What it's like
Founded in 1748 by John Wesley who created its first curriculum and compiled its first textbooks. It has a splendid position on the slopes of Lansdown, overlooking the world heritage city of Bath. The main building is Victorian and is at the heart of the modern school which is set in 218 acres of parkland. In these very civilised surroundings, the facilities and accommodation are first-class. Many new buildings have been added, including a sports hall, specialist centres for art, design technology, ICT, a music school (with recording studio), theatre and separate drama studio. There are extensive playing fields for sports including a floodlit astro-turf. The boarding houses provide a homely environment for the boarding community. Though ecumenical, the school retains its links with the Methodist Church. It was originally a boys' school, but has been co-educational for some 30 years. A fine academic education is provided and examination results are very good, with opportunities for talented pupils to be extended. There are very strong music, drama and art departments. It has an fine range of sports, games, clubs, societies and activities. It has an impressive record in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and a large, annual Model United Nations Conference.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11-18; 650 pupils, 485 day (269 boys, 216 girls), 165 boarding (93 boys, 72 girls). Entrance: Main entry ages 11 and 16; some at 13 (priority to boarders). Own entrance assessment used; and Common Entrance at age 13; for sixth form entry, 6 GCSEs (4 at least grade B, 2 grade C; grade A in some sixth-form subjects). No special skills or religious requirements, but the strong links with the Methodist Church. State school entry, 33% main intake plus 20% to sixth form. Many pupils from its own prep school (same address.)
Scholarships & bursaries
Scholarships awarded, some honorary, some up to 20% of fees: academic, all-round, sport, music, drama, art and DT. Means-tested bursaries available (Headmaster's discretion); discount of up to 20% of fees for children of HM Forces; discounts for Ministers' families. Textbooks, insurance etc included in fees; extras include trips, etc.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Simon A Morris, in post from 2009. Educated at Ipswich School, Cambridge University and Christchurch College, Canterbury. Previously Deputy Headmaster at St Johnís, Leatherhead, Head of Modern Languages and Housemaster at The Leys and Head of German at Warwick School. Teaching staff: 66 full time, 10 part time.
GCSE: 94 in Year 11; 96% gained at least grade C in 8+ subjects, 4% in 5-7 subjects. A-levels: 94 in upper sixth; 15% passed in 4+ subjects, 85% in 3 subjects - achhieving an average final score of 332.
97% of sixth form leavers go on to higher education (40% after a gap year), 6% to Oxbridge. 3% take courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 35% in science and engineering, 3% in law, 29% in humanities and social sciences, 5% in art and design, 25% in vocational subjects, eg physiotherapy, hotel management, education, business studies. Very small numbers go directly into employment.
GCSE, AS and A-levels. 19 GCSE subjects, 22 AS/A-level. Sixth form: Most sixth-formers take 4 subjects at AS level, 3 at A-level; AS-level critical thinking an additional option. Key skills are integrated into sixth form courses and activities. Vocational: Work experience in lower sixth. Special provision: EAL; some special needs support available. Languages: French, German, Spanish and Latin offered to GCSE and A-level. Annual exchange to France, Spain and Germany. ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. Computers for pupil use (13+ hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access; school intranet. Pupils can take ISEB and key skills level 2 in ICT.
Music: 50+% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Musical groups include orchestra, string ensemble, jazz orchestras, choirs, electric strings. Drama and dance: Both offered. GCSE drama and A-level theatre studies may be taken. The majority of pupils are involved in school and house or other productions. Art and design technology: Fine art, design, pottery, screen printing and graphics offered. CAD technology.
Sports & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis, swimming and athletics compulsory for boys; hockey, netball, tennis, swimming, athletics and rounders for girls. Optional: squash, badminton, football, basketball, volleyball, riding, cross-country, golf, orienteering, multi-gym, trampolining, climbing. GCSE, AS and A-level sport and PE may be taken. National and county representatives at various levels in netball; regional U14 and district U18 netball championship holders. Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Regular outdoor pursuits programme. Community service in a local primary school, Christian Fellowship and a wide range of over 100 activity clubs throughout the year.
Uniform: School uniform worn; sixth form dress code. Houses and prefects: Competitive houses (boys and girls houses paired). Heads of school (boy and girl), heads of houses, house and school prefects - all appointed by Headmaster, in consultation with staff and pupils. Religion: Methodist and Anglican. Daily morning assembly and weekly service for all. Social: Annual educational and ski trips abroad, also eg history, art; exchanges with German, French, Spanish and South African schools. Sixth formers allowed to bring own car to school. Meals self service. School shop. No alcohol allowed.
All pupils and staff follow a formal Community Code of Conduct. Staff and pupils are expected to respect one another at all times.
Junior house (Year 7 and 8), mixed with separate boarding areas; single-sex senior houses. Medical centre with resident qualified nurse; doctors visit (male and female). Boarders may cook own snacks in houses. Visits to local town permitted with staff and parental consent.
Association of former pupils
the Kingswood Association, is run by Development Director.
Antony Flew (philosopher), David Wilshire (Conservative MP), E P Thompson (historian), Jonathan Lynn (comedy writer)