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  • Students and Staff Celebrate Excellent A Level Results

    Published 17/08/17

    Students and staff at President Kennedy School are celebrating an excellent set of A level results which have ensured that a greater number of students than ever are going on to study at university.

    Students at President Kennedy School can study A levels in an unusually wide range of subjects including more traditional academic subjects and vocational subjects.

        

    The average grade achieved by students studying vocational A levels was Distinction* which is an outstanding achievement.

    An impressive 40% of grades secured by President Kennedy students studying academic A levels were A*-B.

    Across all subjects, 27% of students achieved the very top grade of A* or Distinction * and 41% achieved at least grade A / Distinction or higher.

    Just A Few of This Year's Individual Success Stories

    Shang Hamed - AAA and A* in Extended Project (Biology, Chemistry and Maths)Shang is attending Warwick University to study Chemistry.

    Keya Lad - AAB (Maths, Psychology and Art & Design)
    Keya is moving on to Birmingham University to study Maths.

    Suraiya Mann - AAB (Art, Psychology and English Literature)
    Suraiya is attending Leeds University to study Art & Design.

    Matthew Sweet - AAB (Maths, English Literature and History)
    Matthew is hoping to study Performing Arts at Surrey University.

    Performance in the Vocational subjects was outstanding and there are countless success stories.  All students achieved at least a Distinction grade at Level 3.  Students from Health & Social Care who are going on to Russell Group universities are; 

    Sarah Khan - D*D*D* Health & Social Care, who will be studying Education Studies at the University of Warwick.

    Charity Konadu - D*D* Health & Social Care and Sociology A, who will be studying Sociology at the University of Birmingham.

    Leader of Post 16, Mr Mort commented “Despite the fact that A levels are reported to have become more difficult, our students have exceeded all expectations yet again and secured very high grades. We are especially pleased that the vast majority of our students have secured their first choice place at university. They have worked hard and deserve their success and we wish them well on their onward journey”

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  • ParentPay - our new online payment service! 

    Published 14/07/17

    We’re pleased to announce that we will shortly be accepting payments online for items such as dinner money and school trips.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you will be able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  ParentPay will be our preferred method of making payments to school. Parents who need to continue making payments by cash may do so using the Pay Point network at local  convenience stores. Pay Point payments are recorded by ParentPay and can be seen by logging into your ParentPay account and viewing your history online.

    What are the benefits to parents and students?

    · ParentPay is easy-to-use and will offer you the freedom to make online payments whenever and    wherever you  like, 24/7

    · The technology used is of the highest internet security available ensuring that your money will reach school  safely – offering you peace of mind

    · Payments can be made by credit/debit card or also through Pay Point

    · Full payment histories and statements are available to you securely online at anytime

    · Your children won’t have to worry about losing money at school

    · Parents can choose to be alerted when their balances are low via email and/or SMS text

    How to get started with ParentPay…

    We will shortly be sending you your account activation username and password, once you receive these:

    Visit www.parentpay.com

    · Enter your Activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage.  NB. These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process

    · Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account - registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders

    · Once activation is complete you can go to straight to Items for payment, select which item (s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment

    If you have any questions, please contact the School Office.

    We hope you will support us in achieving our goal to become a cashless school. Your support in using ParentPay will help the school enormously. As a thank you in advance, each student who has an active ParentPay account before Wednesday 6th September 2017 will be entered into a prize draw, where one lucky student will win a brand new iPad! 

     

     

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  • Miss Meyrick is now a Published Author for the University of Warwick! 

    Published 14/07/17

    We are thrilled to announce that one of our Teaching Staff has been chosen to have a research study on literacy and reading motivations published in the University of Warwick Journal of Education. Miss Meyrick is an English    teacher who is also responsible for High Attaining  and Literacy Development in The Bridge. She collaborates with local primary schools to ensure that we get to know our future Bridge students. In addition, she supports the delivery of enrichment programmes aimed at improving and stretching students’ communication skills through a variety of enrichment.

    ‘I am very passionate about encouraging reading and promoting it as high-profile throughout President   Kennedy School.  With this in mind, my research study primarily focused on increasing students’ reading motivations through rewards. This was a short-term study over three months – over the course of the first two months, rewards were put in place, however during the third month there were no motivations at all. The study predominantly looked at how students’ motivation to read changed throughout the three months.

    Not surprisingly, students’ motivations were at the highest during the first two months. Despite there being no rewards in the third month, the results indicated that a small number of students continued to read with no extrinsic motivations in place, which highlighted that there had been some impact on students’ intrinsic motivations to continue reading even when there were no rewards in place.

    Through conducting this research study, it has positively contributed to the subject field and to President Kennedy School as it has offered a  potential approach for increasing students’ reading motivations which hopefully will increase their reading abilities and ultimately their reading progress over time.’ 

    Congratulations Miss Meyrick!

     

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  • Year 6 Transition Day 2017

    Published 07/07/17

    On Wednesday 5th July 2017, Year 6 students came to Transition Day to have their first day in The Bridge. It was a fun filled day where all the students met their Year 7 tutor and The Bridge Team.

    Students participated in 'getting to know' you games and making new friends with students from different primary schools.

    In the afternoon, all students participated in a Year 7 lesson. Some students    contributed in their Spanish lesson, whilst others took part in Debating, Poetry Writing and Geography.

    The day was concluded by an assembly with four Year 6 students sharing their day's experience with the rest of their fellow peers and parents followed by a short video of the day's events.

    Mrs Alexander-Weller stated, 'The Year 6 students have been very enthusiastic, getting to know each other and their tutors as well as demonstrating great determination in their learning. September will be a wonderful occasion where the new Year 7s will begin their President Kennedy career in The Bridge, in our new school build.'

    Mrs Alexander-Weller, Mrs Potts, Miss Meyrick and Mrs Arnett

    The Bridge Team

     

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  • Year 9 Triangular Softball Tournament

    Published 07/07/17

    On Monday night Year 9 boys took part in a triangular softball tournament against Barrs Hill and  Sidney Stringer.

    The first game saw Stringer beat Barrs Hill 8-5. In the second game, President Kennedy fielded first and showed good tactical awareness to keep Stringer down to 7 runs, we batted and ran well to edge the game with 8 runs. In the final game, we showed excellent communication skills in the field to continually run out our opponents and limit Barrs Hill to 2 runs, in reply we struggled with the bat, but eventually found runs to end up tournament winners.

    Mr Garlick, PE  Department

     

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  • President Kennedy School's Success to be Shared Nationally

    Published 30/06/17

    The National Schools Commissioner works closely with the 8 Regional Schools Commissioners to support school leaders, teachers and governors in achieving the best education system possible for all children in England. 

    Sir David Carter, the National Schools Commissioner, has written to Mr Thomas inviting him to attend a round table discussion meeting at the Department of Education in July.

    The meeting will shape the Department of Education’s strategy for turning around under performing schools across England.

    In the letter Sir David wrote, “You have been specifically invited because your school has been on a significant improvement journey and we are keen to learn from your    experience and build it into our school improvement strategy”.

    The meeting will take place in Westminster, London in early July.

     

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  • Year 7 3D Maze Making on Show

    Published 23/06/17

    Year 7 students have been making 3D mazes as part of their Computer Science lessons.  They used Google Sketchup software to produce the 3D mazes and then used in-built camera features to produce a video walkthrough of their maze. Each one was themed and students produced mazes with themes such as super heroes, horror movie and circus themes.   

    Mr Moorcroft, Bridge Progress Leader

    “Making mazes is fun and I enjoyed it because it was a SketchUp plan in 3D design and it helps me with my computer work. I hope I can work in computers in the future because of this.”

    Mason Kyle, Year 7 Student

    “I built a maze in SketchUp for the Year 7 project. I really enjoyed doing this because you can be as creative as you want. I built a compact maze with loads of dead ends to confuse the people. You could even print pictures of your choice onto the walls of your maze.”

    Matthew Smith, Year 7 Student

    These mazes will be on display in the Bridge at lunch and break times.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Year 8 Athletics Champions!

    Published 23/06/17

    The Year 8 boys became Coventry Super 6s Athletics Champions for the first time on Wednesday night. The event involved a team of 6 pupils who had to take part in 2 events each; 1 track and 1 field from the following; Shot Putt, Javelin, Long Jump, 100m, 200m and 800m.

    Each event had 22 pupils in it and you had to come in the top 8 to score points for your team. The results below show which events and where our boys finished in them:

    200m - 2nd Edward Abiodun, 7th Brooklyn Vassell

    Long Jump - 3rd Habib Bologun, 4th Solomon Boateng

    Shot Putt - 1st Brooklyn Vassell

    Javelin - 2nd Avi Ladhar, 5th Taylor Harridence

    Relay - 3rd Avi Ladhar, Soloman Boateng, Habib Bologun and Edward Abiodun

    The boys will now represent Coventry in the CSW school game finals. Well done!

    Mr Garlick, PE Department

     

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  • President Kennedy School's General Election Results!

    Published 16/06/17

    The School Council carried out a whole school election to coincide with the General Election which took place on Thursday June 8th. We started this process by preparing our manifesto presentation of each party and this was shown to all students leading up to Election Day.

    Although we used Coventry based names as the parties, the actual manifestos were based on the real political parties.

    The Cathedral Party easily won the election and this represented the manifesto of Labour Party.

    We found this process very interesting and it allowed students across the school to engage in politics and to take an interest in democracy in the UK.

    Sky Marie Hill and Dhrunil Solanki

     

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  • President Kennedy School Runs Its Own General Election 

    Published 09/06/17

    This week President Kennedy School has staged their own mock election to coincide with the General Election complete with voting on Thursday 8th June.   Our election included 5 different parties and each one had to create and publish a party manifesto. The 5 parties comprised; West Orchards Party, Cathedral Party, Sky Blue Party, Herbert Party and Godiva Party.

    "It has been really interesting to witness how opinionated our students have been during the election and how many feel that younger people should have a say in their future.  What is good about the mock election in school is that all the parties names have been changed so students are voting according to which manifesto they prefer, rather than family or friendship bias."

    Mr Moorcroft,   The Bridge, Progress Leader

    "I think this is such a fantastic opportunity for the students to be able to be a part of and involved in gaining an understanding of how an election works. This gives them confidence to voice their opinion to make valuable contribution to society."

    Miss Connelly-Jones, Teaching  Assistant

     

     

     

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  • Cambridge University Success 

    Published 19/05/17

    During the last half term, the nine most academically able students in Year 11 were encouraged to apply for a prestigious residential placement at Clare College, Cambridge.

    The week will involve seminars and tutorials in subjects that these students want to study in the future, as well as outdoor and adventurous activities and sport. In addition, they will get a real flavour of what life is like staying in halls of residence and experiencing being undergraduate at Cambridge.

    I am pleased to announce that Kim Pfahler, Charlie Brown and Amy McCelland have been accepted on the placement and Maryam Qutbuddin and Vikram Dulai are on the reserve list. There were 24 places on offer for all students who applied from the Midlands area – so this is a fantastic achievement.

    I am sure you join me in wishing them all the very best for this exciting opportunity.

     

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  • Wasps Netball and South African International Visit President Kennedy School 

    Published 19/05/17

    On Wednesday 10th May, South African international and Wasps 11th super league signing Bongiwe Msuomi, visited President Kennedy School in order to deliver a two hour specialist netball coaching session to our young netballers.

    Thirty one students were invited from across both key stages, all of which are members of the School netball teams. 

    Bongiwe kicked off the first hour of the intense coaching session completing advanced netball drills that tested the girls’ physical skills as well as their ability to think tactically. Following this, the girls’ were given the chance to show how well they could apply their skills into a game situation and spent the remaining hour competing against each other in a mini netball tournament.

    The girls’ were also given the chance to engage in a question and answer session with Bongiwe at the end of the session, an opportunity to learn more about the life of an elite netballer.

    Overall, it was a very motivating and inspiring session and one of which I’m sure will only further encourage our young netballers to train hard and aim high.                 

                                            

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