Copy of Headteacher's Weekly Update - 11th March 2022
I hope this letter finds you and your families well, a Friday update for you as always.
I am very pleased we managed to get through the week without any boiler issues, despite a
burst pipe’s best efforts to disrupt us last Sunday. A further crisis was averted, and it has been
lovely to see all year groups back, on-site, learning this week.
We have contractors in our school car park, who are putting a new roof on the sports hall over
the coming weeks. Whenever there is heavy rain, the sports hall experiences some leaks, so it
will be good to have this rectified once and for all.
A contractor has been agreed for phase two of our expansion, the building of a new, ten
classroom teaching block for our English Department. They hope to be on-site and begin work
in the coming weeks. There has been a delay to the start of this project so the building, which
is a prefab building, will not be handed over in time for September as was first planned.
However, we are hoping it will be completed in the early part of the new calendar year.
We received confirmation that we are oversubscribed again in Year 7, for the third year in a row.
As a result, we will accept an additional tutor group in Year 7, next year, to accommodate the
increased demand for places. This is very pleasing and testament to the progress we are
making as a school. I hope you are pleased with the education your child is receiving at
Kelmscott. We always welcome Google reviews if this is the case, as we try to spread the word
about our improvement as a school. If you are dissatisfied though, please do get in contact with
us, and we’ll do our utmost to resolve any issues.
We are only just beginning our journey of improvement, there is so much more we want to do in
all areas of our provision. We hope to engage with families over the coming months, as we
emerge from the pandemic, to hear your views more about how we can make the school even
Year 11 have their Mock Results Day on Monday next week, where they will receive their results
from their recent Spring Exams. It is such a crucial time for this year group in particular. It is
really important that students continue to work hard in lessons, and at home if their real results
day in August, is going to be a happy and successful one. Please continue to encourage your
Year 11 child to attend the many intervention sessions that take place at the end of the day, as
well as working hard during their study sessions at home. There are just six school weeks until
the GCSE exams begin, with numerous bank holidays in the mix, during that period, too. A
sustained effort now, will really help students reap the rewards, in the summer, in terms of their
Accompanying this letter is one regarding the Waltham Forest Holiday Activity Programme that is
taking place over the Easter holidays. School-aged students will be able to engage with a
number of exciting activities over the holidays, as well as receiving a hot meal; definitely
something to take a closer look at.
Our Year 7 and 8 boys football teams were in action this week against Lammas School with
mixed fortunes. Both games were very close, resulting in a 3-2 loss for Year 7 (thanks to a
player of the match performance from the Lammas goalkeeper) and a 4-3 win for Year 8.
Thanks to the staff and students involved.
Covid cases in school this week are down from last week, with 9 cases. If your child displays
any symptoms of Covid we encourage you to give them a test as soon as possible.
The deadline for Year 7 and 8 students to sign up for their end of year trip, to Kidzania, is
midnight tonight. If you have signed your child up, please remember to connect to your
cashless account via the Payment button, in the Student section of MyEd. The payment will be
added to your account next week and will need to be paid by 31st March. Thank you for your
A number of families, who travel in a car to school, are still dropping students directly onto the
very busy Queens Road in the mornings. We continue to worry about their safety in this
situation. Please drive into the Leisure Centre car park, where the drop off should be much
Finally, a big well done to Ayyan Khan in 7S who achieved the most rewards points last week
with 20, keep up the good work.
Mr Sam Jones