Welcome to Kingsmead
Our School (after LS Lowry) - Year 2 - pen and pastel on paper
A very warm welcome to Kingsmead, a community primary school for children aged 4-11. We aim to support children in becoming global citizens we can all be proud of: young people who make a positive contribution to their family, their community and our home planet.
Visting school during covid restrictions
We are not offering any tours of school at the moment. Cheshire West and Chester is Tier 2 of Covid restrictions and we must make our best endeavours to keep the wider community as well as those of us learning and working in school safe.
We have made a virtual tour which you can find here along with a copy of the slides used and website links. We know this can't be the same as physically visiting us but hope this and a browse on our extensive website will give you a real flavour of life, learning and the ethos and values of Kingsmead Primary School.
While school is delighted to be open for 100% of the children, we cannot be as open doors as we would like to just yet. Usually we have open days for new Reception parents and tours by our wonderful Year 6 tour guides. However, with children in fixed groups, and the risk of lots of people in school too great at the moment we are unable to set dates for group tours.
Please use this website to get a feel for the school and what we're about. Much of what you read will be pretty much what we'd be talking about with you on your walk around. There is a wealth of information, not just what we do but why we do it and how it links with our ethos and values.
We are planning a virtual tour and from mid October you can call to book a socially distanced tour to view our facilities. In order to maintain distancing, places are limited to three households and no young children (to minimise risks to visitors and people in school from touching surfaces). Please understand that in our first weeks we have prioritised settling in our children, most of whom haven't been in school since March. We also need to settle our lovely staff who are all having to learn and get used to very new ways of doing things.
Ms S :-)
Partnership is fundamental to learning at Kingsmead; we are ambitious for our children, wanting them to be active participants in their school community.
Active participants are not just recipients of knowledge and followers of policies but are co-creators in learning, finding meaning and making the culture in our school. Partnership with parents and carers is no less important; as their child''s first educator, partnership with families is fundamental to children thriving in school, enjoying their learning and achieving as well as they can. We also value our partnerships across the education sector and the contribution made by our Local Authority, partner schools and colleges to the education our children receive from their first years to when they take their first steps into the young adult world of higher education and jobs.
We want learning here to be interesting, joyful and challenging ... sometimes even awe-inspiring! Caring for ourselves, other people and our environment drives our work: the children and staff who work and learn here and our fantastic volunteers including the school's governing body, the Kingsmead Friends Association and students from universities and colleges.
Our work centres around the academic, creative, physical, personal and social development of our children. True education - leading children out into the world - is more than what can be measured in examination results in English and Mathematics alone. Our children, on whom all our futures will one day depend, are so much more than scores in a test. Our pupils participate actively and fully in their learning, and help to shape the culture within school: contributing more than they consume. To thrive, to lead full and happy lives, children need to develop the 'good character' that will sustain them through life.
Educated people of good character
We aim for all our Kingsmead pupils to become useful, kind and thoughtful citizens in their community, young people we are proud of and who are proud of themselves, people who demonstrate:
Appreciation and gratitude - for what we have and for what we are given, beyond the material;
Optimism - being confident to embrace new opportunities, expecting learning and achievement to be rewarding and joyful;
Resilience - to pick ourselves up from difficulty or disappointment and move on, with a fresh heart and open mind;
Respect - for oneself, for other people and all life on Earth;
Tenacity - to persevere, to stick with challenge and enjoy mastering the difficult.
An award-winning building
Kingsmead was designed by Bristol architects White Design and opened in 2004 on the principle of 'caring for tomorrow, today.' The building won many construction industry awards and was one of five public buildings shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award in 2005. In 2016 the school expanded to 1.5 form entry and architects Lancaster Maloney designed a new Early Years and Key Stage 1 block along with a hall extension and some internal refurbishment.
We have sustained that commitment to the environment within the curriculum, our working practices, building and grounds. We aim to reduce our impact on the environment wherever possible. Wild areas in the extensive grounds provide habitats for wildlife and a great environment for children. Rainwater is recycled for flushing toilets and solar panels provide warm water and electricity. Every family family is encouraged to start their day with a healthy walk, cycle or scoot to school, giving children much needed exercise and conversation and reducing pollution and congestion around school. We use this website as an important means of communicating with our school community. We hope you find it informative and interesting.