TKA Times - Friday 6th January  2017
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Dear Parents and Carers, 

A very happy new year to all TKA families. I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing festive holiday. Year 7 made an excellent start to their time at TKA and I wish them every success for another action packed and productive Spring term.

This edition of TKA Times is a relaunched format which we hope will be more accessible and present TKA as it deserves to be - polished, professional and proud of our community's achievements.

This term we look forward to another busy time when pupils continue to work hard towards their second set of assessments in February and only our second ever school production. At leadership level we will be picking up on threads from last term relating to the parent surveys. There are a number of Year 8 parents who have yet to respond. I appreciate that you all have very busy lives but it is crucial to us that we receive your feedback. Please do therefore complete the survey via the link below.

Two key threads we are following up on relate to strengthening home-school communication and ensuring all pupils are being challenged in all aspects of their learning. Recent assessments show pupils are making secure progress across the curriculum but we are determined to interrogate this further in response to parent view.

We will once again be inviting parents in to attend our monthly drop-in surgeries where parents are able to meet and talk with members of the Leadership Team about any observations you have about the school or ideas you wish us to consider. The next drop-in will be on Monday 23rd January at 3pm. It is always tricky to get the timing right on such sessions and we will try and spread these around so more parents an attend.

Finally, thank you for all the messages of support sent in relating to my message regarding, what local Headteachers jointly feel is, the pending crisis in education funding. We are in the process of joining forces with other local schools parent bodies through the distribution of a petition. More information will follow on this in the next few weeks.


Sophie Cavanagh
Head Teacher 

Upcoming Dates for your diary

Theatre trip to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Thursday 12th January 2017

Year 7 A2 Assessment Week - Monday 6th to Friday 10th February

Year 8 A2 Assessment Week - Monday 20th to Friday 25th February


A reminder that there will be no Mandarin lessons on Monday 9th Jan but will resume on Monday 16th January.

We are recruiting for a number of teaching roles, the majority starting in September 2017.  Please visit our website for details and spread the word to suitable candidates who may be interested.
  • Full time SENCo to start at Easter 2017 - position being covered by Ms. Briggs, our former SENCo and Dan Byrne our Deputy SENCo
  • Full time Music Lead to start in September 2017
Details to be published next week for the following roles:
  • Full time Science Teacher to start in September 2017
  • Full Time Maths Teacher to start in September 2017
  • Full Time English Teacher to start in September 2017
  • Full Time Music Lead Teacher
  • Head of Geography
  • Head of Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Education
  • House Co-ordinator x 2
  • Pupil Welfare Co-ordinator x 2
  • Transition Co-ordinator
Friends of TKA News

A very happy new year from Friends of TKA. We are always looking to involve more parents in the events we run, so do contact Kath Williams in the School office if you wish to be involved.

Have you signed upto the FoTKA school lottery yet?  This half term you could be in with the chance of winning a Fitbit Atlas if you have a ticket entered into the draw on 18th February 2017.  Tickets are £1 per week and profits go towards the school minibus fund.

Parent E-safety talk

On Wednesday evening, Peter Cowling from Achieving for Children, delivered an informative parent talk on e-safety.  He was full of practical advice on how to keep your children safe in the digital world and still remain within their 'circle of trust'.

If you were not able to attend you can access the useful resources from: 
Tennis Coaching with Judy Murray at the Lawn Tennis Association

On the 5th of January, 17 girls from year 7 and 8 went to the London Tennis Association to learn some different tennis skills and to meet Judy Murray to help film for a new organisation (She Rallies) that will encourage more girls to take up tennis as a sport. It will also show teachers how to teach tennis in small spaces. We took part in different activities which helped us improve different aspects in tennis, including catching skills, hand-eye coordination, balance, synchronization and learning to control the ball when using a racquet. 

We did many relays with tennis balls and water balloons, going over different obstacles and throwing them from different distances. When we did it with the water balloons we had to be careful so they didn’t pop: all of the teams' balloons had burst by the end of it! We also did lots of activities in pairs and kept a scorecard of our results. All these activities were improving the different aspects that we need for tennis! We then did a competition when you had to balance your tennis racquet on the tip of your fingers for as long as you could which helps with hand-eye coordination and balance. At the end, many of us got Judy Murray’s autograph on our t-shirts and some had a photo with her. Overall it was an amazing experience for all of us and we all had an amazing time!

By Alys, Mollie B, Amy Al and Lena (Year 8)


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