Kingswood is a school like no other, with an abundance of outdoor learning space and boundless opportunities. Here we celebrate individuality and uniqueness in an unrivalled woodland setting in one of the safest cities in England.
We are a thriving co-educational day and boarding school welcoming pupils between the ages of 9 months and 18 years, with boarders from age 11. Situated on a magnificent 200-acre site overlooking The World Heritage City of Bath with access to great transport links to London and major airports.
The ethos of Kingswood is very much that of a boarding school with a wide range of opportunities available to all pupils both during the school week and at weekends. Boarders benefit from the advantages which having such strong links with the local community bring, whilst day pupils benefit from the exceptional pastoral care and extensive activity programme which the boarding community is able to provide.
We believe in nurturing young people as individuals, encouraging our pupils to believe in themselves, in helping them to discover new talents and in supporting them to achieve the very highest standards in everything they do. Our central focus will always be on what is best for the individual and a flexible curriculum allows us to respond to individual needs and ensure these important years of secondary education are fun and exciting as well as challenging and formative.
Our extensive co-curricular programme offers over 100 activities a week. On-site activities include early morning yoga, swimming, tennis and cricket, evening floodlit hockey or tennis, PE, community games and music practice. Weekends for Boarders are jam packed with fun-filled activities, combining adventures such visiting Longleat and Cotswold Water Park, with some much-needed downtime to relax and unwind. This is part of our commitment to mental health and children’s well-being and staff are working hard to develop our skills in mindfulness in all our pupils.
The Sixth Form at Kingswood is a supportive and caring environment, offering encouragement and guidance at every step. Our flexible academic curriculum programme is tailored to each student, whilst the breadth of our co-curricular offering means that there is something for everyone, from the extensive co-curricular activities, to Model United Nations and academic societies. We encourage our students to involve themselves in all aspects of school life and to develop the qualities of leadership, independence, self-reliance and respect for others. Service is central to our vision of leadership, and our charitable and mentoring activities provide further opportunities for our Sixth Formers to give back, both locally and further afield.
In this environment, pupils achieve astonishing successes as they constantly progress well beyond their natural potential while also making a real difference to others.
We seek to hold in tension the traditional and the contemporary and we believe that ‘traditional’ subjects such as Mathematics, Science, English, History and Latin should continue to form the backbone of a strong modern education. In addition, we seek to embrace contemporary changes in the curriculum, which is why you will also find subjects such as Computing, Psychology and Economics on offer. You will also find a strong emphasis on learning languages at Kingswood. We believe that learning another language is excellent for the mind, as well as for developing our pupils’ sense of their place in a big world. We are continually seeking to refine our curricula, to ensure that we teach the best concepts at the best times so that we can help our pupils acquire a deep body of knowledge that will serve them for years to come. Although one of our key aims is to ensure that all our students achieve the best grades possible, the learning experience is about so much more than examination success. A successful Kingswood School experience not just provides the essential knowledge and critical thinking for further education, but also the independent skills required to thrive afterwards.
Kingswood School provides an extensive range of excellent co-curricular activities. There are over 100 activities each term. The provision for sport, music and drama is outstanding and many pupils participate in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and outdoor pursuits. The School also hosts the annual Bath Schools Model United Nations conference.
All students are encouraged to participate in a wide a range of co-curricular activities to discover new talents, improve existing skills, work as part of a team and find activities and hobbies that they enjoy which will take them past school and often become lifelong interests. In addition, academic societies, departmental trips and activities that complement the curriculum help students demonstrate a passion for their subjects outside the classroom, which is invaluable for students completing university applications.
In our most recent ISI Inspection, the Kingswood co-curricular programme was rated as "excellent". We are passionate here at Kingswood that educating young people is not just about inspiring pupils academically but also giving them a really broad range of opportunities.
Boarding is a key feature of life at Kingswood School, and the boarders are seen as the heartbeat of the community. Our staff are extremely experienced in looking after children, some of whom are a long way from home, and helping them settle, develop and become more independent while still feeling the support of the community. Pupils at Kingswood come to see their boarding house as their second home.
We have seven Houses, six of which are boarding houses and all are situated on our beautiful campus amidst comfortable and relaxed surroundings. Kingswood offers excellent facilities, plenty of good food and a variety of activities for boarders to enjoy. Kingswood’s above-and-beyond pastoral care and boarding provision were both recognised as ‘excellent’ in our recent ISI inspection.
The majority of boarders at Kingswood are full boarders and we celebrate our rich and diverse boarding community. Weekly boarding is also available, as well as flexi-boarding.