News & Events
Alumni share memories about family history
06th March 2019
HKS has a full, rich and long history and we do our best to help our HKS family past and present. After Mr Gilbert contacted the school and asked for information on his great uncle, Sydney Herbert Hassell, our HKS alumni were more than happy to help. Mr Gilbert knew his uncle taught French and German at Lindisfarne College and moved up to Wolverley during the war. Mr Gilbert believed that he then subsequently came out of retirement and taught again.
An alumni member spoke with her Grandfather who also attended the school. He remembered Mr Hassell very well.
“He started at Sebright in September 1944 and was still teaching there when I left in 1948... I do not know when he left...He was a very nice chap known throughout the school as Hsssissy Hassell as due to excessive use of his exhaling breath whenever there was an ‘s’ ...thus it was upon entering the classroom he would announce the sentences of the day saying “Please sssssssit down and be sssssssilent” The previous incumbent was a French lady ... she was too unremarkable for me to remember her name. Compared with her Syd was greatly ‘sssuperior’.”
Level 2 award in Dyslexia Awareness
15th February 2019
HKS is delighted to announce that all teaching staff have achieved a Level 2 award in Dyslexia Awareness. Madame White, who achieved the Masters Level NASENCo award in 2017, will soon qualify with an Accredited Certificate in Dyslexia; Literacy, Support and Intervention, which will give her Approved Teacher Status (ATS.) According to the British Dyslexia Association, holders of ATS are recognised as Specialist Teachers of Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties. Mrs White explains, ‘as a dyslexia-friendly school, we promote good practice for teaching and learning which benefits all children, not just those who may have a learning difference.’ This is an exciting time for the school, as it looks forward to the opening of a new Learning Support Unit, which will meet the needs of all the pupils in the school.
Supporting Charity at HKS
06th February 2019
Charity is a word close to many of us, and there are many worthy causes to help. Heathfield Knoll School and First Steps Day Nursery regularly support charities that are close to our heart and that of the extended school family. In the past, we have helped to raise money for a plethora of charities, including recent donations to Leukaemia UK, Nightstop and Children in Need.
This February, we will be holding a non-uniform day to help raise funds for not one, but three worthy causes. Firstly, Children with Cancer UK is a charity close to the school as in 2011/12 Daisy, one of our pupils was unfortunately taken ill with a tumour on her Pancreas (Pancreatoblastoma). To help raise money, her mum Sarah will be running the London Marathon in April and a percentage of the donations from the non-uniform day will go towards her target.
Joe and Charlie, in Year 10, along with their teammates at Stourbridge Rugby Club are raising money for Birmingham Children's Hospital and Cancer Research. A friend from the team sadly passed away in April 2018 after suffering from a disease which he had a 1 in a million chance of catching. As part of their broader fundraising efforts, the boys have had their heads shaved. So far the team have more than doubled their original target of £1,000, and the rest of the donations will go towards their efforts.
For more information about Sarah’s journey and to donate please click here
For more information about Joe and Charlie’s head shave please visit their Just Giving page.
Early Years staff at HKS and First Steps Nursery boast a wealth of experience
30th January 2019
A recent report published by the Education Policy Institute suggests that a quarter of early years practitioners, including childminders, nursery teachers and teaching assistants have no qualifications beyond GCSE level.
Evidence also shows that a highly skilled and highly qualified workforce has a better impact on children's outcomes.
Early Years staff at HKS and First Steps Nursery boast a wealth of experience, skills and excellent qualifications. All our practitioners hold the minimum of a level 3 qualification/ NNEB in Childcare and Education; 44 % of staff are qualified to degree level, including an Early Years Teacher.
HKS has a clear plan for Continuous Professional Development (CPD), providing regular opportunities for personal development and the sharing of achievements.
Wyre Forest GCSE league table
29th January 2019
We are delighted to be recognised for another league topping set of GCSE results. Government figures show that only one in six pupils passed a core set of GCSE subjects last year; there was a sharp drop in the number of pupils achieving a strong pass in English, maths, a science, a language and either history or geography. At Heathfield Knoll School we believe that all pupils should not just achieve but enjoy the journey through our extended school family (Early Years to GCSE). Our happy pupils make headlines each day.