Volume 2 Issue 8

Happy Half Term  

Well… we have reached half term!

In September, we might have anticipated a quiet half term ahead with such a range of necessary restrictions. But it turns out that KES simply refuses to do ‘quiet’. Instead we have had seven weeks of activity, endeavour, fun and achievement. We have had bun sales, fun runs, concerts and masterclasses, expeditions, parents’ evenings, PSHE days, sports fixtures, house competitions, summer (!) exams, day trips, visiting speakers, and clubs galore. And more.. so, so much more.

We have also had rich and rewarding academic experiences. The high-quality teaching and learning which is a fundamental feature of KES life.

And all in Covid compliant bubbles.

In this most public of forums I want to thank my colleagues. They have made all of this happen.

But I also want to thank the pupils: resilient, adaptable, patient, understanding, compassionate… this half term they have truly lived the values we have always sought to teach them.

But they and their teachers now need a rest. So enjoy the half term pause, and take the opportunity to recharge and reconnect with loved ones. The break has never been so well-earned by all.

Neal Parker

COVID-19 Important Reminder

Could all parents please read the below clarification, as to whether pupils should attend school in relation to rules regarding self-isolation.

  • If any member of your household displays COVID symptoms, they must get a test and your whole household must self-isolate until you receive a test result.
  • If a pupil is self-isolating, the school must be informed via the reporting absence form on the parent portal. This should be completed daily.
  • If the test is negative, pupils can return to school providing they are well enough, but the school should be informed prior to the pupil’s return on
  • If a pupil tests positive, they must continue to self-isolate for a total period of 10 days (from the day when the symptoms started) and can return to school after this period if they do not have a high temperature. Please inform the School of a positive test by emailing
  • If someone else in your household tests positive, the pupil must continue to self-isolate for a total period of 14 days (from the day when the symptoms started) and can return to school after this period if they show no symptoms.
  • The School must be kept informed of all of the above information throughout the half term holiday, i.e. any symptoms, tests and results or periods of self-isolation.

First Year Parents' Evening 

On Tuesday 17th November we will have the First Year Parents' Evening. Please follow this link to find an important letter from the Head regarding this, as well as instructions for making and conducting appointments. Bookings open Friday 23 October at 7.00pm, so please do read the information as soon as possible. 

New Tutors' Evening 

For parents of all current Second Year students and new Third Year students

New tutors' evening will be held on Thursday 12 November. Please follow this link for further information about the evening and how to book appointments.

Half Term Grades

Further to Dr Waymark’s letter outlining the revised grading structure, the Half Term Grades for your son/daughter are now available on the KES Parent Portal.

They are an indication of the work and evidence produced in class during the last half term only. Grade descriptors, further information on what grades mean and how you can access them can be found here.

If you are a New Parent and have yet to activate your Parent Portal account please read and follow the “KES Parent Portal Activation Guidelines” document detailing how to log in for the first time, as this is a multi-step process. This document can be found on the School’s intranet or by following this link. If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the KES Parent Portal, please email

Changes to IGCSE French, German and Spanish speaking exams for 2020-21

All Students 

Please find here a letter from Mr Sinclair explaining the changes to the examination arrangements for IGCSE French, German and Spanish for this academic year.


Second Year Students 

Second Year pupils will take part in a PSHE day on Thursday 19th November. The sessions will cover Internet Safety, Friendships, Money Skills, Digital Citizenship, Drug Facts and Body Image. For more information on the day, please read this letter. 

University Admissions Tests for BMAT, CTMUA, TSA & TSA S1

Parents/guardians of candidates under the age of 18 sitting BMAT, CTMUA, TSA and TSA1 should read and sign this Information Sheet regarding their son/daughter’s computer-based test.

Throughout the test, pupils will be monitored by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and recorded using the Mercer Mettl system. This means that Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing will be able to access and review the recording of the test which includes reviewing the recording where malpractice is suspected. The sheet outlines why Admissions Testing will be able to access and review the recording of the test session. If you are happy with the privacy terms outlined, please sign and return the sheet to the Examinations Office before the test takes place on the 4 or 5 November. As facilitators of these tests, no pupil data is shared by the School.

Please ensure that your son/daughter brings with them a form of current ID in order to access their computer based test.

Library Afternoon Stories 

For First, Second and Third Year students

Cosy up in the Library for short stories with Miss Speck, starting with horror stories. From 1.30pm, this interactive reading session runs for on the below days. Come along and enjoy some fantastic short stories, and treats!

First YearWednesday 
Second YearThursday
Third YearFriday 

Recruiting for Library Leaders

All Students 

We’re recruiting First Year students to become Library Leaders, a role which supports the Library staff with shelving, creating book displays and organising fun events for students. 

If you have a love of reading, are a team player, responsible, and would like to be an ambassador for the Library and reading across the school, come along to our Welcome Meeting, 1.30pm Tuesday 17 November, in the Commemoration Room. 

Speak to Miss Speck or Miss Phillips in the Library for more information.

Psychology Trip to Marwell Zoo

Lower Sixth

On Thursday 12 November, all Lower Sixth Psychology students will be going to Marwell Zoo as part of their Research Methods topic, focussed on Animal Behaviour. Students will travel by minibus, leaving School at 9.30 and returning at 3.45. All COVID social distancing rules apply. Consent forms will be emailed to parents today. 

Further information about the trip can be viewed here. Please contact Mr Miller with any queries.

OBNO open Saturday 24th October – TOMORROW!

For Sixth Formers

OBNO, the PTA’s used uniform shop, will be open by appointment only, on Saturday 24th October from 10am-1.30pm. Their (small!) shop is located in the North Playground. Parents who would like to book an appointment should click on this link.

KES Charity Hoodies - Arriving Soon! 

All Students

The charity hoodies have been ordered and should be arriving soon. We have temporarily closed the KESPAY for now. There will be another opportunity to order a hoodie in November once we have delivered the first orders. Thank you for your patience. Any further queries please email:

We Want To Hear From You

The Bulletin has become an integral form of communication between the school and parents over the last academic year. If you have a spare 4 minutes, we’d love to get your thoughts on The Bulletin via this survey. Any feedback we receive will be reviewed, discussed and considered to ensure we are providing you with information in the best way. Thanks in advance for all parents who complete the short survey.

KES Merchandise

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