Kingsway Primary School Opening

Friday, September 26th, 2008

We received the following letter from Kingsway Primary School:


Dear Parents,

We are delighted to announce that Kingsway Primary School has now been completed and we can start the process of moving over to the School site (Hooray)! This news has been eagerly awaited since September and we know that you will share our excitement at this time. It has certainly been the biggest guessing game for many months!

The school building and land will be handed over to Gloucestershire County Council at noon on Monday 13th October 2008. The staff and myself can then start the complicated task of furnishing the building and establishing the policies that will prepare the way for pupils to join us.

Over the last two days, we have been contacting all our suppliers to give them the go ahead to start deliveries from Tuesday 14th October. This is the point where I see if I have forgotten anything! All services and commisioning of the building etc will take place prior to Monday 13th October.

The staff and governors want to enable the Reception pupils to move over into their new school BEFORE half term. We want them to have the privilege of being first and to be settled and sorted before the other years are admitted. Their furniture etc is all as you see it over at Beech Green so it is a simple matter of packing up and moving over to the new room. To achieve this, the governors have decided to close the school for the day on Friday 17th October. This "School Closure Day" is a normal occurence when a school is moving and we do hope you can appreciate that to provide you with the school asap, we need to take one day to move the contents of our accomodation at Beech Green Primary. (Most schools close for two days). I appreciate that for some of you, this may involve changes to childcare arrangements and I do apologise for this.

Please read the following carefully:

Monday 13th Oct’ To Thursday 16th Oct’ (inc’):
School over at Beech Green as normal (9:20am to 3:15pm). Coach collection and delivery as normal.

Friday 17th Oct’:
School closed for pupils. No coach collections. School Office closed and neither the teachers, Mrs Needham or the Secretary can be contacted.

Monday 20th Oct’ To Fri 24th Oct’ (inc’) – (End of Term):
School over at Kiingsay Primary School. School starts at 8:45am and finishes at 3:15pm. No hot school meals yet or free school meals so please send your child with sandwiches.

School closed for half-term: Monday 27th to Fri’ 31st Oct’ (inc’).

School closed on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th November for staff training.

School reopens over at Kingsway Primary School on Wednesday 5th Nov’.
School starts 8:45am and finishes at 3:15pm. Hot dinners are now being provided daily.
More details to follow before the end of this half-term.


The letter included much more information about other year groups, teachers, admission times, playgrounds, gates and entrances, car parking, collection points, speaking to teachers, breakfast clubs, afterschool care, holiday cover, teaching assistants etc and a map/drawing of the pick-up and drop-off points.

If you are interested in any of these points and haven’t had the letter, please comment on this post and I will post the information for you.


2 Responses to “Kingsway Primary School Opening”

    Hi Gillian,

    There was an invitation to tour the School a few weeks ago (which we received in Phoenix’ bag the day before); sadly neither Angelina nor I could make it.

    Then there was the School Naming Ceremony, although the exact date was confusing, so many missed it!

    Yesterday we had to collect Phoenix for a hospital appointment and when we returned her to the school, we spoke to Mrs Needham about the visit. We also happened to mention that we had yet to see the inside of the school buildings. so she showed us around.

    During the course of our visit, she mentioned that there had been 4 tours!

    She didn’t say anything further, so I don’t know what the future plans are, but they are still busy unpacking, so I guess they will want to get that out of the way first.

    There are plans for the School to host some local events and such, so I guess there will be plenty of opportunity for local people to see it.

    I must say that the building is beautiful, light, airy, spacious and colourful and the gardens – once matured – will be fabulous…

    All in all, it’s an awesome facility.

    Hi there.
    Will there be any plans for the school to have an open day so that local kingsway residents can look at the school and its amenities?

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