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Category: Upper School – King Alfred School

Drawing with light – Y10 photography

7th October 2020

“Year 10 photographers have continued in their exploration of camera-less photography with a session on photograms. These light drawings go right back to the origins of photography and are simply created by manipulating light falling onto photo-sensitive paper. It’s a process made famous by artists such as Man Ray and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in the 1920’s…

New faces in the Upper School

6th October 2020

This term we’ve welcomed two new members of teaching staff to the Upper School. Lauren Weston joins us as Director of Sport (with some big Edo-shaped shoes to fill!) and Eileen McDonagh is taking over from Rita, another KAS legend, by stepping into the Geography Department. We caught up with them for a chat: Lauren…

Head’s Blog –
‘The Terror’ of exam-driven assessment

1st October 2020

As part of the Rethinking Assessment group, our Head, Robert, is helping to drive conversations around GCSE reform. Rethinking Assessment is a group of state, independent and special schools, business people, academics and stakeholders, united in the desire to create something fairer and more fit for purpose than the current exam-driven system. Robert’s latest blog…

The Village Reimagined

28th September 2020

The Village has become a rite of passage for Y8 students. Normally taking place in the Summer term students live on site at the school for a week in huts they’ve built themselves. While Covid-19 took away that opportunity in June, the staff of KAS were determined that these students wouldn’t miss out completely. So…

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…

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