Publications

Volume 2 Issue 31

Happy Half Term 

Who would have thought that so much could be squeezed in to a relatively short summer half term!

Over the past weeks we have held our end-of-year exams for all year groups, whilst also devising and delivering the ‘assessments’ to allow for a robust process under this year’s GCSE and A Level exam system. Well done to all of our students of every age for your sensible, focused approach to these tests, and good luck with the results.

But we have also put in place the Endeavour programme and the exam year group Activities Week, as well as planning for the biennial Science Festival. It looks like the end of the school year will be a wonderful celebration, and offer our pupils a wealth of opportunities and experiences. It is all much needed after the past twelve months. Further, this half term we have seen a number of small audience arts performances, and the return of competitive sporting fixtures – although the appalling weather has sadly seen the cancellation of a number of our long-awaited cricket matches.

Talking of the extraordinary weather this year, our poor tents have continued in recent weeks to take an absolute battering. It actually makes me sad to see them so near to the end of their useable lives. Those tents have taken months of some of the worst weather in recent memory and stood up to it all, from storms in December through to hail and high winds just this week. They have provided shelter and social space throughout the pandemic for our whole community, and have paid for their service dearly. But my consolation is that in the autumn, in the place where the tents have currently churned the grass to mud and mess, we will be planting an avenue of beautiful mature trees in front of our iconic main building, as part of our commitment to the environment, and to enhance the aesthetics of our school. The trees will provide shade in the summer and shelter in the winter – and will make our site more beautiful for the coming a hundred years and more. We really cannot wait!

Have a very happy half term break, everybody!

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton


Whole School Notices

Please note, Friday 28 May is an INSET day.

Jazz Concert 

Welcoming back the Paul Jordanous Ensemble to KES, the Music Department is proud to present our annual Jazz Concert on Monday 14 June. Poster available to view here.  

Featuring Big Band, Swing Band and the Jazz Trio this will be a fabulous celebration of live jazz performance in a side-by-side concert. The event will be filmed and shared with friends and family.

Restricted Kellett Road Access

We have been notified by the Southampton City Council that Kellett Road will be resurfaced between Monday 7 and Thursday 10 June. As a result, there will be no parking on Kellett Road, or access to the Kellett Road school gates, unless arriving by foot or bike. Please could all parents, and students, use the Wilton Road gates for drop off and general access during this time. 

Half Term Grades

Half Term Grades for your son/daughter will be made available on the KES Parent Portal at the end of the school day for all year groups except for the Fifth Year and Upper Sixth. There will also be no grade awarded for Religious Studies (GCSE Short Course) in the Fourth Year. 

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

Music Competition 2021 

We are delighted to share with you the return of live music with the King Edward VI School Music Competition 2021 and Chamber Orchestra performances.

The performance can be watched here and the password is: KESMusic2021

Congratulations to all participants in the Music Competition, after so much time away from the stage everyone gave their best efforts.Particular congratulations to our Chamber Orchestra and concerto soloist who reminded us how much we have missed live music! 

Sixth Form Sports Day

The Upper Sixth finished their time at KES with a House athletics event, alongside Lower Sixth students. There were a number of close races and excellent performances with Bella (800m), and Charlotte (Shot Putt) both setting new school records! The final positions which count towards the Allen Grant trophy were…

1st Lawrence
2nd Sylvester
3rd Lake
4th Capon
5th Reynolds
6th Watts

Students then enjoyed an 'alternative sports day', featuring a number of events most commonly seen at primary school sports days; 3 legged race, sack race, egg and spoon race, obstacle course, leapfrog race and a spacehopper race, tug of war competition and the classic, welly boot throw. While the activities were great fun, they do not count towards the overall house competition. But for the record, the final positions were:

1st Sylvester
2nd Lawrence
3rd Lake
4th Reynolds
5th Capon
6th Watts

OBNO plea for stock

OBNO would be incredibly grateful if you could donate any 'outgrown but not outworn' uniform, especially any kind of sports kit, as stock is running very low. Large sizes are particularly low, and hugely in need. 

If you are having a half term sort (especially to the Fifth Year, who will no longer be in school uniform in September) please do donate to OBNO via reception. For any questions, please contact OBNO here

First Year Notices 

First Year Trip to Butser Ancient Farm

All First Years will be visiting Butser Ancient Farm as part of their learning on Ancient Britain in Classics. The visiting dates are Monday 14 June (Forms 1/4, 1/5 and 1/6) and Thursday 17 June (Forms 1/1, 1/2 and 1/3). For further information about the trip, click here.

Second Year Notices 

No notices this week

Third Year Notices 

No notices this week

Fourth Year Notices 

Assessment Records

A reminder that, as per Ofqual and JCQ guidance, each A Level and GCSE subject will notify pupils as to which pieces of work, or evidence points, have been commonly used for the subject cohort in order to assist professional judgements being made when determining Teacher Assessed Grades. These will be available from June 1 via the school website here.

Individual pupils who, due to special circumstances, have had variations to the common evidence points used will be written to separately detailing the variations made in each subject for them.

Fifth Year Notices 

Assessment Records

A reminder that, as per Ofqual and JCQ guidance, each A Level and GCSE subject will notify pupils as to which pieces of work, or evidence points, have been commonly used for the subject cohort in order to assist professional judgements being made when determining Teacher Assessed Grades. These will be available from June 1 via the school website here.

Individual pupils who, due to special circumstances, have had variations to the common evidence points used will be written to separately detailing the variations made in each subject for them.

Lower Sixth Notices 

Psychology Trip to Marwell Zoo

On Wednesday 9 June, the school will be taking the Lower Sixth Psychology students to Marwell Zoo as part of their Research Methods topic. For more information about the trip, click here

Upper Sixth Notices 

Assessment Records

A reminder that, as per Ofqual and JCQ guidance, each A Level and GCSE subject will notify pupils as to which pieces of work, or evidence points, have been commonly used for the subject cohort in order to assist professional judgements being made when determining Teacher Assessed Grades. These will be available from June 1 via the school website here.

Individual pupils who, due to special circumstances, have had variations to the common evidence points used will be written to separately detailing the variations made in each subject for them.

KEY DATES 

Friday 28 May - INSET Day 

Monday 31 May - Half Term 

Monday 7 June - Return to School

Monday 14 June - Activity Week (Fifth Year and Upper Sixth)