King's High School for Girls, 国王高级中学 Smith Street, Warwick CV34 4HJ
Tel: 01926 494485 Fax: 01926 403089
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 550, Upper sixth 66
• Termly fees £2534
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1879, it has an interesting urban site in the town of Warwick, near
Warwick Preparatory School and the Warwick School for Boys. It is particularly
fortunate in its beautiful buildings which span 600 years and include the town’s
Eastgate. A Christian foundation, morning assemblies are inter-denominational in
practice and tone. Pupils are recruited from all walks of life as a matter of
policy; the social mix ensures that the school remains firmly part of the
community. It is a member of the Warwick Schools Foundation and offers about 10
Warwick Foundation/Town places each year. A sound general academic education is
provided and examination results are very good. Music and drama are particularly
well supported. There is a fine range of sports and games (in which high
standards are attained) a sports hall and all-weather pitch. There is a wide
variety of clubs and societies and joint events with the boys’ school. Pupils
are encouraged to be fully involved in the life of the school.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 550 day girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade C (grade A in sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. A number of pupils from Warwick Prep
School (enquiries to the Headmistress, Warwick Preparatory School, Bridge Field,
Banbury Road, Warwick CV34 6PL, tel 01926 491545).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 9 pa academic scholarships, value
50%–100% fees (4 at 11 and 5 at 16). 12 Warwick Foundation/Town places
(means-tested). Some bursaries. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Parents 15+% in education, 15+% in industry. 75+% live within 30
Head & staff
Headmistress: Elizabeth Surber, appointed 2001. Educated at Tiffin Girls’
School, Kingston upon Thames, and at the universities of Exeter and Oxford.
Previously Headmistress at Laurel Park School, Glasgow, Second Deputy
Headmistress at Bedford High, French Teacher at Hadleigh High School and
Lectrice at Université de Haute-Bretagne.
Teaching staff: 40 full time, 21 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 84 pupils in upper fifth: all gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 65 (64 over 5 years).
A-levels: 80 in upper sixth: 5% passed in 4 subjects; 89% in 3 and 6% in
2 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 370.
University & college entrance 89% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (11% after a gap year), 8% to Oxbridge. 4% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 16% in science & engineering, 40% in
humanities & social sciences, 20% in vocational subjects eg physiotherapy,
tourism. A few go on to art foundation courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 19 GCSE subjects, 24 AS/A-levels
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies taught but not examined. 22% took science A-levels; 28%
arts/humanities; 50% both.
Vocational: Work experience available; exams in ICT; St John’s Ambulance
first aid; Young Enterprise.
Languages: French, German, and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
Regular exchanges (France, Germany and Spain).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons/week in Years 7–12)
and across the curriculum, eg use of internet for research, Excel for
coursework. 130+ computers for pupil use (access all day and after school), all
networked and with e-mail and internet access. All pupils take ECDL at 16; all
sixth formers continue with ICT course.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 9 musical groups including choirs, orchestra, wind bands.
Drama & dance: Theatre arts at GCSE and A-level offered. Many in major
productions; all juniors involved in form plays. Successful participation in
public-speaking competitions. Ballet lessons.
Art & design: On average, 28 take GCSE, 5 A-level. Design and art history
Sport & activities
Sport: Gym, dance, swimming, netball, hockey, tennis, athletics,
badminton, basketball, health-related fitness compulsory. Community Sports
Leader Award. Some county representatives in eg netball and hockey.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional at age 14+, visiting old people, working with
children etc. Over 30 clubs, eg drama, science, Amnesty, computer, ballet,
aerobics, art, Christian Union, Russian, babysitting, chamber music.
Uniform: School uniform worn, except own clothes within guidelines in
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. Prefects, head girl, elected by
staff and school. School Council.
Religion: Christian and/or inter-denominational.
Social: BAYS with sixth formers from local schools; joint music, drama,
discussion group, expeditions, social with Warwick Boys’ School. Regular ski
trips, exchange visits with French, Spanish, German schools. Pupils allowed to
bring own car/bike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Alumni association is run by Mrs J Edwards, 5 Godfrey Close, Radford,
Semele, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1UH.
Former pupils Kim Hartman (Helga in ‘Allo ‘Allo); Harriet Castor
(children’s author); Catherine Bott (international singer).