Police are warning parents to be vigilant about the below social media challenge:
In the School Inspection Update July 2017, Ofsted wrote,
“We would like to draw attention to a potentially harmful social media challenge to young people called ‘the Blue Whale Challenge’. This international challenge, labelled as a game, is being heavily promoted on social media sites. The reference to ‘blue whale’ is the first part of this challenge, which encourages children and young people to self-harm by drawing, with a blade, a blue whale on themselves. The challenges continue over 50 days and become more serious and dangerous in nature. Internationally, there have been reports of several deaths that have been attributed to the challenge. The police are warning parents to be vigilant about this challenge.”
Once again, through their hard work and belief in our community ethos, year 11 have done themselves proud. In maths and English, under the new tougher 9-1 grading system, our students have bucked the national trend by increasing the number of passes in both from 38% to 46%. It’s really important to remember though, that this is real life chances for real students, not just the headline statistics.
We’ve worked really hard on stretching the most able at KHS, where in the past the focus was always to “just get past a C”. This year 10% of all grades were A/A* (or the equivalent 9-7 for English and maths).
Compared to last year, our ever-increasing grade average has continued in all areas – English (+0.5 of a grade), Maths (+1 grade), EBACC subjects (+0.5 of a grade) and the open subjects (+1 grade).
These year on year successes have undoubtedly contributed to our popularity – we were oversubscribed by 43 prospective students for September 2017. I believe that this is not the only factor, however. Our strong community ethos, coupled with our insistence on the highest standards of behaviour, make our students feel safe, happy and able to learn effectively.
This increase in our student population has prompted us to make further investment in our building – with 4 new state of the art classrooms being built over the summer. This is a must – we will never go back to open learning spaces and large groups of students, keeping our class size average below 25.
Jon has been doing the sport just under 2 years for WLM Taekwondo which is based in Kirkby. The school has given him support such as giving him the time off he needs for tournaments. He trains 4 times a week and each session is 2 hours long. On his days off he either goes for a jog around the mean streets of Kirkby or goes to Kirkby leisure centre for strength work. Competing against the whole country at a weight of minus 51kg. Jon quote ‘ I was delighted when the bell went and I knew I was national champion. I have been training since May for this event and all the hard work has paid off. Seeing the smile on my Mum and Dads face was amazing’.