FROM YOUR HEAD TEACHER
Dear Parents and Carers,
This week has been a busy time for us in our recruitment process with some impressive candidates expressing an interest in joining us in the next phase of our TKA journey. We have secured a number of excellent appointments in Science, Geography, English and inclusion. Our pupil panel formed part of the selection process, with pupils providing invaluable feedback that informed our decisions. We will introduce our new recruits in the summer term when all appointments have been made. Do please keep an eye on our recruitment page as we still have key vacancies.
Once again TKA attended the National Tennis Centre to support Judy Murray's She Rallies campaign. Ms. Murray was so impressed with our pupils last month that not only did she get them back for a further promotional coaching session, but TKA girls are the face of She Rallies on the LTA website. The girls had a great time and are certainly fantastic ambassadors for girls in sport.
Year 7 have had a successful assessment week, showing real resilience and focus in a range of tasks; I am very encouraged by the manner with which all of Year 7 have approached their studies this week and wish Year 8 well with their assessment on their return from the Spring break. Of course I expect Year 8 to revise during the break, but I do also want them to have a good rest.
I have been receiving some really useful feedback from parents relating to a couple of areas of the school's work. I really welcome your observations and suggestions so that we can make TKA the school we all want it to be. As a result of parental feedback, I have made some adjustments to our uniform policy to ensure that it promotes safe travel to and from school. Further guidance has been included in the newsletter below.
As you know, I have very high expectations with regards to many things, and none more so than the wearing of our uniform. Every pupil is privileged to attend our school and must wear their uniform correctly and with pride. Please ensure your child has the correct uniform for their return to school on 20th February. The next Head Teacher's parent drop-in will be on 3rd March at 4pm. If you cannot make this time, please do email me your observations and suggestions at askmyschool@thekingstonacademy.
Lastly, I'm sure you will all welcome the following news. After a long battle with various external agencies, common sense has finally prevailed and TKA will be permitted to install artificial grass to the front of our play space and within the internal Quad. It will still take some time to undertake the ground works and installation but finally pupils will have no excuse for not having shiny shoes!
Have a restful break.