing to collect GCSE certificates please contact the school on 01793 822284.  We will only hold the certificates for 12 months, then they will be destroyed and you will need to contact the examination board directly to obtain a replacement.


Examination Results 2019

Cohort 2019 celebrated a very strong set of historic GCSE results – results that are transformational.  The overall Progress 8 score for the school, which compares students KS2 achievement with their GCSE outcomes shows that as a school we are just above the national average (score was +0.02), and significantly above the average for schools in the town (-0.07).

As well as progress, this year’s results were strong on the combined English and Maths measure with 60% of students achieving a 4 or above in both subjects.  At Grade 5+, a strong pass, 39% of students achieved at least a grade 5 in both English and Maths.  Department results across the school showed significant improvements.  Again, these results were a significant increase on last years.  As well as the overall results, we are particularly thrilled with many individual student achievements.

These results show a significant movement from last year, where this year’s students performed on average half a grade better than last year’s students when compared to students nationally. This change has been as a result of our strong leadership resulting in high expectations of all, improved curriculum, teaching and learning and constant championing each and every one of students.

“Transformational!”Paul James, CEO of The River Learning Trust

“We are absolutely delighted to see such a strong set of GCSEs today for our students.  These results reflect all their considerable efforts, pride and ambition over the past two years.  These achievements are well-deserved and will provide our students with firm foundations and open doors to their future ambitions.”

“I would also like to give a special mention to our whole staff team who worked tirelessly to champion and ensure that each and every student was able to achieve their very best.  These results would not have been possible without their support and expert guidance.  I would also like to thank all our parents for their continued support”Emma Leigh-Bennett, Headteacher of Kingsdown School


Performance Tables

Keystage 4 (GCSE) performance results for Kingsdown School are published by the DfE at this link: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/145139.


 

Enrichment

Here at Kingsdown we value enrichment and the learning it can offer outside of the classroom. We have a range of activities covering an array of skills and values, all of which add to the cultural capital of young people, whilst underpinning our values. Please find the range of activities for this term at the following sections:



      Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme      

 
Kingsdown School is a Licenced Organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and currently offers Bronze Award from year 9, and Silver award from year 10, with Gold Award waiting to be rolled out. We ask the students commit to:

  • 1 full day training based in school
  • 2 days walks to assess map reading competency
  • 1 training weekend
  • 1 expedition weekend

Plus the required time for their sections which are:

Bronze timescales

It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.

Silver timescales

It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.

– Volunteering section: 6 months
– Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
– Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights

If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold timescales

For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing your Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze. The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.


Further information can be found at www.dofe.org

Find online welcome packs at www.dofe.org/welcome-packs-dth


   

      PE Clubs      

TuesdayWednesdayThursday
Badminton
Sports Centre
Mrs Wright
Basketball
Sports Centre
Miss Maller
Fitness
Fitness Suite
Miss Peters

All clubs run from 3-4pm approx.

 

      Performing Arts      

Kingsdown’s latest school production will be ‘Grease’.

Tickets on sale from today (24th Jan) in the hall.

Prices will be:

  • Student/Concession £1
  • Adult £2

Events will be:

  • Tuesday 4th February 7pm
  • Wednesday 5th February Matinee 7pm (invited audience only)

 

EduLink One (School App)

We are changing our school student information service in early 2020 to EduLink One.

Roll Out Roadmap

Students

Students are trialling this now.

Parents

We plan on emailing parents with access details and passwords very shortly.


Edulink One - Features

We will be allowing students and parents to access the following from this service:

  • Timetables
  • School Reports
  • Catering Balance
  • Attendance Reports
  • Achievement and Behaviour points
  • Exams info
  • Collated links to other services such as Show my homework

Accessing the system

You can access the system as a ‘website’ on your computer or phone, or as an ‘app’ on most modern smartphones and tablets.

Logging in

You should now get a login screen (whether you choose the website or app method) asking for possibly a School ID, Username, and Password. 

  • Students - to log in use the following details:
    • If you have a field titled ‘School ID’, enter Kingsdown
    •  
    • ‘Username’ is the same username which you use to log into the school computers, eg 19BloggsJ
    •  
    • ‘Password’ is the same password which you use to log into the school computers

  • Parents - to log in, use the following instructions:
    • If you have a field titled ‘School ID’, enter Kingsdown
    • You will have been emailed your username and password.  Your username will start with ‘p_’.  If you know you have logged in before but have since forgotten your details, you can click on the ‘reset password’ and arrange new details over email (you will have to use the same email address you would have provided the school).


Exam Information

February 2020 Mocks

Please see the the linked document below for a timetable of the mock exams for Year 11 students, starting on the 24th Februrary 2020.
Mock_exam_timetable_wc_24th_feb_2020.pdf

Statement of Entry

All candidates receive a statement of entry from school indicating the subjects they are being entered for and the levels of entry, where applicable. Please check that these are correct. Some subjects only have one tier of entry; some have Foundation & Higher tiers. Students must check everything on their statements of entry very carefully. Particularly check that all personal details (date of birth, spelling of names which must be their LEGAL forename and surname) are accurate as these will appear on certificates and it may be difficult to change them once certificates are awarded.

Exam Boards

The school uses the following exam boards: AQA, Edexcel Pearson, OCR, WJEC and NCFE.

Timetables

External exam timetables are displayed on the school’s website and are also displayed on the Exam notice board in the main school building corridor. Prior to each exam series, students will receive an individual timetable with their own specific examinations detailing dates, times and duration of exams, as well as their examination rooms. Check this carefully. If students think something is wrong they need to see the Exams Officer immediately.

If a last minute change of tier for an exam entry is made at the request of the candidate or their parents then the fee for the amendment will be invoiced to parents.

Subject staff will inform students of dates of practical examinations/language speaking tests when dates are confirmed.

For any student who has a clash where two subjects are timetabled at the same time, the school will make special timetable arrangements. Students must check their individual timetable and see the Exams Officer if they are unsure of what to do. If they think there is a clash on their timetable that has not been resolved, they also need to see the Exams Officer immediately.

Morning (AM) exams will normally start at 0900 and Afternoon (PM) exams will start at 1400. There are times where there are clashes with individuals are due to take more than one exam at the same time. In such instances an alternative arrangement will be put in place and you will be notified of this in advance.

Students must make sure that they know exactly when their exams are, especially whether they are morning or afternoon. Students should ensure that they allow enough time to get to school so if they are delayed for any reason e.g. traffic, they will still arrive in good time.

Please note that for exams in the afternoon, candidates may finish after 1500 and so arrangement will need to be made to collect students should this be required.

Equipment

Students need to make sure that they bring in all relevant items for each exam, e.g. compasses for a Maths exam. Students should also make sure that they bring in black pens, pencils, eraser, ruler and a sharpener in a CLEAR (not coloured or tinted) pencil case or plastic bag. Do not use correcting pens, fluid or tape, erasable pens, highlighters or gel pens in your answer..

Where calculators are allowed for the exam they must be free of lids, cases and covers. Students are responsible for clearing the data in their calculators prior to taking any exams. Students should check the regulations in the ‘Notices to Candidates’ which are on the JCQ website and are also linked below.

Examination Regulations

Notices to candidates which are issued jointly by all the examining boards are available to view on the JCQ website; they are also linked below. All
candidates must read them carefully and note that to break any of the examination rules or regulations could lead to disqualification from all subjects. The school must report any breach of regulations to the examinations board.

Attendance at Exams

Candidates are responsible for checking their own timetable and arriving at school on the correct day and time, properly dressed in school uniform and with the correct equipment. Candidates must arrive at the specified venue 15 minutes prior to the start time of their examination. They should wait quietly outside the exam venue until instructed to enter. Candidates who arrive late for an examination may still be admitted but they may not receive any additional time. If special consideration applies then you must speak to the Exams Officer.

Full school uniform must be worn by all students attending school for examinations.

For examinations held in the Main Hall, candidates should line up in C-block courtyard and for examinations taking place in the New Gym, candidates should line up on the Tennis Courts. For both venues, all candidates should line up in tutor groups and in alphabetical order. Those candidates taking exams in other venues should ensure they are there 15 mins before the start time of the exam. There may be up to 4 different exams taking place at the same time and this ensures seating can be arranged effectively within the shortest amount of time. It also ensures that candidates receive the correct exam paper.

Candidates must wait quietly outside for a member of staff to invite them into the venue. Once inside the room, exam board rules state that candidates must be silent. If there is any communication between any candidates it will be assumed that cheating is taking place and this will be treated accordingly. Candidates must not talk until they have left the examination room.

All items of equipment, pens, pencils, mathematical instruments, etc. should be visible to the invigilators at all times. Either a transparent pencil case or a clear plastic bag (without any writing) must be used. Pens should be BLACK ink or ballpoint. No correction pens, erasable pens or correcting tape/fluid are allowed.

For the Mathematics and Science exams, candidates should make sure their calculators conform to the examination regulations. If in doubt, they should check with their teacher. Remove any covers or instructions and make sure batteries are new. Candidates must also ensure that they have cleared anything stored in the calculator before using it for examinations. Please make sure that any alarms are turned off.

Do not attempt to communicate with or distract other candidates. Examination regulations are very strict regarding items that may be taken into the examination room. If candidates break these rules they may be disqualified from the examination.

Candidates are not permitted any web enabled sources of information such as tablets, mobile phones, MP3 players or smart watches in the examination room. Ideally these devises will all be left at home, however if this is not possible they should be switched off and be in bags.

If a mobile phone (or any other type of electronic communication or storage device) is found in their possession during an examination (even if it is turned off) it will be taken from the candidate and a report made to the appropriate exam board. No exceptions can be made and the school cannot be held responsible for accidental damage.

Food is not permitted in the examination room although water is allowed provided it is in a small, clear (not coloured or tinted) plastic bottle with the label removed. Filter and infusion bottles are not allowed.

Under no circumstances are bags or coats allowed into the examination room. Before going to their examination room, candidates should leave them in their locker or in the designated area. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for personal belongings and would recommend that valuables are not brought into school.

Candidates must listen carefully to instructions and notices read out by the invigilators – there may be amendments to the exam paper that they need to know about.
Candidates must check they have the correct question paper – check the subject, paper and tier of entry. Candidates must not start writing until told to do so by the invigilator. All instructions should be carefully read and answers numbered clearly.

Candidates will not be allowed to leave an examination early. If they have finished the paper they are advised to use the remaining time to check over their answers and ensure they have completed their details correctly.

Candidates must check that they have completed the front of their answer books (and any supplementary sheets) with their candidate number, legal forename and legal surname.

Question papers, answer documents and additional paper must NOT be taken from the examination room.

If the fire alarm sounds during an examination, the invigilators will tell candidates what to do. They should not panic. If the room has to be evacuated candidates will be asked to leave in silence in the order instructed. Everything must be left on the desk. During this period of evacuation, examination regulations still apply and candidates must not communicate with other candidates or any other person. They will be escorted to a designated assembly point. On return to the examination room candidates must not start writing until the invigilator tells them to. Candidates will be allowed the full working time for the examination and a report will be sent to the exam board detailing the incident.

Absence from Exams

If difficulties are experienced during the examination period (e.g. illness, injury, personal problems) please inform the school at the earliest possible point so we can help or advise.

Only in exceptional circumstances are candidates allowed special consideration for absence from any part of an examination. It is essential that medical or other appropriate evidence is obtained and given to the Exams Officer without delay in all cases where an application is to be made for special consideration.

Parents and candidates are advised that the school will require payment of entry fees (approximately £29 - £73 per subject) should a candidate fail to attend an
examination without good reason and without informing the school.

Please note that misreading the timetable will not be accepted as a satisfactory explanation of absence.

Parents are asked to refrain from arranging family holidays when examinations are taking place and if absence permission for this purpose is sought, authorisation will not be given, and if taken Parents may be liable to pay for the entry fees for the candidate (approximately £29 - £73 per subject).

Mock Exams

Mock GCSE examinations are extremely important as they give students the external examination experience and ensure they are familiar with regulations and procedures to prepare them for the forthcoming GCSE examinations. The results also provide an indication of the GCSE grade that a candidate would have gained if it had been the real examination. Students will be able to see whether they are on target and establish the areas of study which need attention. It is worth noting that in some subjects the results are taken into account when determining the tiers of entry for the GCSE examinations students will be taking in the summer.

For these reasons, the internal examinations are run on the lines of the external GCSEs and the same rules and regulations regarding equipment, uniform, attendance, and absence apply.

Students are encouraged to make the most of this series of examinations in terms of preparation and performance.

Exam Regulation Notices

8.1 Information for Candidates – Controlled Assessments

8.1 Information for Candidates – Coursework

8.3 Information for Candidates – Non Examination Assessments

8.4 Information for Candidates – On Screen Tests

8.5 Information for Candidates – Privacy Notice

8.6 Information for Candidates – Social Media

8.7 Information for Candidates – Written Examinations

9.5 No Mobile Phone Poster

9.6 Warning to Candidates

Use & Provision of Calculators

Online Safety

Introduction

As with any area of interest for young or vulnerable people, safety has to be considered paramount. E-safety is a complex area as technology provides as many problems as there are solutions. To ensure child protection, good practice is as important as ANY computer aided application.

E-Safety at Kingsdown

At Kingsdown, good practice in conjunction with software purchases and policies, we ensure that students are as safe as possible. We have an ICT - Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP) which every user (Including teachers) accept every time they log on. We have also purchased powerful auditing software which constantly monitors all activity, including the filtering of email. Social networking, Auction, Chat, Gambling and Instant messaging (among others) sites are banned wherever possible.

As part of the computing curriculum, pupils in Key Stage 3 learn about what information should not be shared in a public domain. As well as this, pupils are educated about the Internet etiquette and guidelines that should be adhered to on social networking sites. PSHCE is also a key area where pupils are educated about E-Safety and the dangers associated with Internet browsing and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour online. Key Stage 4 pupils recognise the importance of privacy settings to ensure important information cannot be accessed by unknown individuals.

Childnet.com has produced a number of useful pages on their website that guide parents through supporting their children’s online behaviour:

Cyberbullying

Hot Topics

Need Help?

Social Networking

What do I need to know?

Parental Controls

https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk

Educational Links

GCSE Pod

My Maths

GCSE Bitesize

E-Learning

There are several different websites and online tools available to students​, enabling them to access learning at home as well as in school and lessons.

The E-Learning websites we encourage students to use are:

The following online tools and resources can also be of benefit to students:

Disadvantaged Students (Pupil Premium & Catch-up)

Documents and Reports

Year 7 Pupil Premium Catch up Funding 2019-20
Disadvantaged Students’ Strategy 2019-20


Pupil Premium Statement 2019-20

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Coalition Government in January 2011 to improve educational outcomes for our most disadvantaged students. The government gives additional funds for each student receiving Free School Meals (FSM), registered Children Looked After (CLA) and any child who has been in receipt of Free School Meals in the last six years (known as Ever6 FSM). In addition to these groups, a lesser sum is given for children with parents in the Armed Forces.

At Kingsdown we are committed to ensuring disadvantaged students have the same high aspirations and opportunities to enable them to exceed their potential. The support and intervention strategy is led by one of the Assistant Headteachers. We will continue to use the funding for disadvantaged students to support students to raise standards of attainment and progress, improve attendance and attitude to learning. Kingsdown School bases its strategies for the use of funding for disadvantaged students on the findings of The Sutton Trust. The funding has been used in a number of different areas, including but not limited to:

  • Tuition - To increase staffing for specialist interventions especially in English and Mathematics. We have increased provision in Year 7 interventions in literacy and numeracy.
  • Support staff – To provide staffing in The Student Support Centre which supports students’ attendance, self-esteem and attitudes to learning. To increase staffing to run our after-school homework club, learning café and specialist reading interventions.
  • Interventions & keyworkers – 1:1 tuition, Assessment for learning resources and INSET for staff, reading interventions through the SEND School of Learning, revision sessions for students, 1:1 mathematics and English support.
  • Ensuring all students have equal access and opportunities to take part in wider Kingsdown Life (e.g. school trips, educational visits and support extra-curricular activities) which some students would otherwise not be able to afford.
  • Providing resources such as revision materials which would otherwise pose a barrier to learning.

In Term 1, for each student, a review takes place in order to assess their needs and plan a personalised provision to support their school experience.

If your son/daughter does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please do contact us (in confidence) to register. Even if you do not wish him/her to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim funding that may be used to help your child.

To register your son/daughter for Free School Meals, please contact the school office on 01793 822284.

For more details about the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

In addition, Kingsdown operates a Hardship Fund to help with financial support. Please see our ‘Parent Pay’ page for details and application form.

Careers - Businesses

We are keen to welcome as many businesses into Kingsdown School as possible; the more we can involve in our careers programme, the more experiences students have with the wider world of work.

If you would like to get involved, please contact our Careers Coordinator, Imogen Humphries, to find out more: ihumphries@kingsdownschool.co.uk or 01793 822284.

Year 11 students visited the Incredible Comic Book Shop in November for a Business Insider. They found out how the owner developed his passion into a business, and how they could do the same in the future, the highs and lows of being your own boss and had the chance to discuss their own ideas.

A big ‘thank you’ to Study Higher for arranging the trip, and also to the Incredible Comic Book Shop for inspiring our students to follow their dreams!

Careers info for Parents

Careers Blog

View our blog for updates on careers information and local events.

  Visit the Careers Blog

My name is Miss Humphries, and I am Kingsdown’s fully-qualified Careers Advisor. I was a student at Kingsdown School myself some years ago, and so I can relate to what it’s like to be in our current students’ shoes. I have an open-door policy, and warmly welcome any student into the Careers Office to discuss their needs.

As a parent or carer, helping young people to decide on their future is a real challenge; there are so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know what is right. Our role in Careers is to ensure you have the support available to do just that.

I meet with every single Year 11 student, as well as some students from the lower years, to provide impartial careers information, advice and guidance, to support our young people to make an informed choice about which post-16 route will best suit their academic needs and aspirations.

Please take a look at the below links, which we have gathered together to provide you with impartial information and advice. If you have any questions, of feel you would benefit from some further guidance, please feel free to get in touch.

Additionally, we are always looking for external speakers, and would really love to hear from any parents/carers who would be happy to support our careers programme in this way:
ihumphries@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Labour Market Information:

All pupils and parents/carers should have access to quality information about future study and work opportunities. Labour Market Information (LMI) can be used to make decisions on which career pathways to choose and how to enter these, and is usually based on certain areas.  Below you will find a recent update on the Labour Market that you may find useful.

Useful links:

Or see Miss Humphries for a prospectus.

We are pleased to be working with the following companies, who help to support and develop our careers programme:

 

Catering

Harrison Catering Services Ltd at Kingsdown School

Kingsdown School is pleased to announce that from September 2014, Harrisons Catering Services Ltd has been chosen to provide its catering service. Since its founding in 1994, Harrison Catering Services has always been about quality fresh food prepared on-site and served by people who love what they do. Over 100 clients across the UK enjoy a Harrison food service, with more than 100,000 meals being served each day by approximately 2,000 staff across more than 270 locations.

Harrison understands that what children eat affects their health and their ability to learn and perform in the classroom. At Kingsdown School, our catering team provides nutritious, balanced meals, and we work to educate the pupils on how to make healthier food choices. Our goal is to instil a love and understanding of fresh, healthy food at a young age that will positively influence them throughout life.

All Harrison staff receive training in how to prepare and serve healthier food through the company’s bespoke Eat Well Live Well ® training programme. Our catering team at Kingsdown works with the School Council to tailor menus to the tastes and preferences of the children. We introduce further interest and excitement to our menus through themed lunches and dinners ranging from special holidays like Halloween and Christmas to cuisines from around the world, tying these into the school curriculum whenever possible.

We have a no nut policy at Kingsdown and work with parents to make any other adaptations necessary to accommodate specific food allergies. A 3 week menu cycle can be found at the top of this page.

If you would like to know more about Harrison, please visit our website at harrisoncatering.co.uk and if you have any feedback or comments about the catering service, please contact Karen Anderson, Catering Manager by email kanderson@kingsdownschool.co.uk


September 2019 Food Prices
September 2019 Lunch Menu

New Lunch Order Form

Harrison Parent Briefing - New School Food Standards Jan 2015


Specials

 

Careers Info for Students

Careers Blog

View our blog for updates on careers information and local events.

  Visit the Careers Blog

Careers

We aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage all students to consider a wide range of careers. Through careers education and guidance, we aim to ensure all students make the most of their talents and go on to further and higher education. We ensure that students are prepared for the next stages of their education, employment, self-employment or training. At Kingsdown are a school of excellence bursting with pride and ambition; we firmly believe that all students will be able to access a wider range of careers options with a strong academic grounding, accessed through our knowledge-rich curriculum.

We aim to:

  • Ensure outcomes for all students are exceptionally high.
  • Provide high quality, impartial careers guidance that helps students to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.
  • Ensure students are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.
  • Allow students to understand how their education equips them with the behaviours and attitudes necessary for success in their next stage of education, training or employment and for their adult life.

Students received a wide range of resources and lessons that are delivered through our personal development curriculum, tutor sessions, assemblies, trips, and visits, presentations from local business partners. There are also a variety of bespoke sessions that are tailored to the needs and interests of our students.

Our comprehensive careers programme will:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities.
  • Develop independent research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance.
  • Develop and use their self-knowledge when thinking about and making choices.
  • Develop the skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition.

Our strategic lead for careers is Ms S Magenty (Assistant Headteacher) who is supported by our Careers Champion Miss I Humphries.
Miss Humphries provides high quality, impartial careers advice to our students and can be contacted via email: ihumphries@kingsdownschool.co.uk


​Keep up to date with the latest careers updates by subscribing to our blog at https://kingsdowncareers.wordpress.com

You can also read our careers policy on this link: Careers_Education.pdf

Evaluating our Careers provision

Relevant stakeholders are asked to review each event they attend as part of Kingsdown School’s Career Programme, which allows us to evaluate if the event was beneficial, whether or not students would recommend it to future year groups and how all parties feel the event could be improved.
If you have any further feedback, please send this to ihumphries@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Labour Market Information

All students and parents/carers should have access to quality information about future study and work opportunities. Labour Market Information (LMI) can be used to make decisions on which career pathways to choose and how to enter these, and is usually based on certain areas.  Below you will find a recent update on the Labour Market that you may find useful.

Useful links:

Or see Miss Humphries for a prospectus.

We are pleased to be working with the following companies, who help to support and develop our careers programme:

Curriculum

Introduction

Kingsdown School operates a two-week timetable with 49 hours of taught lessons throughout week 1 and week 2. The school closes to students at lunchtime (13:20) on a Friday of week 2.

Our five-year curriculum is designed to be ambitious and give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Each department has planned and sequenced the curriculum to allow the development of knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. Most lessons begin with knowledge retrieval practice in the ‘Do Now Activity (DNA)’, so knowledge stays in long term memory. Homework is largely quiz based for the same reason. Because higher skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis rely heavily on subject knowledge, completion of homework is essential. We consequently run next day detentions if homework is missed.

All our Key Stage 3 assessments now include knowledge-based tests so that students develop long term memory and master more of their subject content. In addition, summative tests assess how that knowledge is applied. These occur three times a year.

Both DNAs and homework quizzes are planned so that students are retested at optimum times, using spaced learning (and the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve). Departments also plan their delivery of units to take advantage of spaced learning.

The curriculum is designed to be ambitious and to meet the needs of all of our students.

Subject allocation for each year group is as follows (numbers given are hours per fortnight):

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum

Throughout year 7 and 8 students will study the core subjects of maths, English and science alongside Humanities (geography, history, and religious education), computing, PE and dance, music, drama and art. In year 7 students study French or Spanish and will continue with this language to options from year 9.

Skills in computing are acquired through a combination of specialist teaching and an increasing range of experiences across other subjects.

From September 2020 all subjects will follow a 3 year Key Stage 3.

Year 9, 10 and 11 Curriculum

The vast majority of students take 4 options to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum and to increase students’ opportunities for A level and other choices at 16. A small cohort (a single class) each year is identified as needing extra support in English and maths. These students accommodate this by taking three optional subjects instead of four.

All students follow GCSE courses in maths, English Language and English Literature, and Maths, English and science GCSE courses do not start until year 10. From September 2020 this will be true of all subjects.

A suite of optional subjects is then made available and includes those offered in years 7 and 8. Students are expected to continue to study at least one Humanities subject, (History and/or Geography) and/or a Modern Foreign Language to satisfy the EBacc requirements. Additional subjects as options are then available for students to choose which include, RE, Classical Civilisation, Business Studies, Drama, Music, PE and Health and Social Care. The options process is open to allow maximum choice and flexibility for students.

Support and Intervention

Students who on entry to the school require support with literacy and numeracy receive additional tuition in tutor times and through a withdrawal programme co-ordinated by our Inclusion department. Over 70% improve enough each year to need no further maths and English support.

Ongoing intervention is provided for students by teachers and additional support where identified is set in place.

If you need more information about the curriculum our school follows, you may contact us on 01793 822284.

Curriculum Intent

Please see below for the details of the curriculum for our different subjects;

Art

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Business

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Classical Civilisations

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Computing

Year 7 & 8
Year 9 to 11 - Computer Science
Year 9 to 11 - iMedia

Drama

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Design and Technology

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10

Food, Preparation and Nutrition

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

English

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Geography

Year 7,8 and 9
Year 10 and 11

Health and Social Care

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

History

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10 and 11

Maths

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10

MFL

All Years

Music

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

PE (Core)

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10 and 11

PE (Option)

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

RS

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9,10 and 11

Science

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10

 

Contact Us

Headteacher:

Mrs E Leigh-Bennett
Email: head@kingsdownschool.co.uk

General Enquiries:

Kingsdown School
Hyde Road
Stratton St Margaret
Swindon SN2 7SH

Tel: 01793 822284
Please note, all calls are recorded for monitoring and training purposes.

Alternatively, you may wish to email a specific member of staff directly:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
NameRole/SubjectsEmail
Mrs Leigh-BennettHeadteacherhead@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs LindleyDeputy Headteacherjlindley@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr EdwardsAssistant Headteacher: Data, Progress and Outcomesmedwards@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs GreenAssistant Headteacher: Inclusion & SENDCorgreen@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs LeesAssistant Headteacher: Behaviourrlees@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Ms MagentyAssistant Headteacher: Student Championsmagenty@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs ScotfordDirector of Learning - Communicationlscotford@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs StrettDirector of Learning - Human Scienceljoyce@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr NarteyDirector of Learning - Maths and Computingcnartey@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs NorrisDirector of Learning - PACEknorris@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs EdwardsDirector of Learning - Science and DTcedwards@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs BoyallDirector of Progress: KS3kboyall@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss WinwoodDirector of Progress: KS4kwinwood@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs GarrawayASC Centre Managerdgarraway@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss HalseySEND 2 i/cchalsey@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs AubreyHead of Department: Englishnaubrey@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs ChaplinEnglishtchaplin@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr CookEnglishrcook@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Ms HowardEnglishdhoward@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss JohnsonEnglishhjohnson@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss Peters2i/c: Englishbpeters@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs PughEnglishKPugh@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Ms MastersHead of Department: Frenchdmasters@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs WalshHead of Department: Spanishlwalsh@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs RussellHead of Department: Geographytrussell@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss TownsendGeographyhtownsend@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs SedgwickHead of Department: Health & Social Care and Foodasedgwick@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr FinneyHistorydfinney@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs Simmons-GummHead of Department: Religious Studiesksimmons@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr MaysHead of Department: Computer Science and IMediasmays@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr VigarComputer Science and IMedianvigar@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs FranklandHead of Department: Mathsawenn@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr Ansah-JohnsonMathsdansah-johnson@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs FirthMathsrfirth@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs JonesMathshjones@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss MorkotMathsjmorkot@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs WhiteMathshwhite@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs SladeHead of Department: Artaslade@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs HeeleyArtcheeley@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr LawsonHead of Department: Dramaslawson@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr WickerHead of Department: Musicawicker@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr MasonHead of Department: P.E.nmason@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss MallerP.E.lmaller@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr ShepherdP.E.cshepherd@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs WrightP.E.hwright@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs RobertsHead of Department: Design and Technologyjroberts@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs PetersD.T. and Foodtpeters@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr WilliamsD.T.swilliams@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs CasseyHead of Department: Scienceacassey@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs GeorgeSciencelgeorge@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr HamiltonSciencechamilton@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr RadcliffeSciencenradcliffe@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs SharrockSciencepsharrock@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Ms WardsSciencemwards@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs RobertsonProgress Leader - Year 7lrobertson@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs MatthewsProgress Leader - Year 8lmatthews@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr HathawayProgress Leader - Year 9lhathaway2@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs Sampson-EmeczProgress Leader - Year 10msampson-emecz@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss DavisProgress Leader - Year 11mdavis2@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs BradburyAttendance Officerkbradbury@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs EllisPA to the Headteacherjelllis@kingsdownschool.co.uk


Multi-Academy Trust details:

River Learning Trust

Kingsdown School is an academy which is a part of the River Learning Trust which is an exempt charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with registered company number 7966500 and its registered office is C/O Gosford Hill School, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NT

Assessment

Key Stage 3

In September 2018 we conducted an extensive review of the effectiveness and reliability of all assessment at Kingdown School to ensure assessments in all year groups are purposeful, accurate and reliable and provide relevant, meaningful and timely information to ensure students make sustained and substantial progress.

At KS3, all departments will now report a percentage attainment grade for knowledge-based assessments and summative assessments alongside an average percentage for students with a similar start point. Knowledge-based assessments test a students ability to retain the core knowledge required for the course they are studying, whereas summative-based assessments test a students ability to apply that knowledge. Feedback given from all these assessments aid each student to know their individual strengths and areas for development and enable all students to make progress across the key stage.

Each subject decides how many assessments they will conduct in order to fit into their curriculum; however, there will be at least one knowledge-based assessment and one summative-based assessment each term. We report this data home to parents at the end of Terms 2, 4 and 6.

Key Stage 4

For students in years 9 and 10, we issue a current attainment grade and a target grade for each student in all their subjects three times a year. In year 11 we issue twice a year a current attainment grade which students have been awarded based on a Mock Exam as well as a target and a professional prediction. This professional prediction is based on current attainment as well as attitude to learning. It indicates what a student is likely to achieve in each of their subjects in the summer examinations if they continue to work at their current level of effort and attainment.

Each subject designs their assessment points to fit with their curriculum; however, we report this data home to parents at the end of Terms 1, 3 and 6 for years 9 and 10 and report home for students in year 11 after the mock exam periods in November and March.

Attitude to Learning

In addition to the current attainment, at both key stages, we also grade each student’s attitude to learning in two categories: ‘Behaviour for Learning’ and ‘Preparation for Lessons’. Descriptors of the criteria used can be seen below. For each of these categories, teachers have graded each student using a scale where:

    ‘1’ indicates that your child is exceeding our high expectations and is ‘outstanding’ in that category.
    ‘2’ indicates that they are meeting our high expectations and are ‘good.’
    ‘3’ indicates that your child is not meeting our expectations, and therefore is a ‘cause for concern’.

 

Behaviour for Learning

Grade Descriptor
1 - Outstanding Shows excellent concentration in class and is always actively engaged in their learning.
Completes all work in class and is working towards furthering their knowledge and understanding of the subject in and out of class.
Works exceptionally well independently and in groups.
Work produced is presented clearly and in line with their teacher’s expectations.
Always considerate and supportive of others in the class.
Always demonstrates thoughtful behaviour, which has an outstanding impact on their learning and the learning of others.
Always listens to others in the class and contributes frequently in lessons.
2 - Good Shows good concentration in class and student is actively engaged in their learning.
Completes all work in class including extension work activities where appropriate.
Can work effectively independently and in groups.
Work produced is presented clearly and in line with the teachers expectations Considerate and supportive of others in the class.
Thoughtful behaviour has a positive impact on their learning and the learning of others.
Listens to others in the class and contributes in lessons.
3 - Cause for Concern Does not always concentrate fully in class and is not always engaged in their learning.
Does not always complete all of the work in class.
Does not always work effectively independently or in groups.
Work produced is not always well presented and does not always meet the teachers expectations.
Does not regularly act in a considerate and supportive way towards others in the class.
Behaviour has a negative impact on their learning and the learning of others.
Does not listen to others in the class and does not always contribute in lessons.

Preparation for Lessons

Grade Descriptor
1 - Outstanding Arrives to lessons on time without exception.
Fully equipped for all lessons without exception.
Homework deadlines are always met without exception.
Quality of the work produced regularly exceeds the level expected.
2 - Good Arrives to lessons on time.
Fully equipped for all lessons.
With the rare exception, all homework deadlines are met.
Quality of the work produced as homework meets the level expected.
3 - Cause for Concern Is frequently late to lessons without a valid reason.
Is not fully equipped for lessons.
Homework deadlines are frequently not met.
Quality of the work produced as homework does not always meet the level expected which impacts upon student progress.

Alumni

Attendance & Absence

Attendance Matters

At Kingsdown School we want our students to be in school learning and striving for success. Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. For this reason, we reward and celebrate students who achieve 100% attendance and whose attendance is improving each half term.

If a student’s attendance falls below 95% this is considered a cause for concern. Whilst some absence from school is unavoidable, it is vital that all students strive to be in school every day. Parental support in achieving this is absolutely crucial.

Department for Education statistics show that of pupils who missed between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to go on on to achieve five good GCSEs. This compares with 73% of pupils with over 95% attendance. Furthermore, attendance records are included with a reference written by the school and therefore poor attendance can have further damaging long term consequences.

The target attendance figure for all students is a minimum of 95% attendance.

Attendance and progress of students at the end of year 11 are strongly linked. Below is a graph that shows for the cohort of students who left in 2019, how their attendance in year 11 linked to their overall progress. A progress 8 score of 0 would mean that a student is making the same level of progress as students nationally who achieved the same results at the end of key stage 2.

 

How do we manage attendance?

Your child will be informed of their current attendance by their tutor. We are monitoring students closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. It is important that parents/carers monitor single days of absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.

What we are asking you to do?

As a parent, there are important steps that we would ask you to take to support us in this focus on high levels of attendance:
• Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Tutor time begins at 8.35am and students should be in the building by 8.30am. The front gates will be closed at 8.35. Students are considered late if the arrive after 8.35am and will be registered by a member of our pastoral team as being late. This will result in a detention that will happen during the school day. For further details please see our Punctuality page
• Ensure the school has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures that any absence is quickly identified.

If your child is ill, please contact the school on each day of absence and provide an explanatory note on their return to school.

If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised. Ultimately the school is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record.

Please ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time.

Avoid trivial absences such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.

Respond to letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.

Attendance Officer

With your continued support, we aim to raise the attendance of every student and in doing so, also raise their academic achievement.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding Attendance & Absence please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am available from 8.00am - 4.00pm every day and you are welcome to contact me on 01793 822284, via email: kbradbury@kingsdownschool.co.uk or by arranging an appointment at a mutually convenient time within the school day.

Additionally, I will contact you should we have any attendance or punctuality concerns regarding your child.

Finally, a reminder that all students are expected to attend school every day and on time, unless they are unwell, in which case medical evidence may be requested.

Thank you for your support.

Kay Bradbury
Attendance Officer


Reporting an absence

  • Telephone the school as soon as possible on 01793 822284
  • Send a letter confirming reason for absence to your child’s tutor immediately on return to school
  • Be aware that any unexplained absences are recorded as unauthorised and will appear on school reports

Medical Evidence may be requested for 5 or more consecutive school days absence due to illness (3 days if prior to or after a school holiday).

It is essential that the Attendance Officer is notified every day that a student is off sick. This is not only keeps your child’s Attendance records accurate but also ensures their safety. If you were to send your child back to school and we assume they are still absent due to illness an incident could occur, on the way to school, that neither parties are aware of.


Request for Leave Of Absence

(for Family Holiday/Non School Activity i.e. sporting fixtures/performing arts etc.)
If in doubt please contact Mrs K Bradbury.

A ‘Request for Leave of Absence’ form should be completed and returned to the Attendance Officer. Forms can be collected from Reception or downloaded below in the Important Documents section. Please note that the reply process can take up to two weeks.

Please note below, changes to term time holiday as directed by Swindon Borough Education Welfare, Legal Dept. The following will take immediate effect:

Family Holiday will not be granted during term time unless the Head Teacher considers it to be extenuating circumstances.

  • It is only the Head Teacher who can approve or decline requests
  • A Leave of Absence from should be submitted to Attendance Officer in the first instance

Important Documents

Request for Leave of Absence Form

Penalty Notices (Years 7-10)

Penalty Notices (& Year 11 Protocol)

Attendance Absence Codes

School Attendance - Parents Guide

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


 

About Us

Kingsdown is a mixed 11-16 Academy. We are a popular school and most of our students come from our three feeder schools in Stratton St Margaret, and one in a neighbouring village of South Marston. Students also choose to join us from out of area, space permitting. We have 9 forms of entry into each year group. In addition, we have students attending our Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Centre. The Centre is specifically designed, staffed and built for students on the Autistic spectrum. Above the ASC Centre is a Virtual Learning Centre (VLC) with 120 computer stations.

The pastoral team and the school has made great advances in its knowledge of each and every one of its students; teachers are provided with high quality and valuable information about the prior attainment of every student in their teaching groups, which ensures that pupil’s individual needs can be met appropriately.

We continually monitor and evaluate our performance and aim to provide the best all-round education for our students, preparing them for their future lives beyond school.

Kingsdown is a thriving and happy school where students want to learn. We invite you to come and visit us to see the school in action. Please contact the school if you would like any further information or would like to arrange a visit.

‘We champion each and every student’

Kingsdown News

New Starters

Information below is primarily aimed for parents & students starting with us in Year 7 in September 2019, but will also benefit older students joining us in other year groups.


Transition Days

Transitions days for Year 6 will typically be in the last term before leaving primary school.  Over the course of the two days, the students will meet their tutor and spend time in their tutor groups and experience some of the subjects they will cover in year 7. Students need to bring lunch with them on both days and will need to wear their primary school uniform.


Uniform

General details will be on our Parents > Uniform page.


Year 7 Team & Useful contacts for this current academic year

Director of Progress: Mrs Boyall
Progress Leader: Mrs Robertson
Tutor Team:
71 - Ms Masters
72 – Mrs Jones
73 – Mr Nartey
74 – Mrs Sharrock
75 – Mrs White
76 – Mr Finney

Email contact details can be obtained here.


I should see my Tutor for day to day issues and concerns
I should see my Progress Leader for more serious or ongoing issues
I should see my Subject Teacher for subject related concerns


Rules, Rewards, & Sanctions

At Kingsdown School, we want you to work hard and have a positive attitude towards your education. Staff members can reward you by giving achievement points and also be rewarding you with gold cards. These are worth 25 points and will be presented weekly in tutor time. You can earn achievement points by displaying the Kingsdown Beats: Respect & responsibility, Stretch & Challenge and Pride & Ambition. If you make poor choices, you will receive behaviour points. These will be deducted from your achievement points to give you a conduct balance.


Attendance & Punctuality

Please see our Parents > Attendance & Absence page for details.


How to be organised (equipment you will need, bringing PE kit, food ingredients etc)

You will have a two week timetable that will be given to you on your first day. You will have a copy in your planner which should be on you at all times. During each week, there will be some lessons where you require additional equipment. You will be told in advance what you need to bring but will include: PE kit, cooking ingredients (during DT food rotation).


Timings of the Day

Since September 2018, students will register with their tutors first thing in the morning. All students need to be on site from 8.30am. There are five 1 hour lessons each day with a 20 minute morning break and 40 minute lunch time. On a Friday week 2, school finishes early for students to allow staff to work together in Curriculum Innovation Time.


Curriculum

Please see Our School > Curriculum page for details.


Clubs

Clubs take place at lunch times and after school most days. A timetable will be issued at the start of term and the range of activities we offer is diverse. These include:

Orchestra, Choir, Chamber Choir, Ensemble, Keyboard Club, Drama, Netball, Football, Basketball, Fitness, Hockey, Dance, Art Textiles, Art, Chess.


Events in Year 7

Throughout the year, several events will be running for year 7 students. We would like as many parents and students to support these events as possible.


Year 7 Transition FAQs

The document linked below contains further information

Year 6 FAQs

Admissions Guidance

Kingsdown School welcomes new applications from students living within the local community. Applications can be made for students moving from Year 6 to into the new academic year in September or throughout the year into all year groups.


Visit Us

We are offering Open Mornings every Thursday at 10am during term-time.
To book your place please contact Mrs J Ellis, PA to Headteacher at jellis@kingsdownschool.co.uk or 01793 822284.


The deadline for those wishing to transition in 2021 from primary school to the Swindon secondary school of your choice is typically the 31st of October. Contact Swindon Council if you need to make a late application.


We provide an excellent transition package for new Year 6 students who join the school. The transition package includes numerous visits to Kingsdown for taster days, transition activities including technology days, the Summer School and performances such as literacy festivals and concerts. Our staff and students also visit the Primary schools in order to familiarise them with the Kingsdown Community. Additionally, Kingsdown staff meet with primary teachers to ensure we are aware of all students needs that are joining us, and put support packages in place where appropriate.

We accept new applications and assess them in line with our admissions criteria. The admissions criteria include the following:

  • Children in the care of a local authority or with accommodation provided by that authority as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
  • Children with a sibling (half, step or adoptive brother or sister living in the same family unit) who will be attending Kingsdown School at the time of their admission.
  • Children who are enrolled at one of the four partner schools: Colebrook Junior, Grange Junior, Ruskin Junior and South Marston CofE Primary, at the time of application.
  • Children that live within Kingsdown School’s designated area.
  • Children that do not live within Kingsdown School’s designated area.

We are happy to offer parents and students a tour of the school and the opportunity to speak to staff and students. Please contact our Admissions Officer Mrs K Ridley on 01793 822 284 or email kridley@kingsdownschool.co.uk for more information. We look forward to your application.

Our current admission policies can be viewed by clicking the links below:

Admissions Policy In Year 2019-20.pdf
Admissions Policy Year 6 into 7 2019-20
Admissions_Policy Year_6 into 7 2020-21
Admissions Policy Year 6 into 7 2021-22

Why Choose Kingsdown?

Take a fresh look at Kingsdown

See what students and teachers say about our school

“My wife and I looked carefully at the DfE performance data for the schools in Swindon, and were extremely impressed with the results for Kingsdown in 2019. We feel very lucky to have one of the top schools in Swindon on our doorstep. Our daughter is looking forward to September and joining the Kingsdown community.”Prospective parent - 2019

“My son & I are very impressed with Kingsdown.  Keep up the good work!”Prospective parent - 2018

“Kingsdown is my second family.”Antonela - Student

“I thought I was in a private school!”Kingsdown parent - 2018

“My teachers support me in what I love doing and help me achieve goals I didn’t think I could achieve.”Cameron - Former Student (Graduated 2017)

“I visited last year and I said the difference was palpable.  Today Kingsdown again feels like a different school.”Mr Beadnell - Headteacher, Ruskin

“Working at Kingsdown is fast paced and exciting. It has inspired me to challenge myself in a professional capacity. It is hugely rewarding.”Mrs. R Lees - Director of Progress


What we are committed to offering you and your son/daughter:

  • Experienced school leaders with vision, energy and passion
  • Challenging and engaging lessons delivered by specialist teachers
  • A Curriculum designed to meet the needs of all learners
  • A team of staff who focus on accelerating and tracking the progress and performance of all
  • High expectations for learning especially regarding behaviour and attendance
  • Quality and regular communication between home and school
  • Excellent partnership links with our Primary schools to ensure a smooth transition
  • A happy & safe environment as well as excellent facilities and
  • An ongoing investment in the Professional Development for all our staff

Tours

We are offering Open Mornings every Thursday at 10am during term-time. To book your place please contact Mrs J Ellis, PA to Headteacher at jellis@kingsdownschool.co.uk or 01793 822284.


For more details on visits, admissions process, & application deadlines, please see our Admissions page.

Headteacher’s Welcome

Headteacher’s Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself to you as the Headteacher of Kingsdown School. I was deeply honoured by the school Governors’ appointment and, with it, the opportunity of leading such a fantastic school. I take enormous pride in the school’s leaders, teachers and professional support staff who are the powerhouse behind our collective vision for our school and for our students.

Kingsdown is a mixed 11–16 Secondary School located in Stratton St Margaret, Swindon. It offers a vibrant learning environment, one in which its students take great pride in both their learning, their behaviour and their individual aspirations. Our teachers combine a high level of academic expertise with excellent teaching skills and a real and deep concern for the wellbeing of each and every student. Taken together, these allow us to recruit and retain the very best teachers.

Our vision for Kingsdown School is to become “a School of Excellence bursting with Pride and Ambition”. To achieve this our Mission Statement is that we “Champion each and every student”.

Three Strategic Priorities underpin our school improvement work. These are that we will:

  • Know our students
  • Teach our students well
  • Have high expectations in all we do

The principles of both our School and the RLT are a commitment to:

  • Excellence – striving for the best possible educational experience
  • Everyone learning – creating and taking every opportunity to enhance lives
  • Respectful relationships – acting with care, integrity and fairness in all we do

As leaders of Kingsdown School we share an unshakable belief in all our students and in all our staff. And unanimously, we believe in the importance and power of the highest quality education to which everyone has the right and which we are determined to deliver.

Kingsdown School is proud of so much that we have to offer and we enjoy opening our doors to current and prospective parents as well as to members of our community.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Kingsdown School.

Emma Leigh-Bennett
Headteacher

Beats - Challenge
Beats - Pride
Beats - Ambition
Beats - Stretch
Beats - Respect
Beats - Responsibilities