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Kingsley School

Kingsley School is a co-educational independent boarding school, providing education to pupils aged 1-18, in Devon. REQUEST INFORMATION..
KEY INFORMATION: Kingsley School offers GCSE & A Level curriculum. They deliver a strong IELTS & EAL for international students. Full boarding is offered on site in their Bideford grounds, catering to both UK & international students. Kingsley School has an established Special Education Needs (SEN) provision specialising in dyslexic, dyscalculic, dyspraxic learning differences. Read more below …
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LOCATION: 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. REQUEST INFORMATION..
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HISTORY: Kingsley school has an age range of 0-19 (nursery, pre-school, Prep School & Senior School). Over 300 years of parallel history come together at Kingsley School following the mergers of three great schools to form this thriving co-educational independent day and boarding school in North Devon. Read the fascinating history of Kingsley School below.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR: The Expansive Curriculum at Kingsley School develops individuals’ interests and talents in sport, performing arts, outdoor education including environmentalism and sustainability, academic expansion and leadership opportunities. Each area has its own range of associated activities with clear goals for achievement and fulfilment. There are many opportunities both inside and outside of lessons for students to be active, get involved, and make a real difference to both themselves and others.
ENGLISH SUPPORT: 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.
SIZE: 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.
POST-16 QUALIFICATIONS: Kingsley offers a Wide range of academic subjects and full access to Kingsley Online Extended Project Qualifications for all Sixth Form students. Individual support from personal Sixth Form tutors inside and outside the classroom Expansive Curriculum focusing on sport, performing arts, wellbeing, environmentalism and sustainability. The Expansive Curriculum allows students to continue with their passions and interests in sport, performing arts, outdoor education, leadership, academic curiosity, service and volunteering so that they are able to submit application forms for universities or apprenticeships of the very highest quality. 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.
PRE-16 QUALIFICATIONS: Year 10 & 11 students build on their interests and strengths, choosing GCSE subjects that will develop their love of learning. Students are encouraged and guided to study subjects they enjoy in broad areas of interest. There are no right or wrong subject combinations! Character education and wellbeing are important parts of the Year 10 and 11 curriculum to ensure that our students really do become the very best versions of themselves.
ACCOMMODATION: The aim of their boarding houses is simply to be the best home away from home, a place our boarders enjoy returning to, a place of fun and companionship, to share and celebrate the good things in their lives as well as a source of support, advice and guidance.
PASTORAL: Kingsley School aims for all students to achieve success and happiness through positive mental health and wellbeing by; Learning: Kingsley makes effective use of Quality First teaching and digital technology to deliver an academic curriculum that is both relevant and accessible to all our students. Being active: Kingsley offers an expansive curriculum that develops the interests and enhances the talents of all our students outside the classroom. Giving: Kingsley develops the philanthropic and altruistic character of all our students, through service and volunteering opportunities. Appreciating: Kingsley uses its unique location in the UNESCO Biosphere of North Devon and one of only 12 World Surf Reserves to promote sustainability and environmental education. Connecting: Kingsley provides the opportunity for students from a diverse range of backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities and learning differences to work together to become world-class global citizens and the best versions of themselves.
SEN: 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.
EARTH CENTRE Environmental sustainability is the cornerstone of a Kingsley education – making the world a better place. It is seen as more than just an ethos or a philosophy, it is an integral part of Kingsley’s academic curriculum (inside the classroom) and expansive curriculum (outside the classroom). We value our unique location in the UNESCO Biosphere of North Devon and in one of only 12 World Surf Reserves worldwide which is why environmentalism and sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.
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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