Kings Langley School Annual Report to Kings Langley Parish by xavieroman


									                                           Kings Langley School
                            Annual Report to Kings Langley Parish Council (April 2009)

The following is a summary of some of the key points of the year for Kings Langley (Senior) School

       A total of 519 applications were made for places in year 7 for September 2009 for 180 places (increasing to
        186 next year). There are 25 appeals being heard by the Hertfordshire Admissions Authority. The Sixth
        Form has grown from 108 students in 2003 to an estimated 172 students in 2009 and this year the school
        numbers in September will be just under 1100 students
       Many community events and other activities have taken place throughout the year including the Kings Langley
        10k run held at Phasels Wood with Graham Taylor supporting us. Year 10 students continue to host the annual
        senior citizens party and DENs and we have been delighted by the response from local primary schools to our
        senior students who have performed various musical items during their assembly periods and provided
        leadership in sporting activities
       In January 2009 we received congratulations from Jim Knight MP, for the excellent performance
        demonstrated at Key Stage 4 in the 2008 Achievement and Attainment Tables – the school is amongst the
        top performing schools based on sustained improvement in 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and maths
       Fundraising for the refurbishment of the swimming pool continues in earnest – the recent Charity Ball
        attended by Mike Penning (MP) and Martin Cross (Olympic rower) was a great success raising some £5k.
        Thanks are extended to those organisations and individuals within the village who supported this event. Our
        thanks are also extended to Kings Langley Parish Council and Sportspace Kings Langley for their generous
        contributions to the refurbishment works which will start on 26th May 2009.
       The Charity walk in the summer will be repeated again this year where the students generated funds for
        local, national and global charities
       A local Kings Langley Charity has generously supported a number of local children to attend educational trips
        and provided equipment for their education
       As a hub school for the Extended Schools Consortium linking with local primary schools we work in close
        partnership with parents and carers, and a Parent Support Worker has joined the Extended Schools
       The school was designated an Arts Specialist School and we held a successful Family Learning Day during
        October which was well attended by parents, grand parents, aunts and children. The Y7 students celebrated
        Diwali and Chinese New Year using Art, Drama, Dance and Graphics to enhance their cultural understanding
        and work with leaders in the local communities. The Art Room refurbishment has seen a transformation in the
        facilities offered to the students
       The Kings Langley Community Choir was established this year which is supported by our Arts Specialism, the
        choir sang at our recent Cabaret performances which took place at the beginning of March 2009
       During the Eid celebrations the whole school enjoyed Indian dancing and cuisine when visited by local
        dignitaries from the immediate and Muslim Community
       The School Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band continue to perform at events throughout the year including the
        Holocaust Remembrance Day, Kings Langley Village Christmas Light ceremony, Kings Langley Carnival and the
        Dacorum Business Awards where we were nominated for an award under “team of the year”
       Visitors are invited to use the school‟s car parking facilities at the Carnival this year for a small donation
        towards our 2011 Tanzania trip where a group of 35 students will be taking part in an expedition to Tanzania
        to participate in a community and wildlife project which will involve building a school facility and providing
        teaching assistance
       The school has enjoyed a large number of sporting successes this year, with several individuals gaining County
        and Dacorum District representative honours. Our football teams are participating in 5 out of the 6 Dacorum
        finals this year.
       Once again, we produced an outstanding entry in the national Rock Challenge competition, producing one of our
        best entries to date winning against an extremely strong field – and are now competing in the national finals in
        Portsmouth. The team was one of three nationally invited to perform this year‟s theme of „Young Carers‟ to a
        group of disadvantaged youths – it was our second successive victory in a row.
       Our unique on-line school magazine is a success and we have launched our local radio and podcasting station
        based at the school
       We are also looking forward to hosting the annual Senior Citizens Summer Tea Party in June 2009

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