Kingswood School

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Basic Information

Address: Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 5RG
Phone Number: 01225 734210
Principal: Sarah Patten

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Additional Information

School Type: Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School
Accreditation: IAPS (Prep) HMC (Senior) AEGIS, BSA, ECIS, MIST
Organization Affiliation: IAPS (Prep) HMC (Senior) AEGIS, BSA, ECIS, MIST
Ages/Grades: 9 months - 18 years with boarding from Age 7
School Setting:

Kingswood School is situated on a magnificent 200-acre site in Lansdown, Bath and is within easy reach of the M4 and M5 motorways, as well as having major rail and air links. The School sits alongside original Victorian buildings and a host of modern developments, including boarding houses, a theatre, a sports hall and a sixth form centre and dining area.
In September 2018, we opened a brand new Nursery, ‘The Garden at Kingswood’. This is the UK’s largest timber shingle development. Alongside this new development, we have created outstanding facilities for children at our Prep School such as new bright and spacious classrooms, a brand new Art Room and Innovation Area, music rooms and a new Hall. These new facilities will enhance the educational journey of each child, and we are excited by the additional opportunities and possibilities that the new development will open up for our pupils.
As well as classroom and laboratory facilities, our Senior School pupils benefit from specialist centres for Computing, Technology, Art, Drama and Music. The School Chapel, the well-equipped Library and Resources Centre and the Dining Hall sit at the heart of the School, whilst each academic department benefits from its own well-resourced subject area. The seven boarding and day houses are located within the school campus; in addition to the sports hall, sporting facilities include a swimming pool, two floodlit astroturfs, extensive playing fields and a modern pavilion.

School Schedule: 9.00am - 4.20pm


School Size: 320 (Prep School) 780 (Senior School)
Classroom Size: Maximum of 18 per class
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:9

Full Boarding: £8,089 - £11,225 per term

Financial Aid:

Scholarships and Bursaries are available


Art, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama and Theatre, Economics, English, English as an additional language, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Physical Education and Games, Politics, PSHCE, Psychology, Religion Philosophy and Ethics (RPE), Science, Spanish


Kingswood encourages its students to develop lively, enquiring and well-informed minds. The very high level of attainment reached by the students both in external examinations and in wider areas of academic achievement has been commended by school inspectors. A broad and balanced curriculum is followed in the junior years, before decisions are made about greater specialisation in senior years. At Sixth Form level students take either three or four subjects from over twenty options, as well as participating in a programme of General Studies, and many pursue an Extended Project Qualification.

Support Services:

The Study Support department seeks to underpin the learning of all pupils so that all pupils at every academic level within Kingswood School reach their full potential. The department aims to build self-esteem in pupils, fostering independence by providing effective strategies to build their confidence.

The Study Support department also liaises with academic and pastoral staff so that the individual needs of pupils are met whenever and wherever possible. The department also works closely with parents, carers and outside specialists as appropriate.

School Clubs:

Kingswood School provides an extensive range of excellent co-curricular activities. There are over 100 activities each term. The provision for sport, music and drama is outstanding and many pupils participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and outdoor pursuits. The School also hosts the annual Bath Schools Model United Nations conference.

All students are encouraged to participate in a wide a range of co-curricular activities to discover new talents, improve existing skills, work as part of a team and find activities and hobbies that they enjoy which will take them past school and often become lifelong interests. In addition, academic societies, departmental trips and activities that complement the curriculum help students demonstrate a passion for their subjects outside the classroom, which is invaluable for students completing university applications.

In our most recent ISI Inspection, the Kingswood co-curricular programme was rated as "excellent". We are passionate here at Kingswood that educating young people is not just about inspiring pupils academically but also giving them a really broad range of opportunities.

Uniform Guidelines:

All pupils are required to wear school uniform. We have a shop on site at Kingswood School, as well as an online shop to make purchasing uniform accessible for all parents.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Parking is available and we also offer parking spaces for visitors

Admissions Requirements:

All pupils entering Years 7 and 8 and overseas candidates for Years 9 and 10 take age-specific papers in English, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning. UK candidates for Years 9 and 10 also take science, a foreign language (French, German, Latin or Spanish) plus a choice of two humanities papers (Geography, History or Religious Studies).

Admissions Deadline: Varies per Year group - please see
Mission Statement:

At Kingswood, we have the highest aspirations for all of our pupils. Within a community that promotes the importance of shared values, we seek to encourage a real enthusiasm for learning and a spirit of enquiry.

Firmly based on Christian principles, Kingswood is a happy, vibrant and forward-looking school. Intellectual achievement is highly valued, and the pursuit of excellence in other fields is central to the School's commitment to provide the very best all-round education. At the core of a Kingswood education is our belief that every individual has talents to be discovered and nurtured and that our challenge is to develop these while preparing our students for their future beyond school.

School History: When Kingswood opened in 1748, it provided education for a small number of the sons and daughters of John Wesley's colleagues and friends. The School was soon restricted to boys only, all of whom were the sons of local Methodist preachers and leaders. Kingswood eventually outgrew its original site in Bristol and moved to its stunning present location in Lansdown, Bath, in 1852. Kingswood started accepting boys from families outside the Methodist minister sphere, and by the mid-1920s, the School was educating approximately 300 boarders.
In December 1938, Alfred Barrett Sackett, the Headmaster, was secretly informed that the government would need to take over the school buildings, and in 1939, the Admiralty commandeered the School. During this time, the boys and staff were evacuated to Uppingham School in the East Midlands. Kingswood became an important base for the Ministry of Defence. In fact, the final designs for the Mulberry Harbours, so critical to the success of the D-Day landings in 1944, were produced within the walls of the School.
In 1951, Sackett began admitting more students from overseas, recognising the importance of bringing different cultures together. Pupils from India, the Gold Coast and Thailand were some of the first international students to board at Kingswood, a trend that has continued to this day.
Under Laurie Campbell's leadership in 1972, seven girls joined Kingswood's Lower Sixth, and in September 1978, 23 junior girls of varying ages in forms one to four arrived - a return to Wesley’s original vision, which had initially involved offering places to both boys and girls.
After its move to Bath, Kingswood became recognised as one of Britain's great schools, and many educational institutions around the world have been founded on its principles. Today, through the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, Kingswood has links to international institutions that are at the forefront of education. Creativity, kindness, and respect for scholarship remain some of the School’s distinguishing values.
Notes/School Information:

Twitter - Prep School: @KWS_Prep
Twitter - Senior School: @KingswoodSchool