Skip to content ↓

in pursuit of excellence

School Closure

Dear Parents and Carers 

As I sign off for now, from a fully open and functioning school, I wanted to leave you with some thoughts for the weeks ahead and the time you will now spend with your children.

You might be inclined to create a minute-by-minute schedule for your children. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and projects. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing...

Our children are just as scared as we are right now.  Our children can not only hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school for many weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing an exciting extended spring break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behaviour issues with your children. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protesting that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be okay. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule, some of the time, and interact and play games with your children a bit more. Play outside and go on walks (safely and with social distancing of course); bake cakes and paint pictures; play board games and watch films; do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo; start a book and read together as a family or just snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in the same situation and they will all be okay.  When we are back in the classroom, we will all ‘course correct’ and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! 

Don’t pick fights with your children because they don’t want to do maths. 

Don’t scream at your children for not following the schedule.  

Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your children’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 weeks (or more) is long gone. 

So, keep that in mind, every single day.

Finally, we have created a home school page for you which has links to safeguarding and wellbeing advice as well as teaching and learning tips. We will update it regularly and every week I will be in contact with you all to keep you in touch with the news at school.

As I said to the students this week:

‘These are dark clouds …but they will move on…the blue sky above never leaves.’ 

Work hard, stay safe and keep smiling while you are away from us.  We are already looking forward to welcoming you back. 

Kind regards,

Mrs S. Williams

Principal

 

 

 

Latest Updates

  • We wanted to share this musical treat with you to celebrate the end of the school year...enjoy! King's Academy Ringmer Virtual Summer Arts Celebration https://t.co/GMveSSaoHT via @YouTube

    1 week ago
  • This week's assembly from Principal, Mrs Williams. Weekly Assembly 16 07 2020 https://t.co/g5zLjWNEq7 via @YouTube

    2 weeks ago
  • Please see this week's message from Principal, Mrs Williams Weekly Assembly 10 07 2020 https://t.co/ZnIvCghG17 via @YouTube

    3 weeks ago
  • Please see the link below for this week's message. Principal's Assembly 03.07.2020 https://t.co/UHTlv8wepi via @YouTube

    1 month ago
  • This weeks message from Principal Sian Williams Weekly Assembly with Principal Mrs Williams 25 06 2020 https://t.co/NmA8zPHRkR via @YouTube

    1 month ago
  • Please see this week's assembly from our Principal, Mrs Williams. #BlackLivesMattters Weekly Assembly with Principal Mrs Williams https://t.co/X97SBgwNLH via @YouTube

    1 month ago
  • Please see the following message from the Principal which includes students returning to school and what measures we have put in place to keep social distancing. #StaySafeStayHealthy Principal's Message 11/06/2020 https://t.co/pejLK6zJJI via @YouTube

    1 month ago
  • Mrs Williams Assembly 05/06/2020 https://t.co/o4wNtSh2K5 via @YouTube #time #change

    2 months ago
  • King's Academy Ringmer - Principal's message week 9 https://t.co/FwSRRzXKJ4 via @YouTube great outtake at the end #outtake #shutdown

    2 months ago
  • The sport for this week is... GYM & FITNESS! Challenges: 1⃣Wall Sit 2⃣Stork Stand 3⃣Dish & Dome 4⃣Around the World Visit https://t.co/jdMfWuJsVI for rules, adaptations and to log your scores. Deadline for logging scores is Friday at 12pm! https://t.co/55zkVcGX1L

    2 months ago
  • This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and the theme this year is #kindness Now more than ever, being kind to our friends, family, community, and ourselves is incredibly important. Need inspiration? Look no further! https://t.co/ptFJjq7669 #MHAW2020 #KindnessMatters https://t.co/n0K84OXvnU

    2 months ago
  • Please see the latest message from our Principal, Sian Williams. Covid 19 - Week 8 Message https://t.co/0LHkTEO1eE via @YouTube #staysafe #stayalert

    2 months ago

Upcoming Events

    There are currently no upcoming events.

Opportunity and success on a global stage

KGA has at its core the pursuit of the very highest standards both inside the classroom and beyond it. Through our ethos, our extended curriculum, our entrepreneurial approach and international dimension we ensure that our pupils develop into confident, well rounded individuals, equipped for life in an ever-evolving world.

 

King's Group Academies is a charitable and limited company registered in England and Wales, company number 09017776, registered at Lyndhurst Junior School, Crofton Road, Portsmouth PO2 0NT, tel: 02392 629949.