Founded by John Wesley in 1748 by John Wesley, Kingswood has always been a school rich in history. The School abides by strong Christian principles in order to create a disciplined and caring environment. The main aim of Kingswood is to attain excellence in everything that it does, and in doing this the Headmaster and Governors focus on honing the quality of relationships. Teaching and learning is driven by an atmosphere of tolerance and inclusion, while individuality and innovation are also respected.
A generous 218 acres of parkland pave the way for providing top-class facilities for both boarders and day pupils aged 11-18. The World Heritage City of Bath is only a ten minute stroll away from the School, while London can be reached in 90 minutes by train.
A caring community
Resident House Staff, together with the support of patrons, help to maintain the seven boarding houses. ISI has acknowledged pastoral care at Kingswood as ‘exceptional’, a reward mostly emanating from rigid adherence to the house structure. The Houses are all very distinctive and six are set within their own grounds. A new senior boys’ house opened in September 2014. Both boarding and day pupils feel ‘attached’ to their Houses, and share common room and recreational facilities. Inter-house competitions and all house activities are treated with the utmost respect by the boys who have a great deal of pride in their ‘personal surroundings’.
Personal tutors mentor and guide Senior School pupils in both academic work and personal development, whilst maintaining regular contact with parents or guardians. They create an independent learning plan for each tutee, so that personal targets and deadlines are consistently met.
A recipe for success
The most recent ISI Inspection judged both teaching and learning as areas of excellence. Modern specialist centres for faculty-based study, a new Humanities building opened in September 2013, and a multimedia library located in the School’s thriving central hub, all serve to enhance the quality of teaching and independent learning.
A dynamic curriculum
Kingswood’s aim is to foster every individual’s educational development – be it in the spiritual, moral, social, academic, cultural or physical spheres. In terms of extracurricular pursuits, over 100 recreational activities, clubs and societies are offered to pupils. Furthermore, all pupils from Year 10 have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme while several pupils join the local Combined Cadet Force.
Creative skills and individual talents
In the areas of art, drama and music, Kingswood has a long-standing reputation for excellence. A Year 12 pupil was recently shortlisted for the prestigious students’ Saatchi Gallery Art Prize, while one sixth-former secured a top three place in the UK’s Young Songwriters Competition. Kingswood’s pupils often gain places at the UK’s top drama academies, while, in recent years, a Year 7 drama scholar had a major part in a top London West End show.
A ‘sport for all’ philosophy helps to ensure that individuals reach their full potential. Kingswood runs B, C and sometimes D teams in many of its major sports, and rugby and hockey stars who have gone on to play for England were made at the School. A number of county performers are produced in every sport each year.
The Sixth Form – the ideal stepping stone to higher education
The Sixth Form has a very special atmosphere owing to an exceptionally diverse intake of new students joining those already at the School.
Sixth form life revolves around The Dixon Sixth Form Centre, where each sixth-former has a dedicated study area, Personalised university entrance and careers advice, extremely small class sizes, and numerous opportunities to adopt prominent leadership roles are all strong features of these crucial two years at Kingswood. Supportive and friendly relationships between students and staff members are encouraged and flourish, and the ease of the relationships is perhaps the Sixth Form’s most significant strong point.
Academic and special talent scholarships (music, drama, design technology, art and sport) are available for entry to Year 7, Year 9 (boarding pupils only) and the sixth form. Bursaries are also available.
‘A historically significant school with an immensely exciting future!’