Consultation on timings of the academy day from September 2015.
Following a meeting with Governors and Senior Staff, I am writing to inform you about changes being proposed for the next year and to invite you to engage in consultation about the following proposal relating to the academy day.
The consultation for parents and carers will run from Monday 18th May – Monday 22nd June 2015. The consultation also includes feedback from other stakeholders including staff, students, local community and our feeder primary schools.
Reasons behind the Proposed Changes
- Length of the school day
- Keeping a broad and balanced curriculum
We are proud of the fact that our current curriculum is designed to offer a board and balanced curriculum.
Since opening nearly two years ago many parents have feedback to us about the length of school day and the short lunch break. I did promise that we would review it and consult with key stake holders about any proposed changes.
The new changes in Curriculum recommends more time for key subjects such as English and Mathematics. Many schools have had to either drastically cut the curriculum time given to non-examinable subjects such as Physical Education or narrow their curriculum offer. This proposal will ensure that we do not have to do either of these things
The proposal will address both of these concerns.
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Khalsa Goes Green!
There was a 75% turnout – higher than national average – as Khalsa students went to the polls for its first ever General Election.
The elections on Thursday 7th May were the culmination of weeks of hard work by many students which began long before the Easter holidays when all students started to think about the national issues that meant most to them and wrote at length about what they would do if they were British Prime Minister as a whole-school literacy project in their English lessons.
Since then students have actively campaigned for votes, speaking in assemblies, producing posters and campaign literature, handing out party election stickers, and canvassing for votes around the extensive school site.
Polls opened at 7.45 a.m. with students queuing to be the first to vote. Polls closed at 4.45 p.m. and staff began counting voting slips immediately, ready to announced the result in a special election assembly the following morning.
The results were as follows:
| Liberal Democrats
Well done to all students who were actively involved in the election campaign and of course to Prabhjot and the Green Party on their victory.
How are we learning about the May 2015 General Elections here at KSA?
Promotes inclusivity and equality for all human beings
Children are curious about the world, and no matter how much information you give them they are continuously seeking more. Political views are typically something that children initially pick up from their parents or carers. Regardless of a parent’s political affiliation and viewpoint, it is only fair to teach children about the bigger picture in order for them to grow up informed and capable of making their own choices.
One of the greatest gifts we can give to our children is the motivation to be an active part of life and living. Equipping our children with the knowledge and understanding of voting will empower them throughout their lives. Explaining the power of their own voice can go a long way in not only developing their interest in politics, but realising their own hand in influencing political decisions.
With the upcoming general elections our children here at KSA are going to be voting for their fellow colleagues in the KSA 7 May 2015 General elections.
The importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, they are consistently reinforced throughout the school as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Please click here to download the full Election Campaign Information Document (PDF)