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Kingsnorth Church Of England Primary School

The best days of our lives… {{With Faith, Endeavour to Achieve}}

Governor News

An ongoing blog of our Governor activities for this academic year...

11th October  2017 - Collective Worship
Rev Caroline was in school monitoring the Collective Worship this morning with Mrs Hardwick. Despite being stung by a wasp Mrs Sullivan led very well!
We looked at how CW is distinctively Anglican and how it can be distinctively Christian as it seeks to ask questions of the children and relate them both to faith and the Bible and their life.
Mrs Hardwick and I also visited each classroom to monitor the prayer spaces and how the school values were displayed. It was encouraging to see the children using the 'dream clouds' to think big dreams about the future, and to see how each prayer space is used differently in each classroom. I was pleased to see examples of children articulating what the school values were for themselves. 

21 September 2017 - First Committee Meetings of the year

Throughout today the JLGB met in committees to discuss resources, finance, staffing, curriculum and health and safety. Minutes of every meeting are available to parents and staff to read, if they wish to, once they have been approved.  

06 September 2017 - Forming the Joint Local Governing Body
This evening we met for the first time as a Joint Local Governing Body (JLGB). We welcomed the existing Brenzett  Governors to join us and with the advice from Nick Morgan of Aquila we had our first meeting agreeing documentation and Terms of Reference amongst other things.

30 June 2017 - Sports Day

It was great to attend the school sports day event today. The children all seemed to have a wonderful time and enjoy participating in the events. It was nice to see so many parents spectating. Thanks to all staff who made it a successful event.


28 June 2017 - Comment from the Vice Chair of Governors

I am always interested in how we can prepare our Year 6 children in going forward into the 'big wide world' of secondary education, and I would like to relate of two events that have recently taken place for our pupils.

Today I visited the Rare Breeds centre at Woodchurch where Ashford Borough Council had arranged for all Year 6 children in the Borough to learn about various safety hazards and 'life skills'. There were stands about drugs education, keeping safe, and a whole host of other agencies but for the first time children were also advised about 'mental health and well being' issues. This afternoon our staff took Kingsnorth children to participate in this annual event. I was delighted to see how well behaved our pupils were and another Borough Councillor remarked to me how good they were.

Also I was able to arrange for our MP to come to school to talk to Y6 children about ;democracy' as part of our teaching on British Values. Year 6 children from Furley Park also came to hear what Damian Green our “deputy PM” had to say and he answered all of their questions quite honestly.  I thought the best question from children was “What motived you to become interested in politics?”  and the answer was that he had a good history teacher at  school.

08 June 2017 - Resources group meeting

A very productive meeting today covering budgets, reviewing policies, staffing plans and discussing future school plans and projects.

08 June 2017 - Resources Group Meeting
The Resources group of governors met for the final time this year. The main topic on the agenda was the setting and approval of the school budget. After much discussion the budget was approved and signed by the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors. The school and Governors have set a tight but balanced budget this year given the financial pressures all school now face, the budget was submitted to Aquila with a caveat describing why we have done what we have. On an extremely positive note the head teacher was able to report that for September we are fully staffed with highly qualified teachers in EVERY class and also have the added support of two great student teachers who would be working with us. The Resource governors and especially the Chair of Resources have worked extremely hard this year with the school and are proud of all the school has been able to achieve.

05 June 2017 - Health and Safety Audit
As the designated Health and Safety Governor I attended a meeting with the Health and Safety representative from Aquila. The audit was conducted on behalf of Aquila by a company called Ellis Whittam who provide management services to the trust. The audit was robust and detailed over the course of the whole day and included a physical full site inspection as well as a desk audit of all associated paper work and policies. I am very pleased to report that only a few minor issues were raised most relating to signage or simple housekeeping practices. These were either address on the day or will be completed before the end of term.

26 May 2017 -  Budget Meeting
The Chair of Resources, Chair of Governors and the school business manager met to go over in detail the proposed budget that needed to be finalised and submitted to the Academy Trust early in June. Given the very tight monetary constraints the school had prepared a balance budget proposal with governors that provide for the day to day operational needs and allowed for a smaller amount of money this year than in previous years towards further school improvements. The budget would be submitted to the full Governor Resources Group in early June for their approval.

23 May 2017 - Chair of Governors and Head Teacher Aquila meeting
Attended a Chair of Governor and Head Teacher meeting with the senior management and board representatives from Aquila at the Ramsgate Primary school. The meeting was the 3rd one this year and focused on the progress that had been made within Aquila schools and how well the Academy Trust schools were now working and cooperating together. All at the meeting agreed that this was a major step forward for the trust and would lead to even more progress next year.

28 April 2017 - Planning Meeting with Kingsnorth Parish Council
The Chair of Kingsnorth Parish council came to the school to discuss plans they are considering to help improve the facilities offered to the residents of Kingsnorth and ask for input from the school on what they can do to help and support us.

24 April  2017 - Progress and Impact meeting
Today I attended the meeting with all senior leaders of the school as well as the school improvement advisor appointed by Aquila to monitor and evaluate our progress. The meeting focuses on current termly data from all year groups to ensure we are on track to achieve our school targets and that all pupils are making the necessary progress. The meeting also looks at the detail of various groups to ensure that no particular group is in any way disadvantaged. The data available showed progress was on target and any pupils who were not meeting expected levels were known to teachers and action was being taken to help them. 

21 April 2017 - Governor Lunch with Pupil School Council
The governors invited the pupil’s School Council to the annual lunch we hold with them. This is a great opportunity for both governors and the pupils from across all year groups to meet and hear from each other. The meeting took place in the old school building and the buffet lunch was provided by our catering company. The pupils were fantastic and ask a range of question and raised some concerns they have, all the governors who were able to attend enjoyed the event and look forward to it again next year.

02 March 2017- Resources group meeting
Today included finance review, health and safety update, staffing update, to discuss future projects and lettings. With school finances under increasing pressure we spoke about the impact it could have on our school. We acknowledged and thanked the PFA for their amazing work and support in raising essentials funds for the school. 

02 March 2017- Lower School Link Meeting

The lower school link Governors received an update on data for the Lower School including an indication of the expected pass rate for the Phonics Screening Check and the measures that had been put in place to ensure the best possible outcome for the children in this test. The Governors were given an understanding of the new way in which appraisals and coaching would be carried out at the School and the benefits of these changes.  Staff changes and Miss Ciantar’s forthcoming maternity leave were discussed, with regard to her role as a class teacher, the Head of Lower School and as a Governor. The Year R Mother’s Day event and the Year R trip to the library and fire station were outlined and the governors were extended an invitation. 

23 February 2017 - Governor Training

I attended a SIAMS monitoring course this evening which gave a great oversight into what is expected to be seen during a SIAMS inspection. It was a good opportunity to speak to other school governors and have more in depth discussions around SIAMS. 


22 February 2017 - Parents/Governors Meeting
Today we had our Annual meeting between Parents and Governors. It is a great opportunity to meet each other face to face and discuss school improvement and future projects the school has in mind. Please find the minutes attached here.

22 February 2017- Link meeting for middle school
The governors linked to the middle school met today to probe into the most up to date school data available. We also received information on in-year staff changes, training attended and new coaching/appraisal strategy. It is a great opportunity for governors to spend time in school during the school day.

21 February 2017 - RE/CW Meeting
Today I enjoyed meeting with RE Leader, Mrs Roach, and helping with the mid-term SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) documentation; the children in school help with planning worship by working out how they might frame their prayers. We are thinking around some ideas for the Worship and Praise day at the end of Year 6 also. I had the opportunity to see Mr Everett's wonderful carpentry, with his new cross for the school hall.

26 January 2017- Training session
Along with 4 other governors from our LGB, I attended a training session to learn about interpreting school data/information. It was a very useful evening. It provided an up to date approach in which governors can analyse data and use it in school.

15 December 2016 - Full LGB Meeting
New governors were made to feel very welcome at the first full LGB since their appointment. The agenda gave a good insight into the diverse range of issues covered by the Governing Body at these meetings including policies vital to the effective running of the school and the wealth of data generated and analysed to ensure ongoing success. There was also the opportunity to reflect on some of the school’s many achievements and celebrations such as the 150th anniversary and the opening of the sensory garden and a look ahead to the extra-curricular trips being planned for the coming year.

12 December- Choir Performance at Tesco
I accompanied 48 children from the school choir on a trip to the local Tesco store, to sing their Christmas medley of songs! The trip leaders ran through all of the risks, specific medical cases and the ratio of adults:children. It was a great chance to see our children conduct themselves so nicely in the local community and provide entertainment to the shoppers.

07 December- Year R Nativity Performance
I had the great pleasure of watching the Year R children today! They were fabulous! The school had invited along local pre-school children to come and watch. It was a lovely opportunity to reach out to others in the local community.

07 December- link governor meeting of middle school
As a group we meet 3 times a year with the Team Leader of the middle school. We use the time to probe into specific class data, to identify areas that are making great progress and those areas that need to continue to improve. We also looked at staffing changes, roles and review process. We discussed FSM, pupil premium and new maths curriculum teaching tool.

03 December- Christmas Fayre
The PFA ran another wonderful event opening up the school to the local community to come and enjoy some festive cheer! The additional funds that the PFA bring to the school are received very gratefully and the hard work from the volunteers is really appreciated.

01 December- Resources Group meeting
We met today to discuss the school budget, health and safety matters, future school projects and to receive a staffing update. These group meetings are a key opportunity for questions to be asked and support to be given to the school.

24 November - Class Assembly
Today, I watched a Year 4 class assembly. It was very enjoyable and the children were proud to present their work to their peers and their families! It is a great opportunity for parents to visit the school.

23 November- Open Evening for Prospective new Year R
We opened the school up to prospective new families to receive a presentation of information about the school, the teaching team, Year R, recent headline data and to look around the school. I am proud to talk on behalf of the school about the high standards of teaching, the results the school achieves and the progress that pupils make at Kingsnorth, academically and socially.

14/16 November- Recruitment Days
I supported with the interview process involved with the recruitment of 2 new Teaching Assistants. We work closely with safe recruitment practices and ensure that new appointments will contribute towards the continued progress of our children.

11th November - Remembrance assembly
Year 6 children today lead the Remembrance assembly. The whole school joined together for a 2 minute silence to remember the fallen. The children spoke of an enjoyable trip to France during which they learnt about WW1 and visited a war museum, amongst many other days out. As a governor, I am always happy to take these opportunities to talk to the pupils about their school experiences and to ensure the work of the LGB is understood amongst the children.

10 November - Governor TrainingI was able to take part in some Aquila Training on the Risk Management Tool which the school/trust use. It was a great opportunity to train alongside other governors from our school but also a great chance to network with governors form other schools.

22 October - Recruitment Day
As a governing body our aim is to ensure that all recruitment is carried out in a consistent and fair way with safeguarding in mind with all appointments that are made. 

22 September - Resources Committee Meeting
This was our first group meeting of the new academic year. We discussed topics including financial control and current budget, staff changes and appraisal process, health and safety update and training for members of the LGB. Minutes of every meeting are available to parents and staff to read, if they wish to, once they have been approved.

13 September - Recruitment Day
We have a rigorous set of activities for recruitment of teachers at Kingsnorth - always with our school ethos and values at the centre of the process. Today, we selected a new member of staff for the teaching team and we were delighted to welcome him into the Kingsnorth community.

07 September - Interviews
I was supporting the school today with the recruitment process for a new midday supervisor. As a school, we endeavour to employ staff who can support the children at lunchtime and bring another dimension to lunchtime activities.

Last Academic Year

Thursday 14 July - LGB Final Meeting this year

A packed agenda greeted Governors at this meeting which is known as our final housekeeping meeting of the year. I want this last blog from me this year to focus not so much on the work of the governors but more as a thank you to all those who support us at the school.

The meeting saw the appointment of a new governor to our school; Anne Locke will join us in September as a Director appointed governor, she has many years of experience as a teacher and has held governor roles in other schools. Her experience will add greatly to this bodies skill and we all look forward to working with her. The meeting also saw the departure of Rod Gilbert who had been working with us until a new vicar was appointed to Kingsnorth church. I would like to thank Rod for stepping in and helping us and wish him well for the future, Rod will keep in contact with the school and we are all grateful for the advice and support he has and will continue to offer.

A special thanks must go to our fantastic PFA who have done so much this year to raise money for the school, but they do so much more than just help with funding their work on Disco’s and the various events we have over the year helps the school stay at the centre of the Kingsnorth community.

This year has seen a whole new series of challenges for the school and I would like to thank every one of the staff and governors for their support and hard work. Together we have achieved so many great things and we will go on next year to improve and do even better for the pupils who are in our care.

I would like to thank our parents and carers of all our pupils. You have all done so much to support us and your children again this year and it shows not only in the academic results they achieve but also in their personnel development.

And my final thanks must go to two of the longest serving member of our school community. Jan White and Sue Archer are both retiring after many years of selfless service to our school. They have both been great assets to the school and will be missed in their normal daily roles. Both Jan and Sue have said they will continue to keep in touch with us and are looking forward to joining us at various events in the years to come and we also look forward to seeing them. I wish them both a safe happy and well-earned retirement.

Kingsnorth school is an amazing place with so many different people all with one aim, to make sure that the pupils, staff and all those associated can remember their time with us as some of the best days of their lives and I count myself privileged to be part of this team. I hope everyone has a safe and restful summer and look forward to seeing you all again in September.

David Weatherstone

Chair of Governors

Thursday 14 July - Year 6 Production 

Great performance this evening from year 6 in their production "Pirates of the Curry Bean". I enjoyed watching it and laughing along with other governors and proud parents. Well done year 6 and to Mr Denton and Miss Emms.

Friday 8 July - Sports day

A full day of sports for the whole school to take part in. It is an event which is inclusive to all abilities. These type of events are a great opportunity for members of the LGB to meet with the parent body. 

Thursday 07 July - Premiere of Little Ted Animation 

Parents, staff, Governors and others were invited to attend the Premiere of 'Little Ted the Animation' which explains what XP is in a way pupils and adults can understand. It was an amazing piece of work and the school was proud to have played its small part in helping to make the animation possible. We are especially proud of the 4 pupils from the school who played the various characters or narrated the story.

Tuesday 5 July - Year 2 trip to Hastings

As a link governor attached to the Middle school, I was invited to attend the Year 2 trip to Hastings. This is a great opportunity to spend time with the children and to see them learn outside of the classroom. I met some children today that I had not met before and I will look forward to meeting them again on my next visit to school. It is a great chance for children, staff and governors to work together to all understand each others' roles. The children demonstrated great behaviour throughout the busy day. It was a very enjoyable day trip!

Thursday 30 June - Resources Committee Meeting

Although it is almost the end of the school year this meeting of the Resource Group was a busy and important one. The agenda contained many important items to deal with and key amongst them was the new budget for the next 5 years. School incomes are still under enormous pressure and ours is not any different to most others, due to the hard work of the staff making every penny count and always prioritising the pupils needs first we have done well with what we were given and were able to propose a budget to the Academy Trust which they accepted. The budget will need close monitoring because it does predict that unless the government funds to schools increase in real terms even schools such as us will be facing cuts in 5 years times.

Wednesday 29 June - Governor training session

Tonight, I attended a governor training session focused on improving standards of governance using different techniques. Training and development of our governing body is a key item on our agenda and something that we all regard as important in improving our skills as a whole body of people. These training sessions allow an informal way of talking to other governors and sharing ideas and best practise.

Monday 27 June - Interview.

We interviewed today for a midday supervisor position. As a school we always ensure that all interviews are carried out to a consistent high standard. We regard safe recruitment as our top priority and ensure that any job offers are subject to full checks.

24/25/26 June - PFA school Victorian Fayre

I was able to give up some time to help the amazing team of volunteers who are the school committee member of the PFA. I helped with preparation work and on the day. The LGB are so grateful to the PFA for the additional funds that they bring into the school. I was happy to take the opportunity to continue to build links with all parties involved at the school. It was a great success of a day, a true reflection of the happy place that Kingsnorth school is to all involved with it!

Sunday 19 June - Garden Working Party

Members of the whole school community joined together for the final push to get the new school garden planted and near completion for the grand opening next weekend! The project has been an amazing success and will be a great asset to the school for years to come! A place to learn, talk and reflect.

There was a really great community feeling about this event, so many parents, staff child and governors came along to help with creating the new garden.  With everyone’s support the hard work was easily done and then how wonderful it was to get the Archbishop of Canterbury to just pop in as he was visiting the church next door. It was clear from what he said that our project impressed and touch him, he even posed for pictures in the special chair the school had given to Rev Sheila when she retired.

Monday 13th June - New Year R children taster session

Today, we welcomed the children for the first time into their new school! It is a great way for the children to get familiar with the school and the staff that will be working with them in September. It is a wonderful opportunity, as a member of the LGB, to meet with new families and chat informally and build early relationships

Friday 27 May - PFA meeting
I attended the meeting of the PFA where they discussed the forthcoming summer fair. The PFA have kindly donated funds towards the 150 year celebrations at the school and the work that is carried out by this devoted group of volunteers is very much appreciated by the LGB and the school team. They contributions to the school budget are very gratefully received!

Wednesday 25 May - Interviews
I represented the GB on the interview panel for new member of the midday team. At Kingsnorth, we treat recruitment very seriously to ensure we employ staff that will help to progress our children and develop the values that we hold strong. We ensure that all job offers are subject to full checks.

Wednesday 18 May - Balloon Release!
A fun activity for the whole school to be part of! The rain was driving and not perfect conditions to release balloons but nothing would stop the plans from going ahead! A whole school event planned to precision! A memory for the all of the children to take with them from their days at Kingsnorth- the best days of our lives!

Wednesday 18 May - Year 2 SATS visit
I spent some time in a Year 2 class today to see the testing process. It is useful to see first hand the tests that the children complete, the management of the classroom during these tests and how the children cope with them. There has been some discussion at GB meetings about the changes to tests this year and I wanted to get a better understanding to enable me to feedback to the GB more accurately.

Friday 13 May - Dance event for Sports Relief
An event for the whole school to raise money for a national charity. Parents were invited to buy tickets to the show. These events give a great opportunity for members of the GB to meet with parents, staff and children and discuss general school life. I am always happy to wear my governor badge at these events as the school work so closely with the wider community and I am proud to be part of this supporting team.

Friday 13 May - School Football Team match
Another opportunity to meet with parents and children who are representing the school. The extra curricular activities available at Kingsnorth are very well attended by children and popular with parents. It is great to see competitive team spirit in the children in this environment. They all are very proud to represent their school in sport. They demonstrate the values we hold strong at school through sport.

Monday/Tuesday 09/10 May - Interviews
I represented the GB on the interview panel for new team members. We take recruitment very seriously at Kingsnorth School, ensuring that we chose the right candidate based on their values and beliefs, attitude to progression and standards, understanding of children's welfare and safe guarding duties and their ability to be flexible and work within the team. All job offers are made subject to full checks.

Friday 06 May - Fun Run!
An amazing whole community event. It was a  great opportunity to chat with parents about the work of the GB, future events at school and to hear their views on anything regarding school life! The weather was great, everyone was happy and it was a real community afternoon!

Thursday 05 May - Resources Committee Meeting
The resources sub group met today to discuss the budget, staff changes, health and safety, the 150 Year celebrations and the car park. The meeting had a full agenda to get through with lots of discussions and challenges to the school. Full copies of minutes are available for anyone to look at in the school reception area.

Tuesday26 April - Link meeting for Middle School Governors
We met today with the team leader of the middle school (Years 2/3/4) to receive an update on recent assessment data, staff changes and any other issues arising. The data showed areas of progress and areas that needed to be continued focus for the summer term. We heard of teacher changes in Year 4 and the plans to cover. I arranged to visit one Year 2 class during the SATS week to see the testing process.

Wednesday 23 March 2016 - Local Governing Body Meeting

A full meeting of the Local Governing Body of Kingsnorth Primary school took place today. Governors received various reports and were pleased that the actions targeted under the School Improvement Plan (SIP) were on track and the impact as measured by current teacher assessment and other data showed good progress towards the final outcomes. As part of a process of insuring our judgements were accurate a moderation was taking place that evening with a group of other teachers from another Ashford school where pupil books were being review and both their judgements of their own pupils and our judgements of our pupils was being cross checked.

Amongst the other reports and matters considered was a report on school attendance, Kingsnorth continues to achieve a very good overall attendance figure of 97%. This fantastic result is due to the parents and pupils who support and value the work we as a school do and the work of the school staff who daily monitor attendance and find ways to help parents and pupils of our school.
The Governors would like to send our thanks to you all for this effort and work.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 - Governors and Parents AGM

We opened the school up to any parents/carers who wanted to come and talk to the Governors and look at future plans for the school.

Please click here to see a copy of the presentation.

Friday 5 February 2016 - Positive Action Training

I attended a school training session today called "Positive Actions". The programme will be introduced in school during lessons of PHSE. It will be used by all members of staff to enforce positive decision making behaviour. It will be used alongside the schools current behaviour management policy.

The training was well received and we will wait to see the long term benefits of the programme.


Thursday 4 February - Year 4 Pantomime

Tonight was the final performance of the Year 4 children's production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". The children were all amazing! Confident and independent children. A credit to Kingsnorth School. It was a great opportunity for parents to be welcomed into the school and see the achievements of their children's hardwork!

Tuesday 12 January - Visit with SENCo

I had the privilege of being at school when there was a full school assembly at which the school was given an award by the Teddington Trust, and children were told how the trust is able to help children in other countries.  After the award the whole school learned a new hymn which I expect they will sing for our 150 year celebrations as it highlighted the whole Kingsnorth community.

Later I was able to see the children in the lower years who qualify from the Universal Free School Meals, and I must say how impressed I was with the quality of the food and the selection available. Dinner ladies helped the smaller children and encouraged them all to eat their food up.

Wednesday 09 December - Christingle

Today I was lucky enough to spend time with Year 2 learning about and making Christingles. The children were great and very enthusiastic. By the end everyone had completed their own Christingle to take home.  We found out what all the parts of the Christingle meant and the link between the oranges and St Nicholas. I was really impressed with the behaviour of the whole class throughout.

Saturday 05 December - Multi Use Games Area Opening

Governors along with school staff and pupils were present at the official opening of the new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) today by the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Dyer. This fantastic new facility has been built in partnership with Kingsnorth Parish Council and Ashford Borough Council for use by the school and local community. The MUGA is an all year facility that allows sports like Basketball, Football, Netball and Tennis to be played. The school was a key partner in securing the facilities on the playing fields and will have access to use it during the day whilst at the evening and weekends it will be used by community groups and other users. The first match was played between the schools pupils and Scouts, no one was really keeping score but just enjoying watching these young people use their new facility.

Thursday 03 December - Local Governing Body Meeting

The first full meeting of the Local Governing Body of Kingsnorth Primary school under the control of the Diocese of Canterbury Multi Academy Trust (DCAT) Aquila took place this evening. Joining us at the meeting was Nicholas Morgan who represented Aquila and is responsible for monitoring and advising Local Governing Bodies (LGB).

Governors received various reports and were pleased that the actions targeted under the School Improvement Plan (SIP) were on track and the impact as measured by current teacher assessment showed good progress towards the final outcomes. Governors also gave the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) approval to plan a residential trip in Nov 2016 for what will be that Year 6 cohort. Final decisions on venue and plans will be submitted to governors in March 2016 for approval.

Following the meeting Nicholas Morgan asked if he could bring representatives from other LGB in Aquila to our next meeting to share what he saw as good governance practice and challenging questioning by Governors. We as governors look forward to working with Aquila and to share with other Academies in the group our good practice whilst also learning from them.

Thursday 12 November  - Extraordinary Governing Body Meeting

A  meeting of the full Governing body took place this evening to formally conclude the work of The Governors of Kingsnorth Primary School and to have the first meeting of the newly appointed Local Governing Body (LGB) of Kingsnorth Primary School part of the Diocese of Canterbury’s multi Academy Trust, Aquila. As Kingsnorth is a good school that is a converter academy Aquila has appointed all of the existing governors to posts in the new LGB, Aquila’s scheme of delegation to the LGB has given the governors much the same responsibilities for the management of the school (Academy) as they had previously and all of the governors are looking forward to working closely with them to develop and improve our school as it moves forward.  

Saturday 07 November 2015 - PFA Firework Night

I was lucky enough to one of the many who enjoyed the brilliant display put on by the PFA last weekend. The display was very well organised and many thanks to all who helped make it such and enjoyable event.


03 - 06 November 2015 - Year 6 French Residential Trip

As a governor I was able to join the Year 6 residential trip to the French coast around the Boulogne area. The pupils from Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed a 4 day educational trip, learning and practicing the French language whilst visiting our French partner school and historical sites from WW2 .  The trip also included visits to a working farm, a market and a sweet factory where the pupils practiced more language skills whilst having fun. All of the pupils were amazing; with everyone they met commenting on how good there were. The staff on the trip were proud of our pupils as ambassadors for our school. This type of trip is designed to be educational but in a fun and enjoyable way, it allows pupils the opportunity to experience new things and develop as individuals learning to cooperate with other pupils in a different environment.

Tuesday 03 November 2015 - Visit to school by Aquila

We were joined in school this morning by Mr John Richardson, the Chairman of the Aquila board and Mrs Annie Wiles, Chief Operations officer of Aquila. They were on hand during our first morning as an academy and as a member of Aquila ourselves. All went very smoothly and to the outside observer, not much has changed in the way we operate.

Sunday 01 November 2015 - We converted to an Academy!

After many months of hard work and much effort behind the scene, the school converted to an academy un the directions of Aquila, Diocese of Canterbury Academy Trust. The decision was taken by the school leadership and Governors, to take greater control over the future direction of the school, to work more closely with the diocese and to further strengthen our schools distinctive Christian character. The process has been fairly painless all in all!

Saturday 17th October Ground Force day- project garden clearance

I managed to play a small part in helping to clear the area around the pond ready for its new life as a sensory/wildlife garden. There were staff members, parents, children and friends of the school present. Everyone in the school community has a part to play in shaping this new project. The 150th year of education at Kingsnorth school will be an amazing celebration! 
hursday 8th October Full school poetry assembly

I attended an assembly in which every class performed a rehearsed piece of poetry. They had all worked extremely hard to learn their poems and work together on the performance. This was followed by the final of the individual performances by 12 small groups of children. All children were involved in choosing a winner. The behaviour within the assembly was very good, the children looked very smart and every child had a part to play in making it a success. 
Monday 28th September Interviews for lunchtime staff

A small panel consisting of a member of School Leadership, line manager and a governor carried out these interviews. Prospective candidates are all asked a variety of questions to assess their understanding of the job role, safeguarding and the skills that they can bring to the school. Safe recruitment is very important to us in school and we carry out full checks on all employees, volunteers, governors or anyone working within the

Thursday 24th September Combined Resources/Learning and Development Meeting

The first meeting of the groups of the new academic year brought full agendas. We held a combined meeting this time to ensure we had adequate numbers to accept any decisions. We received updates on adjacent building projects, health and safety reports, admissions and attendance, academy conversion and latest data available. There were full discussions and questioning from governors. All minutes of meetings are available for staff and parents/carers to look at.

July 2015 - Goodbye to Reverend Sheila

In June the school said goodbye to Rev Sheila as she retired from the parish and has left to set up home near the coast.

The school held a final assembly for her where she was presented with our thanks f

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