Raising Aspirations... Transforming Futures
Welcome from the Headteacher First impressions are very powerful. Quintin Kynaston Community Academy is known for its academic success but I trust that when you visit the school you will feel the warmth of the relationships amongst all members of the school community.
Quintin Kynaston Community Academy is an outstanding school which has been delivering exceptional outcomes for young people for over a decade. In this time we have received three successive â€˜Outstandingâ€™ judgements from Ofsted which recognises our enviable track record of academic achievement.
Whilst the QK Way is established in all aspects of school life, preparing for the future is key. Our students are articulate, confident learners who understand the importance of a real focus on learning, the impact of hard work and commitment and the significant contribution that they can make to the school and to the world outside.
Quintin Kynaston students attain the very highest educational standards and enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to achieve their full potential and to take responsibility for themselves and for others. Above all they are educated to rise to the challenges and to seize the opportunities offered by work, recreation and university study.
We are nationally recognised for the way in which we transform the lives of young people through our tried and tested blend of tradition and innovation. We would be delighted to welcome you to our school to experience the QK way for yourselves.
Jo Shuter CBE Headteacher
Contents What makes QK special?
What will my child learn?
How are members of the QK family cared for?
How do we develop QK citizens?
How are we building for the future?
Quintin Kynaston Community Academy provides its students with an outstanding standard of education. The academy works relentlessly and highly effectively to overcome any barriers to its studentsâ€™ learning and personal development. It has been extremely effective over a sustained period in meeting its aim to develop the best in every student and transform their life chances. Ofsted
Quintin Kynaston is an outstanding school and exceptionally well led by its inspirational Headteacher. In this school, it is not just every child who matters but every staff member and every family. Ofsted
What makes QK special? At QK we believe that relationships are important and that every leaner matters. We work relentlessly with young people and their families to make sure that QK is not just a school, but a family in which every child thrives and succeeds.
Outstanding in all areas In December 2011 we were judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for a third time. We are delighted that the exceptional work done by our staff was given the highest praise by a team of inspectors. They said that “Quintin Kynaston Community Academy provides its students with an outstanding standard of education. The academy works relentlessly and highly effectively to overcome any barriers to its students’ learning and personal development. It has been extremely effective over a sustained period in meeting its aim to develop the best in every student and transform their life chances.”
A unique ethos At QK we believe that relationships are important and that every leaner matters. We work relentlessly with young people and their families to make sure that QK is not just a school, but a family in which every child thrives and succeeds.
State-of-the-art new buildings In 2014 we will move into brand new buildings which will provide an exceptional environment for learning. The facilities will include specialist labs, a lecture theatre, an exciting new performance space, high-tech classrooms and floodlit sports pitches.
A blend of tradition and innovation We are famous nationally for our ground-breaking approaches to education as well as our proven track-record of outstanding achievement for our students.
Academic success for all Our results speak for themselves. We are in the top 5% of schools for academic attainment at GCSE (CVA) and in the top 1% for attendance. 100% of our year 13 leavers go on to university and our results in all areas of the school continue to go from strength to strength.
What will my child learn? Quintin Kynaston offers a broad and balanced curriculum which is underpinned by exceptional teaching enabling all learners to reach their potential. Key Stage Three (Year 7-9)
Teaching and Learning
Students in year 7 are taught key subjects through the Opening Minds curriculum. This approach allows students to focus on knowledge and understanding whilst developing the skills they will need to be successful and independent learners.
QK has an inspirational staff who work exceptionally hard to ensure all students reach their potential. We are one of a small percentage of schools who have been awarded Ofsted’s highest grading of ‘Outstanding’ for the quality of teaching.
In years 8 and 9, students follow the National Curriculum and there are opportunities for our most gifted learners to begin some GCSE courses early.
Literacy and Numeracy
Key Stage Four (Year 10-11) Our broad Key Stage 4 curriculum meets the needs of learners exceptionally well through a wide range of academic and vocational courses. We are very successful in ensuring that a significant number of students achieve the English Baccalaureate qualification.
Sixth Form (Year 12-13) The sixth-form is very strong and over 90% of students stay on from year 11 to pursue courses in a broad range of subjects. All of our students are successful in gaining places to study at universities including Oxbridge.
We know that to be successful beyond QK, our students need to have excellent literacy and numeracy skills. Every week at QK begins with all adults reading together with small groups of students. This supports literacy development as well as creating a love of reading. Our Maths and English curriculum has numeracy and literacy programmes running alongside to ensure that no child is left behind and that all reach their full potential.
Target-setting and assessment We are ambitious for our students and we are committed to ensuring that every child achieves their absolute best. Students, their parents and their teachers work closely together to set challenging targets and we track and monitor progress through the year rigorously. Parents are invited to come into school for three Progress Review Days and at least one Parents’ Evening each year to enable them to discuss their child’s progress with staff. All teachers mark work regularly to ensure all learners know how well they are achieving and how to improve further.
Home Learning At QK homework is called home learning. Home learning makes an enormous contribution to a child’s success at school. From Year 7, students develop independence and curiosity through a daily programme of home learning which might include written tasks, research or the use of online programmes such as ‘My Maths’. All students have a diary to help them become independent and we expect parents to monitor their child’s diary regularly.
Teaching is excellent. High expectations and building students’ aspirations characterise the academy. Leaders have high expectations of staff who, in turn, expect a great deal of students who consistently rise to this expectation. Ofsted
How are members of the QK family cared for? Joining QK means joining a family. Like any family, we support each other, expect the best of each other and always go the extra mile for each other.
Transition from Primary School The move from primary school to Quintin Kynaston is supported by an outstanding transition programme with a dedicated team of staff working to ensure all students become successful QK citizens. Our year 7 Opening Minds curriculum is delivered by outstanding primary-trained teachers to ensure continuity and consistency as students move into secondary school. We believe that numeracy and literacy are at the heart of successful transition and we have excellent programmes to develop studentsâ€™ skills to ensure success at QK. We understand that every child is different and will need an individualised approach to joining secondary school. Two Nurture Groups in year 7 allow us to provide a tailored programme of support and intervention for those students who need it most.
Tutoring Students make the best progress when they are cared for by staff who know them and their families well and can support their learning as individuals. Each year group at QK is led by an experienced Director of Learning. Along with a team of form tutors, Directors of Learning stay with the year group from year 7 though to year 11. All students are part of a form group and they see their form tutors at the beginning and end of each day. Tutors work closely with parents to ensure that every student is successful at QK.
Student Support Faculty QK is an inclusive school and the Student Support Faculty works with students and their parents and carers to ensure that all learners are able to achieve success at QK. We work closely with professionals from a range of agencies to ensure that we have the highest level of care for all our learners. Students receive specialist support including one-to-one mentoring, in-class support, subject-specific intervention and enrichment activities. As an extended school, we have an after-school youth club that provides a range of activities and lifelong learning skills.
The QK Way We develop QK citizens who are able to make positive choices about their learning and behaviour by following the QK Way. Hard work is praised and rewarded and we do not tolerate poor behaviour. A clear system supports teachers and students in developing an excellent attitude to learning.
Attendance We have high expectations of our students in all areas and attendance is no exception. Our attendance is consistently high and we work closely with students and their families to ensure every student achieves a 100% attendance record.
Healthy School QK has received the nationally-renowned ‘Healthy Schools’ award. Students enjoy freshly-cooked meals and snacks in the QK Diner and all meat is Halal. QK operates a cashless system so no students need to bring money to school. Students have individual accounts which parents can top up using a system called Parent-Pay. This is also used to pay for trips and school uniform.
QK offers exemplary care, guidance and support for students. Students speak glowingly of the dedication of staff to their well-being and how they are always available to help them. Ofsted
How do we develop QK citizens? At QK, all members of our community live by our pledge
â€œA QK citizen is a member of the QK Family. Every member is equally valued and respected, every member participates and has their voice heard. We are intolerant of intolerance. As members of the QK family we have a duty to be positive role models and to demonstrate through our words and actions that we are proud of ourselves, proud of each other and proud of our school. A QK citizen is a committed learner who aspires to success at QK and in their journey beyond.â€?
Student Voice All visitors to QK comment on how articulate, confident and mature our students are. We believe this comes from our internationally renowned approach to Student Voice. Listening to young people at Quintin Kynaston plays a vital role in promoting the views of the students, as well as developing their leadership skills. There is a Senior Student Leadership Team, which mirrors the Senior Leadership Team of the school. This team is made up of representatives of the schoolâ€™s student leaders, including the chair of the school council, head prefect, assistant youth workers and peer mentors.
The QK Passport All year 7s are welcomed with a QK passport which allows them to collect stickers demonstrating that they are QK citizens. We reward students for being role models and using their Personal Learning and Thinking Skills in lessons. We celebrate the end of their first term with students and their families in a citizenship graduation ceremony.
QK is a remarkable place, I am very happy about the whole life of the school and my children enjoy coming every day. Parent Voice representative
Learning beyond the classroom
The PE Department runs a full range of school teams and QK participates in local leagues and cup tournaments. The PE department has use of the school bus to take students to high quality off-site provision.
School trips and educational visits are an integral part of learning. At QK we pride ourselves in organising school visits that complement and enrich our students’ curriculum subjects. In 2011/2012 we ran a record number of trips including Languages trips to France and Italy, a Ski-trip to Austria, visits to Oxford and Cambridge universities, workshops for media students at Channel 4 and a year 7 trip to Mountfitchet Castle, Essex as part of Opening Minds.
The Performing Arts Faculty is a busy, popular and thriving area of QK with activities for everyone. In music, students can learn a variety of instruments free of charge. The Music Department performs concerts regularly throughout the year. Lunchtime and after-school clubs are run for singing, drums, bands, guitars, and orchestra. There is also an annual art exhibition in July displaying students’ work, including GCSE and A Level pieces.
Youth Club As an Extended School, our after-school Youth Club also offers a wide range of activities for all our students, including Football, Parkour, Art, Music Technology, Creative Writing, Cooking, Dance Classes, MC Rap & Poetry, Film & Drama, ZSK Kick Boxing, Science and Circus Skills.
Study Clubs All departments run additional study clubs after school and at lunch time. This is an opportunity for students to work with their teachers on homework, coursework and revision as well as extending their learning in class.
How are we building for the future? In Autumn 2014 QK will move into a brand new building housed on our current site. The Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and Student Voice has been heavily involved in the planning and design of our new building to ensure that every feature is tailored to the schoolâ€™s needs. This new, multi-million pound, state of art building will provide us with cutting-edge facilities including larger classrooms, a lecture hall, interactive workshops & laboratories, Performing Arts studios and multi-purpose Sports Halls. As part of the project, the entire grounds of the school will be re-developed to offer extensive outdoor spaces and playgrounds, including AstroTurf football pitches and tennis courts.
I’m really excited about moving to the new building. We have worked hard with our teachers to design an amazing school with great facilities and resources. The future’s bright at QK! Student Voice representative
What do students wear at QK? All students at QK wear a smart traditional uniform which prepares them for the expectations of the world outside.
For boys: •
Grey QK Blazer
Navy blue trousers
QK Tie (Light Blue - KS3 / Navy Blue - KS4)
QK Outdoor Jacket
For girls: •
Grey QK Blazer
Navy blue skirt
QK Tie (Light Blue - KS3 / Navy Blue - KS4)
QK Outdoor Jacket
Navy blue QK Polo-Shirt
Navy blue QK shorts or QK tracksuit bottoms
Timings of the Day All students should be in school by 8.45am. 08.50 - 09.10
09.10 - 10.00
10.00 - 10.50
10.50 - 11.10
11.10 - 12.00
12.00 - 12.50
12.50 - 13.40
13.40 - 14.30
14.30 - 15.20
15.20 - 15.30
QK is an amazing place to be a teacher. I have never worked in a school where staff have so much passion and dedication! Head of English
We look forward to welcoming you to QK in September 2013!
The main entrance to the school is in Marlborough Hill
Nearest stations: St. Johnâ€™s Wood (Underground) Jubilee Line South Hampstead (Silverlink Metro)
Bus routes: Finchley Road: 13, 46, 82, 113 Abbey Road: 139, 189 Swiss Cottage: C11, 268
How do I apply? Parent/carers must apply on the Common Application Form from the council where they live. Forms can be completed online at westminster.gov.uk/admissions or on a paper form available from schools, libraries or their local councilâ€™s School Admissions Team.
To be inspired further visit,
Quintin Kynaston Community Academy Marlborough Hill London NW8 0NL Tel: 020 7722 8141 Fax: 020 7586 8473 www.qkacademy.org.uk