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September 2016

  • Barclays Bank Visit The Bridge To Teach Money Management Skills 

    Published 30/09/16

    Year 7 student Alli Issa said “I really enjoyed the lessons from Barclays Bank learning all about money. Now I know about bank accounts I will have a brighter future

    Barclays Money Skills is national programme that helps young people to develop and improve their financial skills, knowledge and confidence.  The programme tackles topics such as opening a bank account, budgeting, saving and spending, and gives practical guidance on what to do if something goes wrong. 

    Bank staff facilitated sessions deliver material and resources aimed at helping students gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed financial decisions.  Practising Barclays colleagues are trained in delivering fun, interactive sessions on these basic money management topics using quizzes, games, role plays and discussion to focus on situations that students are truly able to connect with.

    As a former student here at President Kennedy School, Craig Taylor a Senior Business Analyst, said “I am extremely proud to be delivering something back after having such a fantastic experience here myself.  I owe my successful career to the dedication, skills and knowledge of the faculty staff and would encourage all students to apply themselves fully during their experiences within this outstanding learning environment. “

    Who knows, in this Year 7 class may be the next Lord Alan Sugar!    

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  • Journeying Project 2016

    Published 30/09/16

    In 2016 the journeying project summer expedition with Dol Y Moch saw a team of 3 Year 10 boys join a group of 7 to complete a gruelling 120 mile route across the county of Northumberland.

    The route called the Sandstone Way was new in 2015 and is the longest off road cycling route in the UK.

    The boys worked extremely hard and participated in route planning, group leadership, bike maintenance, shopping, cooking and budgeting as well as cycling the route.

    The Dol Y Moch staff informed me they were good company, good humoured and extremely cooperative. It was a big challenge with everyone putting in 7-9 hours of biking each day. We are extremely proud of their achievements.

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  • Record Open Evening Visitor Numbers 

    Published 23/09/16

    On Tuesday, President Kennedy School held an Open Evening for prospective year 7 students and their parents and carers. Students and staff escorted our visitors around school and a great deal of interest was shown in The Bridge and the new school building.

    The evening was very well attended and it was wonderful to see so many year 6 pupils from our local primary schools.

    Thank you to all those staff and students who gave up their evening to make this year’s Open Evening such a success.


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  • Enabling Enterprise Master Class with Year 8

    Published 23/09/16

    Working with ‘Enabling Enterprise’, Year 8 students had an Enterprise Master class where they learned and practiced skills they need in school and in life to be successful.

    Students developed their skills of Aiming High, Problem Solving, and having a Positive Attitude in a fun and engaging way.

    Amy Paull, Education Associate from Enabling Enterprise had this to add:

    This week, a group of year 8 students worked in partnership with Enabling Enterprise in a skills reflection session. This was an exciting opportunity for year 8 to test out some of their enterprise skills and reflect on top tips in using these skills.

    Enabling Enterprise’s mission is to ensure that all students leave school equipped with the enterprise skills, experiences of the world of work and aspirations to succeed. The enterprise skills were developed as a set of eight skills, combining what employers are looking for and the skills that had been shown to unlock learning.

    Year 8 students were really enthusiastic in sharing their ideas and reflecting on how to develop these skills over the next few weeks. They were even able to link them to the school’s values and showed confident communication throughout the session.

    Thanks to Mrs Petrak and Year 8 for inviting me in to work with them. I am looking forward to working with President Kennedy School throughout the year with our first enterprise trip coming up next week.

    Mata Dudkiewicz said from this master class she will  "...always try to be the best version of  herself...".

    Spencer Fisk added he has  learnt to "...stare defeat in the face and learn from your mistakes..."


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  • Year 8 Students to represent Coventry Schools! 

    Published 16/09/16

    Congratulations to Habib Balogun and Massi Sultani in Year 8 who after 5 weeks of trials throughout the summer have been selected to represent Coventry Schools at Football for the forthcoming season.

    Both pupils made their debut on Saturday in a friendly against Nuneaton and District.     

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  • Sam Selected for Wasps Academy!

    Published 16/09/16

    Congratulations to Sam Dapaah in Year 12, who has been selected to join the Wasps Academy.

    Sam was successfully selected at a recent trial held at Broadstreet RFC.

    Sam had never played rugby before when he joined the school in Year 8, he has since gone on to represent Coventry and Warwickshire.                     

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    Published 09/09/16

    This week we welcomed our Year 7 students to President Kennedy School. The Bridge is oversubscribed again this year with a waiting list. Looking extremely smart, students arrived ready to start their educational journey with us. They were warmly welcomed by, Mr Townsend and the Bridge Team and spent the rest of their day settling in with their tutor groups. By lunchtime everyone looked relaxed and happy and plenty of new friendships were being made. We know our new students never forget their first day at secondary school, and it was fantastic to see them settling in so well.






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  • Another year of excellent A level and GCSE examination results

    Published 09/09/16

    It has been really good to welcome students back into school this week and fantastic to greet our year 7 students who, by the end of their first day, looked settled and happy in their new environment.

    I am delighted to report yet another year of excellent A level and GCSE examination results. Our GCSE results remain well above average levels achieved nationally and across Coventry. 66% of students achieved the important measure 5A*-C including English and maths (compared to 54% across the city and 56% nationally) which provides students access into the next stage of their education or training. 98% of our students secured at least 5 GCSEs graded A*-G. This is an excellent achievement considering the recent changes to the curriculum which have made these exams more challenging.

    On average, in each subject, our students have achieved approximately one grade higher than would be expected nationally. Students have performed well across the board, but we have seen a particularly impressive performance by our high attaining students. In English, almost all students secured a grade A*-C and 32% secured a grade A* or A compared to a national average of 15%. In maths, 22% secured a grade A* or A compared to a national average of 16%. We expect that these pleasing results place President Kennedy School yet again in the top 1% for academic progress between year 7 and GCSE nationally and the majority of all year 11 students will progress to President Kennedy School’s Post 16 to study A levels.

    I am delighted to report that the school is also celebrating an outstanding set of A level examination results. The percentage of students achieving A*-B grades at A2 is an outstanding 42%. Given the strength of these results, all our students who applied to join Higher Education courses succeeded in securing an offer, and the vast majority secured their first choice place. Our highest ever percentage of students secured places at top ‘Russell Group’ universities including Teddy Mack who was successful in securing a place at Cambridge University. Students who have not chosen to go on to Higher Education have gained places on high quality apprenticeships or positions in employment.

    Our congratulations to all our students who achieved such fantastic results this summer . Their success reflects the very high quality of teaching and learning led by Mr Clayton and his staff and also to parents who have worked so supportively with us.


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