May 2017


May 2017 Newsletter

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April 2017


Geography Study Trip to Iceland

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March 2017


Red Nose Day 2017

On Friday 24th March 2017, The Kimberley School Sixth Form organised the most successful Comic Relief fundraiser at the school to date. The fundraising occurred over 3 days; with a netball match between staff versus sixth form students and a football match between staff and sixth form students. With a fantastic effort from both the sixth form students and staff, both games were a huge success and helped raise almost £100 in total from the games. The main events were held on the Red Nose Day Friday with a sweet and cake sale, hot dog sale, various quiz type stalls, an open mic concert, glitter face painting and, ‘sponge the teacher’. As well as this some 6th Form boys waxed their legs for charity!

 

The combined efforts and grand total of Red Nose Day 2017 was a staggering £2,250!

This total raised £400 more than Sports Relief 2016 and £150 more than Comic Relief 2015.

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January 2017


Severe Weather Page

During periods of bad weather, we will post announcements here as and when necessary.

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December 2016


December 2016 Interactive Newsletter:

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November 2016


Children In Need 2016

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On Friday 18th November the annual Children In Need event took place. There was a host of activities and stalls on offer and you raised a staggering £2190 beating last year’s record! Thank you to everyone who got involved to make the day such a success. To see more photos of this event look out for our interactive newsletter in December.

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October 2016


October 2016 Interactive Newsletter:

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Follow us on Twitter @SchoolKimberley

The Kimberley School now has a Twitter account. Follow us now on Twitter @SchoolKimberley to see our latest tweets and stay up to date with Kimberley School life, events and the latest news!

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September 2016


ben-lickmanStudent Helps Injured Kimberley Resident

Ben Lickman (a Year 11 student) helped an elderly lady who had collapsed and injured her head, on Monday 26th September in Kimberley town centre. An off duty paramedic, Kay Gallimore who is parent to another Kimberley School student, was passing by and went to help Ben, who had already called for an ambulance and was looking after her. Kay rang the school later that day to commend Ben on how he handled the situation and commented on how calm he remained and how well he cared for the lady.

 

 

To parents and carers of Year 11

I am writing to you because there is some important information that I want to share with you about targets we are setting your son/daughter this year.

As you will know I joined the school after 8 successful years leading The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form in Keyworth.  I was appointed by governors and directors because they wanted me to use my experience to enable every child to achieve the very best possible GCSE and A-Level grades that they are capable of.

Kimberley has seen improvements in results in the last two years but there is still much more to do.  We have the highest possible aspirations for all of your children and I want to ensure you that we will do everything within our powers for the remainder of Year 11 to ensure that everyone achieves the very best grades that they are capable of.

I am very lucky to be working with a talented team of specialist teachers and support staff who work tirelessly to do the best they can for all of the children in their care.  However, my job is to ensure that we all work together to aim for the highest possible grade in every subject.

Currently your child has a target grade for each of their subjects which is based on them making expected progress from Key Stage 2.  This is a national target.  However, from this year I am introducing a Kimberley School target for every single child in the school.  The Kimberley School Target will be based on making outstanding progress from Key Stage 2.  It is an aspirational target and it removes any cap on success.

This will mean that when we report to you on your child’s progress in Year 11 you will be given the National Target (which is one that you will already be aware of) and a new Kimberley School Target.  Subject Performance Leaders, teachers and support staff have made adjustments to their planning, teaching and assessment to ensure that we do everything in our powers to help everyone achieve these very challenging Kimberley School targets.

Helen Frost, the Assistant Head Teacher for progress, will be explaining the new targets to Year 11 in assembly on Tuesday morning.  We want to use these new targets as motivation for each Year 11 student to strive to achieve the very best that they are capable of by the end of this year. The end is in sight and we are determined to do everything in our power to enable all Year 11 students to achieve or surpass their academic potential.

We will be sending a report home to you early in October which will detail these targets for each subject and if your child is on track to achieve them.  If you do have any concerns about the progress that your child is making, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant subject staff.  If you have concerns across more than one subject, please contact their tutor or Year Performance Leader (Tom Williamson) who will be happy to work with you to resolve any concerns you have.  Reception will be happy to put you in touch with the relevant member of staff.
Please remember that there are two Y11 parent consultation evenings this year (18th October 2016 & 24th January 2017) – we are also planning an information evening for parents of Year 11 and will be in touch with you about this later in the year.

Thank you for your continued support.   I am looking forward to working with you throughout this year to ensure that your son/daughter achieves the very best grades that they are capable of.

If you have any questions about the new Kimberley School target then please do not hesitate to contact my Deputy Head Teacher, Andy Park.

Yours sincerely

Andrew George
Head Teacher

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August 2016


Best ever Maths results are the highlight of The Kimberley School’s 2016 GCSE results

The Kimberley School are celebrating their best ever GCSE Maths results this year. More than three quarters of the Year 11 students gained an A* – C grade in maths this year with 22% at A* or A grades. Overall 77% achieved a C grade or above in Maths which is 10% above the national average in 2015. The new ‘Basics’ measure introduced for 2016 based on the percentage of students gaining A*-C grades in both English and Maths was also a pleasing feature of the results with 62.5% of students achieving this compared to 59% nationally in 2015.

Whilst there are many students who will be celebrating their results, some students in particular have achieved the very highest grades:

Students are now moving on to the next stage of their careers: one hundred students will be returning to The Kimberley School Sixth Form to pursue A Level and Level 2 courses, many others are continuing in education at local colleges following courses as diverse as plumbing, hair and beauty, animal care and construction. An increasing number of students are also moving on to apprenticeship opportunities with a range of employers including Bosch, the NHS and Volkswagen. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their new ventures and congratulate them on their hard work and the success they have achieved at GCSE.

 

Students celebrate Kimberley’s best A-Level results for years

IMG_0927Significant Increase in A-Level Results at The Kimberley School.

Students at The Kimberley School are celebrating a bumper set of A-Level results this summer. Staff, students and parents are celebrating the best results at the school for many years. The headlines are:

These results represent significant improvements from 2015 and are indicative of the school’s continued drive to ensure that many more students achieve the very highest possible grades.

Whilst there are many students who will be celebrating their results, some students in particular have achieved the very highest grades:

Many other students have done very well and will shortly be departing to start degree courses at universities across the country in subjects as varied as; Architectural Technology, Business Management, Accountancy, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geography, History, Law, Music, Primary teaching, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Sport and Exercise Science and Youth Studies.

The new Head teacher of Kimberley School Andrew George said “Everyone at The Kimberley School should be very proud of these significant achievements.  They are a deserved reward for the hard work of the talented students and staff. This confirms that the Kimberley Sixth Form is the destination for students who want to achieve the very highest academic standards”

 

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July 2016


Koblenz Trip 2016

 

Pokémon Go Warning

We are advised by the Nottinghamshire Police to alert parents/carers with regard to the new release of the “Pokémon Go” smart phone application.  The app, which is currently the top grossing app on both the Apple and Android download charts, encourages gamers to discover in-game characters in the ‘real world’ using the location services on their smartphones.   Users travel to real world locations where Pokémon characters appear on-screen through their smartphones camera. Gamers can then attempt to ‘catch’ each character and battle other gamers in the real world to progress within the game.

With the school holidays approaching and the first weekend since Pokémon’s UK release where many are expected to download the app, Nottinghamshire Police is reminding children, their parents and other grown-ups playing the game about the need to stay safe online.  This is, of course, just one application of many where there are potential safeguarding and child sexual exploitation risks.  The Nottinghamshire Police is therefore appealing to parents to remind them of the importance of open and honest dialogue with their children surrounding their phone use and the potential associated risks.

Although we know that Pokémon Go is becoming hugely popular and we don’t wish to discourage anyone from enjoying this game, we do need to take the opportunity to highlight the potential risks to parents.

To see some tips on how to stay safe online, please click here.

 

 

July 2016 Interactive Newsletter:

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