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KAR Newsletter - 21/06/2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope all is well.

Today we say farewell to our Year 11's with their final assembly, a chance to reflect on their 5 years at the school and have a treat from the ice cream van!

As I frequently mention, I am immensely proud of the children at our school, and it is a privilege to see their development day to day. We continue to have positive comments regarding the school from visitors, and have had a number of senior staff from the KGA trust and wider governance in at points in the last few weeks. They have highlighted that King’s academy Ringmer is an ‘extremely impressive experience - a great learning atmosphere’, where 'staff are as one, children are polite, respectful and hard-working'.

I am delighted to report that we are fully staffed again from September. Against a backdrop of national challenge, this is no mean feat given recruitment challenges nationally. We have worked hard to ensure every class continues to have a specialist teacher, which will give our children the best possible chance of success.

I would like to thank you again for your ongoing support on attendance. Every day matters, and simply we have made significant strides forward this year on children being here every lesson, every day. After a number of years at national average, we are now significantly above national (+0.6%) and local (+0.7%) schools. Whilst the figures may seem small, they constitute a large number of days across the year and therefore gives our children the best possible chance of success. We cannot do this without you, so I appreciate all of your support.

I often speak to friends outside of teaching who seem to have the impression that the last few weeks of summer are schools ‘winding down’! Certainly not here - Year 10 mocks ongoing, Matilda next week, Prom, Sports Day, Enrichment Week, our Chinese Visitors arriving, Celebration assemblies, and Super Curriculum sign up!

Have a great weekend

Best wishes,
Mr Harvey


PE Department

1. Rounders

This week has been a busy one in PE with KAR hosting a year 9 Rounders tournament in which 7 local schools turned up.  KAR came second overall just half a rounder behind the winning team. 

2. Town Sports 

This week KAR competed against 11 other local secondary schools at Eastbourne Sports Park. The students competed in various athletics events from triple jump, javelin, 1500m to the 100m. The 40 students who represented the school did so with immense determination leading to KAR finishing a creditable 7th overall against schools with much bigger cohorts.  Congratulations in particular to Scarlett Taylor Year 10 who has set a Partnership record for the Long Jump.  Thanks to all the parents who helped in ensuring that all students made it to the event. 

 3.    Sports Day – On 5th July we are holding our whole school sports day.  More information will be given out by tutors on this next week.

Well done to all, The PE team. 

Absence reporting

It is of vital importance that if your child is absent from school this is reported to school daily, as soon as possible.

If they have an appointment you can let us know in advance and we can note this on the student's record. THIS INCLUDES ALL COLLEGE OPEN DAYS, TASTER DAYS & WELCOME DAYS

To let us know of an absence you can either call the school on 01273 812220, report on Edulink, email into school on or leave a voicemail message on the absence line. Please do not only email tutors or other teachers as messages are not always forwarded to reception.

Absences due to Sickness and Diarrhoea 

We do not have a 24 or 48 hour policy regarding sickness as secondary students often have a variety of reasons for nausea apart from contagious illnesses.  If the parent/carer considers that the student is well enough to be in school then they can be sent in.

We do however have a 48 hour policy for diarrhoea.  The student can be sent into school, if well enough, 48 hours after the last episode.