Capgemini UK visit to Kingsbury High School


On Friday 15th July the KHS Sixth Form hosted a talk from high profile guests from Capgemini UK plc as well as the Speakers for Schools organisation, along with former Kingsbury students with higher apprenticeship positions in Capgemini.

Christine Hodgson, Executive Chairman of Capgemini, gave an inspirational talk to students about career and university choices using her own experiences as examples. She was joined by two former Kingsbury students Anika Mahangra and Radhika Parmar who managed to get Capgemini apprentice positions as well as Ms Michelle Perkins, Director of Schools Outreach at Capgemini UK.


Christine and her team gave support and advice on further education and how to be successful during the students’ upcoming professional lives. Christine advised them to ‘Do something different once a month; something they haven’t done before’ and to be open minded and excited about their futures ahead. The session was followed by a Question and Answer session with the audience showing a high interest in alternative routes to further education.

After the talk our successful Young Enterprise and Kitbox students presented their product ideas to Capgemini and gained feedback to allow to proceed with their ideas, should they wish to.

Pranesha Bhudia and her team developed ‘Roundabout’, a board game aimed at 7 to 11 year olds and their parents. The game is designed around topics of the national curriculum and encourages children to learn through play whilst creating traditional family playing time with a board game rather than using electronic devices. The team also developed a website to support their game and offer further play value.

Pranesha and her team won an astounding 4 awards – the Young Enterprise Best Presentation, Young Enterprise Best Trade Stand, Overall Brent Winner and Best London Final Winner Awards.

Rishi Tanna and his team developed their ‘Squadgoals’ for the KHS students, a Polo T Shirt that can be individualised for all Year 11 students, giving them the same opportunity as current Year 13 Leavers who receive their Leavers Hoodies with all their fellow students’ names at the back.

The morning has been a great success with the students who have found the support they receive ‘exciting, insightful and informative’ and are ‘excited about what the future might bring and want to thank everyone that helped them along the way’.


The Accelerated Reader and Units of Sound celebration


On Wednesday, July 13th a celebration was held in the T library for Accelerated Reader and Units of Sound pupils, designed to celebrate our students outstanding achievements.

Accelerated Readers and Unit of Sounds are literacy programmes developed to support years 7 and 8 improve their confidence and skills in literacy (reading, writing, memory, grammar and dictation).

Rachel Kitley presented certificates and prizes firstly to The Accelerated Readers students, who had read 1,882,768 words over the academic year.

They were four Kindles offered as an incentive, the winners were year 8: Muuse Hassan 537.483 word count, Karan Goyal 213,900 word count, Denis Pinzariuc 51,473 word count and year 7: Jaziah Amin 86,766 word count.

80% of Unit of Sounds, year 7 students completed level 1 in reading and spelling. Ali Ali Hussein completed level 1 and 2 in reading, spelling, memory and dictation.

Students feedback was very positive Maria Iona Cerasela said, ‘I really enjoyed Units of Sound, I have seen improvements in my literacy/English work and as a result of Units of Sound I have moved up a level in my English’.


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Slambassadors London Regional Spoken Word Poetry Finals


On Tuesday 12th July the Kingsbury High Slambassadors, spoken word, team took their hard work from the previous week’s workshops to The Palace theatre in Kings Cross for the London Regional spoken word poetry finals.

Three performers from Kingsbury High took to the stage alongside six other schools from North and North West London including William Ellis, Parliament Hill and Alperton Community School.

Humna, Amina and Zubeyda performed their work confidently and to great applause from an audience made up of peers and professional poets, including the award winning and internationally renowned Hollie McNish, and legend of the UK Hip-Hop scene and celebrated social commentator Akala. Both Hollie and Akala performed for the collected schools and stayed around afterwards to pass on some words of the wisdom to the young performers.

Christopher Beschi said “Our students conducted themselves in exemplary fashion and there was even time for a quick trip around the British Library to look at their collection of ancient poetry books.”

“This, third year of Slambassadors at Kingsbury High School, has been a wonderful continuation of the legacy of Slambassadors and poetry at Kingsbury High School and it was touching to see last year’s Slambassadors supporting the new cohort; none more so that Jack Petchey award winner La-Shay Green who used her winnings from the award to supply the new group with hardback notebooks in which to continue their development as writers.”

Look out for more from our Slambassadors in the new year!

Brent Makes Music


On the evening of Wednesday 6th July a number of current and former students from Kingsbury High joined students from across Brent to take part in ‘Brent Makes Music’ at Wembley Arena.

The concert included musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a choir of over 1000 students. Kingsbury High School students formed part of a 50 piece guitar ensemble and also featured in the Brent Rock School Band. This was a fantastic experience for the students and is the product of an ongoing relationship with the Brent Music Service.

Students ‘build a house’ for displaced children


Friday 8th July 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Kingsbury High School’s annual campaign with the charity Send My Friend to School.

Each year holds a different theme where Year 7 students come together to highlight the very serious problem of a lack of education for many children around the world.

This year’s theme focuses on the fact that more children than ever are having to flee their homes and schools due to emergencies. 37 million children, in crises affected countries, are missing out on an education.

On Friday, students made paper rucksacks to signify children fleeing their homes and schools with very few possessions. They wrote messages on the rucksacks asking World Leaders to ensure that these children are not forgotten and are a priority for International Aid. These creations will be sent to Number 10 Downing Street in the hope that world leaders will take notice and take action. To further highlight the issue, students ended the day by forming the shape of a school on the playground.

Head of the Student Development Faculty, Sarah Purtill, said “Over the last 10 years our Year 7’s have been raising awareness of the millions of children who do not have the opportunity of an education. Throughout these years we have met with Brent MP Barry Gardener; met with three International Development Minsters; taken part in Campaign films; attended meetings inside committee rooms at the Houses of Parliament and this year we took our campaigning inside Number 10 Downing Street. As a result of the years of campaigning, our students have become passionate global campaigners. It gives them an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate they are and it is fantastic to see them become dedicated to ensuring they speak out for those children missing out on school.”

Student, Richardo Rus, formed part of the Year 7 pressure group and said “It is important to take part in this campaign as there are millions of children who should have the same opportunities as we do, however they are limited by having such little resources that their future lives are dependent on having a good education. Today we are standing up and making rucksacks to raise awareness to our World leaders.”

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Art Exhibition 2016


Kingsbury High School exhibited hundreds of pieces of artwork at its annual Art exhibition on Monday 27th June 2016.

An eclectic mix of art & design, photography, fashion, sculpture and illustration; from GCSE, A level and BTEC courses was on display at the private viewing held in the lower school’s art rooms.

Slambassadors Anthology


On the evening of the 29th June, Kingsbury High School students who have graduated from the Slambassadors spoken word poetry program were invited to a very special event to celebrate a very special achievement.

In the October half term 2015 La Shay Green and Zahra Shaikh were selected by Slambassadors founder and internationally renowned poet Joelle Taylor to participate in a week long writing retreat in the countryside of Yorkshire where they were able to refine, edit and rehearse pieces they had produced in the school workshops. They did this with one of the first ever Slambassadors winners and multi-published, award winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou.

As well as being a very successful poet Anthony also runs poetry and music events as well as founding his own independent publishing company Outspoken Press. Anthony and Joelle were so impressed by the standard of the work produced by our students and others during this retreat that he agreed to take the work and publish it.

Last night at the Forge in Camden, Joelle and Anthony hosted a launch night for the anthology A Heartful of Fist that saw performances from some of those included in the anthology alongside some of the best poets currently working in the UK.

Art teacher, Chris Beschi, said “It was proud and humbling to see these young poets hold their own alongside vastly more experienced performers.

“Slambassadors has been offering a platform for young people to find and grow their voices for the last 15 years. I am proud to have led some of our students to this and look forward to continuing a long relationship with the Poetry Society, Slambassadors, Outspoken Press and the poets they produce.”