Students and Staff at the Shell Eco Marathon, 2017
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 retained the name Kingdown School.

Welcome from the Headteacher

Welcome to Kingdown School! Whether you are a current or future member of our school community, I hope that our website gives you a real flavour of our wonderful school, and provides you with a valuable insight into the life and work of our students.

The school’s mission statement is summarised into three words – Believe, Aspire, Achieve:

  • For our students to believe in themselves, in their own talents and abilities, and in their power to make a difference
  • For our students to aspire to be the best they can be
  • For our students to achieve exceptional outcomes, opening doors to their future post-16 or post-18

These words embody the work of the school, enacted through our shared and collective belief in the ability of education to transform young people’s lives.

Kingdown is best described as a safe, happy and vibrant learning community, where everyone is valued for being who they are. Success is celebrated in all its forms, whenever and wherever this exists. We are a very forward-thinking organisation who place the needs of our students at the centre of our thinking – whether this be through our curriculum offer, through the wealth of extra-curricular activities on offer through the school, via the caring and effective pastoral system, or through the quality of teaching and learning which we offer each day. We constantly reflect upon our practice, systems and procedures, always striving to improve our offer to our students.

Although we are a forward-looking organisation, many of our values are firmly traditional – those of honesty, friendship, respect, determination, equality and excellence. Our expectations of students’ uniform, behaviour and attitudes towards others are very high; we also expect our students to achieve great outcomes. In return, we offer great support and challenge to enable our students to succeed.

Choosing which secondary school to send your son or daughter to is one of the most important decisions in a parent’s life. In addition to viewing our website, I would encourage you to visit our school; we offer an annual Open Day and Evening in the summer term, and three ‘Talk and Tour’ opportunities to visit Kingdown during the school day in Terms 1, 3 and 5 and get a real ‘feel’ for the school.

I am truly proud to be the headteacher of this fantastic school. I look forward to welcoming you, and your child, to our learning community.


Dave Locke

Beyond the Curriculum

School transport is provided in our designated area and there are good public transport services from neighbouring towns.  We provide a range of extra-curricular activities and, to encourage pupils to stay on after school, 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.

There is a strong extra curricular programme with many clubs during lunch time and after school. Duke of Edinburgh is also delivered at Bronze, Silver and Gold level.

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 is being used for both communication and to enhance learning.

Our link to you

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.

Overview of exam results

Our exam results are excellent and continue to improve. In 2017, our Key Stage 4 students achieved an Attainment 8 score of 48.3 and a Progress 8 score of 0.16. At Key Stage 5, our Progress score was 0.03 with a 99.2% pass rate.

Our Commitment

At Kingdown School, we are commited to:

  • Working with you
  • Listening to you
  • Supporting your family through all your child’s learning and personal development
  • Communicating with you through The Home School Agreement, Personal Organiser, Reports, 121’s, Kingdown Week and electronic methods

We would like you to make sure your child:

  • Is ready to learn
  • Wears the correct uniform
  • Shows respect

We have not had any permanent exclusions between 2013 and 2018.


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:

Acorn Education Trust

Kingdown School is part of The Acorn Education Trust (external link):

Acorn Education Trust
c/o Kingdown School
Woodcock Road
BA12 9DR

Tel: 01985 215551

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