Headteacher of Kingsmead, Yvonne Barry attended a meeting with the Prime Minister and other senior members of the government at Downing Street on Wednesday 17th September. She was invited by MP Nick de Bois as part of a delegation of influential people active in the community of Enfield whose significant contributions improve the lives of local people. Kingsmead School became an Academy in 2010 and has been awarded National Leadership School status in recognition of its success in challenging perceptions and attitudes and helping hard-working young people to overcome barriers to achievement. Through high quality teaching and a positive culture, Kingsmead’s students achieve outstanding results and go on to take places at leading universities.
Public Health England (PHE), in conjunction with the Department for Education, has produced advice for schools and colleges to ensure people are properly informed about the Ebola virus.
Advice for Parents/carers
The risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is low and to date there have been no cases of Ebola Virus Disease being contracted in the UK.
Any person arriving in the UK having travelled from any Ebola affected countries will be screened. If they are free of symptoms they are not infectious so there should be no restrictions on their school attendance or normal activities.
It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected. It can only be caught by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is ill with the disease.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school as normal.
Further information on the Government's response to the Ebola virus can be found on GOV.UK.
All applications to Kingsmead School must be made on the Local Authority (LA) application form (even if a student has gained admittance via our Performing and Visual Arts criteria the LA application form must still be completed). The supplementary form for admission to Kingsmead School on the Performing and Visual Arts Aptitude criteria will be available from August 2015 for September 2016 admissions.
For further information on admissions to all Enfield schools (including Kingsmead School) please see the Enfield Council website (www.enfield.gov.uk/admissions).
Admissions via Performing and Visual Arts Aptitude
Kingsmead School is a Specialist School in the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) and is able to select 10% of students based on their aptitude in Art, Drama and Music, their ability to develop their skills in these subjects and their committment to these subjects.
Applications for Sept 2015 admissions on the Performing & Visual Arts criteria is now closed.
Any fraudulent or misleading information given in support of any application (including under the Performing and Visual Arts criteria) may result in the Governors withdrawing a place which has been offered.
Our annual Open Evening for prospective students and their parents took place on Thursday 25th September 2014.
Unfortunately during the summer holidays we received the disappointing news that our application for a Primary Free School had been turned down.
In answer to the response from our parents and the local community, Kingsmead School will be reapplying in May 2015 for a two form Primary Free School, to open in September 2016 for reception children.
In order to further our reapplication we need to consult with our current parents, staff and the local community.
Please could you take a couple of minutes to complete the questions below which will greatly benefit us when compiling our reapplication.
Can all parents/carers please check their son/daughter's planner BEFORE purchasing any item of uniform for school to avoid any expensive mistakes. This especially applies to topcoats, please be reminded that they should be plain black or grey only, with no logos. Denim or Leather is not allowed.
Each week, over 120 instrumental and vocal lessons taught by staff from Enfield Arts Support Service (EASS) take place at Kingsmead within the Music Department. We have a brilliant team of 15 visiting teachers from EASS who work with our students in this capacity, at all key stages.
There are all kinds of skills and positive experiences students can gain from this tuition, not least the possibility of taking external, additional music exams and furthering student involvement in the extended curriculum. Learning Director of Music, Mr Elia can offer students (and parents) all sorts of information on the benefits of learning an instrument or taking voice lessons.
Most lessons are not free; there are differing charges for lessons depending on the length of the lesson and whether they take place in a group or individually. Some of the lessons are funded by the school, some by parents and some by a recently obtained grant from EASS.
Kingsmead takes e-safety extremely seriously and students are made aware of the steps we take to ensure their safety when working on-line in school as well as working with the police to investigate the rare instances where young people endanger the safety and wellbeing of others through misuse of electronic communication. Further details are available in the Acceptable Usage of ICT Policy.
We know that E-Safety is a concern of many parents and there are a lot of useful resources and information available about keeping your children safe when they use the internet, mobile phones, or other devices connected to the Internet.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.
If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, you'll usually need to fill in an application form you can get from your local council. Give your completed application to the school office and make sure you can show documentary proof of any support you get.
As at other schools, photographs, video and digital footage may be taken by appropriate school employees or a member of the press (with the consent of the school) for the purposes of recording an activity or event with the intention or promoting Kingsmead School, our students and their achievements. These images may be displayed within the school, reproduced in school materials e.g. school prospectus, web site or newsletter or feature in the local or national media. Should any parent or carer object to this you must inform in writing Mrs L Baker, Communications and School Community Manager at school.
It is parents' legal responsibility to see that their child/children attend(s) school. If a student is absent from school a parent or carer MUST ring our attendance line every day the student is absent. The number is:
020 8351 5003
Alternatively, parents or carers may wish to email school to report an absence. Messages can be sent to:-
As with phone calls, please email as soon as possible on the first day of absence and every day that the student is absentWhen your child returns to school they MUST bring a note from home explaining their absence.
Cases of persistent absence have to be referred to the Educational Welfare Service, which discharges the school's statutory responsibility in relation to school attendance (The Education Act 1996).