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,
The Kingsley School appoints James Mercer-Kelly as their new Headteacher
The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa has appointed James Mercer-Kelly as its new Headteacher from January 2022. Mr Mercer-Kelly is currently Senior Deputy Head at Wycombe Abbey School.
26th July 2021 — The Kingsley School, founded by Rose Kingsley in Leamington Spa in 1884, has appointed James Mercer-Kelly as its new Headteacher from January 2022.
Mr Mercer-Kelly is a passionate advocate of girls’ education, working at single-sex girls’ schools for the past sixteen years.
A highly skilled leader with a rare mix of pastoral and academic experience, Mr Mercer-Kelly was Assistant Head (Pupil Development) at Headington School, Oxford before his current role as Senior Deputy Head at Wycombe Abbey School.
A Chemistry graduate from the University of Oxford, Mr Mercer-Kelly enjoys the Arts, gardening, and travelling, which has inspired him in recent years to learn Italian.
Sustaining the unique culture of The Kingsley School, which is a very special place for pupils, parents, staff and alumnae, is his number one priority.
Mr Mercer-Kelly understands Kingsley and the characteristics which make it so special, bringing a warmth which will resonate with the school’s highly-prized reputation for pastoral care and a commitment to ensuring all pupils have the best possible experience and range of opportunities during their lives at school.
Mr Mercer-Kelly says: "It is an honour to have been invited to be the new Head at Kingsley.
"Since my first visit to the school, I have been struck by the confidence and kindness of the pupils, and the commitment of the staff.
"I am very much looking forward to getting to know the whole Kingsley community well, and am excited to see our relationship with the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation develop.
"I am delighted to work with the Senior Leadership Team to lead Kingsley forward on this journey together."
Mr Richard Nicholson, the Principal of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, said: "Mr Mercer-Kelly impressed everyone with his warmth, his passion for education, and his love of Kingsley and all the school stands for.
"We look forward to seeing the Kingsley community, and its unique ethos, continue to thrive under his leadership."
The Kingsley School receives an award for its Wellbeing Provision
The Kingsley School has been awarded The Wellbeing Award for Schools, highlighting the excellent pastoral care offered to pupils and staff. The assessors highlighted initiatives such as a whole day virtual Wellbeing Festival during lockdown.
29th March 2021 — The Kingsley School has been awarded The Wellbeing Award for Schools, highlighting the excellent pastoral care offered to pupils and staff at the school.
Provided by Optimus Education, the Wellbeing Award for Schools recognises the work that goes into the wellbeing of the school community, and in promoting the understanding about mental health issues to reduce the stigma surrounding them in wider society.
The award, developed in partnership with National Children’s Bureau (NCB), focuses on ensuring that effective practices and provisions are in place to support and promote emotional wellbeing and mental health.
The award’s aim is to change the long-term culture of schools, embedding an ethos where mental health and wellbeing is regarded as the responsibility for all.
The thorough awarding process involved all of the school community – pupils, parents, staff and governors, along with a virtual wellbeing focussed tour of the school.
The school excelled in all nine areas of the criteria.
The assessors highlighted initiatives such as a whole day virtual Wellbeing Festival during lockdown, allowing pupils and staff to participate in a range of activities, the timetabled Enrichment Programme, the ‘Pastoral Hub’ and Mental Health Champions, and reminders of positivity and encouragement woven into the fabric of the building.
Also mentioned were the notable emphasis on healthy eating and fitness, and the work of the school’s full-time school nurse and wellbeing counsellor, along with the very popular therapy dog, Scooby.
Acting Headteacher, Mrs Christina McCullough, said: "The Kingsley School has long been renowned for its pastoral care and inclusive ethos; we pride ourselves on supporting children’s emotional and social wellbeing and have always felt that these elements should sit at the heart of life in our school.
"Receiving this award is not only a true celebration and validation of our community and ethos, but it empowers us to continue to develop our provision and support in an ever-more challenging world."
The Kingsley School joins forces with Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation and The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa are to enter into a new partnership. The school will join alongside Warwick Preparatory School, Warwick Junior School, King's High School, and Warwick School.
12th February 2021 — The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation and The Kingsley School in Leamington Spa are to enter into a new partnership which will see the 310-pupil school take its place under the Foundation's umbrella.
Kingsley will join alongside Warwick Preparatory School, Warwick Junior School, King's High School, and Warwick School.
Making the announcement to the Kingsley community Maureen Hicks, Chair of Governors at The Kingsley School said: "Today heralds a new beginning for Kingsley, as part of the Warwick Independent Schools family of schools.
"Kingsley will continue to offer the unique education for which it is so renowned, whilst building on our strengths associated with a smaller school, alongside a highly reputable family of schools that we know so well.
"Through the sharing of skills and expertise we know Kingsley will continue to thrive in the future."
She continued: "It will be business as usual for Kingsley on our site in Beauchamp Avenue, with our own Head, leadership team and staff and our pupils in their distinctive Kingsley uniform, still at the heart of Leamington Spa, ambassadors for the first class education and pastoral care for which we are so highly regarded."
Principal of The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, Richard Nicholson, said: "Our schools already know each other well, and there are currently many families with children at Kingsley and the current Foundation Schools.
"By welcoming The Kingsley School into the Warwick Foundation family of schools, we are extending our embrace to a friend and neighbour, further fulfilling our charitable aim to advance education in the local area.
"We believe Kingsley's rich history, distinctive ethos and strong culture play a key role in the diversity of outstanding independent schools in the Midlands."
Kingsley Celebrates Students' Achievements and Dedication
In an unprecedented, anxious and difficult set of circumstances, The Kingsley School are proud to be celebrating their students’ achievements and dedication with a brilliant set of results.
20th August 2020 — Kingsley welcomes the decision to award GCSE and A-Level students their centre assessed grades: it is only fair that these are based on the achievements of each individual and the professional judgements of their teachers. These results reflect the consistent quality of hard work undertaken by students of all abilities and backgrounds and teachers throughout their courses.
Of all grades, 27% were awarded at level 9-8 (A* equivalent), 51% at level 9-7 (A* – A equivalent) and 99.2% at level 9-4 (A* – C equivalent). Top marks were awarded across the board in all subjects, with exceptional performances in all three sciences, PER, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, PE and Music.
Among the many individual success stories were:
Isabella Fitches, who achieved 9 grade 9s, 1 grade 8 and an A in additional mathematics. Jessica Ellis, who achieved 8 straight grade 9s. Cecilia Goldwin, who achieved 7 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s. Hannah Dennison, who achieved 3 grade 9s, 6 grade 8s and 1 grade 7. Charlotte Pimm-Smith, who achieved 3 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s. Emily Mortimer, who achieved 3 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 4 grade 7s. Imogen Lomas, who achieved 2 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 4 grade 7s. Alys Clarke, who achieved 7 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s.
Mrs Christina McCullough, Deputy Head, says: “We are full of pride for all of our students and the exemplary way in which they have dealt with this very difficult year. These excellent results reflect the hard work of the students and the strong partnership between themselves, staff and parents. We are extremely proud of the well-rounded individuals they have become. They have conducted themselves with grace and courage and we look forward to seeing them continue to flourish in the future.”
Courageous Kingsley girls secure bright and varied futures
Despite the anxious and unique set of circumstances, Kingsley girls of all abilities and backgrounds have exceeded expectations with fantastic personal achievements in their A-level results this year.
13th August 2020 — The Kingsley School sixth formers have achieved a 100% pass rate, with 35% of grades A* - A, and 71% of grades A* - B. Alongside exceptional performances in A-level subjects, a number of students participated in Cambridge Technical courses, in which 100% Distinction* grades were awarded in Business Studies, IT and Health and Social Care. These results reflect the quality of hard work undertaken by students and teachers and the efforts of staff to compile a persuasive evidence base to underpin their grading estimates.
All girls who applied have secured places at their first choice universities, with the remainder opting for gap year opportunities and deferred entries for next year. Amongst the excellent destinations are:
Head Girl Rebecca Winn, from Warwick, who has already moved to Florida Gulf Coast University after signing to train and compete in the USA’s highest university division for swimming and diving. Head Girl Lily Constance, from Harbury, studying Neuroscience at University of Manchester Evelyn O’Sullivan, from Alcester, studying Bio veterinary Science at Harper Adams University Lily Williamson, from Leamington Spa, studying Childhood Studies at Aberystwyth University Meghna Gupta, from Leamington Spa, studying Hospitality at Oxford Brookes University Jenna Morgan, from Wellesbourne, who has secured a Nursing place at University of Leeds following a gap year Round Square opportunity at Rockport School in Ireland Hollie Jones, from Henley-In-Arden, studying Veterinary Science at University of Liverpool Sophie Walsh, from Warwick, studying Pharmacology at University of Leeds Matilda Dumas, from Warwick, studying Agriculture with Animal Science at Harper Adams University
Year 12 girls at Kingsley secured brilliant AS Level results, with exceptional performances in English, French, Economics, Art, Politics and Psychology. Having secured such excellent grades, this cohort has set a very high standard with a strong indication of excellent A-level results next year.
Head of Sixth Form, Dawn Morgan, says: “At Kingsley, we strive to encourage a strong work ethic with students adopting good study practices from the outset and these fantastic results reflect our girls’ and staff team’s hard work throughout their courses. All girls have adapted to very difficult circumstances and we wish to congratulate each of them warmly on these well-deserved achievements. They have, without exception, conducted themselves with grace and courage and we are immensely proud of them.”
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 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.”