This has been the strangest start to a new academic year I have known, however it has been extremely successful. The way the children have adapted to our “new normal” has been most impressive. Thank you to our parents for preparing the children so well. It has been wonderful hearing laughter and chatter in and around the school as the children settle back into school life. Learning has got swiftly underway and it has been wonderful to welcome our new students and their families to their new school. Thank you so much for your patience with the drop off and pick up arrangements. Next week, after school activities begin as does tea and Prep. Have a wonderful weekend.
The New Heads of School
We would like to take this opportunity in welcoming our new Head Girl, Milly B, and Head Boy, Oscar B to their posts. Milly is a multifaceted, talented, conscientious and caring young lady. She has a wise head on her young shoulders and, amongst many other things, she writes beautiful poetry. She is a true role model for the younger girls in the school.
Oscar is well known for his playing of many musical instruments, and his already famous Bluegrass band, is celebrated both at school and beyond. He is an impressive young man; sensitive and empathetic, funny and earnest. We wish these two well.
They will be ably assisted by their fantastic deputies, Martha McA and Fynn W. Martha, known for her astonishing singing voice and Fynn for his crunching rugby tackles, have what it takes to become terrific leaders of the school. We are sure you will all join us in wishing them all the very best for what will be a challenging but rewarding 2020-2021.
2020 GCSE Results
The Year 11 pupils of 2020 celebrated a brilliant set of GCSE results. There were some excellent individual performances with 62% of pupils gaining grades 7-9 (A-A*) in all of their GCSEs. We are equally proud of all the students who have worked tirelessly during their school career to achieve such an outstanding set of grades. The effort and determination of our pupils has resulted in 97% of all pupil grades being above a Grade 5. This is incredible in an inclusive setting such as ours. Despite the problems created by COVID-19 we are delighted that our outstanding standards have been maintained and strengthened in many departments.
We are immensely proud of the determination, effort and purpose of this accomplished group of young people, who have had to deal with such unprecedented challenge and uncertainty at the pinnacle of their educational journey. Their capable and mature approach to their GCSE courses, over the last two years, has been appropriately rewarded and we wish them every success in their future academic endeavours.
“We are immensely proud of the fantastic achievements of our GCSE cohort! It has been a turbulent time and the way our Year 11 pupils responded to the situation has demonstrated what a remarkable group of young people we have at Duke of Kent School” - Mrs Knox
Some highlights include:
62% of all grades are 7/8/9 (the equivalent of A or A*)
100% of our students have achieved 8 GCSE passes including English Literature, English Language and Maths
67% of our students achieved grades 7/8/9 in Maths (A-A*)
67% of our students achieved grades 7/8/9 in English Language (A-A*)
35% of the overall total grades were scored 8 or 9 (A*)
94% of our students achieved grades 7/8/9 in Design & Technology
90% of our students achieved grades 7/8/ in Art
80% of our students achieved grades 7/8/9 in Spanish
98% of our students achieved grade 6 and above in Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Overall, students achieved an 100% pass rate for all subjects taken.
A Message from First Aid
It's been wonderful to finally welcome back all year groups to school this week! By the end of this week, each of the students will have watched a video health message from me during their form time, specific to their "bubble", with relevant health advice, so they're all beginning now to adapt to the new protocols designed to protect the health of our entire school community as far as possible. They will also be starting to get used to seeing the Staff and Senior students wearing face coverings in the communal areas at school.
Please do continue to make sure throughout the term that the children continue to have access to a named water bottle, a pack of tissues, a small bottle of hand sanitiser (Prep and Senior School), and a clean, re-usable face covering in a named re-sealable plastic bag (Seniors only). Seniors may take a little while to adapt to the guidelines I've given them on how to wear face coverings safely, but it's important they follow them, in order to keep them safe. The World Health Organisation have put together a short video which you and your child may find useful on this topic:
As always, if you have any concerns regarding health matters this term, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com, or if it's regarding something that needs attending to for your child that day at school, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally thank you for all the paperwork you've been sending in - please continue to send these forms in if you haven't managed to already (medical questionnaire, consent form and HPV Immunisation and Flu Immunisation for relevant year groups).
Many thanks and have a restful weekend before the first full week of school next week!
Performing Arts News
As the term starts the Performing Arts Department is gearing up for a term of adjustment. We remain determined however to keep treading the boards and singing where we can and it is safe to do so.
I am delighted that individual instrumental and LAMDA lessons will start from Monday 7th and timetables are in the usual places around the school.
Senior and Junior Choirs will begin next week, albeit reduced in size and with social distancing in place, and we are even managing to stage a musical this term. Year 11 will be putting on a production of Little Shop of Horrors so watch this space! We will also be doing our absolute best to provide a performance opportunity later in the year for those pupils who will sadly miss out on the musical this term due to the COVID restrictions.
Finally, our third school album, released at the end of last year, is still available for download on the school website.
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