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 the following pages will give you a flavour of the culture and ethos at Kingdown to support you in this difficult decision.
Kingdown is a forward thinking and innovative school with strong traditional values. We take our responsibility for educating young people seriously and are very proud of their achievements.
At Kingdown each child is valued and nurtured; we make sure they are happy, feel safe, enjoy learning, work with rigour and enthusiasm and make a unique contribution to the life of the school. We firmly believe that ‘every child matters’ and work in partnership with parents to ensure that each pupil’s gifts and talents are encouraged and recognised.
Our expectations are very high and this should be reflected in our students’ appearance, attitudes and behaviour.
We know we are moulding the citizens of the future and will encourage them to care for one another, be honest and respectful. We want them to have a sense of pride and belonging in being part of our school community.
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 new website and 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 improving. In 2014, our students achieved 75.4% 5A* to C grades (68.5% with English and Maths) at GCSE, and we had 99.7% pass rate at A2 with 44.3% of grades at A* to B grades.
At Kingdown School, we are commited to:
We would like you to make sure your child:
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/