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25th May 2017

Exam season is now in full swing.  GCSE and A Level students have been working tremendously hard with their teachers in preparation for their final exams and it is now that the hard work will pay off.  I wish all of our students well and hope their success leads to bright futures.

On the building front, work on our new teaching block has been ongoing for the past few months.  It is exciting to see the new building taking shape with the ground floor walls in place.  We can now begin to see what the finished block will look like and look forward to the fresh new learning environment for students and staff.

We can now happily refer to the building work as “Phase 1” of our building project due the fantastic news that our second Condition Improvement Fund bid, to build a new sports hall, has been successful.  The amount of money awarded will not only enable us to build a new sports hall but also create outstanding outdoor facilities such as all weather surfaces for a wide variety of sports.  We have great hopes that we can provide these facilities for the students in our school, where we have always excelled in sport.  In addition, we really want to provide recreation and sporting opportunities for the whole community.  I firmly believe we can have a transformational impact in school and the wider community through this ambitious project.  Watch this space!

Over the Easter break, staff and over 40 students visited Gambia to continue our work on Project Gambia.  Once again, students returned speaking of a life enriching experience.  To benefit so much from the project while providing the gift of educational opportunity to so many Gambian children makes Project Gambia an invaluable aspect of the learning experience at Kinver High.  We are now able to include students from our MAT partner schools in the project.  Students from Crestwood school took part this year and we hope more will do so next time, hopefully with other MAT schools sending students.

On Thursday 25th May, there is a special presentation evening for students to share their experiences of Gambia.  The aim is to raise a further £1500 to enable further building to take place in Gambia before the rainy season begins.  I am so proud that, while we have managed to secure millions of pounds to build great new facilities for our students, they are prepared to raise all they can to help develop education for others.

Another really valuable trip as a learning experience is the London trip for Year 7 students.  This took place over the May Bank Holiday weekend with students touring sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Millenium Bridge.  A trip to the Natural History museum was followed by a West End theatre visit to see Aladdin.  Our students really enjoyed this fantastic trip and as ever were highly praised for their excellent behaviour.

As always, I am very grateful to all our willing and supportive staff who give up their free time to arrange and take the students on these trips.  The added educational experiences for students are absolutely priceless.