The John Bentley School
|The John Bentley School|
White Horse Way
|Motto||Achieving more than you ever thought possible|
|Department for Education URN||137650 Tables|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Fitzmaurice, Kerry, Lansdowne, Shelburne|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Gold|
The school was formed in 1974 when the Bentley Grammar School and the Fynemore School merged. Both sites were used until 1998, when the Fynemore School site in Silver Street was given up and more buildings added to the Wessington site, and existing ones improved.
The oldest Calne school was founded in 1557 by Walter Finamore of Whetham (just outside Calne). He gave an annuity of 40 shillings (£2) towards the foundation of a free school to be established within the Borough of Calne. The money devised was to be used for the education and bringing up of ten children of the poor. Various other bequests were made during the 16th century and the school's revenue was further augmented by a grant from borough funds.
The school did not possess a building until 1830; lessons had been held in a disused malthouse until then. Subscriptions from residents and a few wealthy landowners were collected and a site was given by the Marquis of Lansdowne. The school became the Boys' National School. In 1856 a site on the Green in Calne was occupied by the Girls' National School, built at the expense of a Mrs Wetherall of Patford Street, Calne.
The second-oldest school in Calne sanctioned by the Charity Commissioners was the Bentley Grammar School founded in 1663 by the trustees under the will of John Bentley of Richmond, Surrey. Although he had no intention of establishing a school in Calne, three of the trustees under his will had an association with the town. The newly erected school (with a schoolmaster's house) remained until 1833. In 1894 the Charity Commissioners reorganised the school and modernised it. In 1901 it was combined with the Technical Institute which had also been established in 1894.
Both schools continued to expand into the 20th century. Bentley Grammar School moved onto the present site in 1959 and the Elementary School (later to be the Fynamore Secondary Modern School) was built at the Wenhill Lane site (now a housing estate) in 1930.
The two schools became John Bentley Comprehensive School in 1974 and remained a split site (North Wing and South Wing) until the North Wing site was sold and the school became a single site in 1998.
The school's Language College status was formally recognised by an official opening by the Queen in 2001. The school also gained training school status in 2001. In recognition of its status as "a good school with many outstanding features" (Ofsted), the school was invited to apply for academy status in 2010.
The school joined Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust in April 2019 (alongside Royal Wootton Bassett Academy and Lawn Manor Academy, Swindon) and will be renamed Kingsbury Green Academy in September 2019.
Campus and facilities
Set in the Wiltshire countryside, the school has 13 science labs, a design and technology complex with a focus on resistant materials, digital media, computer-aided design, textiles, food, graphics and ICT. It has three fully equipped drama studios and three purpose-built music rooms with practice rooms for instrument tuition. There are data projectors and interactive whiteboards in all departments. It has a sports hall, gymnasium and 33 acres of sports fields, as well as the use of the White Horse Leisure Centre, which has seven tennis courts. There are art and design studios for painting, drawing, fabric printing, ceramics, computer-aided design and modelling, together with a photography dark room and processing facilities. There is a cafeteria with an outdoor covered eating area, gardens, an on-site nursery (babies to pre-school) and a purpose-built Sixth Form Centre.
The school has four houses.
- Fitzmaurice – named after John Petty, 1st Earl of Shelburne (1706–1761), known as John FitzMaurice until 1751, who bought the Bowood Estate in 1754
- Kerry – named after Thomas FitzMaurice, 1st Earl of Kerry (1668–1741)
- Lansdowne – named after John Petty, 2nd Marquess of Lansdowne (1765–1809)
- Shelburne – named after the William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (1737–1805)
Named after key figures in the history of the Bowood Estate, the house system is principally used to stimulate friendly competition in physical education, sporting events and academic competitions and achievement, as well as to reward positive behaviour.
Ofsted and academic performance
On 6 June 2013, in the first inspection since becoming an academy, despite the bar having been raised in the way schools are judged, the school continued to maintain its high standards; however, its rating dropped to "requires improvement" in 2018.
- Julia Reid, UK Independence Party MEP
- Liam Dawson, cricketer
- Bobby Long, singer-songwriter
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