Welcome from the Headteacher

Welcome to our website. I hope you find it informative and that it gives you an insight into our unique academy and the fantastic students that our academy serves.

I am very proud to be Headteacher at Kingswood Academy; a school rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. We are also an academy where on average our students make over a grade more progress, across all subjects, than other students do nationally; placing the academy as the 7th highest performing non-selective school in the country out of 6520 schools.

Our Vision is: 'to deliver world class learning, which places no limits on what young people can achieve' and we are rapidly becoming 'a national beacon of educational excellence in Hull'.

As a national beacon of educational excellence we will ensure that:

  1. All students leave our academy with first-rate qualifications: Qualifications that ensure all doors remain open, giving our students the platform to compete and thrive on a global stage.

  2. All students develop exceptional character: Character that exemplifies a true growth mind-set; a phenomenal work ethic; confidence and high levels of grit, resilience and determination; ensuring they are fully prepared to flourish in an ever-changing world.

  3. All students leave our academy with high levels of cultural and global awareness: Awareness that develops through diverse experiences that enrich our students, enabling them to engage in, empathise with, challenge and debate current affairs beyond their local community.

  4. All students leave with an array of positive memories that last for a lifetime: Memories that are created from students, staff and our community being fully invested in forging exceptional relationships based on trust, care, high expectations and a passion for genuinely making a difference in their life.

Mission

Ultimately our Mission is to ensure that: ‘all students have an inner-belief and ambition to fulfil their dreams and live a happy and successful life.’ We are passionate about our students ‘recognising their academic worth’ and making sure that they are ‘prepared to make bold choices in order to secure places, and thrive, at the most reputable and highest performing colleges, universities and world-class employers.

Key Drivers

Underpinning our vision for educational excellence are our 6 key drivers:

These aspirational and inspirational core principles are central to everything that we do and were jointly created by students and staff to drive the academy forward. At Kingswood Academy, we live and breathe these key drivers with an unwavering passion and determination to ensure that our students receive the best education; we will not settle for anything but the best, and will not rest until the academy is truly great in all areas.

World-Class Teaching and Learning

We are truly passionate about Teaching and Learning and this is central to everything that we do. We firmly believe that when every teacher:

    • Is passionate about changing life chances of young people

    • Is passionate about Teaching and Learning

    • Truly loves their subject

    • Makes learning interesting, fun and relevant

    • Knows the detail and nuances of the exam specifications

    • Forges excellent relationships with all students

    • Is strict but fair

    • Is proven and knows how to deliver top notch results

    • Is passionate about delivering outstanding learning (every lesson, every day)

    • Has a true growth mind-set.

Together great things can be achieved.

House System

We are also very proud of our competition-based house system. The aim of the house system is to build teamwork, confidence and community through competition. We see the house system as an ‘activator’, a vehicle to motivate and encourage students to push themselves outside of their comfort zone. There are four houses:

Every student, and every member of staff, is affiliated to one of the houses and they compete to earn points for their house. Students can earn points for good attendance and for making rapid academic progress. They can also earn points by entering house competitions such as: photography, dance, cookery, poetry, chess, talent shows and sports day to name but a few. You name it, we’ve got a competition to enable everyone to get involved. We want every student to gain the confidence and belief to compete and experience what it feels like to be part of a successful team. The house system also exposes our students to team camaraderie, team spirit and having a united mission/goal.

Academic Results

Our Progress 8 score is +1.17; meaning that in every subject, our students make over a grade more progress than other students do nationally. Our Attainment 8 score is 56.8, against the National Average of 44.3. This means that students on average achieve between a Grade 5 (good pass) and a Grade 6 in all subjects. 78% of our students also achieved a Grade 4 or higher in both English and Maths, which is well above the National Average of 63%. Our disadvantaged students Progress 8 score is +1.15 and our SEN Progress 8 score is +1.29, highlighting that all students achieve well at Kingswood Academy; in line with our key driver of ‘Everyone is valued’. As an Academy, we have the highest expectations of our students, which led to 22% of students achieving Grade 9s in GCSE subjects, placing these students’ performance in the top 5% of the country.

Visits

Finally, the best way to see a school is to visit it during a normal school day, to see the school in action. We are so confident that you will be impressed by our day-to-day provision that we would encourage you to just arrive at our reception, at a time and date that suits you, request a tour and I or another member of our senior team will be more than happy to provide you with a comprehensive tour of our academy.

Richard Westoby - Headteacher & AET System Leader

If you require further information or a discussion about your individual requirements please in the first instance contact our reception on 01482 879967 or email contactus@thekingswoodacademy.org.