Kingsdown School, Academy Trust Special School, in Southend


This page offers a selection of events and activities which Kingsdown School pupils have enjoyed in the current school year.


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The President’s Sporting Club / Essex Disabled Sports Foundation

On Tuesday 4th December seven pupils were very lucky to be selected to attend the ‘Children’s Sports Awards Lunch’, which is an annual event organised and paid for in full by the President’s Sporting Club.

The event was held at Barleylands and it was a fabulous occasion for all the SEN schools across Essex & Hertfordshire. The children were treated to a dinner and then entertained by singers, clowns and magicians. There was plenty of dancing and party games.

Frank Bruno, Sir Trevor Brooking, Ossie Ardilies, Tony Cottee and Peter Shilton were among the celebrity guests and they were superb with all the children. They had time to sign autographs and have photographs taken.

It was a lovely occasion, one we hope to be invited to again next year.

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BBC Children in Need

This year we embraced the theme of Children in Need's 'do your thing'.

Pupils and staff wore fancy dress; there were some amazing costumes ranging from super-heroes to pyjamas making it a very colourful day!

We invited parents to school to share in various activities with their child’s class including Papa Piccolo, Sports, and ‘Come Dine with Us’.

The pupils displayed many skills and much creativity throughout the day and it was lovely to see so many different activities taking place.

Giraffes class had a fun Friday sweetshop which helped raise additional money for the Children in Need appeal.

In total we raised £441.00 and we would like to thank everyone who supported the day.

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Southend Music Festival

Kingsdown Choir and Orchestra took part in the Southend Music Festival this year. The choir performed our very own Kingsdown School song and the Orchestra performed their version of ‘Starry night’.

Choir positioned joint second place earning a silver medal, and the orchestra came in first place bringing the cup back to Kingsdown School. We were all very excited and happy to have won!

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Kingsdown United

On Wednesday 7th November, ‘Kingsdown United’ travelled away to local rivals St Christopher’s to play our first sporting fixture of the year. After an intensive warm up both teams lined up brimming with excitement.

The first half was very successful with 3 goals from Reggie, Alfie and Toby. However, St Christopher’s shot out the blocks in the second half pulling the score back to 3-3 which lead to a tense last 5 minutes with some super saves at both ends but it was Kingsdown’s Harry who broke the deadlock to bring a well-deserved 3-4 victory back to Kingsdown. Both teams played amazingly with some excellent sportsmanship.

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Remembrance Day: The Poppy Tapestry

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, a Poppy Wall Installation was created at London Southend Airport.

The tapestry project, led by Art Stories Project Leader, Ali, was created by the pupils and parents from Kingsdown School with help from pupils from The St Christopher School and Heycroft School.

The poppies were created by recycling discarded red materials and weaving them into giant poppies. All the pupils were able to take part in the making of these wonderful poppies.

On Thursday 8th November, pupils from Kingsdown attended the Poppy Garden Dedication and Act of Remembrance at Southend Airport.

The pupils were able to see their completed poppies on display together with the ceramic poppies made in 2017 which were displayed in the Garden of Remembrance. The pupils were impeccably behaved throughout the visit and service and were a credit to the school.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this project so highly thought of and respected by so many.

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Harvest Festival

On Wednesday 10th October, Reverend Steve Spencer from St Laurence Church very kindly came to school to lead our whole school assembly celebrating Harvest Festival.

For the Harvest theme, pupils made scarecrows which were very inventive and impressive.

In keeping with a traditional Harvest Festival we chose to support Southend Foodbank this year. We had an amazing response from parents and staff and in total we collected 93.44 kilos of food which was very gratefully received by Southend Foodbank.

We would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who donated.

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