President Kennedy School and Community College
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President Kennedy School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in the Holbrooks area of Coventry, England. The school was judged outstanding by Ofsted in July 2013 in all areas (Achievement of pupils, Quality of Teaching, Behaviour and Safety of pupils and Leadership and Management). In July 2013, Ofsted inspectors wrote, "Leaders, staff and governors share a passionate commitment to raise the aspirations and achievement of all the students who attend the school."
The school was founded in 1966 with Dr J. M. Frost the first headmaster. It was originally to be called either Rookery Lane School or Holbrook High, but the assassination of President John F Kennedy during the approval stage resulted in the school being named after President John F. Kennedy and was founded in 1966. The school marked the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination with a series of special assemblies and debates led by its History Department. The school is located in the north-west of Coventry and includes the Holbrooks and Whitmore Park areas of the city.
The College System
In 2010, President Kennedy School created 'The Bridge' which provides a learning environment tailored to year 7 students transferring from primary school. The Bridge is a self-contained college dedicated to year 7 students based in its own building with its own specialist staff.
All Year 7 students take part in a specially designed curriculum that encompasses traditional academic subjects such as English and Maths taught by specialist Faculty Teachers plus a range of cross curricular learning experiences.
Most year 7 lessons are taught within the Bridge’s newly refurbished building. This means that specialist teachers transport themselves to the students rather than the students having to transport themselves to the teachers.
After they leave The Bridge students progress to The Gateway, a year 8 college. Colleges are arranged in year groups and are tasked with the pastoral, social and academic progress of the year group they look after.
For Key Stage 5, (Sixth Form) students are interviewed and are required to achieve a minimum of 5 C's at GCSE. Students can then choose from a range of traditional academic A level subjects or a range of vocational qualifications including A Levels which include Business, ICT and Health and Social Care and Applied Science. More details of courses offered can be found on the UCAS Progress website.
Post 16 students have their own Post 16 Centre, full-time Careers Adviser and development programme. Students undertake work experience, and take part in a range of activities including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Young Enterprise Scheme.
President Kennedy School offers a range of dance, music and drama events within its Performing Arts Programme. The Bridge (a college dedicated to year 7 students) stages its own musical production each year (in 2012 it staged 'Oliver!'). Every year, students take part in the Dance Show. In the Summer, students perform a variety of acts at the school's annual Community Day, and at 'Carols By Candlelight' and 'Traditional Christmas Concert' in December. The PK Players stages musical theatre productions for students from all year groups.
The school possesses its own modern TV studio and recording studio and runs a popular film making and editing club called 'PK Productions.' Many of these students assist with staging and filming the school's main stage productions throughout the year.