Kingdown School

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Kingdown School
Motto Believe, Aspire, Achieve
Type Academy
Headteacher Sara Edwards
Location Woodcock Road
BA12 9DR
England, UK
51°12′09″N 2°09′50″W / 51.2024°N 2.1640°W / 51.2024; -2.1640Coordinates: 51°12′09″N 2°09′50″W / 51.2024°N 2.1640°W / 51.2024; -2.1640
DfE URN 137230 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,498 As of January 2010
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses      Lords
Website School homepage

Kingdown School is a mixed secondary school and sixth form in Warminster, Wiltshire for students aged 11 to 18. Since 1 August 2011, the school has been an academy.


In September 2006, Kingdown adopted a House system, aimed at giving students a sense of community, family, and belonging, and eliminating hostile subcultures, meaning older students provide a positive role model. There are five houses, each named after a notable British sporting venue and each led by a Head of House. From September 2017, there will be six houses due to the addition of new house, Silverstone.

Lords House led by Mr Gunstone {Green     )
Millennium House led by Mrs Twigger {Yellow     )
Twickenham House led by Mr Hatcher {Orange     }
Wembley House led by Ms Bishop {Blue     }
Wimbledon House led by Mr Richardson {Purple     }
Silverstone House led by Miss Cridland {Red     }.

Each House consists of about a sixth of the students from each of Years 7 to 13, so about 280 students altogether. There are also tutor groups, each with approximately twenty-four students: four from each of Years 7 to 12/13, who meet their tutor for twenty minutes on every school day, beginning at 10.30 am. Members of each House come together for a house assembly once a week. Siblings are put into the same House, but usually not into the same tutor group.[1]

Ofsted and academic achievements[edit]

The school was awarded dual specialisms in Sports and Applied Learning, it also achieved Artsmark Silver and Sportsmark Gold awards. In its 2003 report, Ofsted rated the school "good" overall, rating the quality of education as "very good".[2] The 2008 inspection rated both the school and sixth form "outstanding".[3] Following the 2013 inspection its rating had returned to "good", of which the school commented "It is very hard to compare previous (2008) and current inspections (2013) not least as the four headings are a new addition since 2008 and the bar to achieve an outstanding rating has truly been raised".[4]

Previous Heads[edit]

Mrs Sheelagh Brown


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