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