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Category: Upper School – King Alfred School

Head’s Blog – Thoughts on the 2020 exam fiasco

24th August 2020

The last week has been very challenging for students, families and schools throughout the country. How did we get into this mess and what lessons can we learn for the future? The algorithm On paper, the algorithm seemed like a good idea. It had two main aims. The first was to prevent grade inflation and…

GCSE students shine with excellent results

20th August 2020

In these most unusual of times, King Alfred School Year 11 students today celebrated their excellent GCSE results which were a real tribute to their hard work over many years. We pride ourselves on providing an environment where students achieve great results without unnecessary pressure and this year was no exception. Alana who achieved 9s…

A challenging year ends on a high note for A level students  

13th August 2020

After a school year unlike any other, results day had a very different feel this year as Y13 students gathered at Manor Wood to collect their A level results. King Alfred School students have performed brilliantly achieving the school’s best ever results with 53% of the grades at A*-A, and 80% of the grades A*…

Life in the Upper School – Welcoming our new Year 7 students

9th July 2020

We would normally organise a transition day for the Year 6 students who are moving from Lower School to Upper School and for those students who are entering the school at Year 7 – this year we haven’t been able to do that. Instead of touring their new world of classrooms, form rooms, labs, studios…

Sailing Away – saying goodbye to Edo

8th July 2020

After 30 years at KAS, we’re sad to say goodbye to Head of PE, Edo. Here, colleague Claire Murphy pays tribute to a true KAS legend. “Edo left Croatia (then Yugoslavia) at 25, heading first to Germany and Switzerland to work on sports camps, before joining KAS as PE teacher in September 1990. At that…

Y11 Graduation goes online

24th June 2020

The end of Y11 and completion of GCSEs is a big milestone in students’ lives. With lockdown measures meaning large gatherings are banned, the Y11 graduation had to go online this year. It wouldn’t be right to let this milestone go unmarked, and so staff pulled out all the stops to create a special (if…

Making the Unreal, Real – Y8 Photographing Nature

17th June 2020

Our Year 8 artists have been inspired by Karl Blossfeldt and Joan Fontcuberta for their recent KAS Connected Learning project.  They looked at the work of Karl Blossfeldt who was a scientist photographing flowers and natural forms in a detached, seemingly scientific way. His images have influenced artists since the 30’s because of how unusual…

Going for Gold

8th June 2020

Y13 student Luca is the first KAS student to achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Take up of DofE awards has been growing and we’re proud of Luca’s achievement and hope it will be the first of many. We asked him about the experience: Q. Taking on the Gold award is quite a challenge…

Taking the stage

8th June 2020

Y11 student, Erica wrote a wonderful description of what it’s like to take part in a KAS production – with our Phoenix Theatre silent due to lockdown it’s a great way to experience the thrill of a production through the eyes of one of our talented students. “The process of the school production always makes…

Drawing between the lines – Y9

19th May 2020

In Art, Year 9 students have been doing a project on ‘Blackout poetry’. They’ve taken pre-existing pages from books and isolated words and phrases from the page to make a poem or story. They then illustrated around it. Head of Art, Will said: “I think their poems are rather wonderful.” We have to agree. Here…

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