Kingswood School

Secondary
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This school has 3 parent reviews


Lansdown Road
Bath
BA1 5RG
01225 734200
Pupils
800
Ages
11 - 18
Gender
Mixed
Type
Other independent school
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NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Independent inspection report
(2018-03-08)
94%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
95%
NATIONAL AVG. 43%
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
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Secondary Data
Explained for parents
25%
NATIONAL AVG. 14%
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
40.5
A level average point score
NATIONAL AVERAGE 34.3
B
Average A level result
NATIONAL AVERAGE C+
+0.27
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
NATIONAL AVERAGE -0.02
Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Available
Scholarship Status
£5,208
to
£5,338
Day Fees Per Term

Leaver Destinations

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NURSERY 2+

Co-educational nursery

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School Description

Kingswood School is a leading co-educational boarding and day school, situated in an idyllic location overlooking the World Heritage City of Bath. Founded in the 18th Century by John Wesley, Kingswood is a happy, vibrant and forward-looking school which provides the very best in all round education for pupils aged 9 months to 18 years. Firmly based on the Christian principles of our founder, Kingswood is a school of high academic standards where all pupils are encouraged to discover.

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Kingswood School Reviews

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BY PARENTS, FOR PARENTS

“Best online learning provision in Bath”
AUTHOR:
I have children in three different schools in Bath and the online provision offered by Kingswood during the school closures due to Covid-19 has been far the best. A structured school day with just the right amount of live lesson contact and offline tasks. Clear communication from the headmaster throughout helped us all feel informed and well cared for. Having spoken to other parents across the city, it's not just a state v private benefit you get at Kingwood. I have friends with children in private schools who have found the online learning really lacking. I know that online learning is (hopefully) coming to an end now but you can tell a lot about a school in terms of how they react in a crisis. It's such a shame the head, Mr Morris, won't get the send off he deserves at the end of the term as he is leaving the school after over 10 years. As a parent, I am keen to see what the new head changes. Kingswood gets a lot right but I'd like to see a more modern approach at times.
“A truly all-round education”
AUTHOR:
Very pleased with my daughter's progress since she joined the senior school last September. The longer school day really benefits her: lessons finish at 4.30 but she takes part in an after school activity most days including art club, netball and climbing. Enrichment is part of day-to-day school life. I've seen her confidence grow and I am especially pleased with the house system that seems the Y7 and Y8s in their own building called Westwood for tutor time and storing books and sports kit. This is their cosy base even though they navigate the school for lessons. It's a good way to transition from a small primary shcool to a large secondary.
“A happy all-round school that also gets results”
AUTHOR:
Kingwood has a reputation among the Bath schools for excellent pastoral care, and, as a parent of a Year 8 pupil, I couldn't be happier with this aspect of the school. It's not at the cost of academic results, however. My son is encouraged to reach his potential and his results are strong. In my opinion there isn't a better place for an all-round education. I really like the co-ed aspect of Kingswood too. These are lucky children but the pupils are quietly confident with good manners and a wider awareness of the world. They all seem nicely grounded. There is also an increasing emphasis on strategies for good mental health and my son regularly practices mindfulness in his tutor group. I can't recommend the school highly enough.
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News & events from Kingswood School

Last update: 08 November 2020

OPEN DAYS 2020

Our upcoming Open Events are as follows but please check the link below for the latest information.

Senior School Open Morning – tbc
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The event will provide prospective pupils and their families with the opportunity to see what life is like at Kingswood School as well as the chance to speak to key members of staff, including the new Headmaster, Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown.

There will also be the chance to go on a tour of the School with current pupils, and participate in tasks and activities throughout the School. A wide selection of refreshments from our catering team will be available.

Come and find out what makes Kingswood so special - a warm welcome awaits you and your family.

Please ensure you complete the event registration form via the link below to help us provide appropriate COVID-19 controls. We thank you for your interest in Kingswood and details of the events will be made available nearer to the dates.

Sixth Form Open Evening: This took place at the end of September and a virtual introduction to life in Y12 and Y13 at Kingswood and all subject videos are available to watch online. Please contact Senara Derrick in the Admissions office for more information: sder[email protected]

Kingswood Prep School Open Morning: Thursday 1 October 10.00am – 12.00pm

 

Personal Visits 

We are unable to offer personal visits at this time, but we can share with you some virtual tours of our facilities and the enviable space we have here at Kingswood. You can also meet some of our pupils and staff by watching our Kingswood Stories films. 

Please do contact our admissions teams for information on when we may be able to offer a personal visit.

Please email Senara Derrick via [email protected] or click on the link below. 

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NURSERY AND PRE-SCHOOL

 

‘The Garden At Kingswood’ opened in September 2018 and is open for 50 weeks of the year welcoming children from 9 months.  The Pre-School will give our younger children a space to make the most of their first steps in a school-based environment which will aim to stimulate these young minds at a stage when they are so open to learning new skills. Our children will have access to Science, ICT, PE, Music, languages, yoga, swimming and outdoor education.

Come and explore all of what Kingswood has to offer your child.

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FACTS ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

 

 

 

• 90% of our Sixth Form students gain entry to their preferred choice of University

• 11% of the School Roll is made up of students from overseas

• The average class size for pupils in Years 7-11 is 18

• The average Sixth Form class size is 10 pupils per class

• We fully support and guide students with their University applications and work experience, including one-to-one tutorials on writing their Personal Statements

• Activity programmes provide important foundations for the development of character and personality in young people. The value and benefit of these experiences cannot be achieved by classroom teaching alone

• The City of Bath not only offers a culturally rich and stimulating experience; it is also a very safe and secure environment for international pupils to live in. isit the Kingswood website

 


 

NEW KINGSWOOD PRINCIPAL APPOINTED FOR SEPTEMBER 2020



Kingswood School has announced that the Governing Body have appointed Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown to succeed Simon Morris as Principal of the Kingswood Foundation and Head of the Senior School from September 2020.

Andrew Gordon-Brown is currently Head of Truro School, which is a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust and therefore shares the ethos and values which are central to the success of Kingswood.  Educated at Hyde Park High School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Andrew was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town before joining Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.  He rowed for South Africa in the 1992 Olympics and then studied at Oxford University, gaining a Diploma in Social Studies and a MSc in Agricultural Economics as well as a rowing Blue.  He rejoined Deloittes for a period before moving to the UK, spending six years working in the City, before switching careers to teaching. 

Married with three children, Andrew is both a sportsman and a music lover. He is a founding trustee of a charity which provides teachers who deliver much of the music in the state education sector in Cornwall.

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Meet the Head: Andrew Gordon-Brown

Andrew Gordon-Brown joined Kindgwood School as Headmaster in September 2020. In 2003, Andrew switched careers, leaving an award-winning equity research team at JP Morgan Chase to become a teacher at Radley College where he taught Economics and coached rowing and rugby. Moving up to Lancashire in 2007 with Harriet and their three children, Andrew took up the post of Deputy Headmaster at Stonyhurst College. In 2013 Andrew was appointed Headmaster of Truro School, Cornwall’s largest independent school of 1000+ pupils. Andrew has a Master of Science degree from Oxford University and is a qualified chartered accountant. He is a keen sportsman, representing South Africa in the 1992 Olympic Games and Oxford University in the 1994 Boat Race.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I had somewhat of a Damascene experience whilst trying to figure out how best to extract myself from the City and a twelve-year career in banking and finance.  My love of rowing and desire to pass on what I had learned over the years planted a seed that quickly grew into a realisation that I should become a teacher. The more I looked into it, the more convinced I became that a school was the perfect environment for me to serve. Since then, I haven’t looked back and I am now in the fortunate position of being able to combine my passion for education with my financial experience in running a large independent school.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

I never cease to be amazed by the incredible achievements of the girls and boys across all areas of school life. As Headmaster, you are in a privileged position to positively shape the culture and influence the climate at school. I am particularly proud of the culture of inclusive excellence that I have worked to cultivate and I derive real pleasure from the joyful buzz around school and from comments from parents about how happy their children are in our care.

What does a successful school look like to you?

A successful school is one where each child is known and loved as an individual, which sets high expectations for both pupils and staff, proactively promotes and defends its core values, whilst wearing its greatness with humility.  The look and public image of a school carries a powerful message in terms of the behaviour of its pupils, how they wear their uniform, and in the fabric and quality of the facilities and classrooms. A successful school is self-critical in its pursuit of excellence in all areas of school life, ambitious on behalf of its pupils, and adopts an innovative and progressive approach to education with no opportunity to stagnate. Finally, a school is a community that appreciates the needs of the local area, sharing its expertise and facilities in a spirit of collaboration and public benefit.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

Compassion. Kingswood children belong to a lifelong community of past and present pupils, parents, staff and other stakeholders. A Kingswood education of breadth, balance and excellence prepares young men and women pre-eminently for work and service in society. Human beings thrive in community and Kingswood school leavers are individuals who, having made the most of the opportunities to find and develop their talents, go on to change society for the better.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Happy, Down-To-Earth, Inclusive, Ambitious, Caring

Kingswood School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.


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