18th January 2019
Inside this Issue:
Meet the cast of We Will Rock You
Christmas Tree Competition Winners
LC3 in Character
Super Learning Afternoon
Revision Techniques (Elaboration)
Interview with the King’s Team
WE WILL ROCK YOU– FOCUS
We Will Rock You Page 02
Meet some of the cast of our
next school production, We
Will Rock You.
Amazing Volcanoes Page 03
Departmental Christmas Tree Competition Page 04
LC3 in Character Page 05
Supporters of King’s Page 06
King’s Tweets Page 07
Super Learning Afternoon Page 08
Revision Techniques Page 9-10
Year 7 volcano projects
currently on display in King’s
Seneca Learning Page 11 –12
Homework Support Page 13
King’s Drop-in Support Page 14
An Interview with the King’s Team Page 15
Bike Safety Page 16
Notice Board Page 17
King’s Calendar Page 18
Year 7-10 pupils take part in
various workshops and
activities as part of Super
ON THE COVER
Year 7 volcano project and activities
from Super Learning Afternoon.
Week 3 of our revision
techniques from the learning
scientists looks at studying
12TH & 14TH FEBRUARY 2019 7PM
TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE FROM MONDAY 28TH JANUARY AND CAN BE
PURCHASED AT RECEPTION/ STUDENT SERVICES.
ADULT: £5 | CONCESSIONS: £3
Freya (Britney Spears)
FOCUS ON PRODUCTION
Meet the Cast
Britney is one of the leaders of the Bohemians. He is in love
with Meatloaf and they are set to find the dreamer. He is a
mix of confident, funny and boisterous. I love this character
because it has helped me develop some of his characteristics
and helped me be more of a carefree person. I think this show
is going to be the best we have done because it’s linking to a
band that everyone has heard of (Queen) and it’s a really
I have been in 2/3 productions. I love the productions because
it lets me show my creative side and helped me choose what I
want to be when I am older (Musical Theatre Actress) .
Over the past two weeks, Year 7 students
at King’s have been presenting their
amazing volcano projects in their
Each student studied a particular volcano
and created a brilliant and creative
case-study around it.
Well done to all our Year 7’s for showing
fantastic endeavour over the holidays and
creating these fantastic projects.
The projects are currently on display in
THE WINNING TREE!
Leading up to Christmas, every department in the
school had the opportunity to enter the
departmental Christmas tree competition.
The winner was voted for by staff and students and
it was decided that the winning entry was ‘The
Well done to our languages department!
Well done also to the Drama department (2nd
place), and the Kitchen staff for their Pantree (3rd
A huge thank you to all who took part in the annual
departmental Christmas Tree Competition. The competition
always gets us in the festive spirit here at King’s.
Below is a reminder of all the entries:
At King’s we place our ASPIRE values at the heart of everything we do. This
Learning Cycle we focus on our value of SELF AWARENESS.
We will discuss self awareness every day and we endeavour to make this
relevant to our students by relating the values to issues that are affecting our
Every year group has a lesson a week in Character – here we look at Personal,
Social, Moral and Economic areas. For example, the topics covered this
Learning Cycle include;
Year 7 - Professional in school and beyond (flight paths, skills for learning
Year 8 – Being professional with money and financially independent (the
economy, jobs and social mobility, risks with money).
Year 9 – Being professional in modern society (the law and community,
gangs and offensive weapons, conflict resolution).
How can people support our
Discuss the topics around the dinner table. What do you all
know? Don't hesitate to ask in school if you want to know
Encourage each other to show the values – for students that
could mean completing your Character Passport (Y7/8) or
Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
If any parents have a field of expertise, through your job or
studies, and you would like to support Character at King’s,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 – Being professional at work and the ‘World of Work’ (rights and
responsibilities for employers and employees, jobs and apprenticeships, debt
Year 11 – Revision and GCSE catch-up.
Topics we will also discuss in assemblies include;
1.) British Values and individual liberty; Parliament feedback.
2.) Professional with my health; National Obesity Week and staying active.
3.) Holocaust Memorial Day.
4.) National LGBT+ month; Professional with differences.
5.) Professional about my future; King’s Sixth Form.
“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fundraising for the Music
A huge thank you to Supporters of King’s
parents who helped out at the Christmas
concert last term. Over £80 was raised
for the Music Department and future
If you would like to get involved with the
school’s fundraising group, Supporters of
King’s (SOK), please contact
Do you order online? Please consider using
the popular fundraising
All you have to do is register and choose
Supporters of King's Leadership Academy as
your chosen charity. Then when shopping
online click onto this page and search for any
retailer or web seller, if that seller is
partnered they will make a donation to our
cause without it costing the buyer anything.
If you download the easyfundraising toolbar
onto a computer or laptop a pop up reminder
will appear when you click on a partnered
retailer for example Next. Or you can
download the app onto a mobile device.
So far parents/families have raised £1267!
Many thanks to those who have supported
this initiative so far!
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At the end of LC2, pupils took part in a Super Learning
Afternoon at King’s.
Each year group took part in a variety of different
activities, which pupils found both enjoyable and
The Warrington Youth Service visited King’s to do a
session on relationships, peer pressure and making the
right choices with Year 7. Students took part in two
workshops over the afternoon that helped them focus on
their relationships, confidence and personal leadership
along with how society and the media can influence our
ideas about relationships and expectations within them.
They also had the opportunity to discuss peer pressure
within friendship groups and making healthy choices
when faced with peer pressure situations such as trying
cigarettes for the first time.
Year 8 students have been exploring the death penalty
throughout LC2 in PPE. For Super Learning Afternoon,
students took part in a big debate with Mr Bowden. The
debate looked at whether the United Kingdom should
reinstate the death penalty. Many students had some very
interesting opinions and arguments and used the
learning from their PPE lessons to back up their arguments.
Students showed a great level of professionalism
and respect to debate in a professional way.
Students in Year 9 enjoyed a “zen” day including
mindfulness, meditation with Buddhist Kelsang Pagpa,
resilience with LJMU Dr Sue Palmer-Conn, understanding
emotions and developing emotional intelligence, and Vick
Sweeny with Maggie the therapy dog.
Pupils in Year 10 took part in sessions on sexual education
and drugs and alcohol awareness. Pupils showed a great
level of professionalism throughout the afternoon.
Revision Guest Article by Mr Barker
Over the next six weeks, we will be featuring an infographic from the Learning Scientists. So who are they?
The Learning Scientists are cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. Their main
research focus is on the science of learning and how we can help pass this message onto pupils as well as
parents. Their vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other
educators. Following a highly successful year 11 & 13 consultation evening, we wanted to share their great work
and hopefully, you can move away from poor revision strategies (reading, highlighting and copying out) and closer
towards those that have been scientifically proven to help you learn.
Here is their blog for parents:
Here is their blog for pupils:
Here is there blog for teachers:
All students and teachers now have free access to Senecaa
revision and homework platform making studying more fun.
Seneca is an interactive way to learn official course content.
Their web app covers 150+ exam board specific courses
condensing what students need to know for their exams.
The software is able to identify gaps in learning. For instance,
when you get a question wrong, the platform will repeat the
topic in different formats and their smart algorithm has proven
to make students remember topics 2x faster. Seneca is totally
free for students, teacher and parents. You can sign up
King’s Warrington is one of Seneca’s pioneer school’s, and part
of the Science courses for Seneca were written by our very own
Need some help/advice with your science homework?
Then why not come along to Science Surgery
with Mr Morris? Science Surgery is available to
all students in all year groups, and will be
running after school on the following dates:
Monday 28th January
Monday 25th February
Monday 11th March
MATHS HOMEWORK CLUB
Struggling with your
maths homework? Need
Why not come along to
maths homework club
with Miss Denton?
King’s Drop In Support
If you want to chat about how you’re feeling, friendship issues, low mood or anything else, please come by and
drop in for support. You don’t need to make an appointment, just drop by.
Year 12 Aspire Coach
Niamh & Katie our year 12 Aspire Coaches!
Name: Miss Aldridge
Days: Monday/ Friday
Location: Brunel (MFL corridor)
Year Leader Drop in
They are here to help and support you
individually or as a group.
Friendship issues - support and guidance to
solve those problems with your friends.
Academic support - help with homework.
Organisation - how can you improve your
organisation, using your planner.
Revision support - advice on revision and
Where: The library
When: Wednesday Lunch times
This week we spoke to Miss Denton, Practitioner of Maths at King’s…
Did you have a flight path?
In all honesty no, although I wish I had. Different careers drew my
attention over the years such as speech therapist, artist and product
designer but I remained undecided on which career path to follow.
I knew at an early stage I had a passion for the creative side, which
led me to complete my undergraduate degree in BSc Product Design
Engineering at LJMU. On completion of this degree I entered the
world of work unsure of where I wanted my career to lead. Through
working in sales and banking I realised that I valued my customer
facing role where I could interact and help people. This led me to
apply for a role as a teaching assistant at Wade Deacon High School
in Widnes. It was here that I found my love for teaching and
working with young people. I witnessed the ambition and charisma
of the teachers and how this engaged the pupils in topics I had loved
when I was a student. Going on to complete my PGCE at the same
school, I knew I had chosen the perfect career path.
What inspires you?
I am insatiable when it comes to learning, both for my pupils and
for myself. I truly believe that there is always room for
improvement and I value constructive criticism within my work.
I like to believe that I am a teacher who is known for her warmth,
whose classroom is colourful and inviting. With informative
displays, pupils can memorise important mathematical terms and
formulae. I am inspired by my love of art and my creative
background, so I am often found creating my newest displays after
Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
Outside of work I am trying to become more active, this includes
attending my local gym 3 times a week. I am hoping to be able to
complete the Colour run in June 2019. I enjoy going for a walk
around Delamere Forest and can be often found having a cup of tea
at the café.
In school I run an after-school Homework club for pupils who are
struggling on their maths homework. This allows pupils to get 1:1
support or to work in small groups with their peers, whilst allowing
pupils to get their work done in a calm environment before going
home to relax.
What drew you to King’s?
I first came across Kings Leadership Academy whilst searching for
local schools online. Having never heard of this school I was
intrigued and after a short visit to the website became enticed by
the school’s active interest in the pupil’s life outside of school and
the emphasis they put on the ASPIRE values. Upon visiting, I found
that the school exceeded my expectations in all areas. One of the
first things that struck me was the pupils work ethic and general
behaviour. Upon meeting the friendly staff, I felt welcomed and
became determined to work in this environment.
What is your greatest achievement?
Certainly, completing my PGCE in Maths is up there as one of the
greatest achievements so far in my life. The training was rigorous
but the fact I can now proudly say I work for a school such as King’s
makes all the hard work worth it. Before working in King’s, I had
the pleasure of working alongside some of the most dynamic and
interesting people during my work for the Football Association. This
role allowed me to travel to parts of the world I had never seen
before and it gave me a new appreciation for the sport as well as the
training and sacrifices that the players undertake in their early
In my personal life I have achieved one of my life goals during 2018,
of buying and renovating my own house.
What is your favourite part of the King’s day?
Family dining is a concept that I have never encountered in any
other school. It is an amazing opportunity for me to interact with
the pupils outside of lessons and allows me to really understand
what inspires and motivates them. Notwithstanding the fact that
mentoring in form time allows me to have a better conversation on a
1:1 basis with each pupil. Often this is when we can better discuss
issues or positive comments as well as their ambitions and goals.
Have you learnt anything new since starting at King’s?
King’s has shown me that my former understanding of how a school
works had many areas for improvement. Working in this
encouraging and positive environment has helped me to develop my
confidence in class, as well as allowing me to experiment with my
ways of teaching which in turn has developed on my understanding
of how pupils learn and how different techniques can support pupils
in different ways. I believe my teaching has improved for the better
because of the opportunities and support that has been offered to
me at Kings and I look forward to developing new ideas to support
An important reminder about bicycle safety
Please can we encourage all pupils to purchase a light for
their bikes to ensure safety when riding. It was great to see
so many of you collecting free bike lights from Mrs Burrows
recently. We are now all out of bike lights and would like to
thank Warrington Borough Council for kindly supplying
these. As it is now often dark by 4pm, it is important to
ensure that motorists can see you. Please also remember to
be safe and self-aware as you ride, and wear a helmet and
high visibility clothing. Your school uniform is very dark, so
it is worth thinking about how to improve your visibility.
For more information on bicycle safety, please visit the
Schools in Warrington are proposing to make changes
to their admission arrangements for pupils joining
from September 2020. Please visit the Council’s
website for more information.
Proposed arrangements for admission to our school
are available to view or download from our website.
For a paper copy, please speak to the school office.
The consultation period runs from 6 December 2018
until 31 January 2019.
Year 11 Mock examinations will begin Monday 25th
March 2019– Thursday 4th April 2019.
Our Year 8, 10 and 12 subject review
evening will be held on Monday 21st
The Academy will be open as usual
from 8.20-1.15pm for all year groups.
Lunch will be provided until 1.45pm.
Students who do not wish to stay for
lunch will be allowed to go home at
1.15pm. For students who wish to stay
in school until the normal time of 4pm,
the canteen will be made available
should students wish to do homework
or silent reading.
Timetable to follow in the next edition of the King’s
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Well done to Alicia Hollowell
for this beautiful piece of
quotation revision for
English to boost memory
retention (pictured left).
King’s Term Time Calendar
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