What would be the pros and cons of sending dc to KA. Most of the local children would have sat for grammers and hopefully the school encourages academia.
If you went there, YS, what's your view and what was emphasized by HT and other staff?
Hi Phoenixgreen13, I thought too that most local children would have sat for grammars, but I was shocked to know that one in of the biggest primary school in North Kingston, only a small number of boys and girls tried for the Tiffins and Sutton GS! It goes to show how probably true the Tiffin School claim was about not getting enough local applicants. That primary school doesn't do anything or breathe a word that promotes or encourages parents and children to aim or even try for GS. I think they should.
On the pros and cons, I thought I combine with TB's question too.
1. The Headteacher is ambitious, experienced and formerly a deputy from a very good school - Graveney School.http://www.kingston.ac.uk/news/article/ ... s-success/https://www.linkedin.com/pub/sophie-cavanagh/26/70/563http://uk.ratemyteachers.com/sophie-cavanagh/126105-t
2. She was a former OFSTED inspector! So I suppose she knows what it would take for a school to be outstanding.
3. Her emphasis is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects, but she made it clear that she wants the school to cater for wide interests - she is big on music and languages too.
4. Being a specialist in Sports, she is ambitious on that front. The Academy will be using the Hawkers Centre / YMCA a lot for their activities, which is just across the road. During the open day, the specifically invited the Kingston Rowing and Rugby - giving me the impression that the academy will have a very much "Public School" ethos. A Karate club appears to be already very established in the Hawkers centre (YMCA) and an instructor from there is ready to start a club at the academy. The Oriental / Eastern instructor looked the part and the demonstration was impressive! I was told though that the club will not just teach Karate , but also Youth personal development and coaching., very interesting and useful.
5. I felt that the very first batch of students will be really taken care of and be trained as mentors - there is a special
"mentoring" formula / system that she explained which I thought was very special - I will try to dig it out and add here later.
6. The pioneering students will have the privilege of being the founding students, the most senior in the whole school, mentors and automatically trained as leaders. They can look forward to annual invitations, front seats, special receptions and speeches for the rest of their lives!
Like those war veterans!
The Cons are the obvious ones ;
1. New and unproven.
Requires a leap of faith - but personally, all the above will counter this concern.
2. Slight delay in completion of the building refurbs and construction.
This is probably the biggest concerns from parents, but looking at the very very experienced architect firm that handling it, it looks reassuring. They seems to be specialist in schools refurbishment and construction. See their portfolio here - http://www.astudioarchitecture.com/projects/education
Will try and add more info as I dig them out.
TB - I copied this from TKA's website, which I think its is useful. http://www.thekingstonacademy.org/about ... principlesModerator, if that is not allowed, please just edit out.
CREDIT SOURCE - The Kingston Academy website;
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An inclusive ethos where all are welcome to the school and everyone is valued for who they are and what they offer.
A focus on learning to learn, which will be at the heart of our pedagogy to ensure that all of our students will learn more effectively.
The strongest possible emphasis on communication that will ensure that our students are able to interact freely and with confidence with as wide a range of audiences and across as many forms of expression as possible.
A curriculum that promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to ensure our students have a deep and rich understanding of the world around them.
A belief in the power of new technologies and the online world to develop our students as digital citizens and to enhance, support and stimulate the learning experience.
Purposeful and challenging learning across the curriculum that will help to ensure that all of our young people are able to succeed to their highest potential.
A strong global dimension that will enrich our students’ learning and broaden their knowledge of other people and cultures.
Successful partnerships and links to external institutions and industry experts to support our students.
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Provides effective pastoral care to ensure that all students are well-known and understood, and which will support all of our young people to enable them to perform as well as they possibly can.
Promotes healthy lifestyles to provide our students with sound advice and guidance and opportunities to engage in a range of physical activities that will offer something for all.
Prepares young people for life beyond the boundaries of the school and after our students have moved on to the next phase of their lives.
Provides an outstanding educational experience for local children.
Nurtures and challenges children’s intellectual and imaginative capacities asintelligence is not fixed and aspirations matter.
Empowers learners and their teachers by bringing tools (mobile technology/devices) into the centre ground of activity. The use of these technologies will be commonplace as ‘Digital Literacy’ will be an overarching aspect of school life.
Strives to maximise students’ potential for later schooling, post-school education, training and employment and for the quality of life itself so that they can contribute to and enjoy living within a society.
Encourages students to take a lead in shaping their own learning.
The Kingston Academy, a school where …
Aspiration knows no bounds, from which outcomes are outstanding and whose reputation is unparalleled.
Purposeful and challenging learning will be the cornerstone of the school’s success and excellence.
Parents matter and make a difference.
All students will enjoy learning, make excellent progress, attain high outcomes and be helped to become confident individuals and responsible citizens.
Learning pathways are tailored to students’ individual talents and special needs, and progression of learning is closely monitored.
All students will benefit from strong leadership, an inclusive ethos and practice, excellent teaching and a broad and balanced curriculum in a local school.
The physical environment impacts positively on learning.
Young people are challenged to risk failure, to collaborate, to reflect on their experiences and learning and to learn to overcome adversity and difficulty.
Students will be encouraged to raise concerns for themselves and on behalf of others with confidence.
Sport and physical development are celebrated and friendly rivalry is seen as natural and healthy.
The Kingston Academy, a school which offers …
A safe place for young people to interact with others, learn, play, research, explore and discover for themselves (including in online spaces).
A strong sense of identity for all its students, with an emphasis on their understanding of their valued place as a young citizen contributing to the wider world.
A diverse, enriched curriculum. A significant proportion of our curriculum time will be devoted to the STEM subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but will be taught alongside more traditional subjects such as English, Humanities, Languages, and the Expressive and Performing Arts.
World class exam results. Students will study qualifications that are of genuine value and be encouraged and supported to maximise their potential.
Regular assessment. Whilst the school will place a strong emphasis on stimulating, engaging and nurturing students, it will regularly review students’ progress and development, and personalise learning where necessary.
Highly qualified, professional teaching staff who have a passion for teaching and learning. Teachers who can enthusiastically convey their subject to all students and create enjoyment and excitement.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all staff. In the interest of life-long learning, our valued staff will participate in their own personal and professional development to enhance their knowledge and skills and keep abreast of new technologies, methodologies and pedagogical practices, in order to enrich the daily lives of students.
Rewards for those students who achieve highly, sustain good and respectful behaviour, complete all activities with admirable effort and maintain high standards throughout their school career."