Welcome To Kingsbury School

As the new Headteacher of Kingsbury School & Sports College I am delighted to welcome you to our website. The website provides you with useful information about our school and will be updated over the coming months. The school is now being led by the Fairfax Multi-Academy in a school to school agreement in conjunction with Birmingham Local Authority. It is an exciting time for the school as it prepares to become a sponsored academy within the Fairfax group of schools.


At Kingsbury School we are committed to high standards of presentation, behaviour and achievement. A calm purposeful environment is the key to successful learning & achievement.

The school has unlimited potential and it is well supported by parents, local primary schools and the community.

Potential parents are welcome to visit the school at any time where they can meet the Headteacher and visit classrooms to see the school in action.

Please contact the Headteachers’s PA if you would like to organise a visit.

Mr Mark Rhatigan


Kingsbury Improvement Plan


We are excited to share a summary of our Kingsbury Improvement Plan (KIP) with everyone connected to the school as we continue to drive forward to make rapid improvements so that we secure the best outcomes for our young people.

We invite everyone connected with the school to explore our improvement plan so that there is clarity and transparency.


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Creative Writing Competition – Pens of Erdington

The local creative writers group, Pens of Erdington, is launching a Creative Writing Competition on 22nd September 2015.

Open to all ages in two categories, Adults 16 years of age and over, Children up to 15 years. There are cash prises for the winners in each category with the final winners being judged by well known local writer and performer Jan Watts, former Poet Laureate of Birmingham 2011-12.

The closing date is the 5th November 2015, winners will be announced and prizes awarded by Jan Watts on 12th December 2015 at Erdington Library.

Entry forms and full competition details are available from the Pens of Erdington website:


You can download an entry form below or pick up a printed copy from Erdington Library.


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Rugby World Cup

We are delighted that our city is playing a part in hosting the Rugby World Cup. We would like to share details of opportunities for families to get involved in to celebrate the sport in our city together.

Activities are available to members of the public such as try line tussle, Pass Accuracy Cage and Tackle Cage. Also there will be fair ground rides, photo boards and live games every day. Please read the leaflet below for more details.


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Year 7 University Trip

All of our Year 7 students visited Aston University today to experience campus life as part of an ‘ambition’ trip.


Year 7 students at Aston University

The students visited the campus and the lecture theatre and got a real taste of life beyond Kingsbury.

A core value at Kingsbury is ‘ambition’ and we want the very best for every student. We encourage our students to have the ambition to progress on to higher education, sometimes perhaps being the first in their families to do so or following in the footsteps of other family members.

We hope our Year 7 students enjoyed the trip and now it is back to the classroom on Monday to work hard and make progress towards achieving their goals beyond Kingsbury.

Limited Places Remain…

More and more are choosing Kingsbury.We now only have limited spaces in Year 7 and we are oversubscribed in all other year groups.

If you are interested in choosing Kingsbury and joining us, please call 0121 373 1080 to make an appointment with Admissions.Kingsbury Maths Student

Open Mornings: Mon 21st – Thurs 24th September

The school is running a series of ‘Open Mornings’ for prospective parents next week. 

These mornings are an opportunity for you to see the school in action and to have a tour of the school with students and senior staff.

They are also are to support prospective parents who may not be able to attend our ‘Open Evening’ on Thursday 24th due to other commitments.

We would be delighted to welcome you to our school next week (Monday – Thursday from 9.15 – 11.30). Please telephone 0121 373 1080 to book your place.

September Newsletter

Please read through our September newsletter. A printed copy will be given to each student on Monday 14th September. This month’s newsletter features stories on student achievements, exciting developments as the school continues to move forward, as well as profiles of teachers who have recently joined the Kingsbury team.


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Headteacher’s Blog

Headteacher’s Blog – Wednesday 9th September


Headteacher – Mr M Rhatigan

Today has been a fantastic day for students and staff.

It is always special to welcome Year 7 students, beginning their first day of secondary school.  The majority of Yr 7’s had attended the summer school so knew the school layout and some staff; they had also made some new friends.  Naturally, most students were a little nervous but there were many smiles at the end of the day!

After the Yr 7’s arrived and mum/dad/grandparent dropped them off, they were welcomed in the school Hall by the Heads of House.  Each of our five Houses has a non-teaching Head of House, who will ensure the students are safe, happy and working hard!  I spoke to the students about my first day of secondary school in a small town in Western Australia that my family had just moved to, (a very long time ago). I told them that I did not know any other students when I arrived but by the end of the first week, I had friends who remain my friends today. In fact, I catch up with them when I return to Australia on holiday.

After the assembly, the Yr 7 students had the opportunity to meet their form tutor, who explained the school rules, layout and procedures and distributed their planners and timetables.  As the older students did not come in until 10 am, the tutors were able to get to their Yr 7s and they also were taken to the canteen to get their biometric fingerprint.

Years 8 to 11 joined the Yr 7s in their form rooms for period 2 and they received their planners and timetables also.  The mixed age vertical tutor groups create a real “family” atmosphere in the school, as students get the chance to mix with students of all ages in a safe, controlled environment.  I was touched by the number of older students saying hello to the Yr 7s today and helping them find their classrooms in a big school!

Periods 3, 4 and 5 were lessons as normal and the SLT and I visited all classes; there was some excellent learning for the first day.  Yr 7‘s in particular, made an excellent start.  A highlight of the day was the use of our  exciting new exercise books for all students.  These books have been specially designed and printed to ensure students have the best guidance and presentation.  Mrs Cross, Assistant Headteacher, will provide more detail about the exercise books in this week’s newsletter.

All year groups attended a Year assembly where Mr Turner (DHT), Mr Mallet (DHT), Mrs Cross (AHT) and myself spoke.  Students were reminded about behaviour and uniform expectations; they were also informed about the new books, mobile phone policy and rewards system. Students’ behaviour in assembly was first class.

I want to thank parents for the support in ensuring their son/daughter was in correct uniform.  There are only a handful of students who need to get the correct shoes and the mobile phones were put away as expected.  Maintaining uniform standards at this level will enable the staff to focus on learning and achievement, and that is exciting!

Mr M Rhatigan

Updated Mobile Phone Procedures

Mobile Phones and Headphones Cannot Be Used On School Site From 9th September 2015

The school’s procedures for the use of mobile phones by students has been updated.  To ensure the safety and privacy of all, mobile phones cannot be used at all on the school site.  Students may bring a phone to school but it must be switched off and out of sight while on school premises. This ‘out of sight on school school site’ rule also applies to headphones/speakers.


A lot of recent research into the impact of the use of mobile phones in schools has revealed that their use can disrupt learning.  Clearly, technology can aid learning but the school day can now be a space where students are not continually checking screens for their messages and social media. We want our students to develop communication skills vital for their future, to interact with talk with each other more at breaktimes rather than staring at a screen or sitting with headphones on unable to hear what others are saying and unable to join in.


Also, their use at social times can pose a threat to individual students’ privacy.  Students can bring a mobile phone to school but it must be out of sight. Students will be expected to switch off and ensure the device is out of sight before entering through the school gates.  Similarly, at the end of school, no phones can be turned on until students have exited through the school gates. Any phone or headphones visible or in use during the school day will be confiscated.

If any students want to contact their parents (or vice-versa) the school reception can facilitate this.