Changes to school gateway

Changes have been made to the school gateway.

Please see the attached letter regarding changes to the gateway system.

Changes to School Gateway ltr 29.4.2015


Former pupil, Reuben James helps celebrate new Academy status

Kingsbury School – A Specialist Science and Mathematics Academy, celebrated its newly acquired academy status on Tuesday 24th March with a once in a life-time performance by professional Jazz pianist, and former pupil, Reuben James.

The performance formed part of the official conversion celebrations at Kingsbury School, which took place within a special assembly attended by pupils, teachers, governors, Councillor Margaret Moss and The Mayor of North Warwickshire, Ray Sweet – in addition to representatives of the school’s new sponsor, The Erudition Schools Trust (EST).

Following a presentation outlining his vision for the fledgling academy, Principal Simon Cotton welcomed to the stage Karen Mackay, EST’s managing director, who explained to the pupils how Kingsbury’s transition into an Academy would increase their opportunities and enhance their educational outcomes.

Mr Cotton then introduced Reuben to the audience of excited youngsters, who played a selection of his own material and that of Sam Smith’s, including the smash hit ‘I’m not the only one’. Walking across the stage to a wave of applause, Reuben gave an inspirational talk to the audience about his journey into the music industry and the role Kingsbury School had played in his success to date.

Talking to the pupils after his performance Reuben said: “I didn’t get to where I am today without Kingsbury School, this is where I grew up and became independent”.

“I knew that I felt comfortable sat at a piano and that playing professionally, becoming a musician, is what I wanted so I worked and worked and worked for it, practicing for six hours a day around all of my school work”.

“But I worked hard at school too, I knew I needed good grades to fall back on if I didn’t make it as a piano player. It’s so important to get good grades. GCSEs are the start of the path, study hard while you’re here and then you’ll be able to do whatever you want with your life once you’re out in the real world.”

After the assembly, a Q&A session took place in the Library, with a select number of lucky pupils invited to take selfies with the star of the hour, before asking him questions about his life on tour with Sam Smith.

Commenting on the event, Kingsbury’s Principal, Simon Cotton, said: “Converting into an academy with The Erudition Schools Trust is a major event in Kingsbury’s history and one that I feel confident will have a hugely positive impact on our pupils and their educational outcomes. Today’s special assembly officially marks our new academy status and is a way for us to celebrate this exciting time, acknowledge our fantastic achievements to date, and come together to pledge our devotion as a school to helping each and every pupil fulfil their potential”.

“I am thrilled to have welcomed Reuben back to Kingsbury School. Since teaching Reuben several years’ ago, he has gone on to achieve huge career success through nurturing his raw talent with passion, hard work and dedication. These are qualities that we are keen to cultivate within our own pupils so we’re incredibly grateful to Reuben for visiting us today, dazzling us with his musical talents and inspiring us all to be the best we can be.”

The Mayor of North Warwickshire, Ray Sweet, who attended the special assembly said: “School is the start of the most important journey, and it’s crucial to work hard and get good qualifications to help you get where you want to be – wherever that may be.

“Watching Reuben perform, at the school where it all started for him, is an honour and I hope the young ones take away some of his passion and continue to work hard for what they want.”

Amy Selibas, Head Girl added: “I’m not very musical, but he is so passionate about what he does, it’s easy to take that attitude and apply it to whatever your passion is. He’s so down to earth, and I can’t believe that he once sat in the same classrooms we do, being taught by the same teachers and now he’s a super star!”




Kingsbury School is delighted that as from 1st March 2015 it is now an Academy and a member of the pioneering and progressive Erudition Schools Trust (EST).

Kingsbury School is delighted to announce that as from 1stMarch 2015 it became an Academy and is proud to be the newest member of the pioneering and progressive Erudition Schools Trust (EST) portfolio of like-minded schools...

EST is spearheading a new approach to teaching and learning using the latest cutting edge technologies to enhance traditional approaches to offer an innovative education for both children and parents. For more information please visit the EST website: 

Academies are Government-funded schools that provide a first class, free education to young people of all abilities and backgrounds. Each Academy is unique, is able to provide local solutions to local needs and draws on the expertise of Sponsors to deliver a distinctive ethos. Academies have additional flexibility to be more creative in their offering, how they are organised and run. All offer a broad and balanced curriculum, consistent with national curriculum requirements and focus on one or more specialisms.
Academies, once up and running, will receive equivalent funding to other secondary schools in the area. Academies, like secondary schools, continue to be subject to regular inspections by Ofsted.

Successful Academies share specialist experience and facilities with other primary, secondary and specialist schools, together with the local community. In this way, they play their part in the regeneration of communities, providing a focus for learning, raising aspirations and widening access to an exciting range of educational specialism.


Kingsbury students triumph at clay pigeon shooting competition.

We are extremely proud of two of our students who achieved fabulous results at the Schools Challenge Clay Pigeon Shooting competition on 11th March 2015.

Megan Jones (year 9) shot in the prep categories for under 15’s and her brother, Callum (Year 11) shot in the seniors for 15-21 year olds.  The event is the national competition for people in full time education under the age of 21.  Megan came 1st in prep girls  with a score of 38/50 and Callum shop 43/50 in the senior category.

There are seven competitions throughout the year and the top 30 people with the best 4 scores will have a shoot off to win a Vauxhall Corsa.  Both students competed against schools that have clay pigeon shooting as part of the curriculum, some schools even having their own shooting grounds and professional coaches.  As Kingsbury does not have a shooting team Megan and Callum entered the individual category, representing Kingsbury Schools.

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