Y5 The Highwayman

Year5 have been learning about the Highwayman in class, and even made up their own version. We had a go at filming and picking backgrounds and it was shown to Year5 parents after their class assembly.

For everyone else its visible below.

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Schools Alive 2019

This year the band took part in Blackpool’s Schools Alive at the Grand Theatre.
We just got our copy of their DVD and here is a little bit of our performance.

(The intros a bit loud… I’d check your volume isn’t at max.)


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Y5 Resilience event

On the 5th December, Year 5 held a resilience showcase for parents and families to attend. Fun was had by all who attended and we ran a range a stalls and  explained what we had been learning. 


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Scream Machine 2018

On their second attempt to get there, Monday Year5 went to the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool as part of their ‘Scream Machine’ topic. They had a go on their newest ride ‘Icon’ as well as all the other attractions.


Icon with colour commentary by mostly Nadia


Rollercoaster Poems


For world poetry day they performed a poem all about rollercoasters in assembly, plus later we used our greenscreen to change the background and make it even more exciting. 






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Ofsted Report April 2018

Below are the results of the latest Ofsted Section 8 report, which we have just received following our recent inspection on the 11th April.

We are very proud of the feedback from the inspection, in particular in confirming that:
‘St Kentigern’s continues to be good’.

All parents will have been sent a letter from the Headteacher and Chair of Governors confirming this, the text is below as well as links to the printed version of this page (the parent letter) and a link to our Ofsted Report.

Letter to Parents
Ofsted Report

Letter to Parents

This short inspection is designed to ensure that standards in the school have not in any way fallen since the last inspection in October 2014, and also seeks to identify further strengths. This inspection process is not designed to change the grading unless of course there were significant concerns.

On the day of the inspection, the inspector, HMI Elizabeth Stevens, worked alongside the leadership team for the whole day in evaluating current practice in the school.

We agreed three lines of enquiry:
How well children achieve in Reception – from their starting points children make good progress through the early years and they are well prepared for Year 1. Staff work well with nurseries and involve parents in their children’s learning;
How well pupils learn phonics – as a result of the actions taken, pupils’ attainment phonics has risen and pupils read with fluency and enjoyment;
Whether pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum – Through the rich curriculum at St Kentigern’s, including all the trips, visitors, music and sport, pupils develop their confidence and their skills across different subject areas.

In addition, the inspector interviewed children, listened to children read and spoke to governors, staff, the local authority and the diocese.
Ofsted also collated evidence from parents who completed the questionnaire.

We are very proud of the feedback from the inspection, in particular in confirming that:
‘St Kentigern’s continues to be good, it is a very welcoming and inclusive school with strong Christian values’;
‘Pupils care for others and follow the school’s motto to ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’, they behave well and contribute to society through work with charities and taking part in community and parish events’;
‘The governing body is ambitious to achieve the best for each and every pupil and have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement’;
‘We have an enthusiastic staff team who are determined to let every pupil shine. Through a wide range of well-planned cultural experiences pupils’ confidence and skills are developed’
‘Pupils appreciate the many leadership roles available to them and they enjoy being involved in school decisions’;
‘Since the last inspection the quality of teaching has improved, across most subject areas, pupils make good progress. This is because teachers plan engaging and interesting lessons, which challenge pupils and match their learning needs;
‘Safeguarding arrangements are thorough, fit for purpose and of high quality. School is a safe and secure place in which children can learn, staff work closely with parents and other professionals to make sure that pupils are safe.’

We discussed with the inspector our current school improvement priority, which is writing and the impact of recent actions could be seen, it was agreed that the improvements need embedding to raise standards in every class.

Finally, the report is further recognition of the hard work and dedication from all the staff and governors in school, who strive to provide the best education for each and every pupil. I am sure you will join me in thanking them for all that they do in school and beyond the school day.

Yours sincerely
F. M. Wygladala M. Leyland
Headteacher Chair of Governors

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‘Castle Head Re-visited’ – Photos

Castle Head Re-visited : Friday 27th April
Please join us for a short meeting to celebrate the successful residential and to give out awards to pupils. 3.30pm till 4pm in school hall. Please can residential children and parents attend. Kind Regards Mrs Jones and Mrs Harris.


Mrs.Jones asked that all the uncompressed photos were available to look at, they are too big for our website but can be viewed from Mr.D’s GoogleDrive link.


The videos we made are also available on the main Castle Head page…

Castle Head Main Page



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Castle Head Residential Trip

Every year St.Kentigern’s school has a Residential trip with Year5 and Year6 pupils. This past week a group of children went to Castle Head, near Grange-over-Sands – Cumbria.

They took part in lots activities including climbing, boating, caving and a few assault-course based activities.


Mrs.Jones asked that all the uncompressed photos were available to look at, they are too big for our website but can be viewed from Mr.D’s GoogleDrive link.







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P.E collaborative learning afternoon

On Friday 26th January KS2 took part in a collaborative learning afternoon.

This involved children in Upper Key Stage 2 coaching Lower Key Stage 2 children through a skills circuit. Everyone had lots of fun during the afternoon and we saw some excellent leadership skills from the older children and some super exercise from the younger children! A Y4 child said “I really enjoyed the circuits session. I liked having the year 5’s to help us and give us tips.”

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Y5 Time Traveller

Time Traveller Topic – Stages of Development 

Mrs Dempsey brought in her baby called Oscar for Year 5’s topic on five stages of man. All of Year 5 asked her questions about the baby and she then answered for the people  who asked the questions.

Some of the questions Year 5 asked were interesting things and our class teacher Mrs. Jones was impressed. One of the questions was does he drink milk? Oscar drank 7oz (~2ooml) of milk and  3 bottles per day.  Another was how long did Mrs. Dempsey go off on maternity leave. She left work three weeks before Oscar was born and lots more amazing and interesting questions that she answered.

Before we all went out to break we took a class photo with Oscar and his mum!


Article written by two Year 5 pupils  26.1.18



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KS2 Christmas Play

Last Thursday was our KS2 Christmas Play, this year titled ‘Silent Night’. Thankyou to everyone who came and supposed our children and well done to all the children involved.

As usual when we have a production, the photos here are full-size in case someone couldn't attend the event so please be careful looking at them on a limited data connection.
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