To all of the Year 6 parents whose children will be joining us in September. We know that the thought of your child starting high school can be daunting for both you and them and during these unprecedented times you may be feeling more anxious. However, The Kidsgrove Secondary School would like to reassure you that the Year 6 transition is high on our priorities.
From Monday 14th December, the kitchen will be offering students and staff a special Christmas menu with a different festive selection each day.
We will be taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 11th December to support Save the Children.
Please make your donation by clicking here. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cash donations.
See, Hear, Respond.
See, Hear, Respond is delivered in conjunction with a number of national partners, all working towards the common goal of providing support and advice to England's vulnerable children, young people and their families who are affected by coronavirus and the lockdown.
There are many ways they can help: by listening to you over the phone, meeting you in person or sharing in their online hub the support and information you might need.
What kind of help can they give?
They will listen carefully and work out the best way to support you.
This might be help with:
- Going back to school
- Emotional and wellbeing advice and counselling
- If you're a young carer and need support where you live
- Feelings of anxiety and depression, isolation and loneliness
- Family stress and finding coping strategies
- Parental mental health,
- Concerns about your child’s online life and more
Click here for more information.
This year we would like to support our local community by taking part in a reverse advent calendar. We are asking forms to work together to try to bring in at least 12 items over 12 days. We would really appreciate it if you could get involved! Thank you!
Message from Staffordshire County Council:
You may have seen in the news recently that Staffordshire will be increasing the testing of residents in a bid to identify more cases of Covid-19 and reduce the spread of infection.
We are expanding our advice around when to get a test. Currently anyone who has one of the main symptoms of persistent cough, high temperature, new cough or loss of taste or smell must self-isolate immediately and book a test. However, with many people displaying other symptoms, we are asking residents in Staffordshire to consider getting tested as a precaution if they have other symptoms such as:
• Aches and pains
• Feeling very tired for no good reason
• Sore throat
• Runny nose
• Sometimes ‘tummy ache’ in children
People with any of these symptoms can carry on going to school or work if they are well enough to do so and only need to self-isolate if the test comes back positive.
We want to ensure as many people as possible consider getting a test, even if it is merely a precaution.
The national testing centres across the county have good availability, and can be booked through the NHS website. People booking a test through this website need to check the ‘My council has asked me to get a test’ option.
We also have community testing sites that change on a weekly basis. People can view if there are any sites set up near them by visiting our testing website.
We are holding a non-uniform day for Children in Need this Friday 13th November.
The Mental Health Support Team will be holding their drop-in session on Monday 9th November during lunchbreak. The team can provide advice and support with:
• Worry Management
• Low Mood
• Exam Stress
• Difficulties with emotions
• Panic Management
• Coping strategies
• Behavioural difficulties
• Problem Solving
Unfortunately, due to the recent Government announcement we have had to close our stores until the 2nd December in line with Government guidelines. Clive Mark will still operate its business on a reduced team ensuring online orders and wholesale orders are processed. All our customers can still log onto the website and place orders in the normal way: Clivemark.co.uk
Are you a Staffordshire County Council resident struggling financially and would you benefit from some support to purchase food or emergency supplies?
At a time when it’s needed most, our pupils come together for #HelloYellow to support young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day.
Discover amazing opportunities available to your child by booking a personal tour.
The Science Research Representatives have been busy producing the next issue of their newsletter.
Have a read about the possibility of 'Life on Venus' and for some guidance on facemasks.
The Mental Health Support Team will be holding drop-in sessions for students every other Monday lunchtime in Room 5.
The first session starts Monday 28th September.
Back by popular demand! Gain an extra qualification!
Our Year 9 bubble had an assembly to celebrate our first set of Science Ambassadors who have achieved all criteria for their Bronze Crest Award, which included 10 hours of additional work.
This is a nationally recognised qualification run in association with the British Science Association.
Jonathan Gullis MP visited Kidsgrove Secondary School this morning to have a look at the safety measures we have in place. During his tour of the school, Jonathan also got a first-hand look at the refurbishments that we are extremely excited about.
We are very proud to say that Jonathan was impressed by the behaviour and of our pupils, adhering to the safety measures when moving around the school, using the new one-way system and wearing their face coverings.
Mrs Mitchell was really pleased to showcase our amazing pupils and the new look of Kidsgrove Secondary School.
I am aware that this is a very anxious time for parents, however I am happy to report that I am extremely proud of the way that our pupils have settled into the new way of working. They have had a fantastic start to the new academic year.
As you are aware, there are measures and restrictions in place to keep everyone safe. I have revised the wearing of face masks and have asked pupils to not only wear them in the dining area, but also in the corridors.
As expected, pupils have accepted and were happy to do this, as of this afternoon.
Moving forward, please remind your son/daughter of the following:
• To wear face masks in the dining area and when moving between classes, albeit movement around school is very limited.
• To remember to bring a snack for breaktime or to ask for one if they need to.
• To enter and exit via their allocated entrance:
o Year 11 – Galleys Bank
o Year 10 – Galleys Bank
o Year 9 – Lower main entrance, via the path at the side exit gate, Gloucester Road
o Year 8 – Top main entrance, Gloucester Road
o Year 7 – Top main entrance, Gloucester Road
• Pupils must go directly to the room stated on their timetable.
I can only reiterate that, as parents and educators, we should be extremely proud of our young people. A huge thank you to them all.
Mrs K Mitchell
Staffordshire County Council have put together a journey planning map and ideas to help your child get active by walking/cycling and scootering to school.
The wearing of face coverings.
We have decided that pupils will be asked to wear face masks at lunchtime in communal areas, within the school building.
We have made adjustments to the movement around school and the only time that bubbles mix is at lunchtime.
Pupils will need to bring in an appropriate face mask, they will also need to bring in a plastic bag to keep this in when not being worn.
If your child has a medical condition that restricts wearing a face mask, please contact their Head of Learning before your child returns.
I take great pride in congratulating our year 11 pupils on achieving the grades that they have worked so hard for and truly deserve.
Despite the current challenging circumstances, there has been a significant improvement in option subjects, overall and English and Maths continues to improve year on year. This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of both pupils and staff at KSS.
Our school and local community have risen to the challenge over the last few months and this is reflected in the excellent results.
Our school refurbishment is well underway.
Click below to view photos of the work being carried out, including new lighting, new flooring, painting, renovation of boys' toilets and PE changing rooms.