Queen Katherine School
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The school's ethos is
"A trusting, open, caring, inclusive, friendly and structured atmosphere - with comfortable relationships, clear expectations and with every individual valued.”
“We have a focus on learning, guidance and monitoring for all students and staff, both inside and outside the classroom.”
It achieved specialist status as a Technology College in 2001 and became a strategic facility for students with physical and medical difficulties in 2002. In 2006, it became a full service Extended School.
In 2011 the school became an Academy.
There are over 30 school clubs, and a number of activities during lunchtime, after school and at weekends.
There are regular school plays, including an annual musical, a number of choirs and a school orchestra, which perform locally. Many QKS students also play in the Westmorland Youth Orchestra and Cumbria Youth Orchestra, or sing in the Amabile choir.
The School Council
Each form elects representatives who meet as a Year Council. There are Upper and Lower School Councils and a full School Council. Senior Students are elected from the Sixth Form, and they chair the various meetings and organise the Sixth Form Ball, amongst other things. The School Council is given an annual budget to spend on school improvement. The Council is also involved in charity fund-raising.
The Queen Katherine School Association
The Queen Katherine School Association (QKSA). is a group of parents and teachers who aim to assist the school, including by raising funds. It has charitable status (registered number 518201) and its formal purpose is "To advance the education of the pupils of the school in providing and assisting in the provisions of facilities for education at the school (not normally provided by the local education authority)." It is a member of the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA).
South Lakes Federation
The school is part of the South Lakes Federation, which is made up of eight schools, two special schools, a further education college and a college of higher education in the South Lakeland area of Cumbria.