To Prospective Parents and Students
Kingsmead School is special as a result of remarkable hard work. That work has been from my colleagues, some of whom have committed themselves to the community for decades. It has also come from the children and families we serve. We are all proud of the results of our combined efforts, and I am proud to be the Headteacher of a school full of successful, happy, children and staff.
Our exam outcomes have usually been in the top 30% nationally for progress, both at 16 and 18 years old, and in 2017 the A Level outcomes put us in the top 4% nationally. Ofsted mention how our curriculum is ‘shaped to meet the demands of an increasingly aspirational population’ and that ‘Pupils across year groups provided with opportunities to stretch themselves’. That curriculum is defiantly broad and takes into account our specialism in the performing and visual arts. We have also been recognised by the SSAT as leading edge practitioners in school behaviour and are determined that students will not only know where they want to go, but how they will get there.
We start from the aim being that every student is able to access a university course or professional career. Our students regularly progress to Russell Group and Oxbridge universities, but also into apprenticeships and worthwhile employment.
As for how we do this, it can be summed up by our school motto: ‘Practise to Perfect’. At Kingsmead there is no such thing as clever or talented. Those words are commonly used by others who misunderstand that what looks like cleverness or talent, is normally the product of our experiences and commitment.
Instead, at Kingsmead there is only where you are now, where you need to be, and the quality and pace of what you do to get there. Every student needs an idea of what ‘perfect’ looks like and to be willing to practise, to keep failing to get there, but (to quote Samuel Beckett), to ‘fail better’ every time.
Great results and the practise to perfect attitude are still not enough to guarantee access to the future our students deserve, so we also aim to cultivate four key values in our students that will serve them well in later life. We expect to see courage, nurture, collaboration and rigour reflected in their actions. If you would like to read more about those values, please click here.
If you would like to visit us, ask further questions or talk with our staff about what Kingsmead is like, then please feel free to contact us by using the contact page at the bottom or engage with us via Twitter @KingsmeadAc
David Medway, Headteacher