Thursday 16 September 2010

Kenilworth School and Castle Sixth Form

Kenilworth School and Sports College
Leyes Lane
Kenilworth CV8 2DA
01926 859421

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Castle Sixth Form Centre
Rouncil Lane
Kenilworth CV8 1FN
01926 859421

Kenilworth School News Letter 10th Sptember 2010 (view in Google docs)

Dear All,

Welcome back to all students, parents and staff, and in particular a warm welcome to our Year 7 students who seem to have settled in very well indeed.  I am positive that the year ahead will be a successful one, building on our recent successes.

I would like to congratulate all of our students who sat their GCSE and A level examinations in the summer.  We are very proud of their achievements. This summer, our pupils achieved a record number of GCSE passes.  An outstanding 79% of students achieved 5 A* - C passes including English and Maths, and 84% achieved 5 A* - C passes overall.  Almost all students achieved 5 A – G passes and an impressive 40% of all exams taken resulted in A* or A grades.

At A level, an impressive 10% of students achieved the new A* grade, which was above the national average of 8% reported in the media.  The A – E pass rate was 98.6% and it is good to note that almost all students have secured the necessary grade to gain entry to their chosen universities. I am delighted to report that three students gained entry to Oxbridge.  Enrolment in the sixth form is taking place this week, and as a result of our students’ successes in the summer, many of them will be able to follow the courses of their choice in the sixth form.

Our students have so much potential when they start with us at Kenilworth, and it is rewarding to see this potential being nurtured as they progress through school.  All students, including those who may not have achieved this year, have done well, and in many cases, have exceeded their predicted grades based on their prior performance in exams.

Our students have so much potential and it is rewarding to see so many of them exceeding expectations. I would like to take this opportunity also to thank the teachers for their hard work and dedication in supporting our students.  The partnership between home and school is crucial to their success and we hope to maintain and build upon our productive relationship with all stakeholders, parents, students, staff and Governors.

In order to maintain good communications between home and school, I would be grateful if all parents could sign your son’s/daughter’s planner on a regular basis.  Please feel free to use the planner as one method of communicating information that is of a non confidential nature.

In the interests of safety and child protection, it is important that all visitors report to the reception at Leyes Lane, where they will be asked to sign in and be given an identity badge.  I would therefore be grateful if all staff, governors and volunteers would bear this in mind when they are in school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely
H.H.S. Abbott

Dates for your Diary
14th Year 7 House Run
15th Yr 13 Parents Evening
16th Yr 7 & 13 Photos
17th Bronze D of E Weekend
30th Open Evening, Leyes Lane

Music Extra-Curricular events

Concert Band
Woodwind and brass, grades 3/4 and above.
Every other Tuesday at 3:40 in the Music Tech Room.
See Mr Marr for details. 1st rehearsal – 21st September

Jazz Band
Woodwind and brass, grades 5/6 and above.
Every other Tuesday at 3:40 in the Music Tech Room.
See Mr Marr for details. 1st rehearsal – 14th September

String Orchestra
String players, grades 4 and above.
Tuesday at 3:40 in the Upper School Hall.
See Mrs Kelham-Gardner for details. 1st rehearsal – 14th September

Boys’ Vocal Group
Broken voices, close harmony.
Wednesday at 3:40 in U15 (music hut).
Run by Garry Jones.1st rehearsal – 15th September

Girls' Vocal Group
Years 8 - 13, close harmony.
Monday at 3:40 in U15 (music hut).
Run by Garry Jones. 1st rehearsal – 13th September

Year 7/8 Vocal Group
Year 7/8 boys and girls.
Friday at 12:45 in U15 (music hut).
See Mrs Roberts for details. 1st rehearsal – 10th September

Chamber Groups
Woodwind and brass, grades 1 and 2.
Times will be arranged individually
See Mrs Jarvie for details.

6th Form Vocal Group
Year 12 and 13, 4 part choir.
Thursday at 12:45 in the music hut.
See Mr Marr for details. 1st rehearsal – 16th September

6th Form Dixieland Band
Year 12 and 13, grades 5 and above.
Wednesday at 12:45 in the music hut.
See Hettie Jackson for details. 1st rehearsal – 15th September

A minibus will leave Castle at 3:30 every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Each week we will introduce new members of staff

Mr Richard Reeve – Assistant Head

I am delighted to have joined Kenilworth School this September
as Assistant Headteacher.

I have worked in two previous schools, in Birmingham and
Sandwell, and am looking forward to another rich and rewarding
experience at this school.  My passion lies in both pastoral care
and teaching and learning.  I am interested in not just how many
qualifications a young person gets, but also how a school helps
to encourage young people with a platform for life, both in terms
of the person they are and their motivation for future-learning.

I spent my early years at schools in Solihull and have lived there
for most of my life, the exception being my university
(and PGCE) years that were spent in and around Manchester.

Starting at a new school is always testing but I am grateful that
I have been made to feel very welcome by staff and students –
many of whom have gone out of their way to say hello or to
help a teacher lost!

Urgently needed

Interesting high heeled shoes to inspire Applied Art brief.
If you have any shoes at the back of your wardrobe that you don’t mind donating, please send them to
Claire Nicoll Art U12.
Thank you


Georgina Ray, grade 2 flute
Edward Pettitt, grade 2 clarinet
Jodie Mcleod, grade 7 flute
Amy Crighton, grade 5 theory
Hettie Jackson grade 7 piano

Girl's Football Club - TEAM SELECTION for 2010/2011

All girls who are interested in playing football for Kenilworth School need to come to training Mondays 13th September after school 3.40-4.40p.m.  Meet Sports Hall changing rooms after school.  All you need is your PE kit.  Training will be on the astro every Monday and matches start VERY SOON.

We need girls for the following teams:

Under 12 (Students from year 7) - League team
Under 14 (Students from year 8 and 9) - League team
Under 16 (Students from year 10 and 11) - League team

Under 13 (Students from year 7 and 8) - Cup team
Under 15 (Students from year 9 and 10) - Cup team

To be in the team you MUST be at training on Monday.
See Miss Knight in the Sports Hall if you have any Questions.


SATURDAY 9th October
8pm – 12pm
Lower School Hall
£10 per ticket
(includes Deli Platters
from Pizzo)
Featuring Chelsey Walker
Analogue Sound
Licensed Bar
Promises to be a great night
Contact Louise

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School Kenilworth
is having a 'Have A Go Day' on
Wednesday 6th October, 2010 4.30pm at Priors Field Primary School, Clinton Lane, Kenilworth.

We are offering the opportunity for children aged 6-18yrs to come and 'have a
go' at Stagecoach Kenilworth. Join us for a free fun packed 3 hours of singing,
dancing and drama. No previous experience necessary.

To book your child's place and for further information please phone 01789
263464. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis.

Jacqui Dance, Principal Stagecoach Leamington Spa, Warwick and Kenilworth
Good luck to Sophie Edge (Y13) who is representing the Great Britain this weekend in World Triathlon Championships in Hungary. She is in the 17-19 year old category so is hoping for a top 10 finish! A full report in next week’s newsletter.


Next week your child will receive their homework timetable. They should copy it into their planner so you will be able to see what work they should have each evening by checking the planner. The timetables are also available on the school intranet.

Homework is an important link between home and school. It serves as a window through which you can observe your children’s education and support them in it. As children grow older, homework and the amount of time engaged in homework, increases in importance. The homework your child receives should consolidate their learning and challenge them to extend their understanding and natural curiosity.

Homework is also an important element in developing your child as an independent learner. Your child’s ability to bring an assignment home, gather and organize necessary materials to complete the work, return it and receive a mark and feedback, strengthens his or her sense of responsibility. Important time management skills are learned. Homework also offers teachers a regular opportunity to let you know what your children are learning.

So homework is one of the things which helps join teachers and parents in a strong partnership. From the teacher’s perspective there is the opportunity to monitor students' independent progress. For parents there is the potential to gain a regular insight into what the children are learning and to express positive attitudes towards their achievement.

Mr Snape

Orienteering club start next Tuesday (14th). All old and new member welcome. Meet at 3:40 in the sports hall. We travel out in the minibus to local woods for training and return to school at about 5:15pm. There are 2 main competitions this term – the British Score Championships and the British Schools Championships (we came an amazing 2nd place overall last year). Also this year we will be entering for the World School selection race with a strong possibility that we will make it to the World Schools Championships in Italy next may! Therefore this term is very important.

The Tuesday training dates and venues and the competition dates are as follows:
14 /9     Black Pad 21/9      Castle Farm 28/9     Abbey Fields 5/10     Ryton Pools              
Saturday 9th October 2010 British Schools Score
Sunday 10th October
Opportunity to run for OD’s, which would be good practice for the British Schools in November
12/10   Abbey Fields 19/10   Haywood 2/11     Rough Close 9/11     Wainbody Woods
16/11   Kenilworth Common
Saturday 20th November 2010 World Schools Selection Race for Y7-10
Sunday 21st November 2010 British Schools Championships – whole squad
See you all on Tuesday – new member welcome, especially if you are good at running. Mr Lockren

read the full Newsletter in Google Docs

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