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 busy and hard-working school which offers pupils a fantastic range of opportunities and experiences and I am very grateful to all of the staff who work at Kingsley. Every single Kingsley employee, from our part-time cleaners, caterers to my senior team has worked incredibly hard this term and I am hugely grateful to them all, as I am sure you are as well.

I have enjoyed seeing and celebrating the successes of your children throughout this term and there have been lots of successes, right from the top end of the school where many 6th form pupils have already received University offers for next year, all the way down to the youngest pupils who have been making such huge strides in their early development in the excellent care of our nursery and pre-school.

I enjoy being out and about round school and have managed quite a few visits to the nursery this term without making any of the youngest children cry, which is always a bonus!

I hope that all Kingsley families will have a relaxing, fun and blessed Christmas break and that those of you who, like Debs and me, will be at church over the Christmas period, have a wonderful time remembering the real meaning of this time of year.

I have made a decision this year not to send out Christmas cards to the Kingsley community this year. Instead of sending you all cards, we are making a donation to Edukid. Edukid is a Bideford based charity that is working with many MIST schools across the country to raise funds for educational projects around the world. Here at Kingsley, we have chosen to support a project that is aiming to build a dormitory for girls in a school in Uganda to allow them to board at school during the week, thus keeping them safe and ensuring that they receive better continuity of education. You can read more about Edkuid here:

Christ came that we might have life in all its fullness (John 10:10) and I pray that this would be true for you this Christmas time. Debs and I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2019.

Pete Last