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.”

Previous campaigns:

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.”

Dominic Grieve MP offers Kingsbury students a unique insight to “the biggest crisis in modern British political history”

As Britain faces the political, constitutional and economic consequences of a decision to leave the European Union, Kingsbury High School Sixth Form students were offered a fascinating perspective on events during a talk and question-and-answer session with Dominic Grieve, Conservative MP for Beaconsfield. Mr Grieve was able to give an up-to-date commentary on the state of the parties following BREXIT and outline some of the problems that will have to be navigated in the months ahead. He fielded questions from students on a range of current issues, including the wisdom of holding the referendum, the ability of politicians to engage and educate the electorate, the importance of listening to younger voters and the implications of BREXIT for students. Mr Grieve stayed after the event to answer questions from individual students.

The MP was visiting the school as part of the Speakers for Schools initiative. A barrister since 1980 and now a QC, and an MP since 1997, Mr Grieve rose to prominence in the Conservative Party and held the most senior legal post in government, Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland, from May 2010 to July 2014, under the Coalition Government. He currently chairs the Intelligence and Security Committee in Parliament and is a member of the Standards and Privileges Committee, among many other commitments both within and outside Parliament. In the recent European Union referendum campaign he argued to “remain”.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Grieve said that “it was a great pleasure for me to come to Kingsbury High School to speak to the Sixth Form. The discussion was lively and timely in view of current events. It was very interesting for me to hear the views of the students.”

Students responded very favourably to Mr Grieve’s visit. Masuda found it “fascinating” to hear him talk about current events and was impressed that he “was not afraid to answer any questions put forward”. Minah found the visit “inspiring” and was pleased to have an opportunity to ask questions about some of the issues dominating the news headlines. Zaenab said: “It was a very insightful talk and a genuinely engaging conversation from a politician’s honest perspective.”

Inclusive Futures


On Wednesday 15th June 2016, Kingsbury High School’s Year 9 & 10 students took part in a Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training Programme. The event was organised by former student, Denzel Manyande, Volunteer Coordinator for Inclusive Futures which is part of the Youth Sports Trust; and was led by Sports Coach UK Tutor, George Timotheou.

Students were taught to lead a number of inclusive sports through the Play Unified movement, aimed at ending the injustice, intolerance and inactivity of young people with intellectual disabilities, by building a unified generation through sport.

Students took turns to form human nets in order to play volleyball and seated volleyball.

George said “Once again I was invited back to Kingsbury High School to deliver a session. I always enjoy visiting Brent & Harrow as it’s where I grew up. The staff and students welcome you with a smile and support the delivery so I feel part of the Physical Education team.

“The school has an excellent leadership programme and always fill their courses. The students engage in all activities, one of the students even sang at my request (that’s never happened before).

“The partnership work between Kingsbury High, Denzel and Sports Coach UK is an example for all other organisations to follow.”

The participating students will be using the skills acquired from the workshop to lead an inclusive sports day for students from special need schools in the local area.

Kingsbury High School Mock EU Referendum

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Students at Kingsbury High School had the opportunity to think about how they would vote this morning (Thursday 23rd June) in the ‘Kingsbury High School Mock EU Referendum’. Polling stations were set up in classrooms during form time where students had a short discussion with their form tutor and then placed their vote.

The results are as follows:

The Returning officer for the Kingsbury High School EU Referendum can confirm the following votes were cast in the EU Referendum. The number of students who voted was 1,216

The number of votes cast to Remain in the EU was 833

The number of votes to Leave the EU was: 376

The number of spoilt votes was: 9

We hereby declare that Kingsbury High School has voted to Remain in the EU.

Below is the breakdown of each of the Year constituencies:

Year 7 – The number of votes cast was 296 votes.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 169
The number of votes to leave the EU was 125
The number of spoilt votes was 2.
We declare Year 7 voted to remain in the EU

Year 8 – The number of votes cast was 285 votes.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 185
The number of votes to leave the EU was 99
The number of spoilt votes was 1.
We declare Year 8 voted to remain in the EU.

Year 9 – The number of votes cast was 264 votes.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 204
The number of votes to leave the EU was 60
The number of spoilt votes was 1
We declare Year 9 voted to remain in the EU

Year 10 – The number of votes cast was 273 votes.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 209
The number of votes to leave the EU was 61
The number of spoilt votes were 3
We declare Year 10 voted to remain in the EU.

Sixth Form – The number of votes cast 98.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 66
The number of votes to leave the EU was 31
The number of spoilt votes was 2.
The Sixth form voted to remain in the EU

The votes have been verified on 23 June 2016