The Kingsley School is a day school in Royal Leamington Spa that offers a continuous education for girls aged from 3 to 18 years old. (Boys are accepted in the Prep School from the ages of 3 to 11).
About the school
THE KINGSLEY SCHOOL – WHERE HAPPY GIRLS SUCCEED What sets The Kingsley School in Royal Leamington Spa apart from other Warwickshire schools is its distinctive family ethos and friendly atmosphere. Everyone who visits comments on the happy staff-student relationships and the sense of community this fosters. The girls-only independent school in Beauchamp Avenue prides itself on developing the differences in each student that make her unique, special and true to herself. Results are measured not only by academic success but by personal happiness and fulfilment. Academically, girls are encouraged to have high aspirations. They develop a strong sense of belonging as they are expected to contribute to school life and participate in a wide range of enrichment opportunities, including music, sport, riding, drama and dance. Girls leave The Kingsley School – where the pastoral and academic care are second to none - as confident, well-mannered, well-rounded and well-qualified young women ready to face the challenges of the outside world. All girls achieve their full potential and most take up places in their first choice higher education destination. Recently these include: o Durham University to read Theology o Southampton University to read Aeronautics and Astronautics o Oxford University to read Mathematics o The Birmingham Conservatoire to study cello. o Cambridge University to read Geography and Classics o Bristol University to study Medicine o Birmingham University to read Law The appointment of Head teacher Ms Heather Owens in September 2010 heralded the start of a programme of refurbishment at The Kingsley School where new facilities include a state-of-the-art IT suite and food technology demonstration classroom, developed in conjunction with AGA Rangemaster. Plans are already being made for the next phase of development as student numbers continue to increase. The Kingsley School is the only school in Royal Leamington Spa that offers a continuous education for girls aged of three to 18. Boys are accepted from the age of three to seven. For more details log on to www.thekingsleyschool.com or contact School Registrar Carole Watson on 01926 421368,
All-girl Team’s H2O Powered Car Wins National Competition
A team of girls from The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa were delighted to be crowned winners of a national business and enterprise competition run by The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
9th March 2020 — Students from schools and colleges across the UK were set the challenge of designing, branding and planning the launch of a vehicle of the future. The Kingsley team’s winning design for an environmentally-friendly ‘H2O car’ really caught the attention of the judges. Powered by undrinkable water and aimed at families, the car included innovative features such as a built-in vacuum cleaner and mobile device chargers in the front and rear seats. The team also created a logo, strapline and advertising campaign, pledging to give 10% of all profits to charities dedicated to providing clean drinking water and improving water quality around the world.
Team ‘H2O Vehicles’ were invited to the Jaguar Land Rover Experience Centre in Solihull to meet with representatives from the IMI and Directors of Sytner Group, Melvin Rogers and Steve Gough, who sponsored the competition. They were presented with awards and praised for their forward-thinking and creative approach, which took into account both the current automotive climate and corporate social responsibility issues.
Following the awards ceremony, the team enjoyed an exciting off-road driving experience around the centre’s 13-mile test track, learning about the capabilities of the Range Rover Sport as the experienced drivers negotiated some tricky terrain including steep inclines, muddy side slopes, wild streams and a pivoting bridge. The all-girl team also enjoyed talking to IMI representatives about careers in the automotive sector - a sector in which women are still massively underrepresented.
Sarah Bennett, Head of Careers at The Kingsley School, says: “I am very proud that our enterprising girls have been recognised for their innovative thinking in this national competition. We are passionate about empowering young women to fulfil their potential, and for these girls to stand out in a typically male-dominated industry will hopefully inspire girls everywhere.”
Following recent success at the British Schoolgirls' Ski Championships in France, The Kingsley School are now the first school ski team from The Midland Region to hold both the British Schools’ Championships in both artificial and snow events.
3rd February 2020 — The Kingsley School U16 Ski Team of Hannah Dennison (from Daventry), Emma Lawton (from Leamington Spa) and Lucy Sainsbury (from Stratford upon Avon) travelled to The French Alps on Saturday 25th January to compete in The 61st running of The British Schoolgirls Ski Championships in the high level French ski resort of Flaine. 160 athletes from 54 schools from across Britain were competing.
The event is organised by The Ladies Ski Club who are the oldest female ski club in the world.
The 3 students together with Lorenza Chapman (from Warwick) were crowned British Schools’ Champions on an artificial slope in Stoke on Trent in November 2019 and they travelled to The Alps in an attempt to repeat this achievement on snow.
On Monday 27th January the Kingsley Team competed in the Giant Slalom and finished 2nd, beaten by only 7 points by Wimbledon High School. Hannah Dennison achieved an excellent 5th place in the individual placings.
On Tuesday 28th January in a driving snowstorm, the Kingsley Team achieved 1st place in the U16 event, beating arch rivals, Surbiton High School for Girls, into second place by a massive 155 points.
Hannah Dennison achieved 4th place in the individual rankings and was well supported by Emma in 12th place and Lucy in 25th. As a result of her placings in both Giant Slalom and Slalom, Hannah made the podium in 2nd place in the combined event.
The Kingsley School are now the first school ski team from The Midland Region to hold both the British Schools’ Championships in both artificial and snow events. This success would not be possible without the dedication of Ski Race Coach, Roger Crombleholme, who coaches the Kingsley skiers at The Ackers Adventure Centre in Birmingham, and the Kingsley Ski Manager, Alan Edwards.
The three students together with six other Kingsley girls will now compete in The Aiglon College Cup in Villars-sur-Ollons in Switzerland in March.
The Kingsley School Ski Team are Crowned British Champions
The Kingsley School Senior Ski Squad were crowned British Schools Ski Champions at the ESSKIA British Championships in Stoke on Sunday 17th November.
18th November 2019 — The team of four girls, Lorenza Chapman (16, from Warwick), Hannah Dennison (15, from Daventry), Emma Lawton (15, from Leamington Spa) and Lucy Sainsbury (15, from Stratford-upon-Avon) were competing against 50 race teams representing England, Scotland and Wales.
The Kingsley squad qualified for the English Championships in October, where they finished in sixth place to receive their position in the British Finals. In the British Final, they finished faster than the five teams who had bettered them in the English Championships, and also defeated the best that Scotland and Wales had to offer.
Individually, Hannah Dennison was crowned individual overall champion after completing the two fastest runs in both rounds, and was awarded the prestigious Boyd-Anderson Trophy as most outstanding female athlete.
Alan Edwards, Ski Team Manager at The Kingsley School, said, "This was the culmination of six years of hard work and commitment by a very talented group of students. I have seen them succeed and grow over the years and to see them reach the highest accolade of British school skiing is overwhelming. I am so proud of every one of them. It will also inspire the other 26 girls in the school ski squad, who range from aged 8 to 18."
The girls will next be competing in Europe at the British Schoolgirls' Challenge in Flaine, France in January and The Aiglon College Cup in Villars-sur-Ollons in Switzerland in March.
Kingsley Skiers are Ones to Watch in National Championships
On Saturday and Sunday 5th & 6th October The Kingsley U19 ski team of Lorenza Chapman, Hannah Dennison, Cecilia Goldwin and Emma Lawton competed in The English Schools’ Ski Team Championships at The Norwich Ski Centre in Norfolk.
15th October 2019 — The team, English U16 Champions for 2018/19, were this time competing against girls up to 3 years older than themselves in the U19 category.
In a close race in the age group finals on the Saturday, The Kingsley Team finished in third place, ahead of Surbiton High School by 0.02 seconds. Mr Edwards, The Kingsley Ski Team Manager, says: "Once again I am immensely proud of the hard work and commitment of the girls. To finish in such a strong position against much older skiers is, in my opinion, a greater achievement than winning the title last year. It has been a privilege to see them grow over the past few years - they will be names to watch out for in the near future."
On the Sunday in difficult rain drenched conditions the Kingsley Team finished 6th of 25 teams, beating their 7th position last year. As a result, the team have qualified for The British Schools’ Ski Team Championships at Stoke for the third year running on Sunday 17th November, when they will race against the best from England, wales and Scotland.
Additionally, Hannah Dennison and Emma Lawton have been selected as two of only of 20 females nationally to attend the English Schools Senior training camp in Geilo, Norway during February half term. This is the third successive year that the girls have been selected for this prestigious camp.
The team will also be competing on snow in January 2020 in The British Schoolgirls’ Championships in Flaine, France and in The Aiglon College Cup in Villars, Switzerland in March 2020.
The Kingsley School Achieves National Recognition in Awards
The Kingsley School makes it through to the finals of Independent Schools of the Year 2019 in four categories.
8th October 2019 — Pupils and staff at The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa are celebrating after being praised by judges for the outstanding student experience they provide to pupils across all years. The school was nominated for four categories: Independent School of the Year for Student Wellbeing, Healthy Eating, Careers Programme and Brand Identity.
The awards, run by Independent School Parent magazine, ask to see evidence of success stories that feature both individuals and innovative practice, for a judging panel that is made up of heads, governors, parents and representatives of membership associations from across the sector and chaired by Dr Helen Wright, former President of the Girls School Association and Vice-Chair of the Independent Schools Council.
Kingsley did not come away with an award at the ceremony on Monday 7th October, but were proud to be finalists amongst some of the leading independent schools in the country.
Headteacher, Ms Heather Owens, said: “We are thrilled to have been named as finalists. This accolade reflects the hard work and dedication of both our staff and the children, and our commitment to ensuring we provide our pupils with the very best educational experience there is to offer. We are both overwhelmed and humbled, and very proud of our Kingsley community."
David Moncrieff is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board at Independent School Parent magazine who run the awards. He said:
“Following the huge success of the inaugural competition last year, which saw more than 250 school nominations entered, we are thrilled to have surpassed that figure for Independent Schools of the Year 2019. The awards have again been designed with the student experience at their heart and to provide schools with a platform to showcase their stories of innovation and success. The judges had a tough job on their hands picking the winners from the shortlisted entries that were of such a consistently high standard.”
The Kingsley community is celebrating superb results in this year’s GCSE examinations, following on from a fantastic set of A-level results.
22nd August 2019 — 83% of students attained level 9-7 (A*-A equivalent) grades. Of all grades, 39% were at level 9-7 (A*-A), 69% were at level 9-6 (A*-B equivalent) and 98% at level 9-4 (A*-C equivalent). Exceptional performances were seen in all three sciences, with multiple A*As and a 100% pass rate. Top marks were also seen in music, geography, religious studies, Spanish, Latin, history and drama.
Among the many individual success stories were:
Emily Talbot (from Kenilworth), who achieved 8 level 9-7 grades, including 5 grade 9s
Lara Whitmore (from Stratford-upon-Avon), who achieved 8 level 9-7 grades, including 4 grade 9s
Lily Lawson (from Stratford-upon-Avon), who achieved 9 level 9-7 grades, including 4 grade 9s
Imogen DeArmitt (from Warwick), who achieved 9 level 9-7 grades
Gemma Hotchkiss (from Gaydon), Lily Clarke (from Leamington Spa) and Georgie Green (from Warwick), who all achieved 7 level 9-7 grades
Head Teacher, Ms Heather Owens, says: “I am full of pride for the girls’ individual success stories today. The results reflect the hard work of the girls and the strong partnership between students, staff and parents. They also reflect Kingsley’s academic rigour across the board with top grades improving yet again. It is particularly impressive that the girls achieve so well academically whilst balancing their many extra-curricular commitments, from Duke of Edinburgh, to LAMDA, performing and sporting successes. We are extremely proud of the well-rounded individuals they have become, and look forward to seeing them continue to flourish in the future.