Weekly Update 7.5.21

King Edward's Sports Performance Centre

As well as a busy week for Y11 and Y13 students who have been undertaking their end of course assessments it has also been a very busy week hammering down the final details of our new Sports Performance Centre.

Our new Sports Performance Centre has been designed to cater for students at King Edward's but it also heralds the start of an exciting new Trust - The London Road Sports Partnership.

The new Sports Performance Centre will provide students at King Edward's with access to a state of the art building; 5 badminton court sports hall; specialist training facilities; a fitness suite and also an aerobics room & dance studio with access out from these rooms onto a large balcony overlooking St James' Church; the Lodge and Louth's historic vista.

The new Trust - The London Road Sports Partnership - formed the central component of the King Edward's bid. The Trust aims to build a strong, strategic, sports partnership between King Edward's, its students and Louth Old Boys Football Club; Louth Cricket Club; Louth Hockey Club; Louth Athletics Club and Louth Golf Club.

The Trust aims to create a unique opportunity for our students to work with and feed into the Louth clubs; to provide a much needed winter indoor home and training venue for those clubs - especially their youth teams - and also to provide a strategic plan for Performance Sport. The Trust aims to achieve this latter goal by developing links with professional clubs, coaches and centres of excellence in the East Midlands region as well as working with Lincoln and Loughborough University's Sports Science departments.

Future Academic and Enrichment Plans for September

We continue to look forward positively and plan accordingly for the new academic year. We have already returned Y12 back into all of their face to face lessons this week, and assuming the positive direction of travel with COVID continues then Term 6 will see the removal of the Year 9 and Year 10 weekly home webinar day, and their full time return to site.

Our plans for September assume a full time return to site for all students with the retention of few of the current COVID restrictions; inline with the planned overall easing of the national position and guidance to schools.

Central to that planning is the re-introduction of our Enrichment programme running at the end of the day from 3.15pm - 4pm Monday to Thursday: please note that Friday will return to its normal 3:15pm finishing time.

Enrichment 2.0 builds on and includes all of the feedback we received from staff, students and parents back in December 2019.

This feedback overwhelmingly called for the improvement of Enrichment by adding in more structure; more leadership opportunities for Y11, Y12 and Y13 students; more House competitions both academic and sport, and there was a big push by Y11 and Y13 for weekly, rather than fortnightly departmental workshops, as well as more time for subject enrichment or the completion of coursework or practical work.

Enrichment 2.0 incorporates all of these requests and will enable King Edward's to once again focus fully on achieving our goal to provide an Holistic, Academic, Education for all of our students.

More details on Enrichment 2.0 to follow next Friday....enjoy the weekend!

James Lascelles, Headmaster

King Edward VI Grammar

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