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17th October 2017

We are now seeing significant changes happening to the appearance of our school as a result of our exciting building projects.

Our new Inclusion Unit opened at the beginning of this term  This has provided improved facilities managed by Miss Elliott and Mrs Hinton-Bowen who are working really successfully in support of so many of our students.  The unit is part of a reorganisation and refurbishment of that section of the “Old Block” which will see the creation of offices and meeting rooms to be used by our Heads of Year.  There will also be a new office for Mr Walker, our Assistant Headteacher, who leads on Student Support. The Headteacher’s office will also be within this section of the school.

The Inclusion Unit has moved from Room 29 in the front of the “Old Block” because that is where our new School Reception has been created. This very impressive new area is where all visitors to the school should report to after half term.  The new School Reception is much more visible to visitors as they enter the school site and creates a very positive centrepiece to the whole school.

Our new teaching block will open for use early next year. I am sure you will agree that it is a very attractive building, which adds a fresh and exciting aspect to the school.  In this block, students will be taught English, Maths and Modern Foreign Languages in bright new classrooms.  I am confident this will enhance the learning experience already enjoyed by our students.

Following on from the opening of the new teaching block, we will begin work on our new Sports Hall and associated facilities.  This is a very exciting project in which we hope to engage the community through a consultation process, which will ask community members for their views on the most desirable facilities to be included within the new development.  I am really looking forward to this phase of the school’s development and really hope you will all take part in the consultation exercise.

Already this term we have seen a number of our students achieving great things in their chosen areas of interest.  Congratulations to Jacob Chance who has become a double world champion at the Under 14 Kick Boxing World Championships in Switzerland.  What a fantastic achievement!

We have two outstanding ballet dancers in Katie Gwinnell and Olivia Tonks.  Both girls performed in The English Youth Ballet performance of The Nutcracker and Ballet Etudes.  Well done girls on being selected for such a high profile performance.

We were delighted to welcome an international rugby star to Kinver High.  Aleki Lutui, former captain of Tonga in several world cup tournaments, visited us from Worcester Warriors to coach our rugby players.  Aleki was very complimentary of our enthusiastic players who work hard and show great potential. 

In addition, watch this space as Mr Wilkes seeks to develop a Sixth Form Rugby Academy…. This is a really exciting project which will provide great opportunities for our budding rugby players.

In closing, I want to congratulate our newly appointed Head Boy and Head Girl: James Keasey and Annie Fellows.  They are the first Head Boy and Girl in our new senior prefect set up in Year 11.  I know they will represent the school as great ambassadors and role models along with their deputy Head Boy and Girl, Josh Harrison and Izzy Tilby.  Our other senior prefects are Emily Meyrick, Jacob Moore, Noah Evans, Harvey Bowen and Tiegan Richards.  We are all really proud of you.