The Kingswinford School

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The Kingswinford school
Motto The successful education of the whole child, Every child a scientist
Established c. 1936
Type Academy
Headteacher Bronwyn Headly
Location Water Street
West Midlands
52°29′58″N 2°09′58″W / 52.4994°N 2.1662°W / 52.4994; -2.1662Coordinates: 52°29′58″N 2°09′58″W / 52.4994°N 2.1662°W / 52.4994; -2.1662
DfE number 332/5402
DfE URN 137773 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 51
Students 909
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses Krypton, Argon, Neon, Helium
Colours Red, green, blue, and yellow
Website The Kingswinford School website

The Kingswinford School is a coeducational secondary school with academy status, located in Kingswinford, West Midlands, England.[1]


It was built just before World War II by Brierley Hill Urban District Council. Subsequent local authority mergers meant that the school was later controlled by the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and then became a Foundation School and specialist Science College.

The Kingswinford School converted to an Academy status on 1 January 2012 and became independent of local authority control. However, the school continues to coordinate Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council for admissions. As of September 2016, the Kingswinford School joined the Windsor Academy Trust (WAT), run by Windsor High School to become part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). The school frequently receives financial grants from the government to help its funds and upkeeping.


The school is run by the head teacher, Bronwyn Headly. In September 2017, the start of the 2017–2018 academic year, Bronwyn Headly will retire and a new head teacher, Mr McDonald, will take over.[citation needed] There is about 51 staff operating in the school and 894 students. There are roughly 180 students per year group and 220 per house (Krypton, Neon, Argon and Helium). The current house leaders are: Krypton – James Wilkes, Neon - Lynda Wise, Argon – Jill Edgington and Helium - Nathan Tromans. The school is run by the standard English Education System and operates with Year 7 and 8 falling under KS3 and Year 9, 10 and 11 falling under KS4, with students choosing their GSCE subjects in Year 8 and beginning their three-year GCSE learning in Year 9.

Major refurbishments and repairs have taken place since 2012 with the introduction of an observatory [2] in 2012. In 2014, three new modern classroom facilities purposed for the English curriculum. In 2015 many windows, doors and classrooms were refurbished and helped modernise the school.

In May 2016, the school's canteen was demolished after being in service since 1939, to be replaced by a newer more modern refectory. The financial cost of the project, summing up to £1.5 million, was provided by The Department for Education as part of the government's Academy Programme.[3] The refectory was planned to be finished in March 2016 but due to the dedicated construction company retiring from the job, the final completion date was postponed until late March 2017. The canteen is staffed by a group of seven chefs and serves various meals in a restaurant-style layout.

Behaviour System[edit]

A new behaviour system has been introduced as of September 6th, 2017. The system will follow guidelines used with several other schools around the UK and inside the Windsor Academy Trust (WAT) academies. The system is designed to be zero-tolerance and correctional to help remove misbehaviour in and around the school.

The system works by handing out a single verbal warning to an offending pupil. If the pupil complies and does not cause any more disruption for the duration of the lesson no further action will be taken. If the pupil continues to break rules or misbehave they will be dismissed from the lesson and sent to a Refocus Room (isolation). The Refocus Room is a room dedicated for isolating pupils and is made up of separate tables, one table per student. Pupils must obey to standard school rules as well as a set of special rules including "No communication in any way", "Do ALL work provided" and "Read a book if you have no work". Pupils are allowed to go to the toilet 10 minutes before break times and are allowed to eat during break time but not allowed to go to the canteen. 20 minutes before lunch times they are allowed another toilet break followed by an optional canteen visit for 15 minutes where they are allowed to talk to fellow pupils also isolated.

During a stay at the Refocus room, pupils get 3 chances to obey all the rules. A break for the first chance triggers a verbal warning, a second chance break triggers a phone call home to the pupil's parents by a relevant member of staff, and a third breakage results in the pupil being externally excluded for a school day. At the end of a day in the refocus room, pupils will have to sit a 1-hour in-school detention.

After every external exclusion, on reintegration, the pupil will have to sit another day in the Refocus Room to prove they can behave and so they can not use an exclusion as a way to escape the system. 3 isolations in the Refocus Room automatically trigger an exclusion and 3 exclusions will possibly trigger a permanent exclusion (based on the circumstances of the pupil).


  1. ^ "Welcome! - The Kingswinford School". Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Observatory News - The Kingswinford School". Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kingswinford School Academy dining room to be rebuilt thanks to £1.5m grant". Stourbridge News. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 

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