Volume 2 Issue 6

Black History Month 

A couple of weeks ago, I gave an assembly about one of my absolute heroes. A man who grew up in utter poverty and suffered levels of deprivation far beyond our ability to conceive. As an African American, born in New Orleans at the very beginning of the twentieth-century, Louis Armstrong was destined for a short, brutal life. He knew all too keenly the bite of segregation and racism. But education intervened. Not the sort of wonderful, modern KES education that it can be all too easy to take for granted. Not at all. Louis Armstrong received his education in a youth prison to which he was sentenced when he was barely eleven years old. But regardless… it was the first time in his life that he was able to access any sort of formal learning. To be perfectly honest, it was the first time in his life that he had easy access to hot food and a pair of shoes.

Whilst in prison, he was encouraged to take up a musical instrument, the cornet, and the rest (as they say) is history. This poor little boy would go on to transform the popular musical landscape for us all as the first true genius of jazz music. He is, and always has been, an absolute inspiration to me. Not only for his wonderful music, but also because he is an embodiment of how an education can transform a life. We may not all possess Armstrong’s streak of genius, but each of us is enriched by acquiring knowledge and learning. It is why we teachers do what we do!

This month is Black History Month. It is a reminder and an opportunity to celebrate black people from across the globe who have had a significant impact on our world. People like Louis Armstrong whose achievements ought to be cherished and passed on to the next generation. It is a chance to reflect upon the courage and determination of black men and women, famous or forgotten, who have made a real difference. At KES, we will take this opportunity to learn about and to celebrate how so many black lives helped to shape our own. On Tuesday morning, we began our education with a dedicated assembly given by our students.

In Black History Month I hope that we can each find our inspiration. I hope we can find a role model. And if you don’t know where to start… can I recommend a certain Mr. Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong to you!

Neal Parker

Covid-19 Negative Test Results 

If your child is away from School waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test, please could we ask that parents notify the School if their child’s result is negative by contacting the school on, or a quick call on 023 8070 4561 or notification by parent portal. This will be much appreciated.

Covid-19 Positive Test Results 

So that the School can respond quickly to any positive Covid-19 test; if your son/ daughter test positive for Covid-19 could parents send an email immediately to the address below stating their child’s name and tutor group. Your child must then self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. This address can be used 24/7 but please only use it for confirming a positive test. No other absence form will need to be completed.

Changes to Pupil Reports  

Last year a review of how and when pupil progress is reported to parents took place and will be introduced this academic year. An explanation of what changes have taken place can be found in a letter from Dr Waymark here.

Virtual Sixth Form Information Evening

Fifth Year Pupils and Parents

Thursday 22nd October 2020 is our Virtual Sixth Form Information Evening

Subject talks by Heads of Department for all of the subjects that we offer at A Level will be held throughout the evening between 6pm and 8pm. The talks will be repeated for all subjects at the following times:

6.00pm, 6.20pm, 6.40pm, 7.00pm, 7.20pm, 7.40pm

We hope that the repetition of the talks will enable you and your child to attend all of the subjects that you are interested in. There will be no need to book on to any of the talks, simply select the subjects you would like to ‘attend’ and join the Zoom meeting at whichever time is convenient to you.

The talks will consider of a short presentation and then an opportunity to ask questions. If you require a longer discussion, or would like to ask more personal questions in private then please contact the relevant Head of Department who will then arrange a separate time to talk with you at a later date.

A series of information videos will be given by Mr Parker, Head, Dr Waymark, Deputy Head and Mr Culver, Director of Sixth Form, and current Sixth Form students will be available on demand at any point in the evening for you to view. 

Zoom codes for all subjects and how to access the information videos will be sent to you by email nearer the time.


Information and procedure to apply for financial support for pupils entering the Sixth Form in September 2021 can be found here. The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 October 2020.

Sixth Form Driving Test Notification

As per the KETA Bus Service Terms & Conditions, if your child is a registered KETA Bus User and you pre-notify us at the start of the current academic year that they might take their driving test, you will not be required to give a full terms notice to cancel their bus place. Please note that we are unable to refund any bus fares already paid if your child successfully passes their driving test mid-term.

Please notify the Transport Administrator by email, no later than 9am on Monday 19 October 2020 if your child plans to take their driving test during this academic year.

Changes to HPV immunisation schedule

Second Year students will receive their first HPV in the Spring of 2021, and their second dose in the Spring of 2022. The two vaccinations have to be given within a 24 month period, so to space it out like this does not cause an issue.

For those Third Years who missed their second HPV vaccination in the last academic year due to lockdown and the ongoing pandemic, these will be given in the Spring of 2021, alongside current Second Years. For any queries, please contact

Toy Appeal Fun Run

First Year

This exciting charity event includes all First Year students and will take place on Monday the 19th of October. Students are asked to dress up in a toy inspired costume and complete a short run all in aid of Scratch Southampton.

Please see Miss McGinn if you need another sponsorship form. All payments are made through KESPAY using code: KP888. Please click here for more information.

Lunch Menu 

To reduce dwell time in the dining room, we've shared the lunch menu for the following week below. Please ensure all students are familiar with the menu ahead of their allocated lunch slot. 

Week 6MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
SALAD BARBowled Tossed Salad w/ ColeslawBowled Tossed Salad w/ Coleslaw
Bowled Tossed Salad w/ Coleslaw
Bowled Tossed Salad w/ Coleslaw
Bowled Tossed Salad w/ Coleslaw

Tuna & Sweetcorn

Chicken Torino


Grated Cheese

Baked Beans 

Garlic Bread


Chicken Italiano 


Grated Cheese 

Baked Beans 

Garlic Bread


Firecracker Chicken


Grated Cheese 

Baked Beans 

Garlic Bread 

Spicy Sausage 

Chicken Tikka


Grated Cheese 

Baked Beans

Garlic Bread

Chicken Korma 

Italian Mushroom


Grated Cheese

Baked Beans

Garlic Bread

SOUPTomato & HerbCream of SweetcornBroccoliCarrot & CuminMushroom
SANDWICHESHam & Cheese Panini

Pesto Chicken Panini

Spicy Mixed Bean

Turkey Salad Bap

Chicken & Bacon Mayo Wrap

Egg & Cress Baguette

Ham & Cheese Baguette

Brie & Cranberry Bap

Chicken Tikka Wrap

Tuna & Cucumber Baguette

Bacon & Brie Wrap

Pesto Vegetable Bap

Sweet Chilli Chicken Panini

Tuna Melt  

Reggae Reggae Veg


BBQ Chicken Bap

Lamb Balti 

Cheese & Tomato Pizza

Shepherds Pie 

Beef Burger 

Creamy Chicken & Peppers 

Pork Sausages

Braised Beef & Vegetable Pie 

Battered Fish Jumbo Fish Fingers

Piri Piri Chicken

VEGETARIANVegetable and Egg Noodle Chow MeinButternut Squash & Quinoa BurgerQuorn Cottage Pie Cheese & Onion Slice Quorn Hot Dog

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Spicy Wedges 

Carrots & Peas

Herby Diced Potatoes 

Cauliflower & Brocolli

Mixed Vegetables


Baked Beans 

Garden Peas

DESSERTSApple Crumble  

Jam Cream Sponge

Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot

Chocolate Brownie & Chocolate Sauce

Carrot Cake 

Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot 

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Chocolate Crunch

Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot 

Chocolate Sponge 

Lemon Meringue 

Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot 

Creamed Rice Pudding & Jam Sauce 

Choc Chip Cookie

Jelly Pot 

Mixed Fruit Pot 

Sports Fixtures

Click on the dates to access full details of each fixture including meeting points and times. Please note, all sports fixtures are susceptible to change.

Saturday 10th October


Girls U12A, Girls U13A, Girls U14A, Girls U15A & Girls 1st VII - Home 

Netball on Saturday is a training session with everyone welcome to join. 


Boys U12E, Boys U12D, Boys U12C, Boys U12B, Boys U12A, Boys U13C, Boys U13B, Boys U13A, Boys U14C, Boys U14B, Boys U14A, Boys U15B, Boys U15A  – Home

KES Merchandise

The Charities Commission have KES Eco-Coffee Cups for sale. Click the image below to enlarge.