Kingsley school has an age range of 0-19 (nursery, pre-school, Prep School & Senior School). It has 256 pupils (excluding nursery and pre-school) and 105 of these pupils are currently boarders. It has students from over 10 different countries.
Kingsley offers EAL (English as an Additional Language) to all International students and the school also has an International Study Centre for pupils that require additional, intensive support with their English. International students can study for IELTS qualifications and IGCSEs. Fees for the International Study Centre are additional and are calculated on an individual basis.
Kingsley has an Oxbridge Programme for Lower Sixth Form/Year 12 students – for both boarders and day pupils. This new Sixth Form programme is for students who have a goal of a place to study at The University of Oxford or The University of Cambridge. Pupils will be based at Kingsley but will have direct access to the school’s new dedicated Oxbridge study centre at Oxford University for residential stays during the Sixth Form.
KIngsley School offers a range of inclusive provision for students with dyslexia and autism, which is bespoke to meet individual needs. Classrooms and class teaching are dyslexia and ASC friendly. The learning and development centre offer 1:1 and small group support focusing on developing literacy and numeracy skills as well as social skills and recognition of emotions. Students requiring further support can access key adult support in some of all classes. For students with moderate ASC the school offer an enhanced provision in the ‘Grenville Centre’, in small classes with children who have communication and interactions needs. Students access social skills and sensory intervention and a curriculum that is tailored to meet their needs, as well as having access to mainstream lessons, as appropriate.
Kingsley is located in the small coastal town of Bideford in north Devon on the River Torridge, just minutes away from some of Britain’s best known surfing beaches such as Westward Ho! and Croyde. It is also ideally located between both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. The school provides a coach pick-up service to and from Heathrow at the beginning and end of term. Increasing numbers of pupils are now flying from Asia, via Amsterdam (Schipol) to Bristol airport which is less than 2 hours from school.
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Kingsley School is a small, friendly and welcoming community of day pupils and boarders. We aim to provide a bespoke education that is tailored to meet the needs to each individual pupil. Some of our pupils may need additional help with their English and they can access this through our International Study Centre which offers a combination of small group and individual lessons which will rapidly improve the quality of the pupils’ spoken and written English. Some of our pupils may need additional learning support because they struggle with dyslexia and they can access this through our Learning Development Centre which offers individual lessons tailored to the needs of each pupil.
All of our pupils benefit from excellent teaching and pastoral care with attentive and caring tutors, supportive Heads of Year and a school Chaplain, all of whom are available to support pupils. Boarding is fun and friendly and boarders have separate programmes of activities at the weekends (no Saturday school!) which offer them the perfect combination of activity and time to relax and study. We have a very strong academic record with our A level A/A* rate being at 39% in 2017. We have also sent two international pupils to study at Cambridge in the last 2 years. The vast majority of our 6th form pupils make applications to study at UK Russell Group universities and we can also support pupils who may wish to apply to other countries.
We have a range of over 50 after-school clubs and activities ranging from drama and music to debating to all manner of sports, including football, rugby, hockey, netball, handball, judo, gymnastics and, best of all, surfing!
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