The Village School Legacy

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No one could have foreseen the partnership that would develop when Kingsbury High School agreed to temporarily host The Village School while Grove Park and Hay Lane Schools were demolished and rebuilt as one new school. The Village School (TVS) now proudly stands facing Stag Lane and has opened as the largest school with children with special needs in the country.

In June/July of 2011 we saw a building grow swiftly out of part of our Lower School playing field. Classrooms, treatment rooms, lifts and a hall all grew within weeks to provide a complete temporary school for our neighbours and from the start of term we became used to seeing buses and taxis passing through the site to deliver their precious cargo. And so began the opportunities for Kingsbury High to develop links with the students and staff of TVS.

The temporary site made it possible for TVS students to join our classes and within a year, several TVS students could even attend lessons every day; fully integrating into the life of Kingsbury. It became a common sight to see the blue sweatshirts of TVS students passing through our buildings and in true Kingsburian style the students of Kingsbury High welcomed them with respect and care. Kingsbury High students would attend their temporary building to help work with children with very special needs. School management teams began to meet regularly to plan joint events and staff training was developed between the two schools.

In June 2013 their exciting new school was ready and Kingsbury staff had the pleasure of visiting the new facilities before its official opening. Complete with a swimming pool, sports hall, delightful classrooms and a roof top playground, it was evident that at last TVS students would have a school that they truly deserved.

In return for having hosted TVS for these years we have been repaid by having a number of the temporary classrooms relocated on the lower school site as well as a brand new sports and play area where the building used to stand. The new classrooms are now in place and open and the playground offers increased opportunities for sport and recreation at Kingsbury High. We are delighted that 2 of the new classrooms linked by a care room will become home to a number of TVS students allowing them to continue their linked lessons with the students of our school. Our work with TVS goes from strength to strength. This year all of our Year 8 students will spend a day as ambassadors working at TVS; from helping run the café and shop to assisting with play, lunchtimes and with lessons.

After completing her day as an ambassador, Year 8 Kingsbury High student, Jessica Ablampah, wrote on her school blog “Overall, at the end of my day, I felt so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend a day with these inspirational children. I may complain when I don’t like something or if I don’t look right, but seeing these children always smiling, waving at me made me thank God for my life and made me understand how lucky I am.”

Pop-up Art Gallery

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A pop-up gallery featuring student’s artwork has been set up in the upper school library.

The display will showcase pieces from BTEC and A level Art & Design courses and will be rotated periodically.

Currently on display in the upper school library is, Year 13 student, Khusali Pindolia’s coursework piece based on the seven deadly sins. She says “My work was largely inspired by Art Nouveau and elements of it can be seen in my work.”

A Trip Down Memory Lane

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We have been taking a trip down memory lane on our Alumni and Old Scholars Facebook page with a series of photographs from times gone by. You can get involved at the following links:

Like our Alumni and Old Scholars Facebook page.

Former students can sign up to our Future First network.

Good Luck Messages and Advice From Former Students

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“Hi Year 11’s!! Good luck for your exams! As a former KHS student I know exactly how you are feeling. Just remember all the hard work you put in now will pay off in the future. Don’t get too stressed and take regular breaks when revising, and think of the relief you will feel once you are done! GCSE’s are a great stepping stone to avenues you may want to take later on so just do your very best.” 🙂

Kajal Mistry

Optometrist, Leaving Year 2002

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“I look back and think GCSE’s were probably the most easiest examinations that I’ve ever had to do, if only I saw it this way when I was sitting them. I’m telling you now that all you need to do is put those hours of revision in, don’t leave it last minute! I remember when I was doing my GCSE’s, there was a lot of pressure and competition around me but I chose to just focus on my work as no one else’s grades would do anything for me. I ended up with excellent GCSE’s but that was due to going to those extra revision classes, revising, listening to my teachers and staying away from the sun (Why do we have exams in summer?!) Don’t stress, just focus! Remember, that laziness pays of NOW, but hard work will pay off LATER.”

Tia Jounija

Founder of Wishful Smiles Charity

“When I was studying for my A levels, I recorded all the things I needed to revise and listened to it in my sleep. Years later I trained as a hypnotherapist and discovered that recording myself was a very good thing to do, as our subconscious mind takes information in even as we drift off to sleep, and sleep helps move all the short term memory
to long term. Making sure you plan revision and exercise between revision times, can also help the brain hold the information.

Don’t panic, use mindfulness and relaxation to help you cope better.

I am currently seeing A level and degree level students in Oxford for stress management for exams and if any pupils would like to have a copy of my CD then they are most welcome to download it from Soundcloud.”

Penny Ling

BA(Hons) DHP CBT(Hyp) SFBT(Hyp) SFBTSUP(Hyp) AccHypSup MNCH(Reg) CNHC(Reg) AfSFH
Solution Focused Hypnotherapist

“Hope all goes well and you get the results you hope for. These are important exams but remember they’re not the only important things in life so try to keep them in perspective. It works out in the end.”

Wendy Figueira (Groves)

Left Kingsbury High School in 1981 and is now a head teacher in small village primary school. Married for 30 years to someone she met at Kingsbury High. 

Another Win for Evalesco

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Kingsbury High School’s Young Enterprise team, Evalesco, triumphed once again at the Young Enterprise West London Final, held at the University of West London on Wednesday 14th May 2014. They were awarded ‘best overall company’ by a panel of judges from the business and academic communities.

It was a very tense final but Evalesco were successful, beating teams from schools in Harrow, Hillingdon, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham including North London Collegiate, Vyners School, Featherstone High School, Bishopshalt School and Latymer Upper School.

Evalesco were commended on their well written company report, marketing, passion, teamwork, and attractive and informative trade stand, for which they also won the award ‘best trade stand’.

Kingsbury High School’s Headteacher, Jeremy Waxman, said “I am so glad that I was there for the moment that the team found out that they won. It was priceless.”

Their success follows a string of accolades, including ‘good sales and excellent team work’ and ‘best performance of the day’ at their Christmas trade stand in Harrow; ‘best trade stand’ when they launched their tea at Brent Cross Shopping Centre; and ‘best company in Brent’ and ‘most innovative product’ at the area final held at Brent Civic Centre.

Evalesco are the first company in the UK to produce original blends of Blueberry with Tulsi & Aloe Vera Tea and Orange Blossom & Ginger Tea.

Managing Director Evalesco, Zoe Yerolemou, said “I am so proud of everyone in the team and of all the hard work they have contributed along this journey. Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is a success. We are that success.”

Evalesco will go on to represent the school at the London finals at Citibank in June.

Model United Nations Conference

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Kingsbury High School students achieved a first at the Model United Nations conference at John Warner School, Hoddesdon (Herts) in February: winning the most distinguished delegation award – i.e. ‘the best team in the competition’. The Kingsbury team triumphed over teams from state secondary schools, grammar schools and local independent schools (e.g. Haileybury). There were around 60 teams in the conference.

The school’s winning delegation represented France. The delegates were Nebiyu Kibru (Year 13), Amro Nagdy (Year 13), Jean Charles Abid (Year 13), Akash Dasgupta (Year 11) and Iman Mohamed (Year 11) – with special credit to Sahar Abas for writing a winning resolution and Nebiyu for standing in for her at a days notice. The delegation was especially praised for the quality of its resolutions.

The school’s second delegation of India also attracted a ‘Highly Commended Delegate Award’ for Louise Aquino (Year 11), who worked incredibly hard to persuade the Human Rights Committee to accept her proposals for preventing the terrible practice of female genital mutilation. She was ably supported by Akhil Patel (Year 11), Meera Patel (Year 11) and Sakthy Uthayakumar (Year 11).
Some of the students went on to attend the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys Model United Nations for a whole weekend in March, together with teams of Year 12 students, going up against some of the most prestigious independent schools in the country and some visiting international schools.

Congratulations to all involved.

Students Visit Cambridge University

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On Friday 2nd May 2014, fifteen Year 9 students gained glimpses of Kingsbury’s past and possible futures when they visited Cambridge University. The students received an informative and interesting tour of Jesus College from the Outreach Officer for Brent, Jenny Jenyon, and then headed to Selwyn College, where they were generously hosted by the Head of Admissions at the university, Dr Mike Sewell, and two of our former students: Harshadha Balasubramanian, reading Human, Social and Political Sciences at Selwyn; and Holly Smith, reading Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Murray Edwards College. Not only were the students afforded a wonderful free lunch of several courses in Selwyn College Hall but also treated to a tour led by Harshadha, Holly and two friends, undergraduates in Classics and Law. The students were given a great deal of information about university life and the Cambridge approach to studies, together with a look inside a college room and some inspiring insights into rowing (both Harshadha and Holly are keen members of college boat clubs) and college music.