A Happy New Year to you and welcome to our first newsletter of the term. Thank you for the feedback on the new more mobile friendly format. Parents/Carers have been overwhelmingly positive about the changes.
Thank you too for all your support in supporting students lateral flow testing prior to their return to school last week. We also undertook lateral flow tests with every form group and I am pleased to report no positive test results. I’m sure this was because of parents’/carers’ close monitoring of testing during the holidays. Do continue reading the newsletter to understand the new expectations around testing and self-isolation.
Staff are invited to nominate students who have demonstrated a Growth Mindset in the past few weeks. This might have been in lessons, in clubs, in tutor time or simply around school. Please note we already award bi-annual subject badges and merits for good academic work, effort and improvement...
Year 7 Football – ESFA Cup
Well done to the Year 7 Football team who reached the fourth round of the ESFA cup. The team travelled to St Ivo School in Huntingdon and faced a challenging team. KSHS played incredibly well but narrowly missed out on scoring an equalizer which meant St. Ivo won...
Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi has this week reconfirmed the Government’s plan that examinations due to take place this month and this summer will go ahead. It is therefore timely to remind parents about what schools know so far, and when the next update will be.
New Year- New Chapter
Whether we are promising to get better at returning our library books on time, or making a serious commitment to reading for pleasure, books and reading will often feature in many of our New Year’s intentions.
Wellbeing Wednesday began in earnest on Wednesday 12 January and tutors are exploring this month's theme which is: Happier January. How can we start this new year happier? Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control. This month, we're encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness - for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Each week tutors will explore the GREAT DREAM anacronym and ask students to explore strategies associated with each letter of this anacronym (see below).
In school students can access support as part of Mental Health tiered system of support. Our 6th Form Wellbeing Ambassadors are always on hand to support young people and talk with them and offer peer to peer support. They are available at lunchtimes in K3.
Our Listening Service based at the House continues to offer young people the support in school and this is available on request via the Heads of Year. Our fully trained Youth Mental Health team offer 1:1 support for young people in school and they can attend up to 3-4 sessions depending on their need.
For young people who need additional help we can arrange for counselling with our partner counselling services CASY, they are in school each week to give young people professional counselling services. This operates on a referral basis via our Head of Year team / Assistant Headteacher and more information about CASY and their services can be found at this link:-
We also work within Lincolnshire’s wider NHS offer using Healthy Minds and CAHMS and can refer young people into these services; they provide two services that help children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. More details can be found here:-
In addition to this young people over the age of 16 are able to ‘self’ refer into Steps2change. They provide talking therapies for people 16 years and older experiencing problems with anxiety, depression, stress, and offers help with issues like bereavement or the impact of a traumatic event. Students over 16 can self-refer to this service by:-
If students are under the age of 16 we suggest they visit the young people's website or call Lincolnshire Here4You line on 0800 234 6342 for advice and/or self-referral to our children and young people mental health/emotional wellbeing services.
Please scroll down for the Happiness Calendar for January.
Happy January to one and all!
Mrs D Collett
Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral and Wellbeing
Emily 10W has been selected as the Junior Captain for Rufford Park Golf and Country Club for 2022. Emily started to play golf at the age of 3 and regularly plays for Rufford across Nottinghamshire.