Student Newspaper - The Lion’s Roar

Our student newspaper is The Lion’s Roar, the current issue can be accessed below, or click on ‘Archive’ for older issues.


 

Cohort 2027 (Year 6)

Further information will appear here for parents and students for the new cohort of Year 7 in 2022-23.

Please see our wellbeing tasks for primary school children here.

Date given by Swindon Borough Council Activity
1 September 2021 Application period opens. You can make your application online.
31 October 2021 Secondary application closing date. You can make an application after this date, but it will be a late application. Late applications are not considered until all on-time applications have been considered and allocated.
12 January 2022 Deadline to submit a change of address for consideration.
1 March 2022 Offer day. You will receive your offer of a secondary school place.
15 March 2022 Deadline day for accepting an offer.

March 2022

In early March, you will have heard from Swindon’s Admission team informing you if Kingsdown has been given to you as your school of choice.  The school will then be in touch with you, your parents and your Primary school to start the transition process.

April 2022

From April, our Transition team will begin to work with your Primary schools. We discuss each and everyone of our new students at great length to ensure that we really do start to ‘know our students well’.

May 2022

In May we will send you information introducing: The Kingsdown Beats; Mrs. Robertson - Your Progress Leader; Mrs. Criddle - Assistant Headteacher KS3 and Mrs. Leigh-Bennett - our Headteacher. We hope this information will be useful in preparing you for secondary school.

June 2022

We will be hosting a Year 6 information evening to ensure that you know all of the key information to support your transition into Kingsdown school. We will share information such as timings of the school day, you Chromebook, meal time, extra curricular and enrichment, the Transition days and much more.

July 2022

Transition days run in early July. These days are a fun and exciting way for our new Year 7 students to meet their new tutor, tutees and experience lessons and activities to help further build and develop these relationships.

Summer School

Last year we launched ‘Roar to the Beat’, our Summer school for our future Year 7 students. The theme of the week is based on ‘The butterfly lion’ by Michael Morpurgo whilst also encompassing many different subjects such as Geography, English, Music, PE and Art. Students learn about the 6 Kingsdown Beats, what they look like and how students can develop these whilst at Kingsdown school. Students are also introduced to both physical and human geography such as the countries that make up Africa’s vast continent. This then leads to learning about countries and their culture, such as the instruments and drums used to create African music e.g. the Djembe and the Dun-Dun.

Every day of summer school encompasses a literacy focus based upon the school’s very successful “Book Your Future” program. Everyday will be closed with students reading a section of the Butterfly Lion, by Michael Morpurgo. This will then be followed by discussion and comprehension tasks which proved to be very popular in the most recent Summer school. Students will also get to connect with their new peers and their teachers by exploring team building activities such as tent building, rope swing and robot building. This developed students’ ability to stretch and challenge themselves in different ways.

September 2022

All the Kingsdown team and our year 8 Transition Ambassadors will be ready to welcome your son/daughter to the Kingsdown family - their 5 year exciting journey at Kingsdown will begin.

 

Remote education provision

Remote education provision

“I am very impressed with how fast the school has switched over to online learning. I have some understanding of what is needed to be done and this is no small feat. Very well done to everyone involved.”

“My son got so much from the day being logged into the virtual classroom, I appreciate how challenging it must be but we do appreciate your efforts.”

“Total respect to you all. I see it all in my house. The staff and students are doing a great job. Well done Kingsdown. That lion is definitely roaring…”

“It’s been a completely different experience this time round and soooo much better.  The planning, preparation and training the staff must have been immense, but it shows. Great job and thank you. I’m not cut out for teaching and I can now leave it in very capable hands of the professionals - thank you all Kingsdown team.”

“Thank you to all the wonderful staff doing such a brilliant job to help all students. I think you are all so caring and amazing.”

“A big shout out to the BRILLIANT staff at Kingsdown. You all are doing a great job. Congratulations!!!!. We parents are learning too.  Every day is a learning experience. KUDOS!!!!”

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

In the first day or two, students will be expected to begin to follow their timetable accessing remote learning through Google Classroom. If students are on our Day Loan Chromebook program, and they are in need of their chromebook at home, they will be able to collect this along with a charger. Parents and students will be contacted about this, however if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact itsupport@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Yes. Students will be expected to check in with their tutors each morning and follow their timetables accessing remote learning through Google Classroom for each of their lessons at the appropriate time.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly 5 hours each day.
Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

All students have access to a Chromebook computer to access online remote learning. If a student is on our Day Loan Chromebook program, then they will be able to take this device home in the event of a forced bubble or whole school closure. If there are issues with internet access at home, then we ask that students get in touch with their Progress Leader.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Live demonstration and explanation
  • Workbook and worksheets
  • Teacher led presentation
  • Teacher made video
  • External Videos e.g. Oak National Academy
  • Engagement and feedback

    What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

    Students are expected to engage and complete the work of each of the lessons set at the time of their timetabled lesson. This might include completion of quizzes, submission of work and/or verbal feedback. Parents/Carers can support by reviewing their learning each and every day with their child, and helping support where necessary, but directing them to contact their teachers where you cannot assist.

    How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

    Teachers and leaders will be in touch with parents where there are concerns around their engagement in the learning, however regular conversations between parents/carers and students will enable parents to remain informed about the work students are undertaking.

    How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

    Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

    Feedback will be given to students in a way that is dictated by the needs of the students, and the professional opinion of the teaching staff for example:

  • Individual 1-2-1
  • Coded feedback written into books
  • Whole class
  • Reteach
  • Replan
  • Peer review/ self review with clear criteria
  • Live marking
  • Live modelling
  • Written feedback
  • Additional support for pupils with particular needs

    How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

    We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • Regular checks from key workers to offer advice and support
  • Small group sessions for students who are emotionally vulnerable or are struggling
  • Support during online lessons via Google classroom
  • Continuation of relevant interventions either online or in school such as fresh start and guided reading.
  • Remote education for self-isolating pupils

    Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

    If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

    We will endeavour to supply all students with the resources necessary to complete the lesson, and teachers will be available to check in with students, but there will not be live lessons delivered due to the constraints on teacher time.

     

    Lunch Orders

    Lunches at Kingsdown School from September 2021

    The School Kitchens will resume normal service in September 2021 so it will no longer be necessary to pre-order your lunch.

    If you need a Parentpay login, please contact fwilliams@kingsdownschool.co.uk

    Please ensure you have loaded your Parentpay account in advance.  For new starters, you may wish to send your child in with a small amount of cash until you are set up on Parentpay and they have registered with the biometric system.

    September 2020 Reopening

    For full details please see the 20 Clicks newsletters dated 21st July 2020 for each year group applicable for you.

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    Re-opening Planning Days
    (school closed for students)
    Wed
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    Thu
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    8:30 - 12:30

    11:00 - 3:00

    10:00 - 2:00
    Fri
    4th Sept

    8.30 - 12:30

    11:00 - 3:00

    10:00 - 2:00
    Weekend
    Mon
    7th Sept

    11:30 - 3:00

    8:30 - 13:30
    Tue
    8th Sept

    9:00 - 1:30

    8:30 - 3:00
    Wed
    9th Sept

    11:30 - 3:00

    9:00 - 1:30

    8:30 - 3:00
    Thu
    10th Sept

    9:00 - 1:30

    8:30 - 3:00
    Fri
    11th Sept

    9:00 - 1:30

    8:30 - 3:00
    Weekend
    14th Sept onwards
    8:30 - 2:45

    8:40 - 2:50

    8:40 - 2:50

    8:30 - 3:00

    8:30 - 3:00

     

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    Google Chromebooks

    Google Chromebooks



    We are proud that Kingsdown is the first school in Swindon to successfully embark on this exciting journey to provide each and every student with a Chromebook device. An innovative venture destined to take our students’ learning experience to a whole new level.

    At Kingsdown School we champion each and every student, preparing them for a bright, dynamic future. We celebrate our students becoming well-informed, responsible digital citizens and lifelong learners. In the 21st Century, we firmly believe it is imperative that our students’ educational experience is varied, compelling and as stimulating as possible.

    Our daily lives are filled with technology and at Kingsdown School we are quick to embrace new developments with ease and adapt efficiently to the rapidly changing climate.

    A Chromebook is a small, lightweight laptop that runs the Google Chrome operating system. This cutting edge technology opens the door to a new and engaging world that extends effective learning beyond the confines of the classroom. The device will significantly enhance the learning experience for our students both in the classroom and at home.

    We pride ourselves in ‘knowing our students’ and a Chromebook for every student will further support individualised learning and feedback, providing 24/7 access to a vast range of exceptional resources that will supplement, but not replace the high-quality teaching that Kingsdown values itself on delivering.

    Head Teacher Foreword

    Please read a letter from Mrs Leigh-Bennett


    Parent Information Booklet

    For more in-depth information and answers to frequently asked questions please read through our Parent Information Booklet.

    Chromebook_Options_info_booklet.pdf

    Chromebook Options- Summary

    We are committed to ensuring all students have access to a Chromebook and we have a variety of options to suit all situations. Please see the table below detailing a brief description of each option available and how to make your selection.

    Options are explained in further detail within the Parent Information Booklet.

     

    Option Summary/ How To Sign Up Total cost
    Option A
    • Ownership
    • Single payment
    £220
    Option B
    • Ownership
    • Monthly payments
      12 months
    • PLEASE NOTE- Sign up to this option is currently only available in September 2021
    • 12 monthly payments of £20 starting 1st August.
    • Please visit Edde Education:
      https://kingsdownschool.parentportal.biz
      Kingsdown login code KDS21-PAY
    £240
    Option B2
    • Ownership
    • Monthly payments
      3 months
    • PLEASE NOTE- Sign up to this option is currently only available in September 2021
    • 3 monthly payments of £73.50 starting 1st August.
    • Please visit Edde Education:
      https://kingsdownschool.parentportal.biz
      Kingsdown login code KDS21-PAY
    £220.50
    Option C
    • Full time loan
    • Students are issued with their Chromebook device to rent throughout the academic year, the device must be handed back to school before the summer holidays.
    • Please visit Edde Education:
      https://kingsdownschool.parentportal.biz
      Kingsdown login code KDS21-PAY
    £110 Deposit (less £22 per year)
    Option D
    • Day loan
    £0
    Option E
    • Using your own privately purchased Chromebook
    • Your privately purchased Chromebook can be used in school with Kingsdown School’s Google License added. This must be a Chromebook device.
    • Please submit your details via this form:
      https://forms.gle/jC4H4wRK8Xi1pZDD8
    £0

    New Students

    If you are a year 6 student joining us in September, all Chromebook information, how to make your option selection and any necessary payments will be given to you during the transition period so that your child will be issued with their device on the first day of school.

    New students joining us throughout the academic year will also be contacted during their transition period.

    Here to Help

    Please contact us via email chromebookhelp@kingsdownschool.co.uk if you would like to know more about any of the options or have any questions, we will be happy to talk you through the process.

    Warranty and Cover

    All purchased Chromebooks come with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty and in the event of the device malfunctioning, we will return the Chromebook to Dell on your behalf and issue a replacement device until the original is returned.

    Accidental Damage Cover

    In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, one academic year’s accidental damage cover is included in purchase options A and B. This cover can be renewed annually during September of each academic year by paying an additional £22. This additional cover will be available to purchase at the start of each new academic year via ParentPay.
    For Option C, this cover cost will be taken from your £110 upfront deposit each academic year.

    Loss and Theft

    We strongly recommend that the device is added to your private home or contents insurance to protect against loss and theft at home. We suggest that you contact your insurance provider to advise further. In addition, having personal belongings/gadget insurance will cover the device against loss or theft away from home, you may wish to consider this also.

     

    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.

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    Year 11 - Cohort 2021 & 2022

    Examinations 2021

    Following the announcement from the Secretary of State in January, there will be no formal examinations in Summer 2021. The school will instead submit a fair and just grade for each student in year 11 for all their subjects which will be based on a broad range of evidence that will be collected. Full details of the announcement from the Department for Education can be found here.

    A link to the student assembly that we held in March to explain our approach can be found here.

    Year 11 Cohort 2022

    The Cohort 2022 Student Launch will take place on Monday 14th June following Beat Time. This will begin the preparations for year 11 to support students in their final year. The Parent Event will take place later in the same week. We will communicate directly with the parents of Cohort 2022 regarding the details of this.


    GCSE 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


    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

    Science Video Links
    Knowledge Organisers

    Spanish

    Writing and Speaking


    Contact Details Cohort 2021

    Mrs Sampson-Emecz, Progress Leader
    msampson-emecz@kingsdownschool.co.uk

    Contact Details Cohort 2022

    Mr Hurd, Progress Leader
    jhurd@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 Progress 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 Uniform Direct

    Overview of the new uniform

    The uniform is to be worn by all students.

    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

    In addition to the equipment list in the document below, in the interim all students will also require a bottle of hand sanitizer gel, a reading book, a bottle of water/still drink, earphones with a 3.5m standard connector jack, an A4 ringbinder with lined paper, poly pockets and dividers, packed lunch and snacks.

    Term Dates

    Term Dates
    For details on the re-opening at the start of term September 2021, please see this page: https://www.kingsdownschool.co.uk/info/re-opening-2021

    2021/2022 Academic Year

    Below are the term dates for the 2021/2022 academic year.

    Term Begins

    Term Ends

    Term 1
    Wednesday 1st September 2021 Wednesday 20th October 2021
    Term 2
    Monday 1st November 2021 Friday 17th December 2021
    Term 3
    Tuesday 4th January 2022 Friday 18th February 2022
    Term 4
    Monday 28th February 2022
    (recently corrected)
    Friday 8th April 2022
    Term 5
    Monday 25th April 2022 Friday 27th May 2022
    Term 6
    Monday 6th June 2022 Friday 22rd July 2022

    Teacher Development Days 2020/21

    Teacher Development (TD) days are detailed on this linked page.

     

    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_2020_21.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/)

    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/)

    Throughout this page you will find links to external websites that are not maintained by Kingsdown School. We have provided them for your information, but please be aware content may change at anytime.  We cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.

    TD Days

    TD Days

    Teacher Development - School will be closed for students on these days.


    This Academic Year (Sep 2021 to 2022)

    Wed 1st September 2021
    Mon 22nd November 2021
    Mon 6th December 2021 (recently amended)
    Tue 4th January 2022
    Mon 14th March 2022
    Fri 17th June 2022


    Term dates are available on our ‘Our School’ > ‘Term Dates’ page


     

    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 their school email and Google Classroom, both can found by following the “Portal Login” link at the top right of the home page.  If for any reason students cannot access their google account, 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

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    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 accessible to every individual learning need.

    The Inclusion team at Kingsdown School has been developed so that it meets all the needs of our students. Inclusion is divided into different hubs, each catering for a different barrier to learning including The Resilience Hub (attitude and engagement), The Thrive Hub (anxious and vulnerable), The Platform (low attenders), The Literacy Hub (low literacy levels, dyslexia support and English as an additional language), The Student Focus Hub (supporting students with an Educational, Health and Care Plan). The hubs work closely with their mainstream colleagues to offer supplementary support to the regular curriculum, or work with identified students who need specific intervention for a fixed period of time. Targeted intervention programmes include for example Freshstart, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ELSA support and access to agencies such as TAMHS, Trailblazers and the Educational Psychologist.

    At Kingsdown we support some students in groups where the curriculum and teaching strategies have been specially adapted to meet their needs. These classes are supported by additional staff members and offer consistent teaching by a team of highly trained and experienced teachers who know the students, and their learning needs well. Working with the Literacy and Student Focus Inclusion teams, we ensure all students raise their attainment, literacy skills and enhance their social skills and understanding of the wider world.

    Kingsdown has much of its teaching and learning space at ground floor level, and some access ramps and toilet facilities have been installed in 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 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. Students follow the mainstream curriculum and attend classes with Educational Support Champions. However, all students are withdrawn from certain lessons so they can complete home learning and also work on developing their social communication and interaction, personal development and life skills in addition to receiving a wealth of other targeted interventions.

    Anxious and vulnerable students across the school have daily access to ‘The Haven Club’ in the ASC Centre, which enables them to have a safe space for unstructured, busy times of the day. We provide resources to support the learning of those who will benefit from them and constantly monitor, support and intervene when any individual is falling behind with their attainment.

    Related Documents

    SEND_Report_to_Governors_2020-21.pdf
    SEND_Report_to_Governors_2019-20.pdf

    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

    In September 2017 Kingsdown School became a partner of the River Learning Trust (RLT). In doing so we joined a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which now comprises of 6 Secondary Schools, 16 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

    Google Accounts

    Google Accounts

    To easily access your main apps such as Email, Satchel One (Show My Homework), etc, please visit portal.kingsdownschool.co.uk and login with your google account.

    That same link is also at the top of this website titled ‘Portal Login’.


    When you have been directed to a google resource such as your new email account or Google Classroom, you will now need to log in using this specific email address format after Friday 26th June 2020:

    username@kingsdownschool.co.uk

    (for example 19BloggsJ@kingsdownschool.co.uk)

    Password

    Your Google password is not automatically linked to your school computer account (to log onto the school desktop computers).  Please visit ICT Support to get your password reset.  If you choose to have your phone/computer remember your password for convenience, please ensure you don’t forget it.

    If you forget your password during a school holiday, you can call the school 8:30am to 4pm and ask to speak to ICT Support. Please specify when asking for help what you are trying to access, and any error messages that you get.  If you have difficulties accessing school resources on Google and you are not being asked to confirm your username and password, it might be that you are already logged into Google with your own personal google account; in which case sign out of google and log in again using the above details.  You can also force your browser to change your currently signed in google account by going to https://accounts.google.com/AccountChooser

    FAQ

       

    This most likely means you are already logged into google as another account (maybe your own personal account).  On the same computer/device, visit the following link on your web browser to force it to allow you to sign in as your school account: https://accounts.google.com/AccountChooser

       

    You have most likely gone onto a screen to create a new google account, which won’t work.  Try going back to the link your teacher has given you, and when prompted, sign in using your school google account, ensuring NOT to click on anything like ‘Create Account’.

       

    You have likely entered your google username incorrectly.  Please refer to the grey box higher up on this page.  If you are a new student (eg Started with Kingsdown after last September), email itsupport@kingsdownschool.co.uk with details of the error message, and we will check your account is setup correctly.

       
    1. Click on the username which will be above the password field (it may look like a link or button).  Please delete the field and type your username again, ensuring you are definitely using the correct username format (see the grey box higher up on this page).  Then try your password again.
    2. If you have never logged into Google before using this school account, you should have been advised by your teacher what the initial password is.
    3. After trying the above, email itsupport@kingsdownschool.co.uk requesting a password reset, and you must specify this is for your GOOGLE account.  If you can, please email from your school email account.
             

    If you have more than one internet browser on your computer (such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari) , you can use the lesser used browser for yourself or your school work.  The other browser will generally be unaffected and will allow another google user to be logged in at the same time.  In many cases you can also open a new ‘private’ browser window which should allow you to sign in to a different Google account without affecting other people who also use your computer (In Google Chrome, this option is called Incognito, in Microsoft Edge it is called ‘InPrivate’, and in Safari it is called ‘Private’).

     

    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 login 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

    You will receive a barcoded 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


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

     

    Partners

    Feeder Primary Schools

    Local Colleges

    Partners

    Throughout this page you will find links to external websites that are not maintained by Kingsdown School. We have provided them for your information, but please be aware content may change at anytime.  We cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.

    Primary Schools

    There are three main infant schools and eight 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.

    Throughout this page you will find links to external websites that are not maintained by Kingsdown School. We have provided them for your information, but please be aware content may change at anytime.  We cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.

    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 Personal Development (PD), 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  Under Review
    Access to Fair Assessment Statement
    Accessibility Plan
    Admissions Policy ‘Year 6 into Year 7’ 2022-23
    Variation_Determined_Admission_Arrangements_and_Rules_2022-23.pdf
    Admissions Policy ‘In Year’ 2022-23
    Admissions Policy ‘Year 6 into 7’ 2021-22
    Variation_Determined_Admission_Arrangements_and_Rules_2021-22.pdf
    Admissions Policy ‘In Year’ 2021-22
    Anti Bullying Policy  Under Review
    Anti Litter Policy  Under Review
    Assessment Reporting & Recording  Under Review
    Attendance Policy  Under Review
    Behaviour Policy  Under Review
    Careers Education  Under Review
    Charges & Remissions Policy
    Children Looked After  Under Review
    Collective Worship Policy  Under Review
    Complaints Policy
    Controlled Assessment Policy  Under Review
    Curriculum Policy  Under Review
    Data Protection  Under Review
    Disability Equality Scheme Under Review
    Drugs Policy  Under Review
    Equality Information and Objectives
    Equality_Diversity_Inclusion.pdf
    Exam Policy  Under Review
    Exclusion_Policy  Under Review
    Feedback Policy  Under Review
    Freedom of Information Act Policy
    Handling Unreasonably Persistent Harrassing or Abusive Complaints  Under Review
    Internal Appeals Policy  Under Review
    Loss & Bereavement Policy  Under Review
    On Line Safety Under Review
    Parents & Carers Code of Conduct  Under Review
    Pupil Premium Policy Under Review
    Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Under Review
    Remote_Learning_Policy_Jan_2021.pdf  Under Review
    Remote education provision - information for parents
    School Homework Policy  Under Review
    School Young Carers Policy  Under Review
    Self-Harm Policy  Under Review
    SEN & Disability Policy  Under Review
    Sex & Relationships Policy  Under Review
    SMSC Policy Under Review
    Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Policy  Under Review
    Uniform Expectations
    Whistleblowing Policy
    Promoting British Values / Prevent Duty
    Privacy Notice - Governors Volunteers
    Privacy Notice - Job Applicants
    Privacy Notice - Parents
    Privacy Notice - Students
    DfE Privacy Notice - for supply of contact details by schools and colleges for management of Covid-19 testing.pdf
    Privacy Notice - Student Covid Testing.pdf


    Policies from the River Learning Trust

    RLT CEIAG and Provider Access Statement
    Charges and Remissions_Policy
    Freedom of Information Policy
    Gender_Pay_Gap_Report_External
    Trustee and Governor Allowances


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

     

     

     

    Pastoral Care

    The pastoral system at Kingsdown School is led by two Assistant Headteachers: Mrs Criddle for Years 7-9 and Mrs Lees for Years 10 & 11.  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
    Miss Davis - Year 8 Progress Leader
    Mrs Sampson-Emecz - Year 9 Progress Leader
    Mrs Matthews - Year 10 Progress Leader
    Mr Hurd - 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 2021-23 Timeline

    The Year 9 Options Form is currently open for students to complete. The form can be found here.

    Deadline for completion is 9AM on Monday 1st March.

    Date Event
    WB. 1st February 2021 Parent Video Issued Champion Time Activities
    Tuesday 2nd February 2021 Options Assembly
    WB 8th February 2021 Progress Report issued to students and parents
    Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February 2021 Tutor 1:1 Champion Conversations with students
    Friday 12th February 2021 Subject Options Video Launch Option Form Issued
    WB 22nd February 2021 Taster Sessions for Option Subjects
    Monday 1st March 2021 Option Form Deadline
    June 2021 Final options shared with students and parents.

    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. 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 Subjects

    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 subjects comprises of the following:

  • English;
  • English Literature;
  • Mathematics;
  • Combined Science (double award);
  • Personal Development (non-examination);
  • Physical Education (non-examination).

  • Option Subjects

    In addition to core subjects, students select three additional subjects. We want all students to be committed to their subjects and so we allow them to choose these additional 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: Computer Science; History; Geography; French or Spanish. We make every effort to ensure that students study the course they opt for.

    Option subjects comprise of the following:

  • GCSE Computer Science;
  • GCSE Geography;
  • GCSE History;
  • GCSE French;
  • GCSE Spanish;
  • GCSE Art;
  • GCSE Business Studies;
  • GCSE Design and Technology;
  • GCSE Drama;
  • GCSE Food, Preparation and Nutrition;
  • GCSE Music;
  • GCSE Religious Studies;
  • Health and Social Care Level 1/2 Certificate (Cambridge National);
  • Creative iMedia Level 1/2 Certificate (Cambridge National);
  • Sport Studies Level 1/2 Certificate (Cambridge National).
  • BTEC Dance

  • Support and Guidance

    To ensure your child makes the most appropriate choices for them, we support your child in a variety of ways through this process. We offer:

  • Meetings with our careers advisor
  • Champion conversation with their tutor
  • “Taster” lessons in all new subjects
  • A Parents’ Information Video
  • Study Higher Blog
  • Study Higher Right Fit Guides

  • Key Contacts

    Key contacts throughout this process are:

  • Barbara Parry - Careers Advisor
  • Liz Matthews - Progress Leader for Year 9
  • Tutors
  • Subject Teachers
  • All staff contact details can be found here.

    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

    Open Evening

    For prospective parents, we are holding an Open Evening on Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.  No booking is needed for this specific event.

    Visit Us

    Year 5 & 6 tours are available for prospective parents, please contact head@kingsdownschool.co.uk for details on dates and booking.

    Please also visit our ‘Choose Us’ page for our prospectus.

    Newsletter

    2021 -22 Newsletters


    5.11.21_Parent_20_clicks.pdf  - Current Issue
    Parent_SixClix_20.10.pdf
    Parent_SixClix_01.10.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

     

    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


    Keeping safe over the summer

    Please click on the thumbnail below for our guide to keeping safe over the summer:


    Anti-Bullying

    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.


    Guidance for if a child goes missing

    Why is this important?

    • When a child goes missing or runs away from home, this should be seen as a cry for help and should be taken seriously.
    • Every year 100,000 children and young people (under 16) go missing or run away from home.
    • Up to 70% of children who are sexually exploited or go missing run away. Some times they go missing more than once.

    What should you do if your child is missing or runs away?

    Check for signs they might have gone e.g. social media, friends etc…

    Think- has there been a change in behaviour recently? Have they been wearing different clothes, using substances or have changed their friends?

    Call - the police on 101, you do not need to wait 24 hours. Keep a log of the police officer you have been in contact with.

    What should happen afterwards?

    All children who run away from home must get a return home interview from an independent person who listens to them and helps them to resolve issues so that they can stay safe.

    Further support:

    Samaritans: t:08457 909 090 or text: 07725 909 090

    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.

    Home Learning

    Home learning is an integral part of the curriculum at Kingsdown School.  Research shows that students who commit to Home Learning achieve, on average, one grade higher than their target grade at GCSE.

    Home Learning is used for knowledge retrieval in Year 7 and Year 8 and knowledge retrieval and application in Years 9-11.  When students join us in Year 7 we train them to know how to complete home learning successfully; knowledge organiser tests are conducted after every home learning.

    Expectations

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

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

    Procedures

    Home learning is set on Google Classroom, and will often be completed online. Students without an internet connection at home are able to use supervised areas after school, before school, and at lunch time to complete their home learning.

    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 Home Learning is greatly appreciated.

    Our ‘School Homework Policy’ is on our Policies page.

    General Communication

    September 2021

    August 2021

    March 2021

    February 2021

    December 2020

    November 2020

    • We have today (27th Nov) been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case in Year 7 of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Kingsdown School.

      Separate additional communication has been sent via groupcall to those parents and carers of students who we have identified as potentially being in close contact, regarding self-isolation.

      For all other parents and carers, please see our general letter below: Full_school_comms_of_confirmed_case_27th_Nov_20.pdf


    • Letter from Wiltshire Police to all Parents and Carers
      Wiltshire_Police_-_Open_letter_for_parents.pdf

    October 2020

    • We have today (22nd Oct) been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case in Year 10 of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Kingsdown School.

      Separate additional communication has been sent via groupcall to those parents and carers of students who we have identified as potentially being in close contact, regarding self-isolation.

      For all other parents and carers, please see our general letter below: Full_school_comms_of_confirmed_case_22.10.20.pdf


    • Guidance to all Parents and Carers from Wiltshire Police concerning County Lines.
      CountyLines_ParentsCarers.pdf

     

    September 2020

    July 2020

    June 2020

    May 2020

    April 2020

    March 2020

    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

    It has been my privilege to serve as Chair of Governors of Kingsdown’s Local Governing Body since September 2017. Since then, my fellow governors and I have supported the school on its improvement journey, alongside our colleagues from The River Learning Trust. We were delighted that the hard work and commitment of the staff was rewarding with an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ in the 2020 inspection. Similarly we have been proud of how the school has been able to respond to the challenges of remote learning that the Covid pandemic has demanded. Our staff and students have been brilliant.

    As we continue to challenge and support the school to continuously progress towards achieving its mission and vision we welcome enquiries from anyone interested in joining our governing body.


    Lynne Scragg

    The Governors of Kingsdown School

    Governors_Register_of_Business_Interest_2021.22.pdf

    Governors Structures_2021.pdf

    RLT_Scheme_of_Delegation_2021.pdf

    Governing Body Attendance Record:

    2020-21.pdf

    2019-20.pdf

    2018-19.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.

    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

    Links to software used in school but can also be freely obtained at home or for a personal non-school account

    Note not all of these work on Chromebooks, and home use may still have restrictions in the individual terms and conditions for each piece of software.

    Microsoft Office

    Please note the information below will soon be withdrawn as we are moving our systems from Microsoft to Google.

    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

    Summer School August 2021

    For details on our spending on the provision of Summer School during August 2021, please see the document linked below:
    Summer_School-_Review.pdf


    General School Finances

    Related Documents:

    ArticlesofAssociation.pdf
    Funding_Agreement.pdf

    Annual Statements

    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

    Examination Results 2021

    “Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students. We are exceptionally proud of you all and are thrilled that the results reflect your hard work, dedication and commitment to your learning. Wishing you all the best of luck as you move on to colleges and apprenticeships, we are very much looking forward to hearing about your successes in the future. Today’s results are truly deserved- you have been a remarkable year group who have faced such a challenging year, well done to you all.”
    Emma Leigh-Bennett - Headteacher

    This year’s results again show that our students all worked exceptionally hard over their five years at Kingsdown School to secure their GCSE results.  Many congratulations to them all. 

    All the staff at Kingsdown congratulate our students.  We would like to especially thank their parents for their continued support.  We also thank all the Kingsdown teaching and support staff teams who have championed each and every year 11 student throughout their time at Kingsdown and especially during the Pandemic.

    These results show another year of school improvement.  Again our students performed on average better than last year’s students across their best eight subjects. We have seen 10 different subjects improving on last year’s results in the number of students obtaining a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in their subject and 11 subjects improved the number of students obtaining a grade 7 or above.

    The vast majority of subjects, including the core subjects of English, Maths and Science have all secured a 4-year trend of improvement and represent the best outcomes in the school’s history. This improvement has been achieved by redesigning a knowledge-rich curriculum and developing our assessments, a rigorous focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning in all lessons and embedding high expectations for all particularly with regards to attendance and attitudes and engagement. Our students have worked incredibly hard, and deserve to feel immensely proud of their achievements.

    These results are a representation of the hard work, commitment and resilience of our year 11 students, as well as the staff here at Kingsdown. We are all immensely proud of our year 11 students and what they have achieved given the situation we have had to navigate through over the last 18 months. As headteacher, I would also like to thank the staff for their high quality planning and delivering of online and blended learning that has meant that our students in all year groups have been able to continue to make progress over the last 18 months, the students are indebted to you all.

    Each and every student has secured a place either at college or on a training course / programme.  We look forward to tracking their continued progress.

     


    Performance Tables

    Our last official Key Stage 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 be aware below are subject to changes such as COVID restrictions, etc.

    Wednesday Afternoon Enrichment Classes

    The 6 Strands of Enrichment

           
    ArtsSportsCreative Technical Personal Community

     

    Arts Sports Creative
    Ceramics Badminton Dance
    Crafts Running Club Film Club
    Productions Walking Afternoon Tea
    Carnival Headdresses Non Contact Boxing Time to Bloom
    Relax Art Strength & Conditioning Baking for Beginners
    Henna Art Darts Club Bracelet Making
    Samba Drumming Cheerleading 3D Drawing
    Netball
    Technical Personal Community
    Rubix Cube Public Speaking Prom Fundraising
    Science CREST Award Book Club Primary Reading
    Bike Maintenance Languages Club Radio Station
    Robotics Chess & Backgammon Allotment
    Autonomous Vehicles Board Games School Newspaper
    Rocket Car Competition Mindfulness & Meditation Social Media Club
    Inspirational People Community Spirit
    Gothic Culture Primary French
    Archaeology Ecology Club
    Mythology
    Globetrotters

    Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

    Keep up to date with the latest expeditions and Duke of Edinburgh Award related events with Kingsdown’s DofE blog - http://kingsdowndofe.home.blog

    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

    Summary of DofE timescales

     

     

    EduLink One (School App)

    We have changed our school student information service in early 2020 to EduLink One.

    Brief reminder of Login Details for those who have used the system before

    Login Page: https://www.edulinkone.com/#!/login?code=kingsdown
    Students

    If asked for School ID, enter Kingsdown.  Use your same username and password which you use in school to log onto the computers.  Alternatively you can also sign in using your new school Google credentials when clicking on the Google button on the login page.

    Parents

    If asked for School ID, enter Kingsdown.  Your username will start with p_.  If you forget your password, you can click on ‘Reset Login’, using the same email address which we have for you in school.


    If you have not used EduLink One before with Kingsdown School, please read below for more details.

    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.  Advice differs for Students and Parents:

    • 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
      • Alternatively if you prefer or have forgotten your computer password, you can now also use your school google account to log into Edulink

    • Parents - to log in, please refer to your email with the subject title ‘Kingsdown School - EduLink One - Your login details’
      • If you have a field titled ‘School ID’, enter Kingsdown
      • Your username will start with ‘p_’.
      • The email will have given you a week to login and setup your own password

        If you know you have logged in before but have since forgotten your details, or you haven’t set your password up before the expiry time on the email, you can click on ‘reset password’ and arrange new details over email (you will have to use the same email address you would have registered with the school as part of your contact details).


    Exam Information

    Examinations 2022

    Please see our letter clarifying the government’s plans for returning back to formal exams in 2022.
    Exams_letter_November_2021.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 Media

    What do I need to know?

    Parental Controls

    https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk

    Online Trouble - A guide for parents of children and young people who have got in trouble online

    Throughout this page you will find links to external websites that are not maintained by Kingsdown School. We have provided them for your information, but please be aware content may change at anytime.  We cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.

    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:

    • Dictionary
    • Periodic Table
    • Wikipedia Encyclopedia
    • Photo Editing:

      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 2021/2022

      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 and Year 9 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 Home Learning Club known as the Learning Lounge and before school 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

      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

      Careers - Businesses

      We are constantly strengthening our links with the business community, forming sustainable partnerships that will serve our students, support your business needs; working together to develop essential employability and life skills for the young people’s next steps but also help you to identify potential future employees.

      Would you be happy to offer/provide any of the following (virtually or in person, COVID-19 restrictions depending)?

      • To give a talk to students about:
        • your business / your occupation
        • your personal career journey
        • how your sector links to the curriculum
        • possible pathways available to students
      • Q&A sessions
      • Workshops / Interactive sessions
      • Visits to your workplace
      • Opportunities to develop key employability skills and build confidence
      • CV writing support and guidance
      • Interview preparation
      • Mock interviews
      • Work experience (virtual and/or in person when possible)

      We would really love to hear from you if who would be happy to support our Careers programme and indeed if you have any other ideas we can discuss. Please get in touch with Barbara Parry, our Careers Coordinator bparry@kingsdownschool.co.uk / (01793) 822284 Ext: 118.
      If you happen to be a former Kingsdown student yourself, please do let us know.

       

      Careers info for Parents

      Careers Blog

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

        Visit the Careers Blog

      Hi, I’m Mrs Parry and I am the Careers Coordinator for Kingsdown School. Supporting and championing young people is my passion and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with young people, helping them achieve their ambition. I work very closely, in partnership with Jess Hill from Study Higher and together, we provide students with impartial Careers Advice, Education, Information and Guidance.

      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. Every student will have been provided at least one Careers appointment by the time they reach the end of Year 11 but students in years 7-11 are very welcome to book in and see me as and when they need to. Impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance is provided to support our young people to make informed choices about which Post-16 (after Kingsdown) route will best suit their academic and personal needs and their aspirations.

      Please take a look at the links below, which we have gathered together to provide you with impartial information and advice. If you have any questions, or feel you
      would benefit from some further guidance, please feel free to contact me at bparry@kingsdownschool.co.uk

      Additionally, we are always looking for external speakers, and would really love to hear from any parents/carers and alumni, who would be happy to support our Careers programme in this way. If you feel you can support us with this, please contact me on bparry@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 Mrs Parry 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 2021 Lunch Menu
      Lunch_Tariff_Sep2021.pdf
      New Lunch Order Form

      Harrisons_-_Food_Allergy_or_Intolerance_Poster.pdf
      Harrison Parent Briefing - New School Food Standards Jan 2015


      Posters by Harrisons, the School Caterers

       

      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 Mrs R. Lees (Assistant Headteacher) who is supported by our Careers Coordinator, Mrs B Parry.
      Mrs Parry provides high quality, impartial careers advice to our students and can be contacted via email: bparry@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


      Kingsdown Careers Team

      Mrs Lees
      Assistant Headteacher & Careers Lead

       


      Mrs Parry
      Careers Coordinator

       

      In partnership with:

      Jess Hill

      Study Higher – Student Area:  https://www.studyhigher.ac.uk/students/
      Contact Jess directly:  https://www.studyhigher.ac.uk/students/?user_id=jess-24249

       



      Hi, I’m Mrs Parry, your Careers Co-ordinator, I’m based in the Careers Centre (opposite the Art Block and next to the Library (LRC).

      I will get to meet with you all, at least once by the time you reach the end of Year 11 for structured Careers support meetings but you are also very welcome to pop in and see me as and when you need to.
      We know how challenging it can be trying to decide which pathway to take Post-16 (after Kingsdown) which is why our Careers programme and the individual Careers education, information, advice and guidance is designed to support you to make the right decisions to suit YOU and YOUR individual academic and personal needs and YOUR aspirations.
      Please take a look at the links below, which we have gathered together to provide you with impartial (not biased) information and advice. If you have any questions, or feel you would benefit from some further guidance, please feel either pop in to the Careers Centre or E-mail me on bparry@kingsdownschool.co.uk.
      Some useful links are provided for you below.


      Our Careers Programme:

      Will be uploaded soon


      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 bparry@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 Mrs Parry for a prospectus.

      Business Partners:

      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 58 hours of taught lessons throughout week 1 and week 2. The school closes to students at lunchtime (12:50pm) on a Friday of week 2. The timetable includes 80 minutes a week of enrichment which students select each term.

      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. Home Learning supports students learning their knowledge organisers through quizzes and other retrieval activities.

      All our Key Stage 3 assessments 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 home learning 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.

      KS3: Years 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum

      Throughout Years 7-9 students will study the core subjects of Maths, English and Science alongside Humanities (Geography, History, and Religious Education), Computer Science, PE, Music, Drama and Art. In year 7 students study French and will continue with this language when they take their options.

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

      Years 10 and 11 Curriculum

      The vast majority of students take 3 options alongside the core subjects of Maths, English and Science.  The options available for students consist of Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Business Studies, DT, Drama, Music, Art, PE, Computer Science, Health and Social Care, a Modern Foreign Language, History and Geography. Of the 3 choices one of these must be a humanities subject, a language or computer science.

      A large number of our students will take 4 options and will follow the English Baccalaureate pathway.  This route requires students to take options in Maths, English, Science, a humanities subject and a modern foreign language. In addition to these option choices, they also choose a further 2 options of their choice, this ensures a broad and balanced curriculum and increases students’ opportunities for A level and other post-16 choices. 

      Support and Intervention

      Students who on entry to the school require support with literacy and numeracy receive additional tuition in champion time 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;

      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:

      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

      Attitude to Learning

      In both key stages we report on each student’s attitude to learning in all subject areas.  This is reported on termly.  In order to provide a grade for the attitude to learning, we use the Kingsdown Beats as descriptors. 



      For this element we award a grade between 1 and 4.

      • ‘1’ indicates that your child is always demonstrating each of the BEATs in all lessons for the subject
      • ‘2’ indicates that your child is mostly demonstrating each of the BEATs in all lessons for the subject
      • ‘3’ indicates that your child has received a warning for their attitude to learning in that subject area
      • ‘4’ indicates that your child has received 2 or more warnings or has been exited as a result of their attitude to learning in the subject area

      In addition, we also report on the commitment to Home Learning.  This is because we value Home Learning as the research tells us that students who commit to completing home learning in a timely manner are most likely to achieve a minimum of one grade higher than expected in their GCSE examinations.

      For this element we grade between 1 and 3

      • ‘1’ indicates that all home learning is always completed and to a high standard for the term
      • ‘2’ indicates that all home learning is completed but is not always the students’ best effort for the term
      • ‘3’ indicates that the student has at least one missed home learning for the term
      • ‘4’ indicates that the student has 3 or more missed home learnings for that term

      Attainment

      In addition to reporting on Attitudes to Learning, we also report on your child’s attainment and progress 3 times a year in terms 2, 4 and 6.

      Key Stage 3

      In KS3, all departments report a percentage attainment grade for knowledge-based assessments and summative assessments. Your child’s report will be colour coded to identify where there are strengths and areas for development.

      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; making links to prior learning and applying the knowledge to new learning. 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.

      Knowledge tests normally take place following a home learning activity and students will be asked to demonstrate how much they know and remember from the Knowledge Organiser. There will be at least one summative-based assessment each term which will assess the students’ ability to make links to previous knowledge and to apply their knowledge to new situations. We report this data home to parents at the end of Terms 2, 4 and 6.

      Key Stage 4

      For students in years 10 we issue a current attainment grade that shows whether they are demonstrating emerging/ developing knowledge, securing their knowledge or are demonstrating that they understand and apply the knowledge at a greater depth.  Your child’s report will be colour coded to identify where there are strengths and areas for development.  This will be reported 3 times a year.

      In year 11 students receive a current attainment grade which students have been awarded based on a Mock Exam, these take place in terms 2 and 4.  Your child’s report will be colour coded to identify where there are strengths and areas for development.  There will also be a professional prediction which will be 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.

      Alumni

      Attendance & Absence

      Attendance Matters

      We are delighted to share that our new Attendance Officer from September 2021 is Mrs Faye Williams.

      There have also been some changes to our absence reporting process due to the move away from a paper planner. Should your child be absent from school or need to leave early/arrive late due to an appointment, please inform us on the following email: studentabsence@kingsdownschool.co.uk

      Students arriving late or leaving early without any parent communication will be asked to wait until phone confirmation of the appointment has been received.

      At Kingsdown School we want our students to be in school learning and striving for success. Research has shown that high 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 96% 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 every week. They will record it in their Google classroom. 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. Attendance is rewarded each week with achievement points and prize draws in assembly.

      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. Roll Call is at 8.35am and students should be on site by 8.30am. The front gates will be closed at 8.35am. Students are considered late if the arrive after 8.35am and will be registered by a member of our pastoral team as being late.
      • 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 dental and 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: fwilliams@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.

      Faye Williams
      Attendance Officer


      Reporting an absence

      • Telephone the school as soon as possible on 01793 822284
      • Email studentabsence@kingsdownschool.co.uk to share the reason for an absence or to inform us of an appointment in school time
      • 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 F Williams.

      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’

      Venue Hire

      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 or see more details about what we offer, please use our online booking system at https://kingsdown.schoolhire.co.uk or call us on 01793 822284.

      Kingsdown News

      New Starters

      Information below is primarily aimed for parents & students starting with us in Year 7, 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

      Progress Leader: Mrs Robertson
      Tutor Team:
      ### TBC ###

      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

      (Please be aware times and timetables are currently changing due to Covid-19)
      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 typically 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

      Year 4, 5 & 6 tours are available for prospective parents, please contact head@kingsdownschool.co.uk for details on dates and booking.  We look forward to welcoming you and your child to Kingsdown.

      Please also visit our ‘Choose Us’ page for our prospectus.


      The deadline for those wishing to transition in 2022 from primary school to the Swindon secondary school of your choice is typically the 31st of October 2021. 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 ‘Year 6 into 7’ 2020-21
      Admissions Policy ‘In Year’ 2020-21

      Admissions Policy ‘Year 6 into 7’ 2021-22
      Admissions Policy ‘In Year’ 2021-22
      Variation_Determined_Admission_Arrangements_and_Rules_2021-22.pdf

      Admissions Policy ‘Year 6 into 7’ 2022-23
      Admissions Policy ‘In Year’ 2022-23
      Variation_Determined_Admission_Arrangements_and_Rules_2022-23.pdf

      RLT Admission Appeals Timeline

       

      Why Choose Kingsdown?

      See what some of our students, parents, and teachers say about our school:

      “Daisy absolutely loves being part of Kingsdown School and we’ve been so pleased that we made the choice to send her to you.”Year 8 Parent

      “I feel compelled to write you after our visit to your school.  My son visited your school and came away from Kingsdown with feelings of hope, happiness, ambition and, more importantly, the feeling that your school will push and give him the confidence and knowledge that he needs.”Year 6 parent who attended our Open Evening – September 2021

      “My wife and I looked carefully at the Ofsted Reports and DfE performance data for the schools in Swindon.  We were extremely impressed with the results for Kingsdown and especially from 2019. We feel very lucky to have one of the top schools in Swindon on our doorstep. Our daughter is so pleased to be joining Kingsdown.”Prospective parent

      “Thank you for bringing our community spirit back to life and for our children to have a safe, encouraging and aspirational place of education - and all on our doorstep.”Year 6 parent

      “Kingsdown is my second family.  I feel safe, happy and challenged.  I have lots of fun too.”Kaicy – Year 9 student

      “My teachers support me in what I love doing and help me achieve goals that I didn’t think possible.”Cameron – Year 9 student

      “I visited last year and again the difference was palpable.  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 - Assistant Headteacher

      We are proud to offer you and your child

      • A happy and safe school where every child is championed
      • Experienced and skilled school leaders with ambition, energy and passion
      • Challenging and engaging lessons delivered by specialist and expert teachers
      • A world-class, knowledge-rich 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 students
      • A digital strategy for learning is embedded across every aspect of the school.  This includes a laptop for every child, an embedded google classroom strategy, and 75” interactive Clevertouch panels in every classroom
      • State of the art facilities which include a fitness gym, outdoor sports area, and a newly refurbished DT department
      • High expectations for learning especially regarding attitudes to learning and attendance
      • Quality and regular communication between home and school
      • Excellent partnership links with our Primary schools to ensure a smooth transition
      • Ongoing investment in the Professional Development for all our staff
      • A ‘Multi Acadamy Trust’ – the RLT (River Learning Trust), that supports and challenges the school to improve further

      Tours

       
      Year 4, 5 & 6 tours are available for prospective parents, please contact head@kingsdownschool.co.uk for details on dates and booking.  We look forward to welcoming you and your child to Kingsdown.


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

      Headteacher’s Welcome

      Headteacher’s Welcome

      Welcome to Kingsdown School.  The past 4 years have seen Kingsdown transformed.  As Headteacher I am immensely proud of all the teams that have made this possible - our teaching staff, our support staff, our Governors, the RLT – the River Learning Trust, our parents and, most notably, our brilliant students.

      Our current achievements include Kingsdown:

      • Being listed in the nation’s top 2% of most improved schools for Progress 8 [a value added measure] - August 2019
      • Securing the Ofsted judgement of Good in every category – January 2020
      • Being shortlisted [8 out of 2350 schools] in the nation’s “Best Secondary School of the Year award” – TES - July 2021

      And we have so many more ambitious and creative plans for the future.

      What can Kingsdown offer your child:

      Kingsdown is a mixed 11–16 Secondary School located in Stratton St Margaret, Swindon.  We offer a vibrant learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities.

      Our Vision - “a school of excellence bursting with pride and ambition” - is matched by a clear Mission Statement that “we champion each and every student”. 

      Our school culture is underpinned by the Kingsdown BEATs in which each and every student is encouraged and supported to live up to our 6 BEATs with their requirements of Pride & Ambition, Stretch & Challenge, and Respect & Responsibility and in all they do.

      The powerhouse behind our collective vision for Kingsdown lies in our school leaders, teachers and professional support staff.  They are truly world-class.  Our teachers combine a high level of academic expertise with excellent teaching skills and a deep concern for the wellbeing of each and every student.

      I hope you are inspired by our website and want to learn more about Kingsdown.  I would love the opportunity to take you on a tour of our school and see at first-hand all the excellence that we have to offer your child and their future.  Opportunities both in and outside the classroom and, especially, throughout our Enrichment and Extra-Curricular programmes, stack up with the best. 

      If you would like to arrange a visit, please get in touch with my PA – Mrs Ellis at head@kingsdownschool.co.uk.
      I very much look forward to welcoming you and your family to Kingsdown.

      Emma Leigh-Bennett
      Headteacher

    Beats - Pride
    Beats - Ambition
    Beats - Stretch
    Beats - Challenge
    Beats - Respect
    Beats - Responsibility