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We will post all of our upcoming virtual assemblies on this page:
A Message from our Chair of Governors, thank you John!:
Invictus Virtual Assembly 22/04/2020 – Mrs Clifton:
Assembly 1 03/04/2020 – Mrs Spooner:
Help is on offer for residents of Kinver and Enville.
There is local support for anyone who is in isolation, elderly, high risk, a key worker or in need of help due to the Coronavirus.
Please call 07783 631137
Please call the above number if you are interested in volunteering or helping in any way. Thank you.
Kinver High Eco Group had its first virtual ‘meet’ yesterday, through the extra sessions platform.
It was well-attended, we even had a few new sign ups. It was really nice to hear about projects students are undertaking at home, with some students creating allotments, upcycling items, creating beeswax wraps and re-purposing plastic bottles.
Geography teacher, Miss Gilhooley has set the task for this week which is to design a logo for the group and upcycle something. The group will share any work when they meet again next week.
We look forward to seeing the logos and upcycling projects!
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Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London is making their full production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ available for free on YouTube until 3rd May. This is a great opportunity to watch a world class performance of Shakespeare’s teenage tragedy for free!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSAlPJ0FG_0 Shakespeare is the one compulsory author on the English National Curriculum so students of all ages will benefit from this
Joe Wicks move over, participate in the Year 10 circuits session instead!
Move over Joe Wicks, the Kinver High School Year 10 PE group have made a Lockdown Circuit Training Video, check it out!
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British Science Week is the UK’s biggest science celebration and at Kinver High our students have been taking part in a lot of lunchtime activities to celebrate it. These have included a poster competition, sci fi cinema time, crazy experiments and a famous scientist quiz.
There was a heart dissection table, and a table where the children made and demonstrated their own sparklers, there were also some splints dipped in potassium nitrate, copper nitrate, sodium nitrate and strontium nitrate, when placed above the Bunsen burner they produced different coloured flames, this was called ‘the flame test’. They were able to watch a crackle and pop demonstration and the flaming hand by Miss Hodgetts.
There was also a table showing animal skeletons, fossils and some mummified animals. The bottles in the redox reaction were clear but when you shook them they turned blue if left, they turned clear again.
All of our students had a lot of fun!!
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We’d like to share some images of the place settings from last week’s Year 11 DT Food Assessment.
The theme was Valentine’s Day and whilst we aren’t allowed to share photos of the food which was produced by our students, we thought that their place settings were amazing.
DT Food teacher, Mrs Barry, said: “I was delighted by our students and the hard work and endeavour shown on the day. The quality and attention to detail shown in the table decoration was equalled by their food products.”
In Science Club last week, the Year 8 students were given a lot of materials to choose from and then asked to design and make a parachute, or something of that concept, to enable them to transport an egg from a significant fixed height down to the floor without it smashing. The only rule was that we had to be able to see the egg.
Some of the children wrapped them up as much as they could, others made little baskets for the eggs to go into. The students all drew faces on the eggs and gave them names.
After dropping the eggs from the top floor of the school, the Science Club concluded that the eggs with the most protective wrapping actually fell to the floor hardest, as the wrapping actually made the eggs heavier. Less is sometimes more!
Last week we took a group of Year 10 English students to see ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ at the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham.
It was a timely new take on the chilling tale, which featured Harriet Jekyll’s investigation into her husband’s mysterious death which took her into a dark and dangerous world – a Gothic world of science, taverns and misogyny that no decent Victorian woman had dared to enter before.
English teacher, Mrs Keane, said: “The students were fantastic! They were so well behaved and asked lots of questions about the play and how it links to the original novel. Overall a fantastic day out.”
Congratulations to Faith Imeson-Wood, Year 13 student at Kinver High School, who recently won the Rotary Young Photographer Competition and is now being entered at District Level.
The theme of the photography competition was ‘Through my eyes’. This photograph was part of Faith’s fairy tale themed coursework project where she represented Alice’s Looking Glass. Also, a huge thanks to Evie Parkes in Year 10, as she volunteered to model on a freezing cold, misty morning!
Year 10 student, Jolyon Davis has won the Rotary Young Artist of the Year Competition and his work is now being entered at District Level. The ‘Through my eyes’ theme has been interpreted through a family meal.
Mrs Jarman, Head of Art at Kinver High, said: “This first person viewpoint is unusual and a high level of skill has been applied. I am delighted with both students’ results. I am looking forward to what Jolyon produces over the next year.”
Nearly a quarter of Year 11 students arrived this morning for their first ever maths session on a Saturday. Teaching was in very small groups and students found the session to be really helpful. “It was well worth the early get up” said Abi and Louis said “I’m definitely coming for the English one”
Next session: Saturday 14 March English Revision
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In the week before half term, a group of our Year 10 students visited the University of Cambridge. The day was designed to give students a taste of university life, as well as giving them the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about Cambridge or life at university in general.
The students spent the day experiencing a talk about higher education, exploring Girton College (the first higher education institution set up in the world catering for female students), then toured Cambridge itself seeing the world famous King’s College with its beautiful architecture, and seeing the largest academic library in the UK.
History teacher and Head of House (Grey), Mr Davies, said: “It was a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable trip. Our tour guides were excellent and gave us interesting information about Girton and the other colleges. All of the students were really engaged and appreciated having the opportunity to visit such a prestigious institution. Since their visit they have started to consider what they want to do and achieve in the future!”
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Sasha Pardoe, a year 9 student at Kinver High, has recently returned from an all-expenses paid trip and entry in to the ‘Simple Session’, a major international BMX event in Estonia.
She was competing against the top international female professional riders all of them more than 4 years older than her. Unfortunately, it was not her day even though her runs were very clean the seasoned pro competitors had the edge.
Sasha has found the competition as a fantastic learning platform and I’m sure she will use this experience in her favour.
There were 13 riders and Sasha came 11th but she did beat the other British rider. Well done Sasha, it’s all great experience.
Year 8 students from Kinver have teamed up with students from Wombourne High to begin a Thai Boxing Personal Development Programme at Evolution Leisure in Wombourne.
Over the course of the 6 week programme, students will improve their physical fitness, learn new skills and develop their social and emotional well-being. The programme is overseen by local policeman and ex-World, European and British Thai Boxing champion, Peter Crooke.
The Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford is offering young adults aged 14-15 years the chance to become a high-flyer in STEM, as applications are invited for the highly commended Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency (STAAR) programme.
With 60 places up for grabs, the Museum is calling on secondary schools across the UK to nominate students who they feel demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for one or more STEM subjects. Successful STAAR recruits will experience life as an RAF engineering trainee, and over a five-day period they will live, work, learn and solve tasks together.
With exclusive access to real aircraft and engines, this immersive hands-on programme will see recruits exploring aircraft design, gaining an understanding of an aircraft’s needs and test how innovative new materials and technologies are changing the landscape of aviation.
Applications open on 10 February and must be completed by a teacher explaining why their student is suitable.
If you/your child are interested please see our Headteacher, Mrs Clifton.
For more information on the STAAR programme visit rafmuseum.org/STAAR. The closing date is 24 April, successful applicants will be notified early May.
The class of 2020 will then be invited to attend the RAF Cosford Air Show on 14 June, where they will have the opportunity to meet with fellow recruits, STAAR partners and enjoy a day viewing the very pinnacle of the aerospace industry.
Thank you to everyone who bought poppies in last year’s Poppy Appeal. We raised over £188 at Kinver High, which is brilliant!
As part of their orienteering assessment we took the top 28 students from 9GL to Himley Hall yesterday to complete a route on unfamiliar terrain. Our students were great and all did very well.
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
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Our Year 9 geography students have been studying environmental issues as their current topic and the increasing problem of plastic pollution.
The homework task was to create something from a piece of single-use plastic to re-purpose it.
These pictures are from 9 Black and were some of the pieces that the class voted as the best. A special shout out to Kayleigh-Marie Taylor who 9 Black voted as the best for her shampoo bottle piggy bank, plastic bottle plant pot and milk bottle scoop!
Geography teacher, Miss Gilhooley, said: “Our students gave the project a lot of thought and were creative in the ways in which plastic could be re-purposed; I was very pleased with their efforts!”
Last Tuesday evening our Rotary Youth Speaks team competed in their local heat of the Senior competition at Ellowes Hall. The team comprised Iwo Dokszewicz, our chairperson, James Bruce our proposer and Tegan Hands our opposer. The format of the competition had changed this year, meaning that all students had to speak about our chosen topic for five minutes each.
Our students had chosen to debate whether stereotypes would ever truly disappear from our society. The students worked really hard researching this topic and formulating their speeches ready for the competition. Unfortunately, they did not win on Tuesday but were commended for their hard work and determination in the competition.
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Thanks in advance and have a great weekend!
Our Year 11 students received their mock GCSE examination results last week.
Headteacher, Mrs Clifton, said: “We were very pleased with our students’ mock examination performance. The mock results day was an event which will mirror the real experience in the summer. There is a lot of excitement ahead in preparing our students for the real event.
Following the mock results, we launched the Year 11 Plan to Succeed 14 week Step-by-Step Support Programme to aid our students’ learning outside of the classroom and at home. This support programme is running in conjunction with all the additional support from staff in school and beyond the school day, we feel sure that this will enable all of our students to achieve the best in their GCSEs this summer. We wish everyone well in their endeavours this summer.”
Last Wednesday Mr Harper took 10 representatives from the Kinver High’s school council to Crestwood to take part in an Invictus school council meeting.
Students from across the MAT came together to discuss a new Invictus award where students will complete tasks in curricular and extra-curricular environments to earn rewards.
Our students were exemplary in the manner that they represented the school and it proved a valuable experience for all involved.
Kinver High School Association (KHSA) have registered with Amazon Smile.
Amazon will give 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and other shipping fees) of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Kinver High School Association, with the money going straight into the KHSA bank account. It will cost individuals nothing more than the normal purchase price and 100% of the monies raised will benefit Kinver High School.
If you follow the link below it should take you to information on Amazon Smile.
What a fantastic day our students had yesterday! Three teams from Kinver High and Leasowes entered the Regional Finals held at the Make UK Technology Hub in Birmingham. They had the time of their lives, winning a hat-full of awards. 17 teams entered and Kinver and Leasowes took home awards for:
Quickest Car Overall
Quickest Car in Class x 2
Second Quickest Car in Class
Best Engineered Car
Best Team Identity
Overall Winner Entry Class
Overall Winner Professional Class
Leasowes’ Teams ‘Aspire 6’ qualified for the National Finals in April and ‘Nitro’ (as winners of the Entry Class) have won VIP tickets to spectate at the event.
Kinver’s team ‘Red Square Racing’ wowed the judges with their branding and team identity and received accolades as one of the youngest teams there.
Before Christmas we hosted an inaugural Kinver Sixth Form ‘University Challenge’ competition. It was brilliant to see over 250 students who had been rewarded with a free afternoon in the lecture theatre cheering on their house as they went for glory! The event was a great success, and our Sixth Formers were able to showcase the knowledge and understanding that they have gained from their A-Level studies.
Grey House were represented by: Y13 Lily Fox (captain), Y13 Katie Langman, Y13 Maddie Elbro, Y12 Erin Morrison
Lee House were represented by: Y13 Amy Langstone (captain), Y13 Ben Thomas, Y12 Freya Read, Y12 Jess Grainger
Somery House were represented by: Y13 Noah Evans (captain), Y13 George French, Y12 Becca Scott, Y12 Poppy Blackadder
Whittington House were represented by: Y12 Olivia Tonks (captain), Y13 Jade Griffiths, Y13 Aaron Howles, Y12 Tom Badland
After a gruelling 45 minutes of questions that 6th Form teachers throughout Invictus had provided, Somery came out on top, with Grey finishing second, Lee third and Whittington 4th.
Head of Sixth Form, Mr Fox, said: “I was incredibly proud of all of our Sixth Formers for having the courage to go on stage in front of nearly half of the school, and for the amazing breadth of knowledge they all displayed when answering the very challenging questions. But I was also proud of all of the students in the audience, who supported their house fantastically, and behaved impeccably throughout, showing why they were able to be rewarded with this end of term treat.
“I look forward to future 6th Form House competitions, and then our Sixth Formers going on to challenge the rest of the schools within Invictus at the Invictus-wide University Challenge we hope to host later in the academic year!”
Well done to Year 10 student, Lois Hughes who competed with her horse Woody at the British Dressage earlier this week. She won overall in both of her classes with very high scores, better than many adult riders (she was again one of two juniors at the competition). She has now qualified for the National Petplan Area Festivals and the National Under 25s championship too. This is very exciting as both are huge competitions!
Lois attended two British Dressage Youth training squad sessions over the Christmas break and is being put forward to B squad which is higher than level expected for her age as she should be in C plus.
One of the training sessions was very exciting as it was with World and European gold medallist Sophie Wells MBE, who expressed very positive comments about Lois’s riding and her competency.
Here are some photos of Lois and Woody!
As part of our enrichment programme 32 Y7-10 students were off timetable for a day before Christmas to complete artwork based on the theme of ‘Through my Eyes’. This theme is part of a wider art competition organised by Kinver’s Rotary club, ‘Young Rotarian Art’ Competition. Students collected their own photographs and researched around this topic during lunchtime art club. They explored the idea of ‘first person’ art and photography, discovering that many of the artworks have interesting perspectives which show the audience what the artist is seeing.
Mrs Jarman, Head of Art, said: “Our students were exemplary on the day and worked together well. They enjoyed working on an extended piece of artwork and showed their creativity in interpreting the theme. Their work showed a great maturity as materials were used in a sensitive way. I am pleased that our students were ambitious and achieved excellent outcomes.
“I would like to thank all the students who took part, they are really good art ambassadors for the school. I hope to invite more students to springs Enrichment opportunity, so watch this space.”
Work will be on display in school. The House Art part of the competition has been judged and contributed to students’ house points.
Year 7 Winner and Highly Commended
Zoe Ruffle – For the theme ‘Through my eyes’ I drew my cat Clive as I love to look at him and he is a really loving cat. I drew it from a first person view, I included my foot to show that I am very close to him and that I love him.
Lilyanne Smith – My work fits the theme ‘Through my eyes’ because I like looking at butterflies and flowers. I did this in first person (a part of my body is in this piece of artwork). I like colour and have exaggerated this in my magnifying glass.
Year 8 Winner and Highly Commended
Emma Gwilliam – I decided to paint me taking a photograph with my phone. This was at Kinver canal. I did the background black and white to make the phone stand out more.
Georgina Pincher-Bradley – I took a photograph of my feet to show the things I do daily. I like to go on walks a lot so I do this action a lot. I used my favourite shoes and a brightly coloured pop art background to contrast with the black and white.
Year 9 Winner and Highly Commended
Rhianna Morrison – I decided to do my first person art through the perspective of a phone to represent how our society is seen. I blurred out the background to focus on the phone and how peoples’ lives are based, through technology.
Niamh Woodall – I have portrayed the theme through my eyes by painting a self-portrait of myself looking through a mobile phone. I have done this to show that people now tend to use technology to see such beautiful places, such as Paris.
Year 10 Winner and Highly Commended
Jolyan Davis – I have represented the theme by completing an image of people eating. This is an everyday scene that we see. I was interested by the shapes the food made from a plan perspective. Hands are included to create a fist
Lucy Noble (Year 9) – The painting is of me looking into the future seeing how polluted the world is. Because our future is bright but pollution shines brighter on our world, it’s showing how things can change massively in a period of a few years.
Well done to year 9 Kinver student Sasha Pardoe, who has excelled at BMX over recent times.
She entered The NASS Festival International Women’s Open Free Style BMX Competition in the week before the school summer holiday. She rode really well, especially as the ladies she rides against are at least 5 years older than her. She placed on the podium in silver medal position, showing how constant a rider she is as she was placed in silver position in 2018 as well.
She did so well that she picked up a sponsor called ‘The LAB’ who design and supply clothing to the BMX scene.
Sasha also entered the first BMX Freestyle National Championships, where Charlotte Worthington who is on the British team and selected for the 2020 Olympics, took the gold medal.
Sasha was allowed to compete but due to a certain British Cycling ruling Sasha is too young to ride in the Olympics (she has to be 16 years old). However, they allowed her to ride the qualifiers … she made the final! Unfortunately, rules apply and Sasha couldn’t ride the final.
The British coaches were there and definitely took notice as they have started to follow Sasha on Instagram, watching her posts and have been very complimentary about her riding.
‘The Back Yard Jam’ is a series that is run across Britain’s Skate Parks with a prize that takes the winners on an expenses paid trip and entry in to the ‘Simple Session’ which is held in Estonia and is a major international BMX event.
Sasha gained podium places in every event and went on to win the Women’s Final. She also gained an even bigger sponsor called ‘Tall Order’ who have now provided her with a new BMX and clothing and invited her to be a team rider!
Tall Order are a big name in the BMX scene and is run by an amazing and accomplished rider called Sebastian Keep who is himself sponsored by ‘Red Bull’.
The future is looking very good for Sasha and she’s very happy that her hard work is starting to pay off. Well done!
Thank you to everyone who helped out and visited our Year 7 Gambia Fundraiser before Christmas!
We raised an amazing £1,454.77 on the day for our Gambia School Appeal, including monies raised from wearing a Christmas jumper on the last day of term.
We are so humbled by the support – thank you!
Happy New Year, we hope that everyone enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing Christmas break and look forward to 2020 being a successful and rewarding year for all.
We look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow at the normal time.
On Tuesday, PE teacher, Mr Parry, took 4 Year 9 students on a Mountain Bike day at Cannock Chase with other Invictus school students.
The students Sasha Pardoe, Lucy Green, Jameson Bowen and Nyall Stelling spent the day at Birches Valley Centre with staff from British Cycling. Using Invictus mountain bikes, our students attempted green, blue and red difficulty bike routes.
Mr Parry said: “Our students did very well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
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‘Merry Christmas from Kinver High’s environmentalist group Fridays 4 Future!
Please see some ways you can have a more sustainable Christmas and stay on Santa’s good list!”
Year 9 Kinver High students have been studying the controversial subject of stem cells in one of their recent science topics.
Last Thursday they held a debate competition at school, where they split into two teams promoting the arguments for and against stem cell use. The whole of year 9 listened to their debates and decided that they wanted stem cells to be used to treat and potentially cure life-threatening diseases.
Head of Science, Miss Hodgetts, said: “Well done to our Year 9 students. Everyone spoke and debated the topic very well.”
Christmas cards are now on sale at Kinver High School to support our Gambia School Appeal, which is raising funds to rebuild an orphanage in Serekunda.
This year’s cards, which have been designed by Year 12 Kinver student Zoe Massey, are examples of pointillism which must have taken Zoe hours to produce.
There are 12 cards in a pack (a mixture of 3 designs)
1 pack £4
3 packs £10
To date over £21,000 has been raised by staff and students at Kinver High School, to build and furnish a new school in Nyofellah Madina for orphaned children. We are now working with a secondary school in Serekunda to equip it so that the children who attend the completed primary school can continue their education, plus we are rebuilding the orphanage and providing clean water.
It was fantastic to work with the Kinver Primary Federation staff, who did so much to raise funds and collect donations for the trip earlier this year.
These Christmas cards, plus a few from last year, are available from school Reception.
Halesowen College and former Kinver High student Megan Barlow pictured receiving an award from Kinver Rotary Club to acknowledge her efforts in her final year at Kinver High School when she organised a song and dance evening involving year 6 and 7 students that raised more than £600 for Cancer Research.
Graham Smith (centre), Chairman of the Club’s Youth Services Committee, presented Megan with a piece of commemorative crystal and commented: “One of Rotary’s objectives is service in the community; this award goes to a young lady who has shown a wonderful example of how younger people also work for the benefit of others.”
Club president Dave Goring (left) presented a certificate to Megan in recognition of her achievement. Well done Megan!
Last Friday the environmentalist group at Kinver High School, Fridays 4 Future, ran a bake sale to raise funds to improve recycling around the school.
The cakes sold really quickly and we raised £106.61. Thanks to everyone who donated and bought all the wonderful cakes and well done to the students who were involved in arranging and supervising the cake sale, they were brilliant!
“At the start of November a number of members of staff here at Kinver decided to go with the mo, and raise money for the Movember charity by growing a moustache. This organisation focuses on providing charitable donations to fund research, treatment and support for those suffering with prostate and testicular cancer. It also supports organisations to prevent male suicide, and to provide mental health support to men in need, as this problem has grown significantly over the last ten years within society.”
Mr Davies, Mr Fox, Mr Harper, Mr Parry and Mr Roberts all took on the challenge of growing their moustaches over the entirety of November, and have so far raised £150 through generous donations to the charity.
We would very much appreciate any further donations via https://moteam.co/kinver-high?mc=1 to help support such a worthy cause and provide help and support to those who need it.
My name is Nikki Clifton, proud to be the new headteacher of Kinver High School.
I join Kinver High pleased to find a team and community with ambitions that match mine, to create a world class environment for our students to learn.
During my headship I aim to lean on not only the experience gained from my 25 years in education, first as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and secondly as a School Leader for the past decade; but also, being a parent of three teenagers allows me to perfectly understand the challenges that face our students, parents and carers. I know that the relationship between home and school is crucial to the development of our students.
At Kinver, we believe that every child really matters and that every child is an individual with an array of talents, perhaps yet to be discovered. It is our belief that every child can be successful and we are committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for their future and are able to go on to lead successful lives.
Our goal is simple, we want all students to develop into well-rounded confident, independent, resilient and high achieving outward thinking individuals, who are proud of their school, its values and reputation. We will equip all students with the knowledge, skills, characteristics and learning behaviours to enable them to set aspirational and challenging goals. We always seek to work with pupils, parents and our wider school community to provide a happy, supportive and stimulating environment where all students thrive, feel safe, respected and are recognised. We want our students to be happy, successful young adults who contribute to their communities, seek out opportunities and continue to always aim, to be the best that they can be.
Kinver High School and Sixth Form is widely recognised as a friendly and welcoming school community where all are valued. We aim to support and challenge all our students to work hard and have high aspirations for academic success and personal development. The attainment of students at Kinver is consistently above the national average and their ‘behaviour in lessons and at social times is good’ (Ofsted 2018). Our curriculum is broad and balanced and designed to ensure that all students develop the wide range of skills and attributes required to be a successful member of society as well as gaining the best possible recognised qualifications.
‘16 to 19 study programmes are effective. Teaching is strong, and students make good progress.’ Ofsted 2018
Kinver is a small 11 – 18 secondary school providing for about 600 students. Being relatively small for a secondary school is seen by parents and students as highly beneficial because we know all of our students well, so that we can help them to learn and develop in a close knit environment. Our positive learning environment, promotes, recognises and rewards all student’s achievements and positive contributions to wider school life. Together with our comprehensive student support structure we ensure that all students can access help, guidance and the support to succeed. As a result, our students are the best advertisement the school could have.
We are located in the beautiful, rural village setting of Kinver and serve a wide area also comprising the South Staffordshire villages of Stourton, Swindon, Bobbington and Trysull. Over recent years a substantial number of children have travelled in from the southern and western parts of Stourbridge including Norton, Wollaston, Wordsley and from Cookley in Worcestershire. Kinver is also conveniently located for travel to and from Bridgnorth, Dudley, and Kidderminster.
Academic work at all stages at Kinver High is important, but our idea of education goes beyond the classroom. We have an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities, through involvement in sports teams, musical performances and a variety of lunchtime and after-school clubs designed to engage and inspire students to pursue their own interests and develop their talents. There is also a house system to add a positive, competitive edge to many of the team activities that take place.
‘The curriculum is well balanced, and extra-curricular activities make a strong contribution to pupils’ learning’ Ofsted 2018
Our simple message to students is that ‘hard work and high aspirations make you successful’.
I hope that you will want to discover more of what Kinver High can offer you or your child and would encourage you to further explore our website to get to know us better. Through the website you will also be able to access a wide range of important and useful information about the school and stay up to date with school life here at Kinver.
If you are interested in finding out more about our School, please contact the Head’s PA to arrange a visit. I would be delighted to answer any questions you may have and to give you an opportunity to visit the School.
Last week, Angie from Angie’s Animal Antics came in to show our Science Club students at Kinver High some amazing animals which she had brought in.
Year 8 student, Poppy Lyndon, said: “All the students were really excited and had been looking forward to it very much. First, we were introduced to an African hedgehog – she let us hold it, stroke it and then gave it a run-around on the floor. It was really cute!
“Next, she showed us a small treefrog. It was very sticky and could even climb up the wall. We then met a cute little chinchilla – it was a fast runner and very fluffy. She let us have it on our laps and it jumped to each of our chairs. The lady told us that if it was frightened the chinchilla would lose all its fur and would be bald, and also that you should never get a chinchilla wet because they are so fluffy.
“Furthermore, we then met a small turtle it was able to fully close into its shell and had beautiful patterns on the back of it. Finally, she showed us a burrowing owl, we stroked it and it hopped around on the floor. Every time she showed us an animal, the lady let us stroke and hold it, told us about where and how they live and answered any questions we had. Everyone really enjoyed this and had a great time.”
Last Thursday our year 10 and 11 GCSE RE students visited St Peter’s Church in Kinver where an award-winning artist Jake Lever was exhibiting his work ‘Loving, hurting, dreaming.’
This was a collection of art work inspired by his Christian faith. Students were able to explore the themes within his artwork and reflect upon how Christian beliefs were depicted in his collection. We were joined by the team of school chaplains who made us feel very welcome and encouraged us to share our own ideas with them.
Some of our year 10 students made the following comments:
James Hadlington said: “‘Today was awesome because we got to meet Jake the artist and discuss his work with him.”
Luke Bastable said: “I haven’t been to church in a long time. It was very different to how I thought it would be. It was good to be able to learn out of the classroom.”
Connie Hadlington said: “It was good to see how others deal with pain and cope with life. It made me think about the difference in how other people connect with each other and themselves.”
Artist Jake Lever praised our students: “I thought they were sensitive, perceptive and extremely mature. Their comments and responses indicated a depth of engagement that was really impressive.”
Humanities teachers, Mrs Spooner and Miss Hawthorne were extremely proud of how our students engaged with the lesson and hope to continue to build-in future opportunities to visit the church in lessons. Thank you to everyone who welcomed and supported us at St Peter’s.
Many of our students are discussing the environment and climate change and the small changes which we can all make to reduce waste and be more environmentally aware.
This letter was written by Anna Clayton, Lucy Hartshorne, Evie Williams and Bethany Dew all students in year 8. It contains a list of things which you can buy and swaps you can make to reduce waste and to be more conscious about the environment. They have included links to all the products so that it is easier to find them and buy them. They have also tried to find the cheapest option for the products, enabling you to get the most out of your money, without compromising the quality of the products. Please look through these items and hopefully make a few changes to your everyday products in order to help the environment. You can get many of these products at Kinver Eco Day which is taking place tomorrow at KSCA from 10.00am-2.00pm. Free admission with kids activities.
Parents/carers please look out for this letter in your inbox as it will be emailed out over the next few days.
Our Year 7 students have recently produced some excellent Geography homework re-designing the Union flag to accompany the Welsh flag.
Humanities teacher, Mr Davies, said: “I was very impressed with our students’ level of work, it was evident that they had put a lot of time and effort in to the designs. They produced superb paper and textile homework. There was especially strong work from Liam Hartill, Samantha Cooper, Will Bickle, Felix Pugh, and Laura Harris.”
Here is a picture of some notable pieces of work from Madison Jones (canvas design), Jemima Taylor (stitched design), and Lottie Titley (flag pole design). Well done everyone.
Year 8 student Oscar McConnell has produced an excellent homework project based on pop art. Can you guess how many faces he has hidden?
Well done Oscar!
Movember has returned to Kinver High and quite a few male members of staff are taking part. It has become quite competitive!
All money raised will go to charity to fund ground breaking work in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
On today, Remembrance Day, we thought that we would share this amazing piece of homework.
Before half term a group of Year 7 students were asked by English teacher, Mrs Wilkes, to reproduce a line from their favourite war poem. There were a lot of thought-provoking recreations, however, Lottie Wright’s diorama of “Dulce et decorum est” by Wilfred Owen was amazing.
One of the most admired poets of World War I, Wilfred Owen wrote the poem following his experiences fighting in the trenches in northern France during World War I. It was published posthumously in 1920. This diorama, which Lottie worked on throughout half term, perfectly depicts the narrative from the poem.
‘Lest we forget’
Our Year 7 Textile students have just completed a module where they created a ‘Pugly’. Puglies are fun, ugly dolls which allow a student’s creativity to run wild.
Textiles teacher, Mrs Barry, said: “I am delighted with the results. Many of our students have never done textiles before, even threading a needle was new to them. They should all be very proud of their puglies.”
Well done to all the teams who took part in this week’s Key Stage 3 Glider Challenge at RAF Museum Cosford.
Kinver High School joined 9 other schools in the regional finals. Students spent weeks researching and developing their glider design in the classroom, ready to compete against other schools in the final. But there could only be one winner…congratulations to Leasowes High School who were the overall winners on the day! We hope all of the students had fun and we hope to see lots of schools returning again next year for the KS3 Glider Challenge 2020!
Overall Winner: Leasowes High School – Team Nitro
Research and Design Winner: Walton High School – Team WHF-02
Presentation and Pitch Winner: Kinver High School – Team “We’re Going to Wing It!”
Furthest Flight Winner: Aldersley High School – Team Girl Power
Last Friday our Year 11 History students visited Coalbrookdale. They were able to visit a number of key sites within the towns of both Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge in order to help them prepare for their Local Site Study GCSE exam in History.
The day allowed them to have a greater appreciation of the environments created by the Darby family, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the significance of Coalbrookdale in regards to shaping the world we live in today.
History teacher, Mr Fox, said: “Our students represented the school wonderfully. We were very proud of both their conduct and the way they approached the different tasks that they were set for each of the 14 different sites that we visited throughout the day. Hopefully the work conducted on this trip goes some way towards helping them with their summer examinations, and also continuing the excellent successes of the History department here at Kinver High School.”
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Here are the final group semi-finalists and winners in our Kinver High Bake-Off Competition. Our Year 11 students produced some amazing baking for the competition final earlier this week.
Well done to everyone in all year groups who took part, the baking was amazing!
Congratulations to Somery House who won the whole Bake Off Competition.
Congratulations to our Invictus Rugby team who played brilliantly against Prince Henry’s of Evesham yesterday and won 36-0.
Head of PE, Mr Wilkes, said: “Prince Henry’s High School are traditionally a very good rugby school and the last time we played them we lost 50-0. We were 31-0 up at half time and cruising so I made a few changes to even the game up. During the second half we took a bit of a battering but managed to stand our ground and keep a clean sheet. This gave us our second clean sheet in a row, which is quite unheard of in the rugby world.
“The lads have done really well this year and are making a crazy amount of progress in terms of their ability and their attitude. The Year 11 boys have stepped up and really held their own.”
Well done to everyone who played!
Thank you to all the students who bought books at the recent Kinver High School Book Fair. We raised £274.87, unfortunately not quite enough to gain free books for the school, but it was still a great success as so many students bought books.
According to studies conducted by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) researchers at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), teenagers who read often, and those who had access to plenty of books, were more likely to develop a better vocabulary than their peers, knowing 26% more words than those who never read.
English teacher, Mrs Keane, said: “The week-long Book Fair encourages our students to read and is a great opportunity for them to purchase books at a good price. It links well with English lessons in years 7 and 8 as they have to read at the beginning of every lesson. Also, students in year 8 are completing a speaking and listening Invictus qualification based on what they read.”
Well done to former Kinver High School student, Niamh Slater, who starred in last week’s performance of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ at Brierley Hill Civic Hall.
Jekyll and Hyde is a well-documented story featuring the scientist who strived to do good by ridding the world of evil by splitting the ‘bad’ side of a person from its ‘good’. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn.
Niamh, who has recently started her training at the Birmingham School of Theatre Excellence studying musical theatre, presented an exceptionally professional performance as Dr. Jekyll’s fiancée Emma. A review stated, ‘her voice is certainly one that wouldn’t be out of place on a West End stage. One to watch.’
Year 8 students had a fantastic afternoon yesterday on our English trip to see a production of Frankenstein at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.
Head of English, Miss Felton, said: “We were all gripped by the interesting and quite ‘jumpy’ performance! Seeing this play will certainly help students with their understanding of the gothic genre throughout our autumn term Year 8 scheme of work.”
Here are the latest winners in our Kinver High Bake-Off Competition. Our Year 7 and 8 students produced some amazing baking for the competition final on Friday.
Here are our Year 7 and Year 8 semi-finalists and the winners from both year groups! Well done to everyone who has taken part.
There is one more final to go with Year 11 baking on Tuesday next week. It is very close at the moment so all to play, or bake for!
Our Year 10 and 11 English students enjoyed a theatre trip to Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury last week. They saw Stephen Daldry’s multi-award winning production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller ‘An Inspector Calls’, which returned after a sell-out London season and American tour.
English teacher, Mrs Keane, said: “The students were perfectly behaved and were a credit to the school. Seeing the show was a great revision tool for our Year 11 and a fantastic learning opportunity for Year 10 students who are currently studying it. Overall a fantastic trip with our wonderful students.”
Well done to our Invictus Sixth Rugby Academy who won this season’s first fixture last week on the brand new Kinver High School rugby pitch…..what a result 54-0 win against The Royal School!
We have been running a Kinver High Bake Off this term. Our students have produced some amazing baking for the competition.
Here is a bake from a previous baking round plus our Year 9 and Year 10 semi-finalists and the winners from Year 9 and Year 10! Well done to everyone who has taken part.
Year 7 and 8 finals are taking place tomorrow. Good luck!
On Wednesday 2 October staff and students at Kinver High School welcomed prospective students and their families from the local and wider community to our annual Open Evening event.
Hundreds of year 6 students explored all areas of the school. The evening began with a welcome address from the school’s senior leaders and Invictus Education Trust CEO, Tony Bowles. Our head boy and head girl also gave exceptional speeches and the audience in the packed auditorium were treated to two incredible performances from 3 extremely talented students.
Student leaders acted as tour guides and hosts for the evening with each department packed with students and staff excited to demonstrate what their subject has to offer!
We had some gruesome dissections in the spooky science department along with the odd (CONTROLLED) explosion and a teacher being set on fire! An interactive tour of the PE curriculum and an international cafe in the MFL department were among other highlights. All departments looked wonderful and were truly brought to life by our students and the activities our teachers and staff organised.
We would like to thank all those that attended and to the students that acted as exemplary hosts and tour guides, the final thank you must go to the wonderful team of staff that go above and beyond to create such a fantastic event!
A gallery of the evening can be found on the school Facebook Page
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Well done to Year 11 Kinver High student, Jas Ruffle, who performed in Sweeney Todd at Stourbridge Town Hall last month.
Jas was in the chorus in Quarry Bank Youth Musical Theatre group’s performance of Sweeney Todd, the infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to nineteenth century London seeking vengeance.
She has been performing since the age of 7 in musical theatre, and played a Delta Nu in Legally Blonde for KLOS this year, Frenchie in Grease last year as well as playing Wendy in Peter Pan and The artful Dodger in Oliver before that.
She is now having a break from shows to enable her to focus on her GCSEs but will be applying for a place at Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) and other musical theatre courses in order to pursue her dream of a career in musical theatre. She will continue with her dance classes in Stourbridge and hopes to perform with Invoke dance during this year.
Come and visit the Kinver High School Art Department at tonight’s Open Evening to see Vincent Van Gogh style artwork come to life with a large-scale sunflower mural.
Head of Art, Mrs Jarman has been painting flowers all summer, so please come and see oil paintings done in thick impasto technique.
A big thank you to everyone who baked and bought cakes for our Macmillan Coffee Morning last week, which raised £141.
We were delighted by the number of cakes which students had donated for this worthwhile cause and a number of people also made generous cash donations.
One in two of us will face cancer, and the money we raise helps everyone with cancer to live life as fully as they can. The first ever Coffee Morning happened in 1990, since then Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.
Calling for entries for this year’s Young Photographer Competition!!!
As the saying goes “A picture paints a thousand words”, the Rotary Young Photographer competition provides an excellent opportunity for our students to do this. The theme this year is ‘Through my eyes’.
Students should enter a portfolio of three photographs in colour or black and white on photographic paper. Each print, should be no larger than A4. If you want to win them it is worth getting photos professionally printed! Students also need to email the photographs to email@example.com. Entry forms can be collected from Kinver Art Department.
All entries should be handed in the first week back after October half term.
Kyle Markey-Thomas in Year 8 has completed his entry already, which is of a very high standard. He has set the bar high for other competitors this year.
For more information check EDGE/i6 as further details are available, or see Head of Art Mrs Jarman at break time.
Here are two of Kyle’s entries
We are holding a Book Fair this week from Thursday 26th September to Wednesday 2nd October.
It is a wonderful week-long reading event, with bookcases packed with the best books available to buy.
Students can choose from over 200 books and as a school, if we sell over £300 of books, we get some free books and resources.
English teacher, Mrs Keane, said: “We are delighted that once again we have the opportunity to encourage our students to read with the Book Fair. It is being run in the library and there are some fantastic offers on new books!”
Students will need to bring in cash to purchase books.
Last Friday 14 lucky Kinver High School students visited Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) in Bridgnorth.
The Year 9 students were invited along to explore the possibility of a future career in engineering. Our host for the day was none other than former Kinver High School D & T and Science teacher, Mr Heeks; who has been the workshop manager at MCMT for the past 2 years.
Mr Heeks has worked with hundreds of apprentices at the £5 million, truly world class, facility and it was a real privilege and elite experience for our students.
The itinerary for the day consisted of a tour of the facility followed by a short talk on Engineering Apprenticeship opportunities. The talk was excellent and really helped our students understand the endless possibilities….and financial rewards, of a career in engineering!
Following the talk and tour our students went to work, a 3 hour workshop on pneumatics, their brief was to create a simple (then progress to a more…much much more…complicated) circuit that used compressed air to move a cylinder, which is easy now they know how!
Design and Technology teacher, Mr Wilks and the students would like to thank Mr Heeks and the team at The MCMT for their hospitality and wonderful insight, we cannot wait to visit again!
For a full gallery of the day visit our Facebook Page
We are organising a cake sale at Kinver High for the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Wednesday 25th September at morning break.
One in two of us will face cancer, and the money you raise at your Coffee Morning will help everyone with cancer to live life as fully as they can. The first ever Coffee Morning happened in 1990, since then Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.
We are inviting students and staff to bake and donate cake to sell on the day and also, to bring in some money on the day so that they can purchase cakes and support this worthwhile cause. Any cakes would be very welcome – large or small.
Any cakes that are donated, must be nut free, thank you.
Many thanks in advance for your support with this.
“Robert Denson has made an excellent start in GCSE Art and has produced a lovely page of observational drawing of apples.
“He has used many drawing techniques like contour hatching, blending and tonal gradient that we have studied so far. Well done Robert I’m sure you will do well.” Mrs Jarman, Head of Art
All here at Kinver Sixth Form were delighted to discover this week that we had once again been classified as one of the top Sixth Form providers in the country. This year’s ALPS (A-Level Performance System) Report once again classified Kinver’s teaching and learning and our results as a ‘Grade 2’, which equates to an ‘Outstanding’ grade, and places us within the top 5% of Sixth Form providers in the UK for the second year running.
Head of Kinver Sixth Form, Mr Fox, was thrilled with the announcement and remarked “It’s fantastic to see the success of our students result in such a high grading for the second year in a row. Staff and pupils alike worked tremendously hard to achieve such positive progress and results, and getting this highly prestigious accolade is a reward to all for the dedication shown by all parties. Even more pleasingly, this now means that our three-year average also stands at a ‘Grade 2’ overall, which reflects upon the rapid progress we have made as an educational provider at A-level, and proves that students joining Kinver get the very best educational provision around on a consistent basis.”
“With the largest Sixth Form cohort we have had in decades, and the best results within the local area for the second year in a row, we are excited about the future here at Kinver, and we are now looking to push on and achieve an ALPS ‘Grade 1’ which would put us in the top 2% in the UK! Looking at the current students we have on roll in Years 12 and 13, we will all relish the challenge of helping them to achieve the great successes they are all capable of over the next two years, and continuing the great results that students achieve when studying at Kinver Sixth Form.”
If you, or someone you know, is considering joining our Sixth Form, please contact us on 01384 686900.
Last weekend, two Kinver High students competed in the Finals Weekend at Wombourne Tennis Club. Jamie Bruce in Year 10 played in a very close Junior Boys Championship Final, finishing as Runner-Up.
Year 11 student, Maddie Fortey won her match 7-5, 6-4 in the Junior Girls Championship Final and was crowned Champion!
Well done to both students on their fantastic achievement!
Parents and carers are invited to the Kinver High School Parents Association (KHSA) AGM in November. Our KHSA supports the school and raises much needed funds for us. They organise fundraising social events throughout the year.
Our KHSA meetings are open to any parent/carer who wishes to come along and see what we do. There is no ongoing commitment, but it would be lovely to see some new faces.
The AGM meeting is on Monday 11th November at 7pm in the school library.
Please support our amazing Kinver High School Association, they do wonderful work for us!
Kinver High School GCSE Results 2019
Kinver High School is celebrating some outstanding GCSE results from our students in a range of subjects. High achievers include Connie Williams who achieved 6 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s, Amie Attwood with 4 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s, Cormac Wolstenholme and Katie Gwinnell who similarly achieved 4 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s and Alicia Rawson who achieved 2 grade 9s and 4 grade 8s. The school has continued to consolidate its strong academic performance from previous years with provisional figures suggesting that 65% of students gained 4+ in English and Maths with 46% achieving a grade 5 or above in English and Maths. Both figures sit comfortably above last year’s national figures.
Headteacher Mr Daniel Taylor stated, “We are delighted to see the school continue to build on last year’s results. The outcomes for our students are testament to the hard work and commitment shown by the students during their studies and throughout a particularly challenging examination series. Our students should be proud of what they have achieved.”
Mr Tony Bowles, Invictus Education Trust CEO, added: ‘Another fantastic set of results across the Trust which further confirms our collaborative approach is providing excellent outcomes for the most important people, our students!
Congratulations to each and every one of our students receiving their GCSE results today. There are some incredible performances across our Trust, in terms of both attainment and progress. An area of our results that would like to bring to your attention is the amount of grade 9’s our students have achieved. It is easy to see a grade 9 as an A* equivalent, but it is more than that. Students receiving a grade 9 in any given subject can classify themselves as ‘in the top 2% in the country’! This is a truly remarkable achievement and one of many areas of our results I take great pride in.
Our students always have and always will come first, but I would like to personally thank the staff across our Trust, who go above and beyond on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis to provide outstanding environments for our students to excel in.
I look forward to welcoming many of our students back in September as part of the Invictus Sixth Form’
For anyone that would like to learn more about our Trust please come to visit us at one or more of our open evenings. All details are available on our website www.invictus.education or call to arrange a visit on 01384 686586
Invictus 6th Kinver Campus Once again, Invictus 6th Kinver Campus A-level students have had a successful year with a 100% pass rate in their summer examinations, which includes 84% of exam passes at A*-C, and 33% of passes at A*-B. We’re very proud of all students for another year of successful results, but special mentions should go to Maddie Noakes, who will be going to Worcester University to read Drama and Performance and Alicia Spicer who will be going to Aberystwyth University to read Law. Similarly, Oliver Wakefield, who also enjoyed great success will be going to Worcester University to read Law.
Director of Invictus 6th, Jane Kendrick added: ‘I am incredibly proud of the tremendous achievements of Invictus Sixth Form students this summer. Building on huge success from last year, 27% of all results achieved in 2019 are at A* or A grade with more than 70% of results at grade C or above.
The hard work and dedication of our wonderful students and committed teachers has resulted in our students gaining places on highly competitive courses at some of the most prestigious universities in the country such as Oxford, Birmingham and Warwick. As they embark on the next chapter of their education, we wish them well and look forward to hearing about their future successes and career plans.
For Year 11 students about to start their final year of GCSEs and who wish to join our success, please call 01384 686558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Our Sixth Form open evening will be held at the Copthorne Hotel, Waterfront, Dudley on Wednesday 13th November between 6.00 to 9.00pm. All students and parents/carers are welcome to attend.‘
This term we have had 13 students take part in coached tennis sessions provided by a local tennis coach.
On Wednesday Year 9 Humanities students caught the train to Birmingham where we spent the morning visiting the Sea Life Centre.
Geography teacher, Miss Gilhooley, said: “We watched the penguin and shark feeding and some students had the opportunity to stroke a star fish.
“After a picnic lunch by St Philip’s Cathedral we then headed to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery where students explored both local and international exhibits.”
Another lovely day!
Some of our Year 9 students enjoyed a lovely day yesterday as they went on a trip to see Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. They then tried to fit as many into to a phone box as they could. Not quite a record breaker!
Over the last four weeks Year 7 and 8 students were set a homework task to design a science project. The task was completely open-ended and students were then asked to do a ‘show and tell’ last week to present and talk about their projects.
Head of Science, Miss Hodgetts, said: “We had some fantastic projects across both year groups. We hope to make this even bigger next year. Well done year 7 and 8!”
Here are a few examples of their work. Well done everyone!
On Tuesday our Year 9 Humanities group spent the day at the Black Country Living Museum.
Again, the weather was perfect and everyone had a great day exploring the Victorian houses, playing Victorian street games, experiencing a Victorian classroom and taking a tour around the coal mines. Becky our guide said that the group were the best she had ever taken around the museum, so well done to the students!
A group of our Year 9 students walked in the footsteps of Harry Potter yesterday, and explored the wonders of the wizarding world whilst visiting Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London.
Some of our Year 9 students enjoyed a lovely day yesterday doing a Humanities activity.
They spent the morning in school planning and preparing for the week. Students participated in some team building and then created a programme for the week incorporating digital maps both modern and historical of the different locations we will visit over the week.
During the afternoon the weather was perfect for a stroll up to Kinver Edge where we were met by Mary and Marion who volunteer for the National Trust. They gave us a detailed tour around the Rock Houses and Kinver Edge and were happy to answer all the students’ great questions about the history and geography of the area. A delightful first day!
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Year 7 Castle Competition. Students displayed amazing creative prowess with some wonderful entries. They were required to construct a medieval style castle as part of a history homework competition.
1st places for: Sophia Ball, Emily Halliburton & Poppy Lyndon, Oscar McConnell, Mahaan Chahal
2nd places for: Chloe Wall-Jewkes, Evie Williams, Isabel Plant & Evie Darby, Neve Pinches
3rd places for: Eve Jelley, Matilda Gennard & Georgia Fellows, Izzie Paston-Dodsworth, Jordan Yates
Winning students received a certificate and prize. History teacher, Mr Davies, said: “I was delighted by this year’s entries to the competition. The quality of the castles is a testament to the imagination and creative talents of Kinver High School students. It was a difficult task to judge them.
“Well done to everyone involved.”
The students shown are Emily Halliburton & Poppy Lyndon, Eve Jelley, Neve Pinches
We had a lovely time last Wednesday welcoming students from Foley Infant School to our Cavalcade Sports Day. Then on Friday some of our Year 10 students went to Foley to help with their Fun on the Field sports event.
On both occasions our students loved working with the students and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining them.
Mrs Jones from Foley Infant School, said: “A massive thank you to you and your students for last week. On Wednesday, we all came up to Kinver High for a well organised, welcoming, inclusive event enjoyed by everyone. Staff commented on how well it was organised and how well the students interacted with our children.
“Then on Friday, you came down to us with more willing student volunteers to help with our Fun on the Field event. They were great with the little ones, helping and guiding where appropriate. They were polite with our staff and other adults. I hope that they enjoyed it as much as the Foley children did. The highlight was to see some Kinver High compete in a sprint race – the Foley children were still talking about how fast they all were during lunchtime!
“Your students were a real credit to you and the school, they should be very proud of how well they conducted themselves!”
Thank you to everyone who helped. We all hope that we can do the same again next year!
Our Geography Department are inviting postcards from our students (and staff) during their summer holiday.
We plan to produce a display in the autumn highlighting the places our students visited during the summer, whether it is a holiday abroad or a day trip locally. We look forward to seeing the postbag when we return!
Thank you in advance
Year 7 students finished DT Food on a high this year by producing some outstanding pizzas in their assessment practical last week.
Students demonstrated all of the skills which they have learnt throughout DT this year. They worked independently and produced well-presented pizzas in a safe and hygienic kitchen environment.
Food teacher, Mr Parry, said: “Congratulations to Anna Clayton, Bethany Dew and Joe Pargeter for producing these fantastic examples (shown). All of the students produced some excellent pizzas – well done!”
Last Friday seven of our Year 10 students from Kinver High completed a three day walking expedition in Church Stretton as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
The students walked over The Stiperstones and The Long Mynd in a range of conditions including sun and rain. As part of the expedition, students camped for two nights and cooked all of their own meals.
PE teacher, Mr Parry, said: “Our students performed fantastically well on the expedition and worked superbly as a team. They were a credit to the school and should be proud of their achievements.”
The students were: Lola Meyrick, Dan Wood, Alice Rumble, Mia Thornley, Ellie Mae Goode, Lauren Humphries and Isabelle Taylor.
Well done everyone!
On Wednesday 19th June and Friday 5th July our Year 10 Geography students visited Grand Central in Birmingham to conduct an enquiry relating to the regeneration of the area.
Our students collected a variety of data at four locations around Grand Central and then within Grand Central.
The data which they collected will be analysed and written up in lessons and the students will then have an exam paper on this in their final GCSEs.
Geography teacher, Miss Gilhooley, said: “We completed pedestrian and traffic counts, environmental quality surveys, field sketches, land use surveys and questionnaires.
“The weather was kind and the data collection was successful. This data will help our students in their exam next year.”
Kinver High School’s rounders teams have had a brilliant season.
Well done to our U13 rounders team who won all of their league games except one tough match against Crestwood School.
Kinver’s U15 team won all of their league matches and then went to the final play-offs to play the other league winners! We beat Ellowes Hall but unfortunately Pedmore High School beat us by 2 rounders! The girls got silver medals!
PE teacher, Mrs Bayliss, said: “I am so proud of everyone who played. Well done!”
On Monday evening, we took two teams to the Invictus Youth Speaks competition at Ellowes Hall. Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 teams from all MAT schools competed by delivering speeches about a topic of their choice. Teams of three had the allocated roles of Chairperson, Main Speaker and Vote of Thanks.
Our students were fantastic! Our Year 9 team of Iwo Dokszewicz, Tegan Hands and James Bruce spoke about surveillance. Our Year 10 team of Lola Meyrick, Isabelle Taylor and Mia Thornley spoke about gender representation in the media.
Head of English, Miss Felton, said: “The Year 9s built on their excellent track record of speaking success since the autumn and spring term Rotary Club Youth Speaks competitions. The Year 10 team really impressed us by putting together a brilliant speech in just three weeks and coming second in their age range! Well done everyone.”
Nine of our Year 9 female students visited RAF Cosford yesterday.
They attended an event called “Beyond Image: I believe in me” and is aimed at showing young women the many options available to them in terms of career and life and the journeys other inspirational women have taken to get where they are.
This year’s theme is self-confidence/belief and aims to explore the importance and power of believing in yourself with a range of speakers providing talks on how this self-belief has helped them in life/careers.
Thank you to everyone at RAF Cosford for making our students feel so welcome. It was an enjoyable day, which our students found both interesting and inspiring.
Well done to Ellie Grosvenor in Year 9 who has done exceptionally well on her art still life project.
Head of Art, Mrs Jarman, said: “She has produced a sophisticated drawing of a group of objects, themed on world cultures. Her use of drawing techniques is effective, using stippling, hatching, scumbling and blending to create the illusion of different textures on each object.
“She has used the full value scale which sculpts each object in a 3D way. Ellie is looking forward to starting GCSE art next year, and I am sure she will do very well.”
On Monday evening our Year 7 Kinver High Spelling Bee team, accompanied Head of English Miss Felton and English teacher Mrs Wilkes to the Invictus Spelling Bee competition held at Crestwood High School.
Our top spelling students in Year 7 had already been narrowed down to an elite team of four through internal heats. Mahaan Chahal, Poppy Lyndon, Colby Hands and Georgiana Pincher-Bradley were fantastic in this very tough competition. They had to spell many ambitious words such as guacamole and onomatopoeia!
Miss Felton, said: “Overall they came 3rd which is a very impressive achievement. A special shout out to Poppy as the member of our team who got furthest in the competition! All four demonstrated brilliant team spirit and represented our school wonderfully. The English department are looking forward to next year’s Spelling Bee!”
We believe that this year’s Kinver High Prom will be the first prom in the UK to have the use of a robot photographer.
The robot will roam around the Blakelands Country House venue in Bobbington and take photographs of our students.
Mr Warrington, owner of Servicerobots.com, and whose children are former students of the school, says “I’m sure the students will enjoy the novelty of having their photograph taken by a robot and seeing this cutting edge technology up close.”
To have a look at how the robot works, visit
Last Friday seven members of the Kinver High Cycle Team took part in a 100 mile charity bike ride from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey in Wales.
The team consisted of Kinver High PE teachers Mr Parry and Mr Mouzer, Year 11 student James Gaskin and his dad Chris, Jonny Jones and Rhys Harper both in the Sixth Form and a former Kinver student.
The team did a fantastic job on the day and completed the course in good time, combating the heat, a headwind and the Welsh hills en route. In total, the team will have raised in excess of £700 for a range of local charities: Penn Hall School, Combat Stress, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, The William Mills Foundation, The Haven Wolverhampton.
If you wish to, you can donate money for their charity bike ride at Kinver High Reception. Thank you to everyone who has supported them!
Last weekend a group of 27 Year 9 Kinver High School students went to Bewdley to complete their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze Expedition.
During the weekend they walked 24 Kilometres with sizeable rucksacks carrying all of their camping equipment & supplies in hot, challenging conditions. Our students excelled themselves and displayed some excellent map reading skills. They were extremely proficient in cooking two meals (breakfast and dinner), and did almost as well with the washing up afterwards!
The DofE programme helps to develop young people for life and work, with 93% of participants feeling that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person.
Mr Wilks, teacher at Kinver High, said: “Our students were absolutely amazing in their attitude. Duke of Edinburgh expeditions always offer a fantastic experience for our students. They were all a credit to our school and we look forward to seeing them on Silver!”
Well done to music students at Kinver High who have, over time, donated £61.79 in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Staff and students donate any loose change that they have into a pot on the piano in the music room. Music teacher, Mrs Harker, said: “I never ask for donations, students are free to donate money if they wish. This is the second time we have raised money this way. Last year we raised over £43. Thank you to everyone who has given to this worthwhile cause.”
Congratulations to James Hodges and Lola Meyrick who have been selected as our new Head Boy and Head Girl at Kinver High.
Lucy Brookes is our new Deputy Head Girl and Dan Wood is Deputy Head Boy.
Some of our Year 8 and 9 students went to Leasowes High School yesterday to see a play called ‘La Salle des Enigmes’ – a unique play, performed in French by French actors for teenagers.
The concept and setting for this play are perfect as a tool for enhancing the teaching of French. An escape room is a fully-immersive real-life game in which small groups of players are locked inside an Escape room, themed as Tutankhamun’s tomb and Howard Carter’s Tent and given a series of riddles, puzzles and clues which they must solve to eventually unlock the door and escape the room. They have just one hour in which to complete all the puzzles.
Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Blackadder, said: “The theatrical performance and relatable scenario, coupled with the carefully pitched vocabulary, makes this play a fantastic and hugely accessible experience for teenagers learning French.
“Participation was a key element of the play and student involvement in the form of on-stage participation by a few members of the audience enhanced their enjoyment and added a fun element to the theatrical performance.”
Year 8 student Kayleigh-Marie Taylor, said: “I went on the French trip to Leasowes High School with Mrs Houghton and really enjoyed it. I really liked it because it was different and very well acted out so even if you didn’t understand a part of it you could still understand the play. I really liked that it involved other Invictus schools. It is something I really would like to do again, as I also thought I gained from it and I learnt a lot of new words.”
Thank you to the Army STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) team, who completed two STEM workshops with our Year 8 Kinver High students yesterday. The students worked in teams to design and build a programmable robot to undertake a series of logistical challenges. These challenges are designed to support the British Army when they are deployed around the world and are never more crucial than when disaster strikes.
In the activity, the students joined the Army Engineers, Medics and Logisticians in deploying to a remote part of the world which had been hit by a destructive earthquake. The students learnt how to build, programme and operate their LEGO Mind-storm robot through a series of engineering and logistical challenges in order to achieve their mission and deliver the lifesaving humanitarian aid to the local people.
Head of Design Technology, Mr Wilks, said: “STEM is the future of design and technology and it is essential that our students are given the opportunity to learn about and implement skills in this field. Through these workshops they also gain an understanding of how these skills can be utilised for potential future careers.
“Our students enjoyed learning new STEM skills as well as developing life skills in team work, leadership, critical thinking and perseverance.”
Last Friday, two of Kinver High School’s PE teachers, Mr Parry and Mr Mouzer and two Sixth Formers, Jonny Jones and Rhys Harper, braved challenging conditions to complete a 45km training bike ride.
The Kinver group, accompanied by Year 11 student James Gaskin, are attempting to complete the 100 mile journey from Wolverhampton to the Welsh seaside resort of Aberdovey as part of a charity bike event organised by West Midlands Police on Friday 21st June.
The Kinver High School group are raising money for a number of charities: Penn Hall School, Combat Stress, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, The William Mills Foundation and The Haven Wolverhampton.
If you wish to, you can donate money for their charity bike ride at Kinver High Reception.
We wish them all well with the bike ride.
Congratulations to Kinver High School students Alex Watts and Dexter Dudley Toole of Worcester City U15s Junior Premier League (JPL).
They won the JPL Midlands League before Christmas, the Worcester County Cup 2018/20 at Evesham United and the Southern Elite JPL winners before half term. Last Saturday they became the National Elite JPL winners for their age group against Guisley at Oxford City.
Head of PE at Kinver High, Mr Wilkes, said: “I am very proud of the lads’ commitment and the progress that they have made over the last few years. They have worked really hard to reach their potential and their success shows that they are heading in the right direction.
“Well done to all involved, especially their parents for giving up so much of their time! I am sure the lads will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Whether you work in a school, are an avid reader or have school-aged children yourself, you’ll know the importance of a good school library – and not just for learning. Studies show that reading for pleasure doesn’t just give children an advantage academically; it can improve their wellbeing too.
Schools are inviting nominations to win a massive £5,000 National Book Tokens prize. If Kinver High School is chosen we will be able to refresh our library for generations of students to come. Also, if your nomination entry is chosen, you’ll also take home £100 of National Book Tokens just for you. The more nominations Kinver High School receives, the higher our chances of winning.
Please vote and spread the word! Many thanks
Our Year 7 Textiles class completed their ‘Puglies’ project before half term. Puglies are fun, ugly dolls which allow a student’s creativity to run wild.
Textiles teacher, Mrs Barry, said: “I am delighted with the results. All of the students have done particularly well, particularly as many have never done textiles before, even threading a needle was new to them. They should all be very proud of their puglies.”
Here is a selection of puglies. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to Kinver students Evie Crooke, Molly McParland and Luis Handley who gained their Tae Kwon Do black belts before half term.
All three students, who attend Unite Tae Kwon Do School, started training from a young age and have all worked very hard to achieve their new belts. Year 10 student Evie successfully achieved her 2nd Dan. Molly and Luis both in Year 8 also successfully achieved their black belts 1st Dan.
Unite Tae Kwon Do chief instructors, Kai and Sarah Wilson, said: “We are extremely proud of everyone who graded. The club welcomed 4 new 1st Dan black belts and 1 new 2nd Dan to its ranks. The hard work and perseverance of all the students paid off and they really earned their new belts”.
Headteacher, Mr Taylor, said: “These are tremendous achievements and testament to the hard work and character of all three students. As a school we are delighted for them and look forward to hearing about their future endeavours.”
“Congratulations to three of our DofE Bronze groups who completed and passed their practice expedition recently. Students in these groups were able to demonstrate excellent navigation skills, persevering with their walk in the very warm weather! In addition to this, they showed their campcraft and teamwork at the campsite to help one another with their tents and evening meals.
“As ever, the students were a pleasure to work with, and it was great for staff to see the conscientious and supportive attitude that the students demonstrated throughout the entirety of the weekend. Considering the strength of these groups throughout their expedition, I would expect them to repeat their successes in the final weekend at the end of June. Well done to these students!” said Mr Fox.
Well done to Sophie White in Year 7 who has produced an outstanding homework collage based on her favourite animal – horses.
Head of Art, Mrs Jarman, said: “Sophie has managed to use lots of shades of brown to create a 3D effect. Well done!”