Back For Good

When Principal Mr Charles jokingly discussed with Mr Morgan and Mrs Openshaw about creating an uplifting video to reassure and inspire their pupils as they prepared to return to King's, little did they know just how big their idea would become. 

Along with Father Padfield, they took to the Paddock on a sunny February morning to record an excellent rendition of Take That's 'Back for Good', with lyrics perfectly altered by Mr Morgan to reflect the beginning of the end of the national lockdown and the excitement we felt about welcoming our pupils back.

The video, released on Friday 5th March, quickly garnered attention through social media and soon appeared on Kent Online. With the help of a journalist at the BBC who was a pupil at King’s who kindly re-tweeted the post, the video came to the attention of singer-songwriter and founding member of Take That, Gary Barlow who re-tweeted it along with the caption 'Love This'. After which, views of the video skyrocketed.

 

Mr Charles and Mrs Openshaw were interviewed live on BBC Breakfast by Dan Walker and Louise Minchin, whilst clips of them singing aired on Sky News, Good Morning Britain and Meridian Tonight. Mr Charles was also interviewed live on BBC Radio Kent  and Mr Morgan appeared on Kent Tonight live on KMTV. Articles have been printed in the Metro and Medway Messenger and even international newspapers such as the South German, 'Süddeutsche'.

 

The video has now been watched over half a million times. We are delighted to have brought smiles to so many parents and pupils across the UK as they prepared to return to school after nearly three months of learning from home. We have received many kind messages of support and gratitude and we would like to thank everyone who watched, enjoyed and shared the video.