The Kingsley School,金斯利中学，金斯利学校Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington Spa,
Warwickshire CV32 5RD
Tel: 01926 425127 Fax: 01926 831691
• GIRLS, 2_–18, Day, Boys 2_–7 only
• Pupils 620, Upper sixth 50
• Termly fees £1450–£2530
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1884 by Rose Kingsley, daughter of the writer Charles Kingsley, and
by Joseph Wood, who became Headmaster of Harrow. Situated close to the centre of
the elegant Regency spa town, the senior school at Beauchamp Hall lies in a
conservation area. The junior school and early-years centre lie close by. There
is a well-equipped separate sixth-form centre and a new performance/sports hall.
The school has close links with Holy Trinity church. Academic standards and
examination results are good. The performing arts flourish in an integrated
department and there are numerous productions from small chamber concerts to
large-scale drama or musical performances. Sports and games are well catered for
with regular representation at county level. There is a wide variety of clubs
and societies and 200 pupils are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Scheme (many silver and over 100 gold awards to date), which involves community
services and expeditions in Britain and overseas. Pupils regularly take part in
a World Challenge expeditions.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2_–18, 620 day pupils (614 girls, 6 boys).
Senior department 11–18, 430 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 2_, 8, 11 and 16 (a few at 13). Own entrance
exam used; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (including sixth-form
subjects). No special skills or religious requirements. State school entry 25%
senior intake (plus few to sixth form); majority of senior entrants from own
junior department (tel 01926 425993) or Warwick Preparatory School (tel 01926
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 20 pa scholarships and exhibitions,
value £300–£2750: 15 academic, 3 art, 2 music (5 at 11, 10 at 16). 5 pa Kingsley
Awards. Standard charge for textbooks; extras usually £65 maximum.
Parents 15+% in industry or commerce; 15+% are doctors, lawyers etc;
15+% in farming; 15+% in education.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Christine A Mannion Watson, appointed in 1997. Educated
at Bellerive High School, Liverpool, and at the universities of Birmingham
(French and Spanish), Surrey and the Open University (educational management).
Previously Head of Sixth and Director of Studies at Tormead.
Teaching staff: 42 full time, 24 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 49 pupils in upper fifth: 90% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects; 10% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 56 (55 over 5 years).
A-levels: 42 in upper sixth: 5% passed in 4 subjects; 88% in 3; 5% 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 308.
University & college entrance 90+% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (26% after a gap year). 13% took courses in science &
engineering, 64% in humanities & social sciences, 23% in vocational subjects eg
surveying, education. Others typically go on to non-degree courses eg HND, art
foundation courses or employment with training eg accountancy.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 AS/A-level subjects (including
A-level theatre studies, psychology, IT, business studies ).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. 14% take science A-levels; 46% art/humanities; 40%
Vocational: Work experience available; also OCR IBT2 and IBT3.
Special provision: Lessons for dyslexic pupils.
Languages: French (compulsory), Spanish and German offered to GCSE, AS
and A-level. Regular visits to France and Spain.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week) and across the
curriculum, eg databases in geography and science, DTP for presentation in many
areas. 100 computers for pupil use (10 hours a day), many networked and with
e-mail and internet access.
Performing arts Department of performing arts offers music, drama and
dance from the age of 4–14. GCSE and AS-level music, GCSE drama and dance,
A-level theatre studies offered. Extra-curricular performing arts activities
include dance clubs, orchestras, choirs and numerous instrumental ensembles.
Instrumental exams and LAMDA drama exams are taken. The vast majority of girls
are involved directly in some aspect of performing arts. Major production
annually, plus concerts, recitals and smaller scale performances.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Textiles, wood and
plastic, computer graphics and screenprinting also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, gymnastics, tennis, rounders, athletics,
health-related fitness compulsory. Optional: squash, badminton, aerobics, golf,
cross-country, riding, swimming, volleyball, table tennis, judo, ballroom
dancing. GCSE PE, A-level sports studies and BAGA exams may be taken. Riding
team has won national schools jumping and cross-country championships; regional
netball, gymnastics and tennis players; county representatives in athletics,
hockey, netball, tennis, tetrathlon.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
(over 100 gold awards to date). Community service optional. Fundraising, some
£5000+ pa raised. Up to 30 clubs, eg computer, drama, gymnastics (BAGA and
Olympic), riding, science, music, Young Enterprise.
Uniform: School uniform worn, except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girls, heads of houses, drama
and sports captains. School Council.
Religion: Religious assemblies and occasional church services compulsory
unless specifically requested by parents.
Social: Theatrical and musical productions with local boys’ independent
schools. Spanish and French visits; Drama exchange with USA; skiing, Duke of
Edinburgh Scheme and World Challenge expeditions to Africa and Peru. Pupils
allowed to bring own car, bike or motorbike to school. No tobacco or alcohol
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect an
order mark (3 order marks in a term means detention); possession of tobacco or
alcohol leads to suspension; suspension and expulsion for the most serious
Former pupils Jane Booker (RSC); Dennis Matthews (pianist); Marie
Edgar (European Junior Show Jumping Champion); Dr Gillian Hanson (developed
intensive care medicine in GB).