The King's School

The King's School - Achievement for All

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Welcome to The King’s School, founded 1545

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The King’s is an 11-18 comprehensive school with just over 140 staff and 1150 students (230 of which are studying for A levels in our Post 16 section). It has a long and proud history that can be traced back to a fourteenth century choir school which operated until 1545 when it was replaced by a “Grammar” school founded by King Henry VIII - hence “The King’s School”, and our coat of arms with the Lion and Wyvern. The King’s School became an academy on April 1st 2011. Although we are now independent of Local Authority control, we continue to work in close partnership with the Local Authority and our fellow secondary schools to ensure that we offer the best educational opportunities possible. Our inclusive philosophy of “Achievement for All” encapsulates our belief that every person who enters The King’s School has unique skills and potential which we have the creativity and ability to unlock.

The 2011 OfSTED inspection graded the school as OUTSTANDING, endorsing the school’s belief that its unique ethos has a hugely positive impact on student achievement. The opening sentence of the report captures perfectly the school we are striving to be:

The King’s School is an outstanding school that not only allows students to reach high academic standards but also to develop into confident, articulate, caring and mature young adults.

We are very much a community school, working very closely with our parents, excellent partner primary schools, local business representatives and a wide range of other agencies to provide opportunities for all.  Our extensive curriculum at all key stages allow students to follow courses which are engaging, motivational and at which they succeed; as evidenced by our extremely strong examination results at KS4 and 5. The House system is extremely important and forms the focal point for a whole range of pastoral, extra-curricular and leadership opportunities. Students often arrive early and leave late to take advantage of the ever increasing range of social and academic extra-curricular activities that contribute significantly to students’ overall development and achievements.

We are extremely proud of our school and our students and welcome visitors so they can see for themselvesThe King’s School in action. 



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