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Ken Stimpson Community School - Newsletter 10/04/2020
KSCS Newsletter April 10th 2020
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Message from the Principal
KSCS Student Survey

Dear all,
Below is a link to a  student survey to investigate your opinion of school work at home and to find out how we can further facilitate and improve the learning from home facility.  

This survey is open from Friday 10/4/20 to Friday 17/4/20 and is for all year groups.  May I thank you in advance for your support in this matter. We look forward to collating your responses and will adjust our provision where necessary.
Please either click here or use the link below.

KSCS Student Survey


Best wishes


Bryan Erwin

Head of Year Message
Hello everybody and a Happy Easter to you all.

It is your HOY here (Remember us?) wishing and hoping you and your families are all keeping well.
WOW! 3 weeks in lock down! can you believe it?
Now we all know it is not your regular Easter break, however, we hope you are managing to stay safe and get a bit of the sun which has popped out to say hello.
We also hope that you are taking advantage of the time together, however strange it may be.
Remember, there are plenty of resources out there to keep you busy, both mentally and physically. 
Remember something is better than nothing.

  • The KSCS website for updates.
  • Your personal school emails for messages.
  • Connect as your subject teachers have set you work.
  • The school Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with tons of info.
  • Different departments and Year 11 have their own Facebook pages with information and fun activities to keep you occupied.

There are also various other websites out there: 

Again, there is the power of communication between one another, I hope and I am sure you are using this time to communicate with family and friends by phone, text or face time. Even though we may not be together, It is SO important to keep in touch with people.

I was especially reminded of this with the Queens address to the nation on Sunday,  

We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us. 
We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: 
We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.
But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.  

YES we will your Majesty!

We are all on the other end of an email if you need anything, so please keep in touch :)
All the best, stay inside, stay safe and stay posted.
Enjoy all of those eggs!


Heads of Year 7 - 11

Post 16
Last week I started my newsletter piece by referring to the Terry Pratchett novel ‘Interesting Times’.

Today I have been meeting with Mr Erwin in school for 3 hours on Good Friday (In normal times this would be a national Bank Holiday) to discuss awarding grades for examinations that will never be sat - these certainly are “interesting times”!
This process is difficult enough to get to grips with for those of us very familiar with examinations and the results process and so I am sure many of you will have lots of questions about what is going to happen next. To try and help you with this process I have produced a Frequently Asked Questions guide which is attached here:

Exams FAQ

We have also set up a dedicated email address for you to have any questions answered.  This is:
Exams2020 [at]

Please use this to direct any questions that you or your parents / carers have regarding the Ofqual announcement (from last Friday) or how the school will be responding to this guidance (if I have not already answered your question in my FAQ guide).
Mr Walji and I continue to field Year 13/14 questions regarding the UCAS process and Student Finance.  Please keep them coming.

We are more than happy to help.  It should go without saying that your Insurance choice should be lower than your Firm Choice (as if you don’t get into your first choice, you need a backup with lower points/grades)

I will remind you again of the revised deadlines:


If you’re anything like me then all of the days are now rolling into one and you’ll be glad of some school work to focus your minds on (I have been so bored I’ve even started watching this strange programme on Netflix involving eccentric Americans and tigers.  I now understand the memes involving Carole Baskin!)  

With this in mind, we will now start pushing out some ‘step up’ resources for Year 11 to help them to begin transition work for their Post 16 courses.  Those students on AS courses will be receiving materials to help them to progress onto the second year of their A Level courses and those of you already on two year A Level courses should already be working on home-learning materials provided by your class teachers.  I’m also looking at starting the EPQ after Easter via remote learning.  More details to follow.
Please make the most of this work and seize the opportunity to ‘get ahead of the game’ rather than falling behind.  Most of this work will be pushed out via Connect but also keep checking your school emails and the school social media channels.
Keep in regular contact with staff via email and remember no question is too stupid!

#StaySafe    #WashYourHands    #StayAtHomeSaveLivesProtectOurNHS


Mr Abbott, Miss Kingston, Mr Walji and the P16 tutors 
Post 16 Team

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