Care & Support
Personalised Support for Learning
The Kingsley School has a strong tradition of celebrating achievements in all areas as well as the academic. We identify gifted and talented girls (or boys in Preparatory School) so that the most able are provided with challenges to stretch their learning as well as to enhance skills and achievements in art, performance or sport.
Every pupil is an individual and staff in the skilled and experienced Learning Support Department meet the needs of girls with a range of specific learning difficulties. Generally, girls follow the mainstream curriculum and have the benefit of personalised support which might include individual tuition, focussed small group work or assistance in the classroom.
Girls with English as an Additional Language have access to qualified teachers who can support language development. Such support takes place within the timetable, often in place of a second modern foreign language.
Dedicated pastoral care underpins everything that takes place at The Kingsley School: the School recognises that a positive climate for learning is vital if girls are to achieve their academic potential. From the newly-arrived member of the Reception class to the young woman about to leave the Sixth Form for university or the world of work, the individual girl (or boy) is at the heart of the school community.
Expectations of behaviour are high and policies and procedures are reviewed regularly to maintain a safe and secure environment for learning. In the Senior School the Heads of Year and Form Tutors make up a strong team, skilled at offering girls support in times of difficulty and creating a mutually respectful, friendly learning environment.
All girls follow a well-structured Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme which is taught by Heads of Year and Form Tutors as well as outside speakers and specialists. Topics covered include friendship; personal safety; citizenship; alcohol and drug education; relationships and sex education. Older girls undertake preparation for driving courses.
The School is a friendly, happy place where the whole community works together to ensure progress towards excellence. Girls learn best, work co-operatively, make good friends and have high aspirations in a safe and nurturing environment.
An active house system operates in both Preparatory and Senior School. House activities enable girls from different age groups to work together, whether to form a strong netball team, to raise money for different charities or to develop public speaking skills. A spirit of cooperation and healthy competitiveness is encouraged through many house competitions and events throughout the academic year, including winter and summer sports tournaments, athletics, drama and spelling competitions.
Wrap Around Care
Supervision and a supportive working environment are available for pupils of all ages before the start of the school day and after school. There is an extra charge for this provision. Older girls are welcome but may prefer to spend some of their time studying in the School's Learning Resources Centre (LRC).