Message from Mr Burton, Principal
Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year. As I hope you are aware I am the new permanent Principal of Kingswood, a position which I am proud and delighted to be taking up.
The peculiarities of teaching meant that even though I was appointed early in June I was not able to take up the position until this January. I have come from a very large (2,200 students) secondary school near Milton Keynes where I have been a Deputy Headteacher for nearly 10 years. It is a school on the cusp of being rated as ‘Outstanding’ and I bring many of the skills and lessons learned there with me to Kingswood.
There is much work to do in order to build on the improving successes of Kingswood and enable it to become the good and outstanding academy we all deserve, and it will take a little time to get there. My mantra is that of ‘simplicity’ and ‘consistency’. With the senior team I shall be revising the Teaching and Learning policy as a first priority in order to ensure that the quality of lessons delivered is consistently good. We shall also be looking to develop the pastoral behavioural systems so that students and staff are equally aware of the standards expected and the rewards and sanctions that follow.
A little like a football team in the January transfer window, we are also actively looking to recruit high quality staff to replace those we know who are moving on to pastures new.
Most importantly I want the students to thrive at Kingswood, not only to leave with the best set of exam qualifications possible, but also to develop the skills and experiences necessary to go out into the world as well rounded and productive young men and women.
I look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks and months and at the Parent Forum meeting on 2 February at 5.30 pm, details will be coming to you shortly. In partnership with you we can lead Kingswood on to a bright and successful future.
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