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Category: Upper School – King Alfred School

Y7 Exhibition: A New Way Of Learning

24th January 2022

This year we have begun to introduce an innovative new curriculum for Years 6-8. Our Year 7 students have just completed their first full Term experiencing this innovative and balanced learning experience. Our provision prioritises these critical years in early adolescence which are often overlooked in British schools. We combine exciting ‘Interdisciplinary Enquiries’ with rich…

Upper School Show Success: ‘Crazy For You’

18th January 2022

The Upper School Show is always a highlight of the Autumn Term and this year’s was no exception. The production of George and Ira Gershwin’s exuberant musical ‘Crazy For You’ was a huge success and great fun to watch. Y13 student Alanna played Tess in ‘Crazy For You’. She had this to say about the…

Field Trip For A level Biologists

14th December 2021

At the end of November, the A level Biologists in Years 12 and 13 headed off to Flatford Mill in Suffolk – Constable country – for their Ecology field trip. The purpose of the trip was to complete all of the ecology parts of their course including sampling techniques, understanding succession and data handling including…

Head’s Blog – What are the alternatives to GCSEs?

13th December 2021

For many schools the exams hiatus caused by Covid increased the desire to explore different forms of assessment, particularly at GCSE level. In a recent article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES), our Deputy Head and co-founder of Rethinking Assessment, Al McConville, laid out the options available to schools who want to start doing things…

Trampolining Bounces Back

13th December 2021

This term the PE team have been so excited to be able to re-introduce trampolining to the curriculum. The students have been developing their skills and practicing the Barnet competition routine in Choice, with some of our Year 7s also having the opportunity to take part in their gymnastics classes this half term. The students…

Poetry Competition Entries Shout Loudly

6th December 2021

The English Department challenged students in Years 7, 8 & 9 to write a poem of no more than 40 lines with the title ‘My Big Mouth’ as part of a national  ISA competition. There were some truly great entries which we wanted to share here to showcase the talented writers we have in the…

Young Sailors Take
To The Water

1st December 2021

After a short hiatus (caused by the departure of Edo and a global pandemic), sailing has returned to Choice on Friday afternoons with Maths teacher Hannah at the helm. Hannah said: “I am keen to promote sailing at KAS as we have the three beautiful boats which were custom designed for the school in the…

Axe Monsters…Rocked!

25th November 2021

The return of live performances is something the Music Department have been waiting a long time for. Axe Monsters is a KAS fixture which always brings out great performances from students across the Year groups. This year they once again had a live audience to perform for and they all rose to the occasion. Thanks…

T-Shirt Designs Show Love of Languages

24th November 2021

The MFL Department recently ran a t-shirt design competition around European Day of Languages. Students in Key Stage 3 were invited to come up with designs which represented what learning different languages means to them. The eventual winner was Y7 student Nathaniel! Congratulations. This is his design, representing Europe and the richness all languages bring….

Year 12 Peer Educators Begin Teaching Year 7

11th November 2021

A group of Year 12 students have been training as Peer Educators and today they began delivering lessons on mental health to our Year 7 Crews. The initiative, led by the Mental Health Foundation, was inspired by the idea that young people with mental health problems often feel the best support and advice comes from their…

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