Response to Covid-19

Community

COVID-19

Kingston Grammar School was closed on Friday 20th March 2020 following Government advice and will remain so until further notice. On Monday 15th June we welcomed back some of our Fourth Year and Lower Sixth students. New First Year students will be invited to attend familiarisation sessions during the week of 29th June. We will update the KGS community as soon as we receive further Government guidance on additional school returns. In the meantime, if you would like to view risk assessments or School policies, please email enquiries@kgs.org.uk

KEY WORKERS

We are committed to supporting key workers. KGS has a team of volunteer teaching and support staff to provide care for students whose parents are key workers. We aim to continue to provide support for as long as the school is closed. If you are a key worker and would like to know more about this support, please email vhumphrey@kgs.org.uk

PARENTS

Parents wishing to know more about the School’s remote teaching and learning should refer to the relevant section of Firefly and our recent email communications. Here is some government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Parents of Year 11 and Year 13 students who would have been taking GCSE and A Level examinations have been sent further information about results.

ADMISSIONS & OPEN EVENTS

Autumn term events

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently reviewing our open events scheduled for the Autumn term 2020.

To ensure that we provide all our prospective families with the opportunity to take full advantage of the KGS experience we hope to be able to offer a combination of live and virtual events. Should the live events need to change due to Government guidelines, we will contact all families that have booked a place as soon as possible.

  • 11+ Information Evening for parents only, Thursday 24th September 2020 at 6.30pm

This virtual event is for Year 6 parents ONLY (those with children starting Year 6 from September 2020) to provide a comprehensive overview of the academic and pastoral provision available at Kingston Grammar School along with guidance on our 11+ entrance examinations.

The online event will include presentations from the Head Master, Mr Stephen Lehec, Pastoral Deputy Head Mrs Sarah Humphrey, Academic Deputy Head Mr Will Cooper, Head of First Year Dr Abi Crampin as well as presentations from some of our KGS students. A live Q & A will take place following the presentations where attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

To reserve your place on this virtual event please use this link: 11+ Information Evening for parents booking link

  • Open Day, Saturday 26th September 2020

Our Open Day this year will allow Year 5, Year 6 and Year 10 families (those with children starting those year groups from September 2020) to have a tour around the school site, speak with KGS staff and visit subject areas.

Numbers for this event and time on the school site will be restricted to ensure that we are adhering to the Government guidelines in place in September. Please ensure your child fits the aforementioned year group criteria.

The event format will include a presentation from the Head Master, Mr Stephen Lehec, as well as presentations from some of our KGS students. While touring the school, attendees can ask questions to their chosen subject departments both virtually (if viewing remotely) and live (if attending in person).

The event will last about 1 hour without a tour and about 2 hours including a tour. Please note that Virtual Room Tours can be viewed at any time; just scroll further down this web page.

Should the current circumstances relating to COVID-19 mean we are unable to host this event in school we will contact you at the start of the Autumn Term.

To reserve your place to attend the Open Day please click on this link: Open day booking

  • Open Mornings, throughout the Autumn term

We are also hosting a further series of Open Mornings to allow all visitors to look around the school and speak with senior staff.

Please note that for face-to-face meetings we will have to operate restrictions on numbers attending per family.

Should the current circumstances relating to COVID-19 mean we are unable to host this event in school we will contact you at the start of the Autumn term.

To reserve your place, in person or virtually, please click on this link: Tour of KGS Booking

For those of you keen to visit KGS with younger children, we will organise open events later in the year so please keep an eye on updates on our website. We look forward to welcoming you to KGS.

  • Virtual Open Event, Autumn term

We will be providing a virtual open event in October to ensure that all prospective families have the opportunity to receive information from all subject areas and the admissions process to KGS. Families from all year groups are welcome to attend this event.

The date for this event will be advertised shortly.

To reserve your online, virtual place, please click on this link: coming soon

10+ and 11+ Entrance Examinations in January 2021

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently reviewing our arrangements for the 2021 10+ and 11+ entrance exams. This extended period of isolation and home-schooling is having, and will have, an as yet unknown impact on pupils, particularly those in Year 5 and Year 6 who will be sitting entrance exams in January. To help safeguard their emotional well-being we plan to take the following measures:

  • There will only be two entrance examinations, in Maths and English. We are removing the Verbal Reasoning paper from our assessments which will reduce by a third the examination time.
  • We will be preparing a comprehensive resource pack to help pupils prepare for our entrance assessments at home. This will be available to all families wishing to sit the KGS entrance examinations in January 2021.
  • We are currently exploring a number of other ways we can adapt the entrance assessments to the changing landscape. Further details and updates will be provided as soon as they become available.
  • Please email registrar@kgs.org.uk should you require any further information. If you wish to register your child to sit the 10+ or 11+ entrance examinations in January 2021 please go to our Registration page.

    DITTON FIELD

    Ditton Field is open for Games for KGS students who book in advance. For further information, please email slavery@kgs.org.uk

    SUPPORT

    Since the School closed, the Head Master has recorded a daily YouTube message to all students at 8.30am each morning and conducted a weekly quiz on his YouTube channel.

    The KGS community has been involved in many activities to support key workers, NHS staff and members of the community who may be struggling. All news related to our community activity can be found here.

    Highlights have included:

    Donations of handcrafted PPE were produced and distributed to local hospitals by a team comprising Head of DT Mr Derek Farr, his wife Kathleen, their son Callum, an Upper Sixth student at the School, and Senior KGS Caretaker John Boyes, donating to both hospitals and care workers in the Kingston area.

    KGS alumnus Jeroen Sibia launched Lockdown Haircut, a business that matches those in need of home-based haircut tuition with an expert barber, with all profits going to the NHS. One of their first customers was Head Master Stephen Lehec, whose wife was successfully guided through her first ‘short back and sides’. Featured, amongst others, on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Sky News, it also provided some light entertainment while raising money for the NHS. This not-for-profit initiative has recently been voted as Best New Business by The Daily Telegraph.

    First Year student Cameron volunteered, along with his family, with the Dons Local Action Group and worked throughout the Easter holidays delivering food to vulnerable people in the community. His charitable work sparked the interest of ITV who interviewed Cameron for their news bulletin on his motivation for volunteering in the community.

    The U15 girls’ hockey team created the ‘KGS to Inverness’ fundraising initiative by running the equivalent of 2000km and raising over £6000 for NHS charities.

    Second Year student Hannah cycled ‘virtually’ to Dundee and back raising almost £2000 for NHS charities.

    Our student rowers took to the water raising much-needed funds for local charities.