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Kingsmead is a very happy school

Those six words convey the most important attribute of any school. The following explains why we are able to say it about Kingsmead…

Independent inspectors consistently praise pupils’ positive relationships with each other and staff, their excellent standards of behaviour, our “outstanding” pastoral care and our approach to bullying. Mutual respect is non-negotiable at Kingsmead – it gives children the stability and security they need.

Our Campus

Our campus is absolutely lovely. We have 20 acres of grounds and playing fields containing our three departments – Infants (2-7), Juniors (7-11) and Seniors (11-16) – plus a Learning Development Unit (tellingly, Kingsmead was the first school in the region to develop a system for early detection of learning difficulties and for developing individual programmes of support). We also have a food and nutrition classroom, drama and music studio, a heated indoor pool, ICT suites for all departments and a newly upgraded science block. We currently accept day pupils as well as boarders. A new Sixth Form is now open.

We take children from two years and prepare pupils for the 11+ (if needed) as well as for regular progress assessments and GCSEs; we give them many other opportunities to shine, including regular opportunities to represent the school in sporting competitions, in drama productions and at musical events. All pupils are encouraged to discover their talents and we go out of our way to help students develop them. Our small classes, and high adult:child ratio ensure that every individual is fully catered for.

In this environment it is not surprising that our academic high fliers excel; our strength is that all the pupils here can excel. Kingsmead is a relatively small school and welcomes all abilities, yet we have a large proportion of high achievers (including, at any time, several regional and national standard athletes). This is because we have the space, the commitment and the expertise to find the best in every pupil – and bring it to life.

We are proud to say Kingsmead is a very happy school.


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“We love the tradition of the school while still remaining up to date with the times. The class sizes are fantastic. We are shocked we didn’t know about this school earlier. The school is a credit to all teachers, pupils and support staff.”

Year 7 Parent