Head’s Blog 30/11/18

What a fantastic Christmas Fair and Art Exhibition!

Congratulations to Charlene and the Friends of Kingsley team, all the stall-holders and to everyone who supported this superb event. This just goes to show the power and commitment of our wonderful community, both in and out of the academy.

So, from me and all of Kingsley, a massive THANK YOU for supporting us and our community so well!

It also gave us all an opportunity to see the magnificent work created by pupils for our first ever ‘ARTS WEEK’ – I’ve uploaded some photos of their art work below. A big, big thank you to Miss Emans, Miss Tye and all staff for their work in driving this highly worthwhile initiative. This will be the first of many arts weeks to come, exemplifying our commitment to the broadest possible range of curriculum experiences for our pupils and I can’t wait to see the art work displayed around the academy!


I hope you have a well-deserved and restful weekend!

Ian McCrae

Head’s blog 26/09/18

A big welcome back to our Y6 pupils who enjoyed their trip to Downe for the last 3 days!

I went to visit them on Monday and barely had the chance to speak with anyone as the sheer number of activities and the obvious levels of fun and excitement meant that all the pupils were focused on the zip-wire, bush-craft, fire-making, high-ropes, climbing and many more. It was simply fantastic to see everyone having so much fun!

We’re now looking in to what we can put together, not only for our Y5s, but also for other year groups so that they get to experience the magic and pure joy of learning outside.

Huge thanks to all the staff who accompanied the group, kept them safe and ensured that they all had a fantastic time. That’s real dedication – Miss Dunn even slept in her tent!

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 16/09/18

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a magnificent weekend and are fully rested for another exciting week at Kingsley!

Both last week and this coming week see our Year Group Information Sessions. These are really useful as they give the Year Group Leader an opportunity to explain how to use the vital information contained within their weekly blog to support your child.
You can see when your child’s information session is (and all other dates) by accessing the academy calendar on the website. http://web.kingsley.education/index.php/calendar/

Year group blogs can be found at: https://kingsley.education/

Next week, we will be reading to all pupils in assembly as part of our Reading Strategy. Mrs Agbo (Miss Arr’s married name – congratulations to her!) will be providing you with even more information about this exciting development shortly!

I look forward to seeing you on the gate all of this coming week!

With best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 07/09/18

Dear all,

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first week back as much as we all have here at Kingsley! It’s been extremely rewarding to hear all the stories of holidays, adventure, visits, meetings and other activities our pupils and staff have experienced.

One really welcome and excellent piece of news is that we have been awarded the Sainsbury’s Sports Mark ‘Gold’ award in recognition of our commitment to sports and fitness. Huge congratulations to everyone who gained us this accolade – especially Coach Gabrielle and coach Matty for their magnificent work.

Before I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable weekend, I’d just like to remind you that the KS2 gates (Y3-6) close promptly at 0835 and the Reception and KS1 (Y1-2) gates close promptly at 0845.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Ian McCrae


I hope you’ve all had a wonderful, restful and well-deserved summer holiday – I can’t wait to hear all about it when we all meet again on Tuesday September 4th (that’s next Tuesday!)
It’s always an exceptionally exciting time starting a new term, meeting new class-mates and getting to know your new teacher. It’s definitely worth checking the ‘parents’ section of the website (http://web.kingsley.education/index.php/parents/) for information on uniform, equipment, key dates and other essential information to make the start next Tuesday as smooth as possible!

Finally, if your children are starting in the Nursery you’ll be entering the building via the same gate (the one on Thomson Crescent nearest the junction with Kingsley Rd), but you’ll probably notice the extra space made by the removal (at last) of the temporary classroom just outside the nursery – this will give us much more room in our reception playground. Also, please excuse the temporary fencing as we continue our work to make the entrance to the Nursery more dynamic!

I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday at or before 0835 for KS2, 0845 for reception and KS1 or 0830 or 1215 for nursery for a fantastic year ahead at Kingsley!

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 25/06/18

Many thanks to all those year 5 parents who attended the Secondary transfer evening. I t was a great success and some very interesting questions were asked and answered.
The Power Point presentation can be accessed by clicking this link: Transfer to High School Power Point 2018 june (1)

Our fantastic ‘Friends of Kingsley’ can also raise funds via a shopping/payment app, used by many other schools, called ‘Easy Fundraising’ – as the name suggests, it’s very easy to use and the F of K can raise vital funds if we use it. Why not check the app out at: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/friendsofkingsleyprimaryacademy/

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 23/03/18

Many thanks for making yesterday’s parent consultation meetings so successful – the atmosphere in the academy was hugely positive! These meetings are a vital part of the learning partnership between parents, pupils and teachers and I know that the overwhelming majority of you access the information posted weekly by Year Group Leaders in the sections to the left of this post. If you haven’t yet, why not have a look? Once you’ve done that, why not see how much your daughter of son can tell you about what they’ve learnt and what they will learn next week? You’ll be surprised by how much they’ll be able to tell you!

I hope you’ve all had an opportunity to purchase some reasonably-priced books from the ‘Scholastics Book Fair’ after school each day – it’ll be there all of next week, too. Reading is a vital part of your child’s educational development, so don’t hold back!

After all, ‘the more you read, the more you succeed!’

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 12/03/18

I hope you all had a wonderful and restful weekend!

It’s so refreshing to see more and more Kingsley pupils walking, scooting or cycling to school and, thanks to the tireless efforts of Miss Latham and our Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs), more of our community are aware of just how important it is to come to school in the healthiest possible way.

Part of their initiative is to highlight the importance of walking to school and I am very pleased to announce that, in February, in the following four classes, 100% of pupils walked to school – isn’t that fantastic!

  • Osprey class
  • Hummingbird class
  • Eagle class
  • Cuckoo class

Congratulations to those classes – which classes will achieve 100% in March I wonder?

Also, well done to all those who worked hard to complete a badge design for next year’s ‘Walk Once a Week’ campaign! Over 150 children took part in the competition. The panel have now chosen 4 designs (once for each season) to be entered into the national competition to see If they will become one of next year’s badges!

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!


Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 02/03/17

Thank you for bearing with us while we wrestled with variable weather forecasting, conflicting on-the-ground reports, advice from non-Kingsley colleagues and other factors as we made the decision to open or close the academy.

As my message last night said, until the snow does or doesn’t come, one never fully knows whether the most appropriate decision was made or not. Either way, I am very grateful for all your support as ever.

We have a strict decision making policy for adverse weather and notification to you, our community, as to whether we will open or close must be made by 0630 in order to allow you to make childcare or work arrangements. We really understand how inconvenient this can be for you, but I hope you’ll understand our first priority will always be the safety of pupils, staff and the community.

The ‘Beast from the East’ will be behind us tomorrow and, next week, we’ll be back to normal!

Have a wonderful weekend


Ian McCrae


We have taken the decision to remain closed on Friday 2nd March.

Closing the school is a difficult decision, and not taken lightly. We are fully aware of the implications for parents and we want to take the right decision. We have to consider whether we will have enough staff to run the school safely. Staff tend to live further away than the children. If we could all walk to school, then the decision might be different. Of course we have to ensure everyone can get home safely too.

We have carefully considered the weather forecast (and it can be wrong) and we have looked at what other local schools are doing to help parents with siblings.

It is important for parents that we take the decision as early as possible and stick to it. Parents may need to make other childcare arrangements and no one likes indecision.

We may get it wrong – but we really do take the decision seriously and in good faith.


Ian McCrae