The King's School, Chester
|Motto||Rex dedit, benedicat Deus
(The King gave it, may God bless it)
|Type||Independent day school|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headmaster||C D Ramsey MA (Cantab.)|
|Chairman of the Governors||Mrs E M Johnson|
|Founder||King Henry VIII|
|Local authority||Cheshire West and Chester|
Green, blue and white
|Former pupils||Old King's Scholars|
The King's School, Chester is a British co-educational independent school for children, established in 1541. It is situated outside the city of Chester, England. The school is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The school comprises a junior school (years 7–11), a senior school (years 11–14) and a sixth form in which the students choose for their A-level subjects.
- 1 Motto and the school badge
- 2 Traditions and student activities
- 3 Sports
- 4 Facilities and development
- 5 Controversies
- 6 Headmaster
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Motto and the school badge
The school motto is "The King gave it, may God bless it", which was given by John Saul Howson, D.D., Dean of Chester. John Saul Howson was the chief instrument in the building and endowing of the King's School, and in its reorganization on a broader basis.
Traditions and student activities
In 2011, more than 28 per cent of A-level results were at A* grade, and 67.2 per cent at A*/A grade. In addition, 94.9 per cent of GCSE grades were at A*/B and a third of all King's pupils gained all A/A* grades. After The King's School's A-Level and GCSE results were released, The Daily Telegraph published its A-level and GCSE independent-school league tables which placed King's as the top-performing school in Cheshire and the second highest in the North West for A-level results and third for GCSE results.
In September 2011, King's adopted a new curriculum alongside its shift from an eight-period to a five-period day. This involved substantial changes, introducing 'enrichment' lessons and replacing the GCSE courses with IGCSE.
The school's pupils engage in a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities, including music and drama, as well as educational trips abroad, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. The school has a Music School, equipped with a recording studio, a recital room, and seven music practice rooms.
The Herald is the school's magazine and is published on a termly basis for parents and pupils. Its articles are about current pupils, teachers and former pupils.
|King's School Chester Rowing Club|
|Location||The Groves, Chester|
|Home water||River Dee|
In 2011 King's appointed hockey coach, Simon Egerton, who is a member of the England hockey team.
Facilities and development
Since 1960, The King’s School has been based at its Wrexham Road site on the outskirts of Chester. It has a Sixth Form Centre, a library (the Wickson Library) and a music school (the Tim Turvey Music School). Sports facilities include a swimming pool, all-weather sports pitches, grass sports pitches, a cricket pavilion, and a boat house on the River Dee. During the summer of 2011, there was a £1.2 million renovation of the school hall, creating the Vanbrugh theatre - (named after Sir John Vanbrugh, theatre architect and dramatist) which has retractable raked seating. The project was part-funded by a legacy from former pupil Roger Snelson.
After the school became co-educational, a major redevelopment and enlargement program was undertaken, including:
- changing rooms and toilets (2002)
- classrooms for the Junior School (2002)
- all-weather pitch with floodlighting (2003)
- Tim Turvey Music School (named after the former headmaster) (2007)
- refurbishment of science labs (2007-2008)
- language lab (2008)
- extension of kitchen facilities (2008)
- redevelopment of the old library into offices and a classroom (2008)
- redevelopment of the old Headmaster's house into offices and change of use of the "Tower" (where the offices used to be) to house the Economics and Business Studies Department (2009)
- Vanbrugh Theatre (2011)
- Sixth Form Centre development (2012)
- Modernization of science lab (2012)
- additional classrooms (2012)
During 2004, teacher Barry Lewis was arrested and left the school, after child pornography was found on his school user account, leading to his imprisonment the next year.
The school's headmaster (since 2007) is Chris Ramsey, a graduate of Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University. Chris Ramsey previously served as Head of Modern Languages at Wellington College, Berkshire and Headmaster of King's College, Taunton.
- 2000–2007 - Tim Turvey, biologist
- 1981–2000 - Roger Wickson, historian
- 1964–1981 - Arthur Reginald Munday, classicist
- 1947–1964 - Reverend Canon Leslie Francis Harvey
- Godfrey Ashby, former Bishop of St John's, South Africa
- Hagan Bayley FRS, scientist and Head of Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford
- Graham Benton, British and World Indoor Rowing Champion
- Michael Burdekin OBE, FREng, FRS, civil engineer and Emeritus Professor of the University of Manchester
- Sir John Carroll, mathematician, physicist and former Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen
- Rob Leslie-Carter, Engineer
- Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton, former Commandant-General, Royal Marines
- Rob Eastaway, mathematician and ex-puzzle writer for New Scientist
- James Fair, England and Great Britain hockey goalkeeper
- Nickolas Grace, actor
- George Guest, organist and choirmaster at St John's College, Cambridge
- Matthew Hancock, former chief of staff to George Osborne, and Member of Parliament for West Suffolk
- Tom James, Olympic gold medal oarsman
- Sir Glyn Smallwood Jones, colonial administrator and last Governor of Nyasaland
- Trevor Kletz, safety engineer and author on industrial safety
- Steve Leonard, television vet and BBC presenter
- Martin Lewis, financial journalist and founder of the MoneySavingExpert.com consumer finance website
- Andrew Lilico, economist and member of the Shadow Monetary Policy Committee
- Hugh Lloyd, comedy actor
- Patrick Mercer, Member of Parliament for Newark
- Mike Parry, journalist and radio presenter
- Ronald Pickup, actor
- Jonathan Samuels, Australia Correspondent with Sky News
- Graham Scott, international concert pianist and Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music
- George Drewry Squibb, lawyer
- David Whitley, Author of The Midnight Charter
- Olivia Whitlam, Olympic rower
- Arnold Frederic Wilkins OBE, radar pioneer
- Randle Ayrton, film and stage actor, producer and director
- Lord Bradbury of Winsford GCB, civil servant and chief economic advisor to the government during World War I
- Thomas Brassey, civil engineer
- Edward Brerewood, mathematician, logician and antiquary
- Charles Burney, music historian, musician, composer and philosopher
- John Byrom FRS, poet and developer of geometric shorthand
- Randolph Caldecott, illustrator
- William Chaderton, academic, clergyman and former Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge
- John Churton Collins, literary critic and former Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham
- Piers Claughton, clergyman and former Archdeacon of London
- Thomas Claughton, first Bishop of St Albans and former Oxford Professor of Poetry
- George Cotton, clergyman and educator, known for establishing schools in British India
- Sir Peter Denis, 1st Baronet, naval officer and Member of Parliament
- John Downham, clergyman and theologian
- Joseph Everett Dutton, pathologist, physician and tropical medicine specialist
- Thomas Falconer, clergyman and classical scholar
- Thomas Francis, physician, former president of the Royal College of Physicians and former Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford
- Christopher Goodman, clergyman and writer
- William Lee Hankey, painter and illustrator
- General Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill, former Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and Commander-in-Chief of the Forces
- George Lloyd, clergyman
- Bert Lipsham, England International footballer and FA Cup winner with Sheffield United in 1902.
- John Smyth MacDonald FRS, physiologist
- George Ormerod, antiquary and historian
- Sir Ralph Champneys Williams, colonial Governor of the British Windward Islands and Newfoundland and Labrador
- Thomas Wilson, clergyman
The Chester Association of Old King's Scholars (CAOKS), founded in 1866, exists to maintain links between former students. It is one of the longest established alumni associations in the country. The school has recently established OAKS (Organization of Alumni of The King's School) to maintain relations with former pupils. OAKS is free to join and open to all alumni.
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- "King’s hockey coach wins European Indoor Gold Medal with national team". The King's School Chester. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
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