Kings Manor Community College
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Kings Manor Community College (formerly Kings Manor School) was a secondary school located in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, United Kingdom. A specialist status state school, Kings Manor closed and reopened as an Academy named Shoreham Academy, with funding from the central government, in September 2009.
Kings Manor School was formed in 1970 by the merger of King's Manor Girls school in Kingston Lane which had opened in 1959, with Shoreham and Southwick Senior Boys County school in Middle Road which had opened in 1937. Initially, the school operated on both sites, but later all facilities were transferred to the Kingston Lane site.
The school took students from year seven through year eleven and had an adjoined sixth form college, the student population of which was derived primarily from the main school. The wide catchment area of the school resulted in pupils being taken from diverse social-economic backgrounds.
For ease of administration, each year group was divided into ten bands, assigned the letter K or M and a number from 1-5 (e.g. 9K5 or 10M3). However, beyond this, there was little resemblance to a traditional house system.
With regards to uniforms, year seven, eight, and nine pupils wore dark blue shirts while those in years ten and eleven wore pale blue.
Local newspaper The Argus commented upon the irony of the school's first pupil to go onto the University of Oxford in the same year that Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls threatened the school with closure. This was, however, incorrect, as the government economist Paul Johnson had gone on from the school to Oxford in the mid 1980s. The Education Secretary noted King's Manor as one of 11 schools in the Sussex area which qualified as "failing schools" because less than 30% of students manage to achieve A-C grades at General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). In 2007, 23% of pupils attained five or more GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and Maths, which was roughly half the national average of 46.7%; only 11% of pupils got an A*-C pass in GCSE Science.
Notable former pupils
- Chiles, Andy (21 August 2008). "Top marks expected for 'failing' schools". The Argus. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
- King's Manor Community College, BBC News Education League Tables.
- CV Paul Gavin Johnson Archived 2015-04-19 at the Wayback Machine. at ifs.org.uk, accessed 18 April 2015
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