Head’s Blog 07/05/20

I hope you are all continuing to enjoy life as best you can and are staying safe. I’m also delighted that so many parents have been in touch for information on the work set by teachers, passwords and other enquiries about access to our curriculum.

Kingsley teachers have been recording themselves reading stories on video. We’ve created a dedicated web-page for this and you can access it by clicking here. They’ve all done a fantastic job reading these stories for you! Do let your children know about the site – perhaps you could bookmark it for them. We’re adding new stories every day!

Each day, once pupils have completed their work, I hope they are able to get some exercise. The government recommends walking or cycling for an hour a day. Most people are doing this, including me! Today, I recorded a video assembly message on my daily hour-long walk. You can see it here.

With very best wishes for a wonderful bank holiday weekend!

Ian McCrae

Mr McCrae’s Weekly Lock-down Video Message 04/05/20

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend and are continuing to stay safe, work hard and have as much fun as possible!

Mr McCrae’s weekly message can be found here

Please contact the school office if you are having any trouble accessing work from the school blogs (blogs can be accessed by selecting the relevant year group in the column  on the right).

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

We’d love see photos or video of you learning at home!

Dear all,

I hope you are all staying safe.

I’ve just been in school and it was great to see the 18 pupils we had in today. That said, we’re all really missing seeing all of you here and missing your wonderful work!

It’d be GREAT to see photos of you all working at home! If you’ve got any, why not send them to:


We’ll keep the photos safe and won’t share them beyond or outside of school. Why not get your cameras clicking and show us how you all work at home!

In the meantime, here’s a video of me feeling sad at being in a near-empty school with none of you in it!

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Update 28/04/20

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you are all staying safe and coping with the challenges of lock-down. There is still no indication as to when schools will reopen and, as soon as I receive any information, I will let you know our plans.

I also hope you are continuing to provide your children with access to our curriculum (please scroll-down to ‘Pupils’ Access to the Kingsley Curriculum’ for details). My colleagues are updating work for pupils each Friday (for the following week) and providing useful tips and advice. As ever, this can be found via the Year Group Blogs on the right-hand side of this page.
Thank you to all of you who have been in touch with queries on accessing the curriculum and I am very glad that all those issues have been sorted. If any of you have any further queries about your children’s work, please contact me at head@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk and I will ensure that the relevant colleague is informed.

Finally, things at home can be a strain in these unusual times and, if there is anything we can do to support you, please contact the school office on office@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk and they will inform our family team who will be able to help.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Update: Monday April 20th 2020

Dear Parents and carers,

I hope you are remaining safe and are in good spirits during these very unusual times.

Thank you also for your requests and suggestions for providing appropriate work for your children. We have taken these on board and I hope you have all managed to access the work provided by my colleagues via year group blogs – details for can be found by scrolling-down to my previous post.

As you know, the government has extended its lock-down for a further three weeks and it’s probable that this will be extended further. I will keep you updated of any further developments.
We have been open for the children of Key Workers and other pupils who need our support at present and this arrangement will continue for the duration of the closure period.

I am also pleased to share with you the report from our recent OFSTED inspection (February 2020). Following your involvement, suggestions, feedback and the school’s reworking of its strategy for improvement driven by the October 2019 inspection report, OFSTED are happy that ‘Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures’ and ‘The school’s improvement plan is fit for purpose’. A copy of the report can be found here.