King Charles I School
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|Motto||Raising achievements through engagement.|
|Type||Voluntary controlled Academy|
|Chair of Governors||Alan Neal|
|Location||Hill Grove House, Comberton Road
|DfE URN||138032 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Former pupils||Old Carolians|
Present day and Ofsted
King Charles I School is a specialist science college, and renewed their specialist status in September 2009. In September 2011, King Charles I School was inspected by OFSTED inspectors during a 2 day section 5 inspection. The inspection deemed the school to be "Good, grade 2" (1 being outstanding, 2 good, 3 satisfactory & 4 inadequate), stating "King Charles 1 is a good school that puts students at the heart of everything it does". However, the inspectors lowered the previous grade of the Sixth Form from "Good" in the 2008 report, to "Satisfactory", stating "standards have fluctuated since the school was last inspected but students make satisfactory progress".
The school was originally founded around 1566 by Thomas Blount, Esq., Lord of the Manor of Kidderminster. It was in the chantry of the Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints from 1566 until 1848, when it moved to the site known as Woodfield, on the Bewdley Road. It was granted its royal charter in 1636 by King Charles I and was the only school in England to bear his name. The original premises, Woodfield House built in 1785, and the Hall built about 1848, are now listed buildings..
When administered by Hereford and Worcester County Council in 1977 the Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School, Hartlebury (all Boys Grammar School) merged with the two Kidderminster grammar schools, King Charles I Grammar School for Boys and the Kidderminster High School for Girls, the latter was founded in 1868, and moved in 1912 to Hillgrove House, which is now also a Grade II listed building.
This marked the end of the Grammar School system in Kidderminster as the change was completed to comprehensive education. The transition to comprehensive took place gradually, until the early 1980s, becoming a ten-form entry a 13-18 comprehensive school from a six-form entry grammar school.
It has been subject to several mergers and in line with district school reorganization, following an amalgamation of middle schools and high schools it reopened in 2007 to operate from two campuses, with a total capacity of around 1350 students aged 11 to 18. Under its new structure, the school retains its specialist status as a Science College that was awarded in 2003 and has facilities that cater for students with special needs. Following a November 2011 Ofsted inspection, the school was awarded a Grade 2 (Good) rating.
The school became the focus of national media attention when more than 20 Fourth Form pupils were discovered to have taken LSD.
The school was enlarged with the Brooks Building neighboring the Sixth Form Rose Garden, and which functions as a science laboratory and theatre. The school has two campuses with the lower school for Year 7-8's operating from the premises of the former Comberton Middle School site in Kidderminster. On both campuses the school caters for linguistically challenged and autistic students in a Communication Centre, which has a facility on both sites.
The school converted to academy status in August 2012.
The School offers a sixth form for any students wishing to continue their post-16 studies. Students have the option of participating in activities such as a recognised first aid course, formal debate, and talks from lecturers on various issues such as driving skills and ethical issues in farming.
- Tom Watson (politician), Labour MP since 2001 for West Bromwich East
- Guy Halsall, historian and Professor of History at the University of York
King Charles I Grammar School
- Mo Anthoine, mountaineer
- John Berry, mathematician and computer programmer
- Alan Bowkett, businessman
- Steven Davies, English cricketer, formerly of Worcestershire, now playing for Surrey
- Maj-Gen John Groom CB CBE, Director General from 1983-9 of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, and Colonel Commandant from 1983-91 of the Royal Engineers
- Lt-Col Brian Turner Tom Lawrence, winner of the Victoria Cross during the Boer War
- Walter Nash, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Charles Wood, playwright and scriptwriter
Kidderminster High School for Girls
- Mal Lewis Jones, author
- Monica Jones, partner of poet Philip Larkin
- Debra Shipley, Labour MP from 1997-2005 for Stourbridge