Kingdown School is an 11-18 Academy serving the attractive market town of Warminster and the surrounding villages. Warminster has a population of approximately 20,000 and is situated midway between Bath and Salisbury. In August 2011, Kingdown School converted to become an academy, but retaining the name Kingdown School.
The choice of secondary school is one of the most important decisions parents have to make and I hope the following pages will give you a true reflection of life at Kingdown.
My vision for Kingdown is through the eyes of Sam:
Hello, I am Sam. I am five years old. I am the future.
You and I both want me to be a success in the world, which I will enter as an adult and which I will be responsible for.
In future days, I will admire you for being able to look forward with me and to help me define what I need to learn. My world is very different from the one you have grown up in.
Richard A Beare
Kingdown is a forward thinking and innovative school with strong traditional values: friendship, respect, determination, inspiration, courage, equality and excellence are at the core of what we do and pervade school life. Our expectations are very high and this is reflected in our students’ appearance, attitudes and behaviour. We know we are moulding the citizens of the future and encourage our students to care for one another, be honest and respectful.
At Kingdown, every “Sam” is valued and nurtured. As a parent and a Headteacher, I know my first priority is to make sure the students are happy and feel safe; then to instil in them a love of learning, the desire to work with rigour and enthusiasm, and to make a unique contribution to the life of the school. In a large school, we develop a sense of pride and belonging through the excellent house system and pastoral curriculum. We work in partnership with parents to nurture each student’s unique gifts and talents. We aim to ensure they believe in themselves, aspire to be the best they can be, and ultimately achieve in every aspect of school life. We want their dreams to become a reality.
I have worked at Kingdown for a long time and am very proud to be the Headteacher. I know Kingdown is a fantastic school and I look forward to welcoming you through the door.
School transport is provided in our designated area and there are good public transport services from neighbouring towns. We provide a huge range of extra-curricular activities and, to encourage pupils to stay on after school, we provide late buses on three nights each week. Kingdown has achieved the ‘Sportsmark Gold Award’ for excellence in Physical Education and Sport and also ‘Artsmark Gold’ and we believe strongly in the role of the Arts in our curriculum.
We have invested heavily in ICT in the last five years and are proud of our facilities and the level of expertise our staff display. Our VLE are increasingly being used for both communication and to enhance learning.
Our students come from a variety of social backgrounds and encompass a wide variety of abilities. Relationships with our parents are good and the local community regards the School highly and gives us considerable support. In turn, the School provides venues and facilities for many community activities and events.
Our exam results are excellent and continue to improve. In 2016, our Key Stage 4 students achieved an Attainment 8 score of 52.4 and a Progress 8 score of 0.30. At Key Stage 5, our Progress score was 0.03 with a 99.2% pass rate.
At Kingdown School, we are commited to:
We would like you to make sure your child:
We have not had any permanent exclusions in 2013, 2014 or 2015.
Parent View gives parents and carers the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school.
Parent View will ask for your opinion on twelve aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Ofsted will use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when.
You can access Parent View here: http://www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/