“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”


Over the summer months a lot of work has been invested into creating a new exciting space for the Lower School at Kingsbury High School. The new library is an open space room, this new layout allows the school to host events in the library with ease. New colourful seating has been added for students to sit in groups or on their own to take advantage of the new facilities offered to them.

“You can find magic wherever you look, sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” – Dr. Seuss

It also features a new PC suite for the students to use during their break, lunch time and after school.

We encourage all students to come and visit this wonderful new space and enjoy the importance of reading, take advantage of the books offered to them and discover new things about the world and themselves.

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami

This month the library focused of Black History and we had some of our new Year 7 students help us celebrate the opening of the library.

KHS at Capgemini’s Women’s Business Network event “#ILookLikeARoleModel”


On Thursday 13th October, a group of Sixth Form girls were invited to the new Capgemini offices in Holborn to attend the Women’s Business Network event, “#ILookLikeARoleModel”.

During this event, Capgemini’s UK Chair Christine Hodgson, who is a fantastic supporter of Kingsbury High School, introduced the students to the event. Hodgson featured as the 37th most influential women in UK IT 2015 and leads a business that employs 9000 people in the UK. She chairs the Capgemini UK’s Women’s Business Network which aims to attract and retain female talent.

‘’Thank you for joining us for another successful Women’s Business Network, Kingsbury have over the past few years become integral to these events.  Capgemini simply loves hosting you! The girls, as always, with the KHS team were impeccably behaved, curious and willing to engage in the debates.  It was wonderful to see them networking with our Capgemini team – I hope that some of the students will consider becoming Capgemini’ers themselves!  I trust they all enjoyed Sarah Wood from Unruly’s presentation – what an incredible insight into being entrepreneurial she showed us!’’ Michelle Perkins – Director Schools Outreach Programme

The students were incredibly lucky to hear from the guest speaker, the highly successful entrepreneur Sarah Wood, founder of Unruly and named as Veuve Clicquot businesswoman of the year. Wood also champions diversity in the workplace, half her employees are female, and has set up mentoring programmes to help women become more confident in business.

‘’We at Kingsbury are always very fortunate to be invited to the Women’s Business Network events at Capgemini. This year’s event was not only very inspiring but also an educating experience to not only the girls but myself too, as we had the opportunity to hear from Sarah Wood and a number of different role models in the industry. It was great to hear the different backgrounds and experiences that each person had, the different ways that they inspire others and what motivates them. The students came away with good advice and a drive to be a successful woman!’’ Miss Manisha Sanghani – Associate Head of Faculty – Technology

During the evening, Capgemini employees gave interactive presentations and spoke about what makes a good role model and being role models at different points of their career.

‘’Being around such inspirational role models who are women has made me more determined to be successful like they are.’’ Pranesha Bhudia – Year 13

‘’Hearing all the women talk at Capgemini opened my eyes by increasing confidence in myself to fulfil my potential and break stereotypical boundaries by striving for ambitions no matter how difficult they may seem’’ Roshani Vaghashiya – Year 13

 ‘’After speaking to many different successful women at Capgemini, it has boosted my confidence into believing in myself.’’Shivani Patel– Year 13

‘’It was a great experience to talk to inspirational women in the technology world and to learn about everyone’s individuality.’’Jayna Chhabhadiya – Year 13

An experience that further gave me the drive to break the stereotypes. Priyal Bhanderi – Year 13

The students left the event feeling inspired, taking on board the advice and support that was offered to them during the evening.

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Sports Awards 2016

We celebrated a fantastic school year of sport. Recognising the commitment and achievements of students and teams from Year 7 to Year 13. We were joined by Theo Spalding-McIntosh. His sporting achievements in Judo include:

  • 2015 – European Open – Bronze
  • 2015 – Pan-American – Open Bronze
  • 2015 – British Open – Silver
  • 2014 – British Championships – Gold
  • 2013 – Glasgow World Cup – Bronze
  • 2007 – British Championships – Silver
  • 2006 – Commonwealth Tournament – Silver
  • 2006 – Commonwealth Tournament – Gold
  • 2006 – British Championships – Gold
  • 2005 – British Junior Championships – Gold

Growing up in the east-end of London, Theo started Judo aged 6. It was his mother’s attempt to find him a focus that would keep him out of trouble.

Initially finding the sport challenging, he found his feet as a teenager when he joined Willesden Judo Club. Here he won his first National Championship, aged 15, and knew that he would be able to take this passion even further.

20 years in Judo, 10 of which spent competing for Great Britain across the world winning five more British Championships, 2 Commonwealth Tournament medals as well as World Cup and European Cup medals has been described as some of the greatest years of his life. However these great moments were not without their challenges and obstacles, leaving the city he grew up in and facing the mortality of those closest to him, this journey has been a rollercoaster of emotion and determination filled with sprinkles of success.

Now retired Theo is looking forward to joining the Youth Sport Trust’s team of Athlete Mentors, sharing some of his experiences, and supporting young people in finding their passion.

London Schools and Black Child Academic Achievement Awards 2016


The LSBC Awards were founded by Diane Abbott MP eleven years ago. The initiative aims to raise educational standards and encourage young black people to achieve their full potential.

This year Kingsbury High School was delighted to nominate one of our most successful Year 13 students, Annette Gyimah Yeboah, who was short listed for a LSBC Academic Achievements Award.

Annette was a model student throughout her time Kingsbury High School. A student who always persevered with her academic studies and was determined to gain a place at university to study Medicine, she attained A*, A, B, A* in her A levels: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and EPQ respectively. The school was immensely proud when Annette secured a place at King’s College London to read Medicine ( Extended Programme ) starting this September. A fully deserved achievement.

Annette always supported others at the school and wider community; she was often observed helping other students with their studies and regularly volunteered at a local school for young people with special educational needs. Alongside her Advanced Level studies, Annette carried out a piece of research on anencephalic babies in organ donation, which she presented for her Extended Project Qualification ( EPQ ). Her presentation was outstanding, both beautifully crafted and well investigated. Moreover, Annette handled the challenging questions posed by the audience with ease.

Annette was invited by Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary, to the House of Commons on Friday 7th October 2016 to receive her award at an evening to celebrate the excellent achievement of top black students in London schools. Her award was presented by Tom Shropshire, a top international lawyer for Linklater’s and Baroness Howell, a life peer and campaigner for race equality. The event was also attended by many other successful guests and speakers from the black community including: Chukka Umunna MP; Sol Campbell, professional footballer; Levi Roots,television personality / chef; Malia Bouattia, President of NUS; Courtenay Griffiths QC, Barrister.

Launch of the new Year 7 residential trip


A year ago was the end of an era when we went to Quinta for the last time after going there for 14 years and now is the time for a new and exciting beginning of our Year 7s and Sixth Formers. Kingsbury High School has launched a new residential trip for the students in Amersham.
‘Moving it closer to London allows the whole year group to take part in this character building experience, either by joining us for the full 3 days or by coming up for one day. We are pleased to be able to offer everyone the opportunity this year.’ Annette Woodrow, Head of Faculty for Physical Education and Extended Learning.
‘Learning away has shown that a residential learning experience provides opportunities and benefits / impacts that cannot be achieved in any other educational context or setting. The impact is greater when residentials are fully integrated with a school’s curriculum and ethos.’ Learning Away Final Evaluation Report, York Consulting 2015.
Upon arrival students were briefed on the Kingsbury High School ethos and in their teams had to complete activities by using their team building and leadership skills. They had to show determination, perseverance and courage.
Year 7s were led by the Sixth Form students and staff, this enabled them to be motivated and inspired by their older co-student role models whilst it gave Sixth Formers the chance to further develop their leadership skills. It was a great success and most of all a fantastic opportunity to get to know each other and make new friends.

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