It does seem rather amazing that my first half term as Headmaster at Kingsley is already done. I have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks listening and talking to pupils, parents, colleagues, governors and members of the local community. It is clear that there are a lot of people who are huge fans of Kingsley and who are passionate about seeing the school improve and go from strength to strength.

I have seen and heard some fantastic teaching from committed and dedicated staff; I have been proudly shown around boarding houses by relaxed and happy boarders; I have eaten breakfasts, lunches and suppers provided by our wonderful catering team; I have been proud to see pupils receiving trophies, medals, certificates and awards for their tremendous commitment and tenacity; I have had the pleasure of singing alongside staff and pupils at Exeter Cathedral and there have been countless other opportunities for me to enjoy the efforts and achievements of the pupils.

However, I believe there is even more that we can do as a school. Along with my leadership team, I am currently working on a long-term strategic plan entitled “Towards 2029”. This is a long way off but I chose this year because it will be the year in which we celebrate Kingsley’s 20th birthday. As part of this plan, we are currently identifying many aims and objectives, some of which will happen before the end of this term and some of which may take slightly longer to achieve.

My vision is to see Kingsley providing a bespoke education for all pupils; a tailored educational experience that will allow us to meet the needs of each pupil across the full range of the curriculum and our extensive range of extra-curricular activities. I will be presenting this plan to our Governors in March and, subject to their approval, I will then make it available for all to see. There is lots for me to do to build on the very strong foundations that already exist at Kingsley but I am very excited about our future as a school.

Next week, I am looking forward to helping support our Kingsley Guardianship scheme which enables many of our boarders to remain at school over half term and to rest, relax and get involved in a wide range of activities.

I hope that you all have a very enjoyable and relaxing half-term break.

Pete Last