Kingswood takes its name from the district in Bristol where in 1748 John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, created a school which he hoped by preaching, teaching and example would do more for young people than his own school days had done for him. His aim was to provide academic rigour within a caring and supportive community in which Christian values were intrinsic and central. The school gradually expanded and moved to beautiful parkland on the northern edge of Bath in 1852 to continue his purpose and maintain its tradition of service to young people and to Methodism. It is now a co-educational day and boarding Independent School represented on the Headmasters' Conference and has over 900 pupils aged between three and eighteen. The Prep School contains over 300 boys and girls aged three to eleven. The Senior School contains over 610 boys and girls aged eleven to eighteen, of whom around 170 are boarders. The school is run very much as a boarding school community and that is part of the attraction of the school to its day families. Initially in the senior school, boys and girls become members of the coeducational junior house known as Westwood. At the age of thirteen the students move to one of six Senior Houses, three for boys and three for girls. Of these four cater for both day and boarding students, while two cater for day students only. All aim to generate a strong sense of community and house competitions are a vibrant feature of the school termly calendar. In addition to belonging to their houses, those entering the sixth-form, which contains around 190 students, have a purpose-built Sixth-Form Centre.The Senior School was built in parkland originally created by the eighteenth-century recluse, William Beckford and has wonderful views over the city. In addition to the main building completed in 1851, the school has a wide range of other facilities, including an attractive teaching centre known as the Ferens, a Library and ICT Centre, the Farnworth Art Centre, the Design and Technology Centre, and, most recently, the Kingswood Theatre (which opened in 1995) and the Music School (which opened in 2000). Sporting facilities include a Sports Hall, heated indoor swimming pool, two squash courts, multigym area, and an Astroturf. The main playing fields of some 57 acres are to the north of the senior school site and include an athletics track and tennis and netball courts. Only a minority of the students come from a Methodist background. The rest are drawn either from Anglican, Quaker, Baptist, United Reformed, Roman Catholic, and other Christian backgrounds, or from families with no church background or from other faiths who have chosen Kingswood for other reasons. It is not our aim to concentrate too strongly on the denominational aspect of our foundation nor to be dogmatic in our presentation of Religious Education in any area of the life of the School. The only legitimate approach, as we see it, is an 'open' one which encourages the importance of Christian values, good relationships and a sense of community. The Headmaster of the Senior School and the Headmistress of the Prep School expect that all teachers at Kingswood will sincerely wish to be identified with this approach, recognising the school is a religious foundation which seeks to foster personal wholeness in its pupils by a wide range of life-enhancing activities, a tradition of service both within and outside the school, and the provision of a full and balanced curriculum, which is sensitive to the needs of the age and the demands of the market-place but which also recognises the ancient verities.
Bath and NE Somerset
Phase: Secondary Schools
No. of Pupils: 978
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