February 2012

This year’s school production of Oliver! was truly memorable and epitomised the teamwork and excellence I want to see in all aspects of our school. As I write the 2011 School League Tables have just been published and it is wonderful to see that our Year 11 pupils of 2011 ALL made significant progress with our VALUE ADDED SCORE of 1022 placing us in the top 10% nationally and 7th out of 63 secondary schools in Lincolnshire.
We are now rapidly approaching the ‘business end’ of the school year and our Year 11 and 13 students in particular need to be working diligently, maturely and systematically towards fulfilling their potential in the summer. A huge range of support strategies are in place to guide, advise and motivate each and every student and hard work now will reap great rewards in August when the results come out. NK students have met business leaders, inspirational sports stars, famous scientists and university graduates in recent weeks as we combine the daily lessons with opportunities to see how their learning will be relevant and vital throughout their lives.
We all look forward to the summer of 2012 when we hope ALL NK students will be going for gold!!

December 2011

Another exciting term at NK with work starting on our Expressive Arts Centre, academic success across a range of subjects, foreign trips, recognition of our Sixth Form opportunities, classical literature brought to life and a plethora of sporting, artistic and culinary successes!

I continue to be amazed by, and delighted with, the commitment of both staff and students who work together to ensure opportunities on offer are seized with both hands. As I write we are in the week of our school production, ‘Oliver!’, and the effort, time and energy required to pull everything together is phenomenal. Dedicated staff have spent evenings and weekends working with the students and I know everyone will enjoy seeing the ‘fruits of their labour’.

Our Performing Arts and Sporting successes tend to be high profile, but I wanted to make a point of thanking the many, many staff who work diligently and quietly dedicating significant time to individual students by helping them prepare for public examinations, catch up on coursework, prepare a presentation and generally increase their confidence and improve their learning. We have a vibrant, positive atmosphere around the school and long may that continue.

Academy status has brought many benefits including the freedom to appoint highly specialised staff and improve the site still further to create the best possible learning environment. Consultations during academy conversion made it clear that all stakeholders wanted us to stay as North Kesteven School – A High Performing Academy for Performing Arts and to keep the current school uniform. However, we intend to look at uniform possibilities with our student leaders during January as part of our ongoing consultation and I would welcome your views on both uniform and whether you feel we should consider changing to North Kesteven Academy.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. September 2012 will see the opening of our new Expressive Arts Centre and the summer of 2012 will, I’m sure, bring further tremendous exam success for our students…………. and I think there is a big sporting event happening in London / England, as well???!

September 2011

Just a brief word to welcome all members of the North Kesteven community to the new Academic Year 2011-2012.

 

Our best ever exam results in Year 12 capped a successful year for the school.

 

Our status as an Academy will now give us the flexibility and freedom to build further on such success and we have already used our financial freedom to make significant improvements to the learning environment during the summer holidays.

 

New staff, new students, new uniforms and new facilities always make September an exciting time in schools and we wish everyone the very best for a happy, productive and hugely successful year.  One promise I can make is that we will all work tirelessly to offer every possible opportunity for every student to succeed.

 

My key triangle of home, school and student remains the key to success and if we keep the lines of communication open, supportive and consistent it will make a huge difference.

 

Martin Connor

July Blog

My last blog was written just as we started the public examination period and I am now writing the day after the final GCSE and A Levels were completed with the students breathing a sigh of relief and the examinations team relaxing just a little!

 

Throughout the examinations student behaviour has been exemplary and Mrs Keogh has already congratulated those involved and thanked them for their excellent attitude and approach.  This was personified by the mature, friendly and warm hearted demeanour of every single student at last week’s Year 11 ‘Prom at Jocasta’s’.  A memorable evening for all involved.

 

The final newsletter of the year will be available during the last week of term and I will be giving a detailed update on our academy status which was achieved on Friday July 1st.  The essential characteristics of the school including our ethos, our specialism and our curriculum will not change at all.  The freedoms of academy status will be used carefully to improve and enhance the learning experience and environment for all students and staff and parents will be kept fully informed of any key developments.

 

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all students and parents for their fantastic support this year and assure you that we will continue to work tirelessly to offer the best possible educational provision here at North Kesteven School.

 

Thank you

Martin Connor