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15Mar 19

Are we raising a spoilt generation?

I have just started reading “The Spoilt Generation” by Dr Aric Sigman (published by Piatkus). The gist of the book appears to be that in recent decades the way in…

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04Mar 19

Mr Clive Okill – RIP

Rev. Clive Okill, 12th April 1948 - 16th February 2019 Clive Okill, a teacher at Edgehill College and Kingsley and one of our school Governors, passed away peacefully surrounded by…

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18Feb 19

Half Term Break

This has not been an easy half-term for Debs and myself. I am most grateful for Governors, parents and colleagues who have offered kind words and support to myself and…

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08Feb 19

Tolerance in school, travel in life.

It was a pleasure this morning to enjoy an assembly to commemorate and celebrate Lunar new year which fell earlier this week. Our catering manager, Lee Barker, and his team…

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05Feb 19

Our Governors

As I am sure is the case for most of you, we all have to answer to someone in our working lives. Some people may not have “bosses” as such…

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25Jan 19

A time for everything

On Monday I joined the rest of my large family to say “goodbye” to my Dad. He died in his sleep on Christmas Eve and on Monday we all gathered…

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16Dec 18

Happy Christmas

It seems hard to believe that the Autumn term has come to an end. All school terms fly by but this one has seemed particularly rapid! We are a very…

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09Nov 18

We will remember them

We will remember them… Today in school we held a very special Remembrance Service to honour all those who have given their lives in armed conflict, with a particular focus…

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15Oct 18

It is well with my soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know It is well, it is well, with…

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21Sep 18

The Importance of Reading

How important is reading to you? If you stop and think for a moment, it rapidly becomes clear how difficult our daily lives would be if we could not read.…

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09Jul 18

Here comes summer

I am writing this newsletter sitting in the departure lounge at the port in Plymouth, waiting to embark on the ferry to Spain. I am helping to support the Gold…

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22Jun 18


Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May And summer’s lease hath all too…

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25May 18

Why bother with science?

On Wednesday of this week, we were delighted and proud to be able to help our friends at the Appledore Book Festival host an outreach event by having Professor Lord…

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04May 18

The importance of character

Is it more important for your child to get a large number of high quality GCSE and A level grades or is it more important for them to develop and…

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27Apr 18

What’s in a name?

According to the plaque outside the main school building, Kingsley School was founded in 2009. Whilst this is, strictly speaking, correct, it is definitely not the whole story. Kingsley School…

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16Mar 18

On the shoulders of giants

In 1675 Isaac Newton wrote: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”. It is believed that this phrase dates back to the 12th…

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23Feb 18

When the inspectors call….

This week I have been away from school for 3 days as part of an ISI inspection team inspecting another independent school somewhere in the UK. I have now done…

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19Jan 18

The importance of belonging…

National Trust? RSPB? Woodland Trust? English Heritage? I wonder if, like me, you are or have been a member of any of these organisations? It is good to belong! One…

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08Jan 18

Happy New Year!

I hope that all of our Kingsley parents, wherever you spent Christmas and the New Year, have had a wonderful time of refreshment and recreation with your families and your…

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11Dec 17

One year in…

It really does seem very hard to believe that a year ago Debs and I were saying our farewells at Stowe and preparing our family to move to North Devon.…

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24Nov 17

A cheerful giver…

This year, the BBC Children in need campaign raised over £50 million and counting. I wonder if you watched any of the BBC’s output that evening? It is, of course,…

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21Nov 17

League Tables

Imagine spending 2 years studying hard for an internationally recognised qualification, revising carefully for your exams, doing your level best on the days of your exams and then waiting several…

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15Nov 17

We will remember them.

This week in school we have been reminding the pupils of those who have gone before us who have given their lives in the service of their country in times…

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20Oct 17

20th October -Autumn Half Term

And so half-term draws to a close. It really does seem to have flown by and there has been a real buzz throughout the whole school this half of term.…

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13Oct 17

Family Values

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is getting to know parents and pupils and I do feel that I am beginning to get to grips with which…

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08Sep 17

Let your light shine

It was wonderful to see so many pupils, parents, grandparents, Governors and friends of Kingsley School in the Methodist Church at the start of term. Here at Kingsley, as we…

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22May 17

Kingsley Out and About

 Kingsley Out and About  We have a long and proud tradition at Kingsley of making really good use of the outdoor classroom. It is always a memorable experience for our…

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03Mar 17

Practice makes perfect.

Today in Assembly for years 7, 8 and 9 we spoke about the importance of practising. I produced a Rubik’s Cube and proceeded to tell the story of how, one…

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27Jan 17

Success breeds success

Since the start of term I have had the privilege of meeting a large number of pupils who have seen success across the whole gamut of school life. I have…

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04Jan 17

New beginnings…

  I am writing this on 2nd January, having officially taken over as Headmaster on 1st January. So may I wish you all a very Happy New Year and I…

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20Sep 16

Kingsley School Inspection Report

It gives me great pleasure to bring to your attention the publication of our recent Inspection Report which has been shared with parents and published here on our website. We…

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