Kingsmead School, Hednesford
|Headteacher||Mr Ian Bryant|
|DfE URN||142313 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
Approximately 1,300 mixed gender pupils are educated here. The school's intake is from 11–18 (Years 7–13) including a sixth form.
Since its establishment in 1938, the school has had several name changes. Originally it was known as Littleworth School. In the early days there were separate boys' and girls' schools. During World War II, the school accommodated children who had been evacuated.
The school was one of those selected in 2004 to test out a new Geography GCSE aimed at moving away from learning facts to understanding the big issues. Also in 2004 the then head teacher Julia Almond was appointed as Staffordshire's new deputy education director.
A student and teacher exchange programme was introduced in 1999 with teacher exchange visits with two Zambian schools - Helen Kaunda High School and Mukuba High School in Kitwe. This started a series of partnerships between Zambian and UK schools and there are now over 30 such school partnerships. Students from Kingsmead paid a visit to the Kitwe schools in 2005.
After the ending of the specialist schools programme the schools name changed to Kingsmead School, though the school often now brands itself simply as 'Kingsmead'.
In September 2015 the school converted to academy status.
Absenteeism, authorised and unauthorised, is below both the local and national average by about a quarter.
In their report following the January 2006 inspection Ofsted rated the school as Satisfactory, point three on a four-point scale. In a special visit, in October 2007, to look at the provision of Religious Education, overall effectiveness for this subject was considered to be Good.
In 2015 OFSTED rated Kingsmead school "Good".
Notable former pupils
James Heseltine, professional smite player known by his username, Duck3y.
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- "Memories of evacuation and Bevin Boy War Service", bbc.co.uk, 8 December 2005
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- "Geography teachers urged to inspire pupils", Matthew Taylor, The Guardian, 25 November 2004
- "Almond delight", Birmingham Evening Mail, 10 June 2004
- "Zambia/UK student partnerships fostering multi-cultural relations", Gethsemane Mwizabi, Times of Zambia, 2005
- "Explicit flyers given to children", BBC News, 22 September 2006
- "Kingsmead Technology College", BBC News, 11 January 2007
- "Ofsted survey inspection programme – Religious Education", Ofsted, 18 October 2007
- "School gets gym for region", Birmingham Evening Mail, 14 April 1998
- "Schools' £5m sports cash award", BBC News, 16 December 2003
- "Pupils' Shakespeare treat", Birmingham Evening Mail, 2 June 2005
- "Home", Kingsmead Technology College, accessed 13 December 2007
- "Chris Overton", IMDb
- "Chris is Aiming for the Stars; Boy wins film role", Lisa McCarthy, Birmingham Evening Mail, 16 July 2004