Welcome to The King’s School, founded 1545
Welcome to The King’s School. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and hopefully visit our school. We hope you find it informative and accessible but please do tell us if there is information you feel would be helpful to be included.
The King’s is an 11-18 comprehensive school with approximately 1150 students of which 230 are in the Sixth Form. It has a long and proud history that can be traced back to a fourteenth century choir school which was replaced in 1545 by Henry VIII in 1545 with “The King’s School”. Although The King’s School became an academy in 2011 we continue to work in close partnership with Devon County Council and our fellow secondary schools to ensure that we offer the best educational opportunities possible. Our inclusive philosophy of “Achievement for All” encapsulates our belief that every person who enters The King’s School has unique skills and potential which we believe we have the creativity and ability to unlock.
We were graded Outstanding by OfSTED in 2011 and in the latest 2014 OfSTED inspection we were again graded Outstanding but this time in every category. The report endorsed the school’s belief that its ethos has a hugely positive impact on student achievement as the following extracts show:
Students’ confidence and self-esteem are built up by the very strong relationships that exist between staff and students, based on mutual respect. The school takes great care of its students and as a result they feel extremely safe. Students are involved in a rich variety of activities outside of normal lessons …. The behaviour of students in lessons is exemplary….. This very positive attitude to learning is a strong factor in students’ outstanding achievement.
The attainment of students across many GCSE subjects is exceptional… the proportion of A and A* grades attained is significantly above average. By the end of Year 11, having made outstanding progress from their starting points, the proportion of students attaining five GCSE grades at A* to C, including in English and mathematics, is consistently well above average. As a result of the high level of challenge seen in lessons, students of all abilities, including the most able, are thriving.
We are obviously extremely proud of our students and of the brilliant examination results they achieve year on year. However, we are also incredibly proud of the myriad of extra-curricular activities in which they are involved. This richness of opportunity is central to what we believe develops our students into well rounded young people. The House system is extremely important in this aim and forms the focal point for a whole range of pastoral, extra-curricular and leadership opportunities.
We are very much a community school, working very closely with our hugely supportive parents, Governors, excellent partner primary schools, local business representatives and a wide range of other agencies to provide opportunities for all. We are extremely proud of our school and our students and welcome visitors so they can see for themselves the King’s School in action.