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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update 4 - 29th September 2023

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you as always.

On Wednesday, we opened our doors to prospective parents for our Open Evening. The run-up

to this is always a very busy time for all of the team, as we do our utmost to show off our

school. Hundreds of current student helpers were on hand on the night, providing tours or

supporting departments. There was a real buzz around the school, even before we opened the


It was our busiest Open Evening by quite some way. Family after family, pouring through the

gates, with standing room only at the two speeches that I gave on the evening. The feedback

was very positive indeed about the school. One prominent and ever-present compliment, is the

passion of the staff that work at Kelmscott. Their passion for working with young people as well

as a passion for their respective subject areas; we really do have a terrific team to work with.

Many thanks to all those involved in the evening; I think we should be very proud of how far we

have come as a school community.

A former Kelmscott student Michelle Brefo, popped into school during the Open Evening. She

shared some fantastic news with us, she is just about to go to Magdalene College, Cambridge

University, to read Human Social and Political Sciences. Michelle was one of the hardest-working

students I have ever come across, I am not surprised one bit by her success. I know this will

be just the start for her.

I spent some time this week reading fourteen essays, that were the culmination of The Scholars

Programme a group of Year 7 students took part in last academic year. The essays were hugely

impressive and it was a great pleasure to read them. As you may remember, the students

attended seminars with Becky Balfourth (writer and current PhD student) on the topic of Literary

Theory. They were then equipped with the tools to demonstrate their knowledge by writing

1500-word essays. Participants engaged critically and nurtured their writing skills as well as

learning about different ways of perceiving the world. This is an incredible achievement which

culminated in some extremely powerful writing. Reward points have been distributed to

recognise their outstanding effort. Kelmscott places a huge emphasis on students' ability to

express themselves, and there will be plenty of opportunities for students across the year to be

creative and find their own distinctive voice through writing.

Last call, almost, for Year 10 and 11 students to attend the Globe Players event that takes place

on Monday 9th October. The Globe Players will be visiting Kelmscott to perform plays for 3

GCSE set texts; An Inspector Calls, Jekyll and Hyde, and Macbeth. We know that students who

watch the plays do significantly better in their English exams as a result.

Our Safer Schools (Police) Officer (SSO) PC Simon Owers shared some information this week

regarding a social media site that can put young people at risk. He has asked me to share this

with you, you can read more about it here and here.

I have had a query or two about asbestos in schools, following an article that appeared in the

Echo recently. I thought it might be helpful if I provided the information that the local authority

shared with all Headteachers this week:

■ Asbestos is a common material found in a variety of buildings and is low risk when

managed appropriately

■ Schools are aware of the presence of asbestos within their buildings and have a register

setting out the location of asbestos-containing materials

■ The school has an Asbestos Management Plan which contains details of how to care for

this material and is supported by the Local Authority in doing this

■ Asbestos management surveys are undertaken by UKAS-accredited surveyors in line with

HSE guidance

This is something that we always have a close eye on and is managed very well at the school.

The Year 8 football team was victorious over Leytonstone School this week with a 2-1 win. The

goals were scored by Sercan Kucuk and Esa Bham, with Esa being declared as Player of the

Match. Well done to the entire team, keep up the good work.

Finally, well done to Eric Henig Griffin in 11S who topped the reward points charts last week with

twenty-five, a sterling start to the academic year, keep up the good work.

Mr Sam Jones




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