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  • Meeting Anna Firth, MP for Southend West

    Published 04/03/22

    Louise, the Head teacher at Kingsdown, and Tom met Anna Firth, the MP for Southend West, today to discuss the issues with school transport and how it can be improved. We hope that Anna will help us to improve this service for all our students and their families. 

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  • Trip to see Wicked

    Published 25/02/22

    Some of our students went to see Wicked on Wednesday at the Apollo Theatre in London. They travelled by train and tube and coped really well when we came back during rush hour.

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  • Plan for return to Lancaster’s ‘new normal’ – after half term

    Published 10/02/22

    Parents will be fully aware of the journey we have been on over the last two years. The disruption to our students lives and learning has been unprecedented and we are keen to get the school back to full running order. So far we have kept to class bubbles and while this has been relatively safe, students have missed out on many social opportunities, friendships and assemblies.

    In order to achieve our aim of running the school in the ‘new normal’ way, we have met with one of the expert specialist doctors in Southend and discussed in detail how we can do this and keep everyone in school as safe as possible.

    It’s important for parents to know that nearly every single member of staff in school has had the three vaccinations.

    We now also know that 75% of parents sent us information about their son / daughters vaccinations status and that 75% of these students have had at least their first vaccination and most have had 2 or 3. So over half of our students have had 2 or more vaccinations. This helps to protect us all.

    We now test over 90% of students using the LFD test on site regularly and this has become part of our students’ normal routines.

    To move forward, here is what we will be doing after half term –

    • All staff will test at home before coming to school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Any who test positive will isolate and follow NHS advice before returning.
    • We will test students every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the very start of the school day. Staff will meet students on arrival wearing masks and gloves and will test in class straight away.
    • We ask that students arrive at school wearing masks, which they will wear until they are tested and everyone in the class is found to be negative.
    • Any student who tests positive will be isolated straight away and parents will be called. These students will isolate at home, following NHS guidance and can return to school after negative tests on days 5 and 6 or after day 10, if they have no symptoms.
    • Once everyone in each class has been tested and everyone onsite is negative, we will be able to remove masks and socially mix across the school. This includes mixing at break time and in assembly. Some of our students have never been into an assembly in the hall!

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this. I will be updating our risk assessment to reflect these changes and putting it on the website in due course.

    I can be reached on 07900 – 366710 or by email on

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  • Thought for the Week

    Published 06/02/22

    On the 8th February it is Safer Internet Day. We will be thinking about how to stay safe online.

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  • Have a Heart for HARP Disco

    Published 03/02/22

    Have a Heart for HARP Valentines Disco

    Friday 11th February 2022



    Dear Parents and Carers,

    On Friday 11th February we are having an online Valentines disco raising funds for HARP, Southend’s Homeless charity. Classes will be remaining in bubbles and logging in to see the DJ’s in the hall. We are encouraging students to wear red on this day or clothing with hearts on it.

    HARP Southend’s Homeless Charity is a very successful and a much-needed resource in the area providing meals, shelter and advice to the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless.

     If you would like to donate then please send in any cash donations with your son/daughter.

    There are also wrist-bands to purchase which cost a £1 - all proceeds to HARP


    Thank you

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  • Student News

    Published 31/01/22

    Every Monday a student reads the news to the whole school so that we know what is happening each week. It's great for sharing information. Thank you to David for doing this today.

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  • Covid Update - 25 January 2022

    Published 25/01/22

    Dear Parents/Carers

    As you know we have had a significant number of Covid positive tests - 17 students and 9 staff have tested positive in the last 2 days. 

    So, in response to this, these are the actions we are taking 

    1. Daily testing in classes where there are positive cases (students or staff)
    2. Football and Swimming clubs are both cancelled this week
    3. We will continue to report daily to Jackie Mullen (our Executive Head of the MAT), the local authority and Public Health officials in Southend 
    4. Students will continue to remain in class bubbles - minimal mixing
    5. Masks will be worn in communal areas
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  • Covid Risk Assessment

    Published 04/01/22

    Here is our latest risk assessment re: Covid-19 - 4 January 2021

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  • Christmas Lunch Menu

    Published 29/11/21

    Here is our Christmas Lunch menu for Thursday 9th December 2021

    Students will be eating in their class bubbles and sat with staff for this celebratory meal.

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  • Plaza Cafe Work Experience

    Published 19/11/21

    Students really enjoy their work experience placements.

    Every Tuesday Connor is working at the Community Cafe, 600 Southchurch Road. He loves to have new customers so if you would like to visit then please do.


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  • Remembrance November 2021

    Published 11/11/21

    Chalkwell Class have made these pictures as part of our work on Remembrance for those who lost their lives at war.

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  • Elevenses Learning Cafe

    Published 24/09/21

    It's great to have our baking option back in action on a Thursday afternoon.

    The group work on recipes each week and then sell the cakes to staff in our Elevenses Learning Cafe on a Friday morning.


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