Kings' School

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Kings' School
Kings' School Winchester Crest.PNG
Motto Una Laborantes ("Working Together")
Established 1985
Type comprehensive community school
Headteacher Matthew Leeming
Location Romsey Road.
SO22 5PN
England England Coordinates: 51°03′32″N 1°20′49″W / 51.0589°N 1.3469°W / 51.0589; -1.3469
Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116468 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1657
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16

Kings' School is a comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, with approximately 1,650 pupils. The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) brought forward a generally excellent classification with thirty out of thirty-one sections of the report considered outstanding. Kings' School previously had Specialist status as a Business and Enterprise College and as a Language College.


Kings' School was formed in 1985 by merging the two previous schools on the site: Danemark School (girls) and Montgomery of Alamein School (boys). These schools trace their roots back to the Wesleyan Day School (1889), St Thomas's School (1893), St Mary's School (1900), and Danemark Central School (1912).

Academic achievement[edit]

In recent years, between 85 and 95 per cent of 15-year-olds have achieved five or more GCSE grades A to C (80%–90%), including Maths and English.[1] According to data from 2008 in the BBC League Tables, Kings' is one of Hampshire's top state schools.[2] According to Government League Table data from 2014, King's school is still within the top 50 schools in Hampshire sorted by their A*-C achievement percentage[3]

Catchment area[edit]

Kings' School has a large catchment area, from Winchester to the southern surrounding villages. Students from outside the catchment area are brought in by bus from as far north as Andover to as far south as Southampton. Unusually for a State Comprehensive school, Kings' School features a boys' boarding house, the Kings' School House. The boarding house is set to close in August 2015 after a review by Hampshire County Council[4][5]


In November 2008, a girl was to be taught in isolation as a result of dyeing her hair.[6] Later that month, several parents complained that new restrictions regarding the colour of underwear were unfair and an invasion of privacy.[7] The school stated that it was a misunderstanding, as it was a suggestion only, not a new rule.[8]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ UK Government school performance tables
  2. ^ BBC league tables
  3. ^ "Government league tables". The Department for Education - Performance Tables - Local Authority results. The Department for Education. 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Leeming, Matthew (August 2014). "Closure of Kings’ School Boarding House – August 2015" (PDF). Kings' School, Winchester. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hampshire Country Council Executive Decision Record" (PDF). 30 July 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Girls tangled in Kings' School hair dye row". The Southern Daily Echo (Newsquest Media Group). 12 November 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Furious parents claim children are checked for what colour of pants and bras they wear". The Southern Daily Echo. November 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Black and white underwear rule a 'misunderstanding' says head". The Southern Daily Echo. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Langdon, Julia (10 February 2010). "Albert Booth obituary". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Wayne Bridge- Biography
  11. ^ "Comedian Jack Dee collects degree", BBC 21 October 2009
  12. ^ "Colin Firth: 'I'm no posh pin-up'", Daily Express, 29 September 2007
  13. ^ Anthony Poutney (sic) – Hard to Budge
  14. ^ "Philip Somerville – obituary". Daily Telegraph. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 

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