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Welcome to Kingsmead whereresilience, innovation, mindfulnessand employability are the four valuesthat we have chosen to represent whatwe want to grow in our students. Wefocus on nurturing and empoweringthe whole child, enabling them to bethe best that they can be and we can’tdo this without our exceptional staff.For our students, we add value throughtutor time, period 6 booster classes, at Saturdayschool, holiday clubs, trips and visits,with speakers and through timetabledenrichment lessons; ensuring that allchildren have the opportunities to flourish and develop exceptional character.For our staff, we focus on wellbeingto ensure we are nurturing theirinnovative talents and showing themthat we appreciate just how hard theyare working to build a better future.We are a school that pushes theboundaries of what is possible, knowingthat when the roots are strong the treewill flourish and reach for the sky.Mrs M Mincher Head of School

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Kingsmead is a school for takingchances, it is a school to excel in, itis a school that will always challengeyou to try harder, to do better, to behonest with yourself and proud ofwhat you achieve.Our values help build our students’character and achieve our schoolvision. They are:ResilienceInnovationMindfulnessEmployabilityAt Kingsmead wetakepride in finding every individual’stalent and making them the best that they can be.It is our obsession.

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Resilience is the ability to move forward in the face of adversity. This is something we want to both embed in our teaching and drive through our staff body. Resilience at Kingsmead is recognised widely through rewards, extra-curricular activities, tutor time, RIME day and through learning and teaching. Our rewards system is designed to focus on overcoming challenge and not taking easy options. We teach resilience through challenges and focus days and by focusing on skills such as tenacity, motivation and confidence, in order to make sure our journey to embed resilience is comprehensive and thorough.

At Kingsmead we are keen to pioneer new teaching practices to improve outcomes for our pupils. We want to inspire our students to think for themselves, realise their potential, create, grow, adapt, embrace trial and error and allow those ‘errors’ to accelerate their learning. This philosophy extends to our staff, we want creative, pioneering people who inspire with their actions as much as their words. Kingsmead students leave school with the ability to think for themselves and adapt through innovation to whatever the future may bring.

We encourage both staff and students to be mindful, kind and to think of others, including animals and the environment. We have our own animals in various areas of the school, including the main animal quad and exotic animals in our Animal Management Centre. Visits to these areas form part of our personal development journey from year 7 to 13. We have many mindful events throughout the year, including assemblies, tutor time activities, ARK (acts of random kindness) weeks, eco clubs, charity events and Remembrance Day.

Employability does, of course, have the greatest impact upon the future of our students, allowing them to build a legacy of their own. The skills linked to developing employability are embedded both within the taught curriculum and form the basis for several extra-curricular activities, clubs and drop down days including the Enterprise Village, projects and 'Dragon's Den' days. This provides students with the vital skills and techniques required to survive in a rapidly changing, competitive global workplace global workplace.

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At Kingsmead we have a team ofpassionate leaders who createan atmosphere of supportivechallenge for a highly-motivatedbody of staff regardless of therole they fulfil within the school.We believe that it is our job todevelop each and every person tobe the best that they can be.Learning and Teaching.At Kingsmead we ‘teach to thetop’. We believe that you learnmore by aiming high and realisingthere is no limit to what can beachieved. We have challenginglessons, pitched at the top of whateach class can achieve. Additionalsupport is provided as scaffolding, ifneeded, to meet the high academicexpectations set at the school. Wesupport students’ resilience andproblem-solving skills by modellingand explaining what ‘good’ looks like and how to achieve it.

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Students play an important role in the leadership of Kingsmead and have avoice that helps shape and develop the school.Students take on a variety of leadership roles at our school, some of whichare elected positions and others that are voluntary and open to all.The student council comprises of elected members from each year groupwho meet every half term as a whole school council to discuss current issuesand then share their comments and findings with the leadership team.As a student leader, students can take opportunities to lead their ownprojects, such as arranging charity events and extra-curricular groups.Student leaders also take on roles and duties around school including studentvoice groups and representing the school at public events.To thank our student leaders for the valuable contributions they make to theschool we also ensure they receive rewarding experiences to develop theirleadership skills, such as the trip to the Houses of Parliament and SupremeCourt in Westminster.

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Behaviour at KingsmeadThe school has exceptionally high expectations for behaviour which is reinforced through assemblies and tutor time. We reward effort and mindful behaviour through the XP system.Shield and Shelter (SAS) is the school's student led programme which aims at removing all intolerance from Kingsmead. There are over 50 student mentors who have been trained through this programme who help children to deal with the transition from primary school, as well as day to day life at Kingsmead. This group is headed by Mr Stephens, a fully-trained Mental Health Advisor and overseen by Mrs Pritchard, our Designated Safeguarding Lead.Sanctions take the form of either Prep or Reflection and Reparation. Both types of sanction are created in the belief that students need to be part of the solution forbehaviour that does not match our high expectations. We don't simply punish poor behaviour, we try to develop the student's understanding of what is acceptable and what is not so that they can be successful in the future.Kind CorridorsThe school encourages behaviour on the corridors and around the school which reflects our high expectations. This is overseen by both staff and student leadership teams. In practise this means that students and staff are encouraged to open doors for each other, walk calmly in single file on the left, arriving at lessons on time.

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The House System

The Rewards System

The House SystemAll students, staff and governors are placed into one of four Houses. The House system is key to the ethos of the school. The reward system not only gives individual acclaim for students, it also contributes to the collective acclaim for a range of trophies. To create a family feeling, siblings are placed within the same house.Each House has a Head of House who motivates their team to win the House Cup. Student House Captains help to build up a team spirit, encouraging other students to contribute to the life of the school and beyond. They will be a positive role model to all members of the school community.Each House also has an active student leadership team comprising students from Year 7 up to Year 13. Every student's House will play an important part in their school life and we believe it is both a responsibility and of real benefit to throw themselves into the House team and spirit.Our aim is to provide every pupil in each House with the following:A sense of belonging within the school communityOpportunities to develop social, intellectual, physical and practical skillsA sense of achievement both inside and outside the classroomFun and excitement through competitionOpportunities for leadershipAn awareness of individual and collective responsibility

The Rewards SystemXP - What are they?XP stands for 'experience points'. This is just like gaming, and you can even access and unlock special rewards based on how many XP you earn. XP are counted throughout the year and are awarded when you show one or more of the Kingsmead School values: Resilience, Innovation, Mindfulness, Employability.How are they awarded?You can earn XP inside lessons and around the school. They can be awarded to you by any member of staff and even visitors. If you have earned XP, then you will be told by the member of staff who will then log your XP on Go4Schools. You and your parents/guardians will be able to see this immediately by using your own Go4Schools login, which means you can keep checking your XP throughout the whole year.What are they awarded for?XP are awarded to students who go above and beyond our high expectations. They are given to students who display one or more of our RIME values and there is no limit set on how many you can earn. You can earn XP for outstanding classwork, amazing home learning, and model behaviour and attitude to learning. You can even earn more XP by completing a reward card for attending extra-curricular clubs and much more.What do I get?The number of XP you earn can give you access to weekly, fortnightly, and monthly rewards as well as termly events, reward trips, and even VIP treatment and guaranteed first choices for activities week in the Summer term. Some of the rewards you can earn are Amazon vouchers, afternoon tea with the Headteacher, XP certificates and much more.

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The Outdoor Classroom

The Murder House

The Maths Innovation Room

The Language Village

Animal Management

The Room of Curiosities

The Forest School & Zipwire

The Kingsmead Farm

The Room of CuriositiesImagine walking through a mysterious Gothic archway into a world of intrigue and curiosity. This is the ‘Room of Curiosities’ at Kingsmead. This is the place where students can interact with skeletons, touch real coral, observe the anatomy of a dinosaur, wonder at the Inca baby mummy and look in awe at the desiccated hand of a mermaid. The nostalgia section transports them back through time to experience life gone by. Old communication technologies, a haunted doll’s house and wartime letters from generals help to expand their creativity and desire to learn. The room is packed with Religious artefacts and Geological wonders including our very own stained-glass window, depicting the conflict of Religion and Science. All of this is combined with natural essences and eerie lighting to exploit all senses in the search for a complete learning experience.

The Maths Innovation RoomThis is the perfect environment for students to think more deeply about mathematics and discover that everybody is a mathematician. It is an environment where students can solve problems, collaborate and explore mathematical concepts further. Being equipped with mathematical manipulatives, chalkboards, whiteboards and interactive problem solving displays, there is no end to the opportunity of mathematical creativity. With a focus on problem solving, the environment is designed to develop resilience in students and allow them the space to think for themselves.

The Language VillageThis is an inspiring and innovative way for students to use their transactional language skills together with authentic regalia to create dialogues in the target language. From the supermarket to the pharmacy to the bakery, students are immersed in the culture of the country and language in which they are ordering purposeful items. The village layout and its materials aids and encourages students to put their language knowledge and skills into action, making it a credible experience.

The Murder HouseThe school runs the popular course of Criminology in Key Stage 5 and to support teaching in this area we have designed a house with live crime scenes in conjunction with a Police forensics expert. This allows students to put their knowledge into practise as they use evidence-gathering techniques and experimentation and research to solve crimes.

The Outdoor ClassroomOur dedicated outdoor classroom gives students access to frequent, continuous, and progressive experiences across all subject areas. We do really aim to engage all the senses here at Kingsmead. Sight, smell, hearing, and touch with a physical immersion are all involved.Here on school grounds we have an abundance of areas outside which are embedded into the heart of learning. Indeed, learning outside the classroom at Kingsmead can happen at almost any time and almost anywhere and is an essential way of learning.

The Kingsmead FarmAt Kingsmead we are fortunate to be surrounded by green spaces, and in many of these spaces you will find the animals of the growing Kingsmead Farm. Goats, sheep, ducks and chickens live at school, along with the exotic animals in the animal management centre and the rabbits and guinea pigs in the Small Animal Quad. These animals are cared for by our Animal Technician Mr Wright, who is assisted by students who are studying courses in Animal Management.The animals are a huge benefit for the mental wellbeing of both staff and students alike, with the positive effects of being in the presence of animals being well documented. Along with Rosa, the school dog, they contribute greatly to the life of the school.

Animal ManagementAt Kingsmead we work in conjunction with The Exotic Zoo in Telford to deliver Animal Management courses to students. The Animal Management Centre features snakes, lizards, spiders, insects and fish which are cared for by students and our Animal Technician, Mr Wright.

The Forest School & ZipwireThe benefits of learning outside are well documented and extensive. To utilise our fantastic site fully we have installed a wooded area with seating and a campfire to allow for outdoor learning for students of all ages. There is also a 50 metre racing zipwire installed to support our theme of 'let them fly' post-pandemic.

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Kingsmead is a uniformed school and there is aclear expectation that students will wear fulluniform. Uniform is worn in Years 7 to 11 andthere is a dress code for Sixth Form students.Items specific to Kingsmead are availablefrom Crested School Wear in Cannock.Kingsmead school uniform:• Promotes a sense of pride in the school and a sense of community and belonging • Identifies students with Kingsmead both in school and in the local community • Is practical and smart • Makes students feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance and financial circumstances If you are in any doubt about what is / is notpermitted, please check with the school beforehandor view the school website.Full school uniform must be worn correctly at alltimes during the school day, including breaks andlunchtimes. If students participate in sport at break /lunch they may change, however they must changeback before they return to the school building.All items of clothing must meet the schoolregulations and must not be fashion garments.All items of uniform should be clearly marked withthe student’s name.

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In September 2021 we launched our very own in-house catering service. Under the leadership of our Executive Chef Chris Morgan, the Kingsmead Catering Team deliver a menu made entirely on site from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Students can choose to use either of our restaurants - our rebranded canteen, the House of Pi, or our Glasshouse restaurant, which is brand new for 2021.But that's not all: Chef also works with students to help educate them in all things food related, ensuring that students are well aware of the importance of a healthy diet and how it can aid their education.

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Average grades:GCSE - 5A Level - AVocational subjects - Distinction*Our outcomes reflect the high quality, challenging curriculum delivered at Kingsmead School. Students in all year groups are achieving above the national average, with an average grade of 5 at GCSE, A at A level and distinction* in vocational subjects. These outcomes are evidenced through external examinations including GL assessment which allow us to measure Kingsmead's performance against a national pre-covid picture.In external exminations in January students achieved progress at GCSE and A level that exceeded the national average by at least half a grade to maintain these high levels of progress. Students receive feedback every 6 weeks on what they understand well and areas of their curiculum that they still need to develop. Students then use the blended learning platform to take ownership of their own learning, accessing revisit and upgrade tasks that close the gaps in knowledge and ensure that they constantly challenge themselves to do better.

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