King's School (Gütersloh)
|Motto||Working together for success|
|Type||SCE day and boarding school|
|Headteacher||Mr Garry N Trott|
|Chair of Governors||Brig Ewen McLay|
|DfE URN||132382 Tables|
King's School is a secondary school in Gütersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Serving the children of British military families stationed in the area, it is the largest school in Service Children's Education. It is the only SCE secondary school in the area and also serves children from bases in Bielefeld, Herford and Münster.
King's School opened its doors to its first pupils on September 19, 1960. The first headteacher was Mr Jack Reynish. Later heads included Mr D.D. Rooney, Mr Ken Jones, Mr Rob McGraw and Mrs Sheila Hargreaves. Boarding accommodation at King's Hall opened in September 1994.
Situated within Mansergh Barracks, the school buildings were originally barrack blocks but have been modernised throughout to provide spacious teaching accommodation. The school also houses the Gütersloh Music Centre which provides weekly instrumental tuition for about 200 young people.
The playing fields, including astro-turf, are extensive, with pitches for hockey, football, rugby, netball, cricket and athletics. Two gymnasia are complemented by the Army gymnasium / Sports Hall. The school also has access to a nearby swimming pool and a tartan surface athletics track for Sports Day.
The school follows the National Curriculum.
Student organizations and activities include art club, chess, dance, digital photography, drama, the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, fashion design, film club, gardening, jogging and fitness club, juggling, Language Ambassadors, lawn games, karate, printmaking, quilting, remote control cars, study support, textiles, ultimate frisbee, Warhammer, World Challenge, and yearbook.
Sports include athletics, basketball, football, golf, hockey, netball, rugby, and tennis. Students compete in lunchtime inter-form competitions, SCE inter-school festivals and GISST, the International Schools Group competitions. The school has been recognised with the Sportsmark Award twice since 2003.
Notable former pupils
- Tim Montgomerie, co-founder of the Centre for Social Justice, creator of the ConservativeHome website, columnist at The Times newspaper, blogger and political activist
- Cpl Gordon Pritchard, the 100th British servicemember killed in the Iraq War
- Boarding at King's
- David Eaton (8 March 2012). "The softly spoken assassin feared by David Cameron". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- Helm, Toby (2006-02-02). "The day Blair met 100th serviceman to be killed in Iraq". The Telegraph. "Cpl Pritchard ... completed his secondary education at King's School, Gutersloh, a school in Germany for the children of military personnel."
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