Headteacher’s Welcome

Headteacher’s Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself to you as the Headteacher of Kingsdown School.  I take enormous pride in the school’s leaders, teachers and professional support staff who are the powerhouse behind our collective vision for our school and for our students.

Kingsdown is a mixed 11–16 Secondary School located in Stratton St Margaret, Swindon. It offers a vibrant learning environment, one in which its students take great pride in both their learning, their behaviour and their individual aspirations. Our teachers combine a high level of academic expertise with excellent teaching skills and a real and deep concern for the wellbeing of each and every student. Taken together, these allow us to recruit and retain the very best teachers.

Our vision for Kingsdown School is to become “a School of Excellence bursting with Pride and Ambition”. To achieve this our Mission Statement is that we “Champion each and every student”.  And we are well on the way to achieving both.

I am very proud that Kingsdown was graded as ‘Good’ in every single area inspected by Ofsted in January 2020, a few of the positive quotes are:
“Leaders have high expectations for their students. They want all students to do their best and they make this message very clear.”
“Children say they now feel safe and can learn without disruption.”
“The culture is strong and our shared vision for the future (is) ambitious.”

Three Strategic Priorities underpin our school improvement work. These are that we will:

  • Know our students
  • Teach our students well
  • Have high expectations in all we do

The principles of both our School and the RLT are a commitment to:

  • Excellence – striving for the best possible educational experience
  • Everyone learning – creating and taking every opportunity to enhance lives
  • Respectful relationships – acting with care, integrity and fairness in all we do

As leaders of Kingsdown School we share an unshakable belief in all our students and in all our staff.  We believe in the importance and power of the highest quality education to which everyone has the right to learn and achieve.  Nothing gets in the way of this.

We pride ourselves on the 6 Kingsdown Beats.  Our Beats are what makes Kingsdown a really great school.  Everyone, each and every day, shows and models these Beats.

Kingsdown School is proud of so much that we have to offer and we enjoy opening our doors to current and prospective parents as well as to members of our community.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Kingsdown School.

Emma Leigh-Bennett

Beats - Pride
Beats - Ambition
Beats - Stretch
Beats - Challenge
Beats - Respect
Beats - Responsibility