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Kington St Michael School

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"Learning together, aiming high"

Kington St Michael CE School
Kington St Michael CE School - built in 1978, opened 11th October 1979

Head teacher: Miss Tracy Cornelius

Kington St Michael CE School
The Ridings
Kington St Michael
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN14 6JG

Tel/Fax: 01249 750454
School Website

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"Investors in People"
awarded 2006

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"Healthy Schools" status
awarded 2008

School Secretary: Mrs Tracy Brennan  E-mail: admin@ksm.wilts.sch.uk
Reception: The office is manned between 9am and 3pm.

Governors' News: Governors' news can be viewed on the school's own website.

Pre-school links: The school is delighted to be forging links with Acorns Pre-school (Kington St Michael). To find out more about Acorns please click here. (Please note that children attending the pre-school are not automatically guaranteed places at the school).

Wiltshire Council website: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/

Click here for Term Dates

Ofsted Report
To view our latest Ofsted report please click here.

School Uniform
Our preferred uniform supplier is Scholars, 3 The Causeway, Chippenham, SN15 3BT. Tel. 01249 656600. http://www.scholars-uk.com/ 

Compassion UK
The school has elected to sponsor a child through Compassion UK: Anitha is 11. She lives in Vepery, Chennai (formerly known as Madras) in India and we have received some photos of her. She lives in a house with dirt floors and mud walls. Our sponsorship allows her to have medical checkups, recreation activities, schooling, school supplies & uniform, hygiene supplies, supplementary meals and bible teaching. What a difference we make to her life! We write to Anitha and receive letters from her on a regular basis, which have been translated from Tamil into English.

Money raised from the school's "Non-Uniform" days goes towards Anitha's sponsorship and there is also a small box in the school's foyer for any additional donations.

50/50 Draw
Many thanks to those who continue to support the school through membership. If you would like to contribute to the draw at only £1 per month please contact the school. Renewal for the club is in July. Direct debit can be arranged - forms available from the school.

School Profile
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Hire of School Hall & Grounds
The school's hall and grounds are available for hire for local community groups, with significant discounts . The grounds have already been used for a wedding reception. Please contact the school for details.

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FRIENDS OF KINGTON ST MICHAEL CE SCHOOL

The Parents & Friends of KSM School has its own webpage -
please click on the link above. Thank you.

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Book bags are available from the school office.
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School newsletter:
Please visit the School's own
website, where you will also be able to view the latest school newsletter. 

(For "Friends" events please click on the "Friends of KSM School" tab, left.)

Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 11th December: Nativity dress rehearsal.
Wednesday 12th December: Nativity performance (1.30pm).
Thursday 13th December: Nativity performance (10am).
Wednesday 19th December: Christmas lunch.
Thursday 20th December: Class parties and discos.
Friday 21st December: Christmas church service (1.30pm). End of Term 2.

2019
Monday 7th January: Start of Term 3.  Creative arts week.. (No clubs this week).
Friday 11th January: Class newsletters, topic webs, and Pick& Mix homework out.
Wednesday 16th January: Year 5 taster day at Sheldon School.

Saturday 6th July: School Fête
. More details to follow in due course.

TD DAYS:
Monday 3rd September

CLUBS:
Please view the school's website for up-to-date information on after-school clubs.

50/50 DRAW
Winners of the latest 50/50 draw are:

October Winners
£20 Natasha Robinson
£10 H Powell

Many thanks to those who continue to support the school through membership. If you would like to contribute to the draw at only £1 per month please contact the Friends via the school. Renewal for the club is in July. Direct debit can be arranged - forms available from the school.

SCHOOL NEWS:
For up to date news please go to the school's website where you will also be able to view the latest school newsletter.

2018
November: Phonics Achievement - We were delighted to receive a letter of congratulations from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards (attached). This was to acknowledge our 100% success rate in the Year 1 Phonics Test, putting us in the top 3% of schools in the country. This is the second year running for us. Many thanks to our resident expert, Mrs Crook, for all her hard work and patience!

September: International School Award - Kington St Michael CE Primary School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.  The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international
education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.
Kington St Michael CE Primary School’s international work includes leading a whole school Global Week, Fair Trade Fortnight, Bastille Day and Chinese New Year celebrations and developing strong links with schools overseas.
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in
children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”
Many thanks and congratulations to Mrs Hussey, who has led this work in school.

July: The total raised at the School Fete is £4,560. This is an amazing achievement and thank you for all your support on the day and during the build up.

February: The school has received a letter of congratulations from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, congratulating the staff and pupils on achieving a high standard of writing in the Key Stage 2 assessments. A hundred per cent of children reached or exceeded the expected standard, placing the school in the top 1% of primary schools in England for achievement in writing.

January: The children's carol singing at Sainsbury's, just before Christmas, raised £313.78.

2017
December: The school’s stall at the Christmas Fayre raised £86.40, the annual book fair raised £620 in new books, £240.51 was raised for Children in Need, and the school’s Poppy Appeal made £95.80.

 

November: Thank you for your donations of Christmas shoe boxes; 22 were collected and will be on their way to the Ukraine. 

July: A huge thank you to all who supported the recent school fete; a magnificent total of £5,302.61 was raised for school funds.

The Friends are pleased to have been approved to be one of the charities on the Waitrose Green Token Scheme in Waitrose, Malmesbury, for July, which could raise as much as £500. They are also excited to be chosen for the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme in Chippenham, where you can vote for them every time you shop in Tesco stores during July and August 2017; this gives them a chance to win up to £4,000 if they get the most votes.

June: The school has been given a Wessex Watermark Award of £400 to help with the cost of digging out the new pond.

February: James Thomas from BBC Wiltshire Radio in to school to talk to the children for his School Run programme. Our Year 5 and 6 children spoke to him about 5 different things that they think showed off our school. The children chose what they would like to talk about.

~ We have received a letter from the Local Authority acknowledging the high standards again achieved by our pupils. This is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of both the staff and children and we are very proud of KSM School.

~ The Friends quiz night on 3rd February was a great success and thank you to all those who participated, supported and donated, and of course to Lee Churchill, our quiz master! We are pleased to announce that we raised £443.

January: The children’s carol singing at Sainsbury’s last month raised £287.67, whilst those who attended the village’s Christingle service or returned a candle raised £245 for the Children’s Society.

2016

December: The school’s stall at the Christmas Fayre raised £50.30 for school funs, whilstBen Harvey's Grandma raised £80.40 for the school from her knitted goods and jewellery.

The annual book fayre made £555.84 for new books for the school; this was £200 more than last year. £102.60 was raised for the Poppy Appeal and £203.68 was raised for Children in Need.

November ~ The school has been given top marks by the State Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. This is a double success as the school was also praised as 'Outstanding in all areas' by Ofsted in 2014.

July ~ The school fete, organised by the Friends of Kington St Michael School, was a huge success and raised a record-breaking £5,020.13; these funds go towards events, activities and resources for the children.  Thanks go to everyone who supported this event. 

May ~ We had an amusing Bad Hair day with lots of very creative and colourful hairstyles. Thanks to Millie Rice-Chandler and Charlotte Surry who organised this event to raise funds for the Bath Cats and Dogs Home. We raised £84.80.

April ~ The Friends recent cycle ride at Castle Combe circuit raised £159.50 for funds.

~ Sports Relief: we raised £109 on our ‘dress as a sports personality’ day – thank you.

March ~ The school council, in consultation with classes, decided to spend its dedicated budget for this yearon First Aid Training with St John Ambulance, as felt it was felt that it isimportant for everyone to have a basic knowledge in first aid in order to beable to help others.

February ~ Our lovely new classroom is now in place and furnished.

New classroom

 ~ The School Council’s recent cake sale raised an admirable £173.40 for Cancer Research UK.

~ Coats for Syria: Many thanks for all the donations which filled 12 enormous black bin bags with coats, fleeces, thermals, hats and gloves - the charity was thrilled by how much we were able to collect in such a short period of time.

~ Kington St Michael Headteacher Chosen For Key School Support Role

The headteacher and staff at Kington St Michael CE Primary School have been selected for a top role, supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Tracy Cornelius is one of 107 headteachers across the country to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round, with the school being deisgnated a National Support School.

NLEs, along with staff in their school, use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to academy status. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteacher. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Headteacher, Tracy Cornelius said:

“This is a very positive step for the school and we are delighted that our hard work, excellence and support for others has been recognised nationally. We are all very excited about being able to support other schools and colleagues in the future.”

Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:

“It’s fantastic that heads like Tracy Cornelius have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people, not just in their own, but in other schools as well.

“The aim of National Leaders of Education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,100 NLEs and we will be working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”

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Kington St Michael CE Primary School is Outstanding, says OFSTED

OFSTED result photo - Headteacher Tracy Cornelius and pupils

Ofsted has recently carried out a two day inspection at Kington St Michael Primary School, near Chippenham, and judged that the school is Outstanding in all five areas of inspection. A new inspection framework was introduced in September this year and Kington St Michael is proud to be in the top 10% of Primaries achieving the new Outstanding judgement.

The five areas judged to be Outstanding by Lead Inspector Marion Hobbs were Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety of pupils, Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils and Early Years provision.

The Ofsted reports states that “all pupils are highly motivated, have a love of learning and make rapid progress in their learning across different subjects. Relationships throughout the school are highly supportive and caring and each pupil is known individually”.

Chair of Governors, Rachael Jenkins, said: “The Outstanding judgment reflects the whole school philosophy of “only my best is good enough”, and is a great reward for the hard work of the pupils, staff and governors of KSM school.”

Head Teacher, Tracy Cornelius, said: “We are very proud of all we do at our school and have worked hard to make further improvements since our last inspection. It is very rewarding for the staff, governors, children and parents to have this work acknowledged in such a positive report”.

~ Kington St Michael CE Primary School has been recognised as an OUTSTANDING school, following a recent Ofsted inspection earlier this month.

We scored outstanding in ALL categories, a remarkable achievement considering that the Ofsted Framework was updated in September 2014 and it has become even more challenging for schools to achieve a high grading.

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The school's old logo - St Michael slaying the dragon.
Drawn by John Hall of KSM.
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