Term Dates

Term Dates

2019/2020 Academic Year

Term Begins

Term Ends

Term 1
Induction Day
Wednesday 4th September 2019
Year 7 - 8:30AM
Year 11 - 8:55AM
Induction Day
Thursday 5th September 2019
Year 8 - 8:30AM
Year 9 - 11:15AM
Year 10 - 8:55AM
Whole School Returns
Friday 6th September 2019 11AM
Last day of Week 1

Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Term 2
Monday 4th November 2019
Return on Week 1
Friday 20th December 2019
Term 3
Tuesday 7th January 2020
Return on Week 2
Friday 14th February 2020
Term 4
Monday 24th February 2020
Return on Week 2
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Term 5
Monday 20th April 2020
Return on Week 2
Friday 22nd May 2020
Term 6
Monday 1st June 2020
Return on Week 1
Wednesday 22nd July 2020

PROVISIONAL 2020/2021 Academic Year

Below is a provisional calendar for the 2020/2021 academic year, but not yet showing any Teacher Development (TD) days.
Dates subject to final confirmation.

Term Begins

Term Ends

Term 1
Tuesday 1st September 2020 Wednesday 21st October 2020
Term 2
Monday 2nd November 2020 Friday 18th December 2020
Term 3
Monday 4th January 2021 Friday 12th February 2021
Term 4
Monday 22nd February 2021 Thursday 1st April 2021
Term 5
Monday 19th April 2021 Friday 28th May 2021
Term 6
Monday 7th June 2021 Wednesday 23rd July 2021

Year 11 - Cohort 2020

Mock Exam Timetable - October 2019

Information Evening

KS4 Information Evening 2019 Slides


Key Dates

Event Date
New College Assembly Friday 20th September
GWA 6th Form assembly Friday 4th October
Business studies exam Monday 7th October
Business Studies exam follow up task 8th – 11th October
Year 11 Mocks exams Wednesday 16th October – Friday 8th November (half term in between)
Year 11 Mock music performances 11th – 15th November
Year 11 Drama trip to War Horse Thursday 21st November
Year 11 Mock results day Friday 22nd November
Year 11 Steps to Success Evening Tuesday 26th November

Knowledge Organisers


Task List
Knowledge Organiser
Revision through Techniques

Computing and iMedia

Computer Science PLC
iMedia PLC
iMedia Revision Guide


Knowledge Organiser


Revision Video - May Half Term Revision

Jekyll and Hyde
An Inspector Calls


Health and Wellbeing
Dietary Needs and Recipe Adaption
Essential Values of Care Pupil


Free Time
Customs and Festivals
Home, Town and Neighbourhood


Physical Landscapes in the UK
The Challenges of Natural Hazards
Urban Issues and Challenges
The Challenge of Resource Management
The Changing Economic World
The Living World


Family and Friends
Free Time

Health and Social Care

Health and Wellbeing
Essential Values of Care Pupil


Medicine Through Time
Germany 1918-39
Medieval Medicine


Features of Musical Periods Knowledge Organiser
Music Glossary
Sgt Pepper


Unit 1


Year 11 Science Revision [Added June 2019]
Review of C1
Science Video Links
Knowledge Organisers


Writing and Speaking

Contact Details

Mrs Davis, Progress Leader
01793 837138 or mdavis@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Miss Winwood, Director of Progress


Recipe Ingredients

Below are details of recipes that are taught in school, with the ingredients that need to be brought in for those lessons:



Free Software

Kingsdown School has arranged with Microsoft to allow all current students and staff to be able to install Microsoft Office on home computers and mobile devices for free.
Microsoft Office includes Word (word processor), Excel (spreadsheets), and PowerPoint (presentations).  Additional apps are also available depending on the model of your computer or device.  You may also install it across several devices at the same time (e.g. a computer, a tablet, and a smartphone).

The rest of the information below is for those who would like to take up this offer.

If you would like to obtain this software for home, please note:

  • The software is only valid while you are a student at Kingsdown School.  Permission to use the software will be taken away once you leave school. You’ll then need to remove the software or obtain a new Microsoft Office account.
  • Kingsdown’s ICT support department does NOT support this software or devices it is installed on. If there are problems installing the software on your personal computer or laptop.  Microsoft’s Office Support page should help with most problems. https://support.office.com
  • If you use the software on your smartphone, the school’s mobile phone policy still applies to you and it should not be used during lessons.
  • This software should work on most computers (Windows, Apple Macs) and also modern mobile devices (Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows) purchased in the last 2-3 years providing it’s kept updated.  If your equipment is older then you may need to check if it’s supported.
  • Don’t forget to ensure your home computer’s antivirus software is also up to date.

To obtain the software:

  1. To access the software, when on your home computer or mobile device, visit https://portal.office.com, and sign in using your student email address and password.  If you are using OneNote in your computing classes this process will be familiar to you.
  2. After logging in there should be advice or a link to Install Office, eg ‘Install Office 2016’ or ‘Get Office apps’.  Follow the guidance that then appears (instructions will vary depending on your computing device).
  3. If you have any difficulties accessing or logging into the page on step 1, please let us know (Kingsdown’s ICT Support Office).  However if you can access the above page but then have problems installing the software, we will NOT be able to provide support; in which case please look carefully at the screen for any guidance or links for help from Microsoft.  You can also search for help on https://support.office.com.


The River Learning Trust

The River Learning Trust

In September 2017 Kingsdown School became a partner of the River Learning Trust (RLT). In doing so we joined a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) comprising 5 Secondary Schools, 7 Primary Schools, and a school-centred Initial Teacher Training provider.

Since October 2016, the RLT has been working with the teams, leaders and Governors of Kingsdown and has made a significant impact on the general confidence within and across the school, its culture and strategic direction.

What does it mean to be an RLT school and what are the benefits?

The RLT provides Kingsdown with:

  • ongoing coaching and mentoring for Kingsdown’s leaders, supporting them in embedding the 
required level of school improvement and ensuring the best possible outcomes for all our students
  • access to a wide range of networks which will assist our teams in delivering excellence in and outside of the classroom
  • numerous Professional Development opportunities for our staff – both teaching and professional support staff – which has had a huge impact on our all-important staff recruitment and retention strategy
  • resources and capacity to support with several key operational processes, previously provided by LAs, such as HR, Financial as well as Governor support and,
  • lastly, the leaders across the RLT support Kingsdown in regularly reviewing our Self Evaluation processes – the “where we believe we are” and, more importantly, the “what we need to focus on in order to improve further.”

Please visit the RLT website to find out more


Via the link below you will be able to access statutory information that Academy Trusts must publish, such as the annual report, annual audited accounts, memorandum of association, articles of association, funding agreement.


Information about the Board of Trustees can be found here:


The River Learning Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with a registered company number 7966500. The River Learning Trust’s registered office is C/O Gosford Hill School, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NT.

The Central Office is at
Cutteslowe Primary School,
Wren Road,

Telephone: 01865 558727
Email: office@riverlearningtrust.org


Kingsdown News


Uniform and Equipment

Uniform and Equipment

​The information & files below gives full details of the School’s new uniform and expectations.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s uniform, please contact your child’s Year Leader.

Uniform supplier

The uniform the supplier is ‘Uniform-Direct’.  We have a dedicated shop page on their website showing just the relevant clothing at https://www.uniform-direct.com/acatalog/Kingsdown-School.html

Overview of the new uniform

The uniform is to be worn by all students. The new PE kit will see a transition year and will be compulsory from September 2019.

Detailed description of the new uniform is within our Dress Code.  Price guides are in the communication updates further down below.

Dress Code

At Kingsdown School, we have the highest standards, and the presentation of our uniform is no exception. Our uniform must be worn with pride at all times.  The expectations are clearly outlined in this linked document below, and there are no exceptions.

Uniform Expectations



Please see the document linked immediately below for a list of the required equipment students will need such as stationery.


At Kingsdown we will endeavour to encourage and support safe and active travel choices for students and staff to reduce our carbon footprint.

Bike Permits


We hope the following links will help in deciding to use foot, cycle, public transport or car.

Car Share Swindon


Cycling Now


Cycle Scheme


Living Streets


Smart Route




Swindon Travel Choices


Swindon Cycles


Swindon Recycles


Thamesdown Transport


TD Days

This Academic Year

TD Days

Teacher Development - School will be closed for students.

This Academic Year (Sep 2019 to 2020)

Monday 2nd September 2019
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Monday 6th January 2020
Friday 3rd April 2020
Monday 22nd June 2020

A downloadable calendar is also available on our ‘Our School’ > ‘Term Dates’ page

SIMs Learning Gateway

Please note parents of year 7 students will be given details how to log in during the academic tutor day which may be a couple months after the start of the first term.

SIMs Learning Gateway (SLG) is an online tool used at Kingsdown School to give parents and carers access to information held in our School Information Management System (SIMS) about their children. This includes details such as address, telephone number, attendance and timetable.

To access SLG please visit: https://ken.kingsdownschool.co.uk/slg

SIMs Learning Gateway

Obtaining a Login id & Password

Parents and Carers are provided with their own login ID and password during the first term their child starts at Kingsdown School. Further information about getting a login id and password can be obtained by emailing kdssupport@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Looking after your Login ID & Password

Each parent and carer is issued their own login id and password and we ask that these login ids and passwords are kept safe and secure. Please do not use your partners login id!
Parents and carers are generally issued a system generated password and will be asked to change this when first logging in.

Remembering your Login ID & Password

The start of the username will be kingsdown\kds. This is then followed by the first initial of the forename and then the surname
e.g. kingsdown\kdsJBloggs
Where we have parents/carers with the same surname and forename initial, we start adding numbers to the end of the login id e.g. kingsdown\kdsASmith2.

Once you log in, please change your password to something more memorable (but still secure).


Reports are stored online in PDF format and you will need a copy of Adobe Reader (or other software that will read this format) installed on your computer.

Reports are stored by Academic Year. The small arrows by the academic year can be clicked to reveal or hide the list of reports available. As reports are uploaded into SIMs Learning Gateway ready for parents and carers, we will send a notification by email and/or text message via GroupCall (see below) as well as adding a message to the school website.

Need Support?

Parents and carers with a login id and password who need technical support can request help by emailing kdssupport@kingsdownschool.co.uk

How to Access SIMs Learning Gateway (SLG):

For more details see a more comprehensive guide below:

How to access the SIMS Learning Gateway

Using Internet Explorer 10?

There is a problem when using Internet Explorer version 10 (IE10) with SLG to view reports. Once you have logged into SLG and are looking to view reports, there is a Compatibility View option that needs to be selected in Internet Explorer 10 to make the reports visible. This option is highlighted in the following image:

IE 10 Compatibility

Clicking on the Compatibility View option should allow reports to become visible. If not, please email kdssupport@kingsdownschool.co.uk


SIMs is an acronym for School Information Management System, a tool the school uses to manage student and staff records, parent and carer contact information, timetables, student registration, report writing etc - all the information that keeps the school flowing.


GroupCall is a tool/service we use to keep in touch with parents and carers via text and email. This relies on parents and carers providing their email addresses and mobile phone numbers and keeping the school informed whenever this information changes.

School Closure / Adverse Weather

In the event of adverse weather causing the school to close, please monitor our website for regular updates.

The School should only be closed because either:

  • Staff (including non-teaching staff) have been able to arrive.
  • There is a breakdown of services (e.g. heating, toilets) or the condition of the premises makes operation impossible.

Please note that if limited staff are able to arrive at school safely, we may partially close the school.

The Site Manager will contact the Head to advise her of access to the School. By 7.45am a message will then be displayed on the Homepage of the website to alert parents of the status of closure. This will also be shared by group call text so please ensure that all of your details are up to date.

Students are requested to access work via Show My Homework which can be found by following the “Homework” link at the top right of the home page.  If for any reason students cannot access show my homework, they can complete Maths and science work using Hegarty Maths and Tassomai online learning platforms.

School Trips & Blogs

At Kingsdown students are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of trips, visits and activities which enhance the formal curriculum and their learning experience. Wider ranging benefits include the development of social and team building skills as well as broadening students cultural experiences.

Keeping up to date

Parents, Students, Staff and others in the Kingsdown Community really appreciate being kept up to date with what’s going on at Kingsdown.

We’ve created some blogs to keep everyone informed:

​Trips and Visits Blog

Kingsdown’s Duke of Edinburgh Blog (new)

PE Department Blog

Careers Blog

Documents related to Upcoming Trips



Good punctuality at school is essential for students to achieve their full educational potential.  It is also vital for students to form good habits for later life.  Punctuality records form part of references passed onto employers or higher educational institutes.

All students are expected to arrive punctually for school in the morning and to arrive punctually for each lesson.  Students will enter the school site via the main entrance at the front of school.  We expect all students to be on site by 8.30am in the morning and go straight to tutor time where they will be registered. Students are considered to be late if they arrive after 8.35am. The front gates will be closed and students will need to sign in.

As a safety precaution, students are not permitted to ride their bikes onto the school site, they will need to disembark and walk their bikes onto the school site. Students are reminded to ensure their safety by checking that roads are clear before they cross a main road.

A register is taken at the start of the day and during each lesson.  Students arriving late are recorded as this on the register, along with how many minutes late they are.


We place a strong emphasis on good punctuality; we support this by:-

  • Giving sanctions to students who arrive late to school or lessons.
  • Informing parents, by automated call, if their child arrives late for school.
  • Awarding tutor points to tutor groups where all students have arrived punctually over a period of time.
  • Sending attendance records home to parents each term so that parents can monitor any lateness.
  • Addressing issues of poor timekeeping with individual students and their parents.


We would ask parents to support us in maintaining good punctuality by:-

  • Ensuring that their children get up in plenty of time to be ready and prepared for school.
  • Ensuring their child has organised their bag and equipment the night before so that this does not delay departure in the morning.
  • Discussing any issues of lateness to ensure this does not become a habit.
  • Monitoring their child’s attendance record when it is sent home and looking for patterns of lateness.


Why has my child been marked as absent for the whole morning when they arrived at 9.30am?
As stated above, DfE guidelines state that the register must be closed after a reasonable time in the morning.  If arriving after 9.15am, a child will be marked as an unauthorised absence for the morning session.

Could I receive a fine if my child is persistently late?
If your child receives 10 or more unauthorised absences, you could be issued with a fixed penalty notice.  This is £50 per parent if paid within 28 days, rising to £100 thereafter.

My child was only a couple of minutes late. It seems harsh that he/she should get a late mark.
The school has to abide by the rules and expectations laid down for all schools. Lateness for school (or work) is a failure to arrive on time and will be marked as such. We would encourage students to set off in good time so that any small delay does not cause them to be late.

Our whole family overslept and it is not my child’s fault that he/she is late.  Will they receive a late mark?
This can not be taken as an acceptable reason for lateness so a late mark or unauthorised absence would be recorded, depending on the time of arrival.

My child has to catch the bus to school which is sometimes late.  Will they receive a late mark?
Any lateness is recorded as thus on the register.  We would advise that the child leaves earlier so that even if the bus is late, they will still arrive on time. If the bus is sometimes late, then it is not a reliable way to ensure arrival in good time.

Would you make any allowances for lateness if, for example, there were major traffic problems in the area perhaps because of an accident, so my car/the bus was unavoidably stuck in traffic?
The school cannot make allowances for the individual problem (however genuine it may be). However, it does make allowances when there are known reported major problems that affect a large number of people; very heavy snowfall would be one such example.

What if I phone up/email to say my child is going to be late? Would he/she still get a late mark?
Yes, they would still be marked late, but it is very helpful to know that you are aware and for us to know the expected time of arrival and reason for lateness.

If I know my child is going to be late, do I need to ring/send in a note?
It is very helpful if you do this. If your child is very late, they will be marked as unauthorised absence and your note may give an alternative acceptable reason to allow us to authorise the absence.

What do I do if I don’t agree with your policy on punctuality?
Much of our attendance policy is designed to satisfy DfE regulation but as always, if you feel an approach is unfair or unreasonable, then you can write to the Headteacher and/or Governing Body asking for a review.  However, whilst any such policy is in place, the school will operate as stated.


Parent Pay

We are pleased to be able to accept electronic payments made through ParentPay or PayPoint for Kingsdown School activities. This means that you can pay for trips and school dinners electronically.

To access your secure online ParentPay account you need to visit www.parentpay.com using the unique user ID and Password that you have been sent. Once you have logged into the system for the first time you can change your log in details to something that is easier for you to remember.

PayPoint is one of the UK’s leading retail networks for free and convenient payment of regular bills. Stores that operate PayPoint in the Kingsdown community include:

  • Oxford & Swindon Co-op 204-206 Beechcroft Road SN2 7QQ
  • Co-operative Windbrook Meadow, SN3 4UA
  • Meadowcroft Express 61 Meadowcroft SN2 7LA
  • Queensfield Store 92-94 Queensfield SN2 7SY
  • Co-op Stratton St Margaret Hyde Road SN2 7SE

You will receive a bar coded letter for any payment due, which can be taken to any outlet which has PayPoint facilities. These payments are also recorded by ParentPay and may be seen in your account. If you have any queries or difficulties making payments using these methods, please do not hesitate to contact:
Mrs H Brown
Business Manager

Financial Support

Kingsdown School recognises that there are families that might need support during their child’s education from time to time.  A support fund has been established to help support these families.  Please click below for further details about eligibility and application.

  Financial Support Application


Parents’ Evenings

Parents’ Evening is an excellent opportunity for you to discuss your child’s academic progress and attitude to learning with their subject teachers. At each parents’ evening, you will receive a copy of your child’s latest progress report.

Parents’ Evening takes place on the following dates for the 2019-2020 academic year:

10th Oct 2019 – Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening
20th Nov 2019 - Year 10 Parents Evening
26th Nov 2019 – Year 11 Steps to Success Evening
19th Dec 2019 – Year 7 Parents Evening
12th Feb 2020 – Year 9 Parents Evening
18th Mar 2020 – Year 11 Parents Evening
2nd Apr 2020 – Year 8 Parents Evening
14th Jul 2020 – Year 10 Parents Evening

Keeping your Child Safe

If you are concerned about the wellbeing of a student, please report using the button below.

Your report can be anonymous

  Make a report on our ‘SHARP’ page

Kingsdown School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm, safe from bullying, safe from abuse of any kind, safe from discrimination or harassment and ensuring that we all feel safe in our school environment.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms S Magenty, Assistant Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs K Agambar, Child Protection Coordinator

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.

There are 5 main elements to our policy and procedures:
• Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
• Raising awareness of child protection issues & working on the prevention of abuse, through training, teaching and pastoral support offered to students.
• Following procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
• Supporting students who are at risk or may have been abused.
• Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

We have a dedicated team who have all received in depth safeguarding training to ensure that we:

- Identify children who may need early help, are at risk or have been harmed
- Secure the help that children need and refer them to the expertise to help them
- Manage safe recruitment and allegations about adults who may be of risk to children

Anti-Bullying Week 2019

Please click on the thumbnail below for our student friendly antibullying policy:

General Concerns

This page on the NSPCC website provides information about:

  • Online safety
  • Leaving your children home alone
  • Talking about difficult topics
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Self-harm and mental health worries

Railway Safety

Swindon is well known for its history with the railways; Network Rail have been working hard to reduce the accidents that occur on its tracks particularly during the summer months when children are on school holiday. Click this link to find more information.

Help in Swindon

There is a great website called ‘The Dock’ that helps young people and parents in Swindon. It gives advice on national concerns regarding young people and offers local solutions. Really worth a visit. It offers assistance on matters such as:

  • Youth Engagement Services
  • Health in general and more specifically drug use
  • Mental Health
  • Radicalisation
  • Young people’s options
  • School holiday workshops

Mental Health & Well Being

Kooth is an online service by XenZone, who have been commissioned in this area by the Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). In Swindon they provide online counselling and emotional well being help for children and young people. The support is free, confidential, and anonymous.  It can be accessed using an internet enabled smart phone, tablet, or computer.


General Communication

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

July 2019

June 2019




As with any area of interest for young or vulnerable people, safety has to be considered paramount. E-safety is a complex area as technology provides as many problems as there are solutions. To ensure child protection, good practice is as important as ANY computer aided application.

E-Safety at Kingsdown

At Kingsdown, good practice in conjunction with software purchases and policies, we ensure that students are as safe as possible. We have an ICT - Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP) which every user (Including teachers) accept every time they log on. We have also purchased powerful auditing software which constantly monitors all activity, including the filtering of email. Social networking, Auction, Chat, Gambling and Instant messaging (among others) sites are banned wherever possible.

As part of the computing curriculum, pupils in Key Stage 3 learn about what information should not be shared in a public domain. As well as this, pupils are educated about the Internet etiquette and guidelines that should be adhered to on social networking sites. PSHCE is also a key area where pupils are educated about E-Safety and the dangers associated with Internet browsing and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour online. Key Stage 4 pupils recognise the importance of privacy settings to ensure important information cannot be accessed by unknown individuals.

Childnet.com has produced a number of useful pages on their website that guide parents through supporting their children’s online behaviour:


Hot Topics

Need Help?

Social Networking

What do I need to know?

Parental Controls


Harrison Catering Services Ltd at Kingsdown School

Kingsdown School is pleased to announce that from September 2014, Harrisons Catering Services Ltd has been chosen to provide its catering service. Since its founding in 1994, Harrison Catering Services has always been about quality fresh food prepared on-site and served by people who love what they do. Over 100 clients across the UK enjoy a Harrison food service, with more than 100,000 meals being served each day by approximately 2,000 staff across more than 270 locations.

Harrison understands that what children eat affects their health and their ability to learn and perform in the classroom. At Kingsdown School, our catering team provides nutritious, balanced meals, and we work to educate the pupils on how to make healthier food choices. Our goal is to instil a love and understanding of fresh, healthy food at a young age that will positively influence them throughout life.

All Harrison staff receive training in how to prepare and serve healthier food through the company’s bespoke Eat Well Live Well ® training programme. Our catering team at Kingsdown works with the School Council to tailor menus to the tastes and preferences of the children. We introduce further interest and excitement to our menus through themed lunches and dinners ranging from special holidays like Halloween and Christmas to cuisines from around the world, tying these into the school curriculum whenever possible.

We have a no nut policy at Kingsdown and work with parents to make any other adaptations necessary to accommodate specific food allergies. A 3 week menu cycle can be found at the top of this page.

If you would like to know more about Harrison, please visit our website at harrisoncatering.co.uk and if you have any feedback or comments about the catering service, please contact Karen Anderson, Catering Manager by email kanderson@kingsdownschool.co.uk

September 2019 Food Prices
September 2019 Lunch Menu

New Lunch Order Form

Harrison Parent Briefing - New School Food Standards Jan 2015


Revision Links

Below are GCSE revision links and documents collated by the teachers to help supplement the revision materials given to students in school.


BBC GCSE Bitesize

Excellent resource for revision and also quizzing

PiXL English App
Free app to download with quizzes on learning quotations.
Requires credentials to log in

Show My Homework
Weekly prep for Wednesday tests as well as content quizzes

Youtube - Mr Bruff
Some great videos on all aspects of the AQA course
(YouTube not available on school computers)

YouTube - Mr Salles
Some great videos on all aspects of the AQA course
(YouTube not available on school computers)


Exam Solutions
Lots of videos covering almost all math topics

Khan Academy
American site with lots of good videos


GCSE Science Knowledge Checklists

Science Revision Booklet 2018
Booklet by the science faculty on how to prepare for your GCSEs

Health & Social Care

HSC Revision Guide.pdf


Feeder Primary Schools

Local Colleges


Primary Schools

There are three main infant schools and four main primary schools in the area that feed into Kingsdown School:

​Staff at Kingsdown work closely with our feeder schools to help students make the transition to Kingsdown School as smooth and enjoyable as possible.


It isn’t just students at Kingsdown School who have access to all of the amazing facilities available at the Kingsdown Sports Centre; the venue is also available for community hire.

FA accredited pitch

We have a newly built FA accredited 3G artificial turf pitch, already being used by local clubs for various sports.


If you wish to make a booking, please contact the school directly on 01793 822284 or lettings@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Attendance & Absence

Attendance Matters

At Kingsdown School we want our students to be in school learning and striving for success. Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. For this reason, we reward and celebrate students who achieve 100% attendance and whose attendance is improving each half term.

If a student’s attendance falls below 95% this is considered a cause for concern. Whilst some absence from school is unavoidable, it is vital that all students strive to be in school every day. Parental support in achieving this is absolutely crucial.

Department for Education statistics show that of pupils who missed between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to go on on to achieve five good GCSEs. This compares with 73% of pupils with over 95% attendance. Furthermore, attendance records are included with a reference written by the school and therefore poor attendance can have further damaging long term consequences.

The target attendance figure for all students is a minimum of 95% attendance.

How do we manage attendance?

Your child will be informed of their current attendance by their tutor. We are monitoring students closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. It is important that parents/carers monitor single days of absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.

What we are asking you to do?

As a parent, there are important steps that we would ask you to take to support us in this focus on high levels of attendance:
• Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Tutor time begins at 8.35am and students should be in the building by 8.30am. The front gates will be closed at 8.35. Students are considered late if the arrive after 8.35am and will be registered by a member of our pastoral team as being late. This will result in a detention that will happen during the school day. For further details please see our Punctuality page
• Ensure the school has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures that any absence is quickly identified.

If your child is ill, please contact the school on each day of absence and provide an explanatory note on their return to school.

If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised. Ultimately the school is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your child has a poor attendance record.

Please ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time.

Avoid trivial absences such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.

Respond to letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.

Attendance Officer

With your continued support, we aim to raise the attendance of every student and in doing so, also raise their academic achievement.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding Attendance & Absence please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am available from 8.00am - 4.00pm every day and you are welcome to contact me on 01793 822284, via email: kbradbury@kingsdownschool.co.uk or by arranging an appointment at a mutually convenient time within the school day.

Additionally, I will contact you should we have any attendance or punctuality concerns regarding your child.

Finally, a reminder that all students are expected to attend school every day and on time, unless they are unwell, in which case medical evidence may be requested.

Thank you for your support.

Kay Bradbury
Attendance Officer

Reporting an absence

  • Telephone the school as soon as possible on 01793 822284
  • Send a letter confirming reason for absence to your child’s tutor immediately on return to school
  • Be aware that any unexplained absences are recorded as unauthorised and will appear on school reports

Medical Evidence may be requested for 5 or more consecutive school days absence due to illness (3 days if prior to or after a school holiday).

It is essential that the Attendance Officer is notified every day that a student is off sick. This is not only keeps your child’s Attendance records accurate but also ensures their safety. If you were to send your child back to school and we assume they are still absent due to illness an incident could occur, on the way to school, that neither parties are aware of.

Request for Leave Of Absence

(for Family Holiday/Non School Activity i.e. sporting fixtures/performing arts etc.)
If in doubt please contact Mrs K Bradbury.

A ‘Request for Leave of Absence’ form should be completed and returned to the Attendance Officer. Forms can be collected from Reception or downloaded below in the Important Documents section. Please note that the reply process can take up to two weeks.

Please note below, changes to term time holiday as directed by Swindon Borough Education Welfare, Legal Dept. The following will take immediate effect:

Family Holiday will not be granted during term time unless the Head Teacher considers it to be extenuating circumstances.

  • It is only the Head Teacher who can approve or decline requests
  • A Leave of Absence from should be submitted to Attendance Officer in the first instance

Important Documents

Request for Leave of Absence Form

Penalty Notices (Years 7-10)

Penalty Notices (& Year 11 Protocol)

Attendance Absence Codes

School Attendance - Parents Guide




New Starters

Information below is primarily aimed for parents & students starting with us in Year 7 in September 2019, but will also benefit older students joining us in other year groups.

Transition Days

Transitions days for Year 6 will typically be in the last term before leaving primary school.  Over the course of the two days, the students will meet their tutor and spend time in their tutor groups and experience some of the subjects they will cover in year 7. Students need to bring lunch with them on both days and will need to wear their primary school uniform.


General details will be on our Parents > Uniform page.

Year 7 Team & Useful contacts for this current academic year

Director of Progress: Mrs Boyall
Progress Leader: Mrs Robertson
Tutor Team:
71 - Ms Masters
72 – Mrs Jones
73 – Mr Nartey
74 – Mrs Sharrock
75 – Mrs White
76 – Mr Finney

Email contact details can be obtained here.

I should see my Tutor for day to day issues and concerns
I should see my Progress Leader for more serious or ongoing issues
I should see my Subject Teacher for subject related concerns

Rules, Rewards, & Sanctions

At Kingsdown School, we want you to work hard and have a positive attitude towards your education. Staff members can reward you by giving achievement points and also be rewarding you with gold cards. These are worth 25 points and will be presented weekly in tutor time. You can earn achievement points by displaying the Kingsdown Beats: Respect & responsibility, Stretch & Challenge and Pride & Ambition. If you make poor choices, you will receive behaviour points. These will be deducted from your achievement points to give you a conduct balance.

Attendance & Punctuality

Please see our Parents > Attendance & Absence page for details.

How to be organised (equipment you will need, bringing PE kit, food ingredients etc)

You will have a two week timetable that will be given to you on your first day. You will have a copy in your planner which should be on you at all times. During each week, there will be some lessons where you require additional equipment. You will be told in advance what you need to bring but will include: PE kit, cooking ingredients (during DT food rotation).

Timings of the Day

Since September 2018, students will register with their tutors first thing in the morning. All students need to be on site from 8.30am. There are five 1 hour lessons each day with a 20 minute morning break and 40 minute lunch time. On a Friday week 2, school finishes early for students to allow staff to work together in Curriculum Innovation Time.


Please see Our School > Curriculum page for details.


Clubs take place at lunch times and after school most days. A timetable will be issued at the start of term and the range of activities we offer is diverse. These include:

Orchestra, Choir, Chamber Choir, Ensemble, Keyboard Club, Drama, Netball, Football, Basketball, Fitness, Hockey, Dance, Art Textiles, Art, Chess.

Events in Year 7

Throughout the year, several events will be running for year 7 students. We would like as many parents and students to support these events as possible.

Year 7 Transition FAQs

The document linked below contains further information

Year 6 FAQs


Kingsdown School welcomes new applications from students living within the local community. Applications can be made for students moving from Year 6 to into the new academic year in September or throughout the year into all year groups.

Visit Us

We warmly welcome prospective parents and carers to enquire about possible tours.

For information, place contact Mrs J Carter, PA to Headteacher at jcarter@kingsdownschool.co.uk or call 01793 822 284.

The deadline for those wishing to transition in 2020 from primary school to the Swindon secondary school of your choice is typically the 31st of October. Contact Swindon Council if you need to make a late application.

We provide an excellent transition package for new Year 6 students who join the school. The transition package includes numerous visits to Kingsdown for taster days, transition activities including technology days, the Summer School and performances such as literacy festivals and concerts. Our staff and students also visit the Primary schools in order to familiarise them with the Kingsdown Community. Additionally, Kingsdown staff meet with primary teachers to ensure we are aware of all students needs that are joining us, and put support packages in place where appropriate.

We accept new applications and assess them in line with our admissions criteria. The admissions criteria include the following:

  • Children in the care of a local authority or with accommodation provided by that authority as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
  • Children with a sibling (half, step or adoptive brother or sister living in the same family unit) who will be attending Kingsdown School at the time of their admission.
  • Children who are enrolled at one of the four partner schools: Colebrook Junior, Grange Junior, Ruskin Junior and South Marston CofE Primary, at the time of application.
  • Children that live within Kingsdown School’s designated area.
  • Children that do not live within Kingsdown School’s designated area.

We are happy to offer parents and students a tour of the school and the opportunity to speak to staff and students. Please contact our Admissions Officer Mrs K Ridley on 01793 822 284 or email kridley@kingsdownschool.co.uk for more information. We look forward to your application.

Our current admission policies can be viewed by clicking the links below:

Admissions Policy In Year 2019-20.pdf
Admissions Policy Year 6 into 7 2019-20
Admissions_Policy Year_6 into 7 2020-21
Admissions Policy Year 6 into 7 2021-22


Studies show that homework adds more than a year’s progress for students who regularly complete it.

The type of homework also matters. Homework should mainly rehearse knowledge which has already been taught. Individual homeworks should normally last between 30 and 45 minutes.

The brain remembers more when it is tested, and when these tests are low stakes. For this reason, a good deal of homework is in the form of quizzes.


We want our students to know as much as possible. Cognitive scientists tell us that “understanding is memory in disguise”. The more we know, the easier it is to understand new ideas. A famous study proved this with a group students who were poor readers, who loved baseball. When tested on a text on the subject of baseball, they consistently outscored a group of very good readers. In other words, our ability to read is largely based on the breadth of our knowledge. The more your child learns, the easier it is to learn new information and ideas.

Consequently, we need our students to complete their homework each and every time. It will simply make them more intelligent. We need our parents to help their children develop this routine, so that understanding and learning become easier.


We need our students to complete their homework each and every time it is set. These are habits which will last a life time. But, in the short term, they will also lead to very good grades.

Our school day finishes at 3 O’Clock. We would expect students to do an hour of homework every night. This only extends the working day to the equivalent of 4 O’Clock, which is a gentle preparation for life after Kingsdown. However, this hour of homework will have a huge impact on what our students can remember and understand. With many subjects taking three years to teach a GCSE, your child should be aiming for very high grades.

We therefore need you to encourage, even to require your child to do their homework every day.

We also need you to log on to Show My Homework so that you can see how well your child is doing. All their quiz scores are visible to you.


Homework is set on Show My Homework, and will often be completed online. Students without Wi-Fi at home are able to use the ICT suites after school, before school, and at lunch time to complete their homework.

Each quiz set for a student can be taken up to three times. Students should always do this in order to aim for a score of 100%.

Scores in class will often be ranked so students can see how they compare to their classmates. Gaining a high score does not depend on a student’s ability. It is an accurate measure of how much attention they have paid in class, and how much effort they have put into their homework quiz.

Students are expected to read regularly as a means of broadening and extending their knowledge and understanding of subjects and to develop their vocabulary.
Your support in monitoring your child’s completion of homework is greatly appreciated.

Show My Homework

At Kingsdown School we use ‘Show My Homework’ to assign and log homework given to students.

Go to Show My Homework


Below are school policies related to this page.

School Homework Policy

Difficulties logging into Show My Homework

Please review the video below covering how to log into Show My Homework


Educational Links


My Maths

GCSE Bitesize


There are several different websites and online tools available to students​, enabling them to access learning at home as well as in school and lessons.

The E-Learning websites we encourage students to use are:

The following online tools and resources can also be of benefit to students:

Careers Information


We aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage all pupils to consider a wide range of careers. Through careers education and guidance, we aim to ensure all pupils make the most of their talents and go on to further and higher education. We ensure that pupils are prepared for the next stages of their education, employment, self-employment or training. At Kingsdown are a school of excellence bursting with pride and ambition; we firmly believe that all pupils will be able to access a wider range of careers options with a strong academic grounding, accessed through our knowledge rich curriculum.

We aim to:
• Ensure outcomes for all pupils are exceptionally high.
• Provide high quality, impartial careers guidance that helps pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.
• Ensure pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.
• Allow pupils to understand how their education equips them with the behaviours and attitudes necessary for success in their next stage of education, training or employment and for their adult life.

Students received a wide range of resources and lessons that are delivered through our personal development curriculum, tutor sessions, assemblies, trips, and visits, presentations from local business partners. There are also a variety of bespoke sessions that are tailored to the needs and interests of our students.

Our comprehensive careers programme will:

• Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities.
• Develop independent research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance.
• Develop and use their self-knowledge when thinking about and making choices.
• Develop the skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition.

Our strategic lead for careers is Ms S Magenty (Assistant Headteacher) who is supported by our Careers Champion Miss I Humphries.
Miss Humphries provides high quality, impartial careers advice to our students and can be contacted via email: ihumphries@kingsdownschool.co.uk

​Keep up to date with the latest careers updates by subscribing to our blog at https://kingsdowncareers.wordpress.com

You can also read our careers policy on this link: Careers_Education.pdf


‘Options’ is the term used to describe the process that students go through at the end of Key Stage 3 to determine which subjects they will be studying during Key Stage 4 and therefore which subjects they will be studying for GCSEs (and equivalent).

Our curriculum at Kingsdown is changing, and as such there will be no options process for Year 8 in 2019/20. The current year 8 students will study a three year Key Stage 3 before making their ‘options’ in year 9 ready to begin Key Stage 4 in year 10.

Details of this process will be released during the academic year 2020/21.

The Kingdown Vision

The Kingdown Vision

The Kingsdown vision is of

A school of excellence bursting with pride and ambition

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

Our Wheel of Excellence helps visualise the key elements that underpin our vision.

SEN & Disability Provision

A special educational need is defined as ‘a learning difficulty or disability that makes learning a challenge for a child’. Children with SEND have greater difficulty learning than other children of the same age.

Kingsdown School aims to ensure that appropriate provision is available to champion each and every student to have equal access to curriculum opportunities and to ensure that the curriculum is differentiated to meet individual learning needs.

The newly formed Inclusion team have transformed the way in which they support students this year. The support hubs consist of behaviour, health, literacy, numeracy and SEMH. These five hubs work closely with their mainstream colleagues to offer supplementary support to the regular curriculum, for identified pupils needing periods of specific intervention for a fixed period of time. Additional programmes include Freshstart, Springboard, and access to a school counsellor.

Kingsdown has much of its teaching and learning space at ground floor level, and some access ramps and toilet facilities have been installed to those areas. Kingsdown has two lifts providing access to the Virtual Learning Centre (ICT) and to some science laboratories; however, wheelchair users would not be able to gain access to some upper floors.

Kingsdown has an Autistic Spectrum Condition Centre, which was opened in 2003; it has the capacity for 15 students and each year is usually oversubscribed.  It is designed for pupils who are academically capable of accessing the mainstream curriculum but need more support than can be offered in a totally mainstream environment. Admission to the centre is through the decision of a panel of professionals at the SEN Assessment Team and is not controlled by the usual channels of application. All students admitted to the Centre have an EHCP with Autism named as their primary need. The majority of students follow the mainstream curriculum and attend classes with Educational Support Champions. However, all students are withdrawn from certain lessons so they can complete homework and also work on developing key skills. Individualised ASDAN, National Autistic Society, Entry Level and corrective reading courses are taught in the centre, as these may be more appropriate for those students needing a more skills based practical curriculum.

Anxious and vulnerable students have daily access to ‘Haven Club’ in the ASC Centre, which enables them to have a safe space for unstructured, busy times of the day.

As of March 2013 Kingsdown became a Dyslexia Friendly School, and we were revalidated in 2017.

Related Documents

Annual Report to Parents and Carers on the provision for SEND 2018
Annual Report to Parents and Carers on the provision for SEND 2017


School’s History

In the mid 1930’s Wiltshire County Council bought seven acres of land for just £750 from the brewers J Arkell & Sons, and local builders Leighfield & Sons were appointed to build the school. On Wednesday 27th of January, 1937, the school was officially opened by the Marquis of Bath.

Since then, Kingsdown School has grown from a five classroom building to a school with over 60 rooms.

During the new millennium the school used funding to create an entirely new learning environment for students, as well as to cater for those with special learning needs. The Virtual Learning Centre comprises of four computer suites and is found on the first floor; on the ground floor is a suite that caters for students with Autistic Spectrum Condition.

In 2011 Kingsdown School took ownership of the old Premier Club (formerly the Raychem Sports Centre). After an extensive refurbishment, students are benefiting from the new state of the art facilities in the Kingsdown Sports Centre. In 2013, construction of a state of the art, all-weather 3G pitch was completed on the field behind the school. This is used during school time for PE lessons and clubs, as well as being let out to sport clubs within the community.

There has also been another transformation, in an unused courtyard area that has been transformed into a covered serving and eating area, and a new canopy has been put in place to shelter students between the main hall and the library.

In the future, where it is not possible to expand we will continue to improve our facilities by replacing the old for the new. In this way, we will be able to continue to offer the best possible education we can for the students of Stratton St Margaret.

Pupil Premium

Documents and Reports



Pupil premium grant expenditure: Report to
parents 2017-2018

Year 7 Pupil Premium Catch up Funding 2019-20

Pupil Premium Statement 2017-18

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Coalition Government in January 2011 to improve educational outcomes for our most disadvantaged students. The government gives additional funds for each student receiving Free School Meals (FSM), registered Children Looked After (CLA) and any child who has been in receipt of Free School Meals in the last six years (known as Ever6 FSM). In addition to these groups, a lesser sum is given for children with parents in the Armed Forces.

At Kingsdown we are committed to ensuring Pupil Premium students have the same high aspirations and opportunities to enable them to exceed their potential. The support and intervention strategy is led by one of the Deputy Headteachers. We will continue to use the Pupil Premium funding to support students to raise standards of attainment and progress, improve attendance and attitude to learning. Kingsdown School bases its strategies for the use of Pupil Premium funding on the findings of The Sutton Trust. The funding has been used in a number of different areas, including but not limited to:

  • Tuition - To increase staffing for specialist interventions especially in English and Mathematics. We have increased provision in Year 7 interventions in literacy and numeracy.
  • Support staff – To provide staffing in The Student Support Centre which supports students’ attendance, self-esteem and attitudes to learning. To increase staffing to run our after-school homework club, learning café and specialist reading interventions.
  • Interventions & keyworkers – 1:1 tuition, Assessment for learning resources and INSET for staff, reading interventions through the SEND School of Learning, revision sessions for students, 1:1 mathematics and English support.
  • Ensuring all students have equal access and opportunities to take part in wider Kingsdown Life (e.g. school trips, educational visits and support extra-curricular activities) which some students would otherwise not be able to afford.
  • Providing resources such as revision materials which would otherwise pose a barrier to learning.

In Term 1, for each student, a review takes place in order to assess their needs and plan a personalised provision to support their school experience.

If your son/daughter does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please do contact us (in confidence) to register. Even if you do not wish him/her to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.

To register your son/daughter for Free School Meals, please contact the school office on 01793 822284.

For more details about the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

In addition, Kingsdown operates a Hardship Fund to help with financial support. Please see our ‘Parent Pay’ page for details and application form.

Promoting British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, with current up-to-date guidance of the ‘Prevent Duty’ available at this link. We also have a Parent Pamphlet.

At Kingsdown these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class and year council meetings.

Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from agencies such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely; for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge or through participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Kingsdown is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE & PSHCE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

At Kingsdown we will actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.


​We have a range of policies in place covering a wide range of school life:

Able Gifted & Talented
Access to Fair Assessment Statement
Accessibility Plan
Admissions Policy Year 6 into 7 2021-22
Admissions Policy Year 6 Into 7 2020-21
Admissions Policy Year 6 into 7 2019-20
Admissions Policy In Year 2019-20
Anti Bullying Policy
Anti Litter Policy
Articles of Association
ASDAN Appeals Policy
ASDAN Malpractice
ASDAN Internal Moderation
Assessment Reporting & Recording
Attendance Policy
Behaviour Policy
Careers Education
Charging & Remissions Policy
Children Looked After
Collective Worship Policy
Complaints Policy
Controlled Assessment Policy
Curriculum Policy
Data Protection
Disability Equality Scheme
Drugs Policy

This policy is currently under review to cover new regulation and will be reviewed in September

E-Safety & Data Security (1 of 2)
E-Safety & Data Security (2 of 2)

Equality Information and Objectives
Exam Policy
Exam Contingency
Exam Risk Management Process
Freedom of Information Act Policy
Funding Agreement
Handling Unreasonably Persistent Harrassing or Abusive Complaints
Internal Appeals Policy
Loss & Bereavement Policy
Marking Policy
On Line Safety
Parents & Carers Code of Conduct
Prep Work Policy
Pupil Premium Policy
School Homework Policy
School Young Carers Policy
Self-Harm Policy
SEN & Disability Policy
Sex & Relationships Policy
SMSC Policy
Uniform Expectations
Whistleblowing Policy
Whole School Food Policy
Whole School Literacy Policy
Whole School Numeracy Policy

Promoting British Values / Prevent Duty

Privacy Notice - Governors Volunteers
Privacy Notice - Job Applicants
Privacy Notice - Parents
Privacy Notice - Students

We can provide any specific policies in a more accessible format on request.


Pastoral Care

The pastoral system at Kingsdown School is led by Mrs Lees, Assistant Headteacher, with day to day leadership and management undertaken by 2 Directors of Progress; Mrs Boyall for Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3) and Miss Winwood for Years 10 & 11 (Key Stage 4). Progress Leaders have devolved responsibility for student progress and behaviour for children within their year groups.

Progress Leaders for each year group lead teams of tutors:

Miss Robertson - Year 7 Progress Leader
Mrs Matthews - Year 8 Progress Leader
Mr Hathaway - Year 9 Progress Leader
Mrs Sampson-Emecz - Year 10 Progress Leader
Miss Davis - Year 11 Progress Leader

The school is supported by a number of highly effective staff and robust policies and procedures. In addition, the services of the Local Authority are contracted to provide support in the areas of Education Welfare and Targeted Mental Health.

The school’s assessment and reporting procedures provide all staff with detailed information relating to current levels of attainment, predicted grades, attitude to learning and progress. The pastoral team keep abreast of students performance across the subjects and provide tutoring, mentoring and support where necessary.

The pastoral system at Kingsdown has been commended by Ofsted inspectors noting some very strong features.


The following link will open a copy of the report from our most recent Ofsted inspection:

Ofsted Monitoring Inspection Report September 2016

Our SEN Reports for parents can be found on our SEN and Disability Provision page.


HMI Meetings

We are currently working with HMI Simon Rowe and the following documents reflect the outcome of the last meeting:

HMI Letter to Parents from Mrs Conaghan

Section 8 Inspection Report

Previous Ofsted Reports

Previous Ofsted reports are available to view:

Ofsted Report 2016

Ofsted Report 2014

Ofsted Report 2012

Ofsted DT Report 2009

Ofsted Report 2008

Related Links

Ofsted Parent View



Introduction from our Chair of Governors

I am delighted to have been elected to serve a second year as Chair of Governors of our Local Governing Body. As governors we continue to support and challenge the school to be the best that it can be, on its journey to excellence.

We welcome the ongoing opportunities presented by us being part of the River Learning Trust and by the appointment of new members to the senior leadership team. The vision and mission of the school has been redeveloped with our guidance and we are very proud of the way in which staff and students alike have embraced the new Kingsdown School. 

Lynne Scragg

The Governors of Kingsdown School

Register of Businesss Interest

Governance Structures

Scheme of Delegation

Governing Body Attendance Record:



While there are several types of governors, the role of each governor is to work as part of a team supporting a school and the Headteacher to decide school policy, help recruit staff and manage budgets.

The governors meet as a full body 4 times per year where they are updated on the performance and status of aspects of the school.

Additionally individual governors sit on one or more of the various sub-committees. These meetings are usually 4 times per year, just prior to the full governors meetings.

The subcommittees are:
Resource Committee (Finance, Staffing, Health & Safety)
Impact Committee (Safeguarding, Teaching & Learning and Curriculum)
Admissions Committee


Becoming a Governor

Schools need people who have energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to support them as governors. You don’t need to have had any previous experience or knowledge. Common sense, a genuine interest in education and commitment are the most important qualities required.

Becoming a governor could be a way of contributing to your local school and learning new skills. You don’t have to have a child at a school to become a governor.

More information about becoming a governor is available on the Swindon Borough Council website.

Contacting the Governors

Parents, staff and members of the community may wish to contact governors to express views, and governors very much welcome any such messages, as we are keen to keep in touch with and take account of these views. It is important to say though, that any day to day queries relating to named students should always be directed to school staff first, so that they can discuss and deal with matters in the normal way. Similarly, staff should use their usual line management and communication links in the first instance. Additionally, if you have a complaint, please follow the official procedure outlined in the following document:

If you would like to contact governors on a particular issue they may be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors:

Clerk to Governors : Ms J Carter (jcarter@kingsdownschool.co.uk)

Financial Statement

The documents below contain Kingsdown School’s financial statements for our financial years prior to 1st September 2017 when we joined the River Learning Trust. They contain reports written by the school, our independent auditors, and details of the annual finances. Please note as we joined the River Learning Trust (a Multi Academy Trust) on the 1st September 2017; please refer to https://riverlearningtrust.org/financial-information for the latest financial statements for the River Learning Trust.

Previous statements prior to joining the River Learning Trust:

Financial Statement 2016-2017

Financial Statement 2015-2016

Financial Statement 2014-2015

Value For Money Statement Dec 2014

Exam Information & Results

Mock Exams

For the timetable for the Year 11 mock exams running across October and November please see this link.

Examination Results 2019

Cohort 2019 celebrated a very strong set of historic GCSE results – results that are transformational.  The overall Progress 8 score for the school, which compares students KS2 achievement with their GCSE outcomes shows that as a school we are just above the national average (score was +0.02), and significantly above the average for schools in the town (-0.07).

As well as progress, this year’s results were strong on the combined English and Maths measure with 60% of students achieving a 4 or above in both subjects.  At Grade 5+, a strong pass, 39% of students achieved at least a grade 5 in both English and Maths.  Department results across the school showed significant improvements.  Again, these results were a significant increase on last years.  As well as the overall results, we are particularly thrilled with many individual student achievements.

These results show a significant movement from last year, where this year’s students performed on average half a grade better than last year’s students when compared to students nationally. This change has been as a result of our strong leadership resulting in high expectations of all, improved curriculum, teaching and learning and constant championing each and every one of students.

“Transformational!”Paul James, CEO of The River Learning Trust

“We are absolutely delighted to see such a strong set of GCSEs today for our students.  These results reflect all their considerable efforts, pride and ambition over the past two years.  These achievements are well-deserved and will provide our students with firm foundations and open doors to their future ambitions.”

“I would also like to give a special mention to our whole staff team who worked tirelessly to champion and ensure that each and every student was able to achieve their very best.  These results would not have been possible without their support and expert guidance.  I would also like to thank all our parents for their continued support”Emma Leigh-Bennett, Headteacher of Kingsdown School

Performance Tables

Keystage 4 (GCSE) performance results for Kingsdown School are published by the DfE here.

Exam Regulation Notices

8.1 Information for Candidates – Controlled Assessments

8.1 Information for Candidates – Coursework

8.3 Information for Candidates – Non Examination Assessments

8.4 Information for Candidates – On Screen Tests

8.5 Information for Candidates – Privacy Notice

8.6 Information for Candidates – Social Media

8.7 Information for Candidates – Written Examinations

9.5 No Mobile Phone Poster

9.6 Warning to Candidates

Use & Provision of Calculators




Kingsdown School operates a two week timetable with 49 hours of taught lessons throughout week 1 and week 2. The school closes to students at lunchtime (1320) on a Friday Week 2.

Our five-year curriculum is designed to be ambitious and give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life and is planned and sequenced to allow the development of knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. The curriculum is designed to be ambitious and to meet the needs of all of our students.

Subject allocation for each year group is as follows (numbers given are hours per fortnight):


Year 7 and 8 Curriculum

Throughout year 7 and 8 students will study the core subjects of Maths, English and Science alongside Humanities (Geography, History, and Religious Education), Computing, PE and Dance, Music, Drama and Art. In year 7 students study French or Spanish and will continue with this language to options from year 9.

Skills in Computing are acquired through a combination of specialist teaching and an increasing range of experiences across other subjects.

Year 9, 10 and 11 Curriculum

In years 9, 10 and 11 we aim to keep open the maximum range of learning opportunities whilst at the same time offering some choice and specialisation. All students follow GCSE courses in: Maths; English Language and English Literature and Science (combined or single sciences).

A suite of optional subjects is then made available and includes those offered in years 7 and 8. Students are expected to continue to study at least one Humanities subject, (History and/or Geography) and/or a Modern Foreign Language to satisfy the EBacc requirements. Additional subjects as options are then available for students to choose which include, RE, Classical Civilisation, Business Studies, Drama, Music, PE and Health and Social Care. The options process is open to allow maximum choice and flexibility for students.

Support and Intervention

Students who on entry to the school require support with literacy and numeracy receive additional tuition in tutor times and through a withdrawal programme co-ordinated by our Inclusion department.

Ongoing intervention is provided for students by teachers and additional support where identified is set in place.

If you need more information about the curriculum our school follows, you may contact us on 01793 822284.

Curriculum Intent

Please see below for the details of the curriculum for our different subjects;


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11


Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Classical Civilisations

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11


Year 7 & 8
Year 9 to 11 - Computer Science
Year 9 to 11 - iMedia


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Design and Technology

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10

Food, Preparation and Nutrition

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11


Year 7,8 and 9
Year 10 and 11

Health and Social Care

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10 and 11


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10


All Years


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

PE (Core)

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10 and 11

PE (Option)

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9,10 and 11


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10


Contact Us


Mrs E Leigh-Bennett
Email: head@kingsdownschool.co.uk

General Enquiries:

Kingsdown School
Hyde Road
Stratton St Margaret
Swindon SN2 7SH

Tel: 01793 822284
Please note, all calls are recorded for monitoring and training purposes.

Alternatively, you may wish to email a specific member of staff directly:

Mrs Leigh-BennettHeadteacherhead@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs LindleyDeputy Headteacher, MFLjlindley@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr EdwardsAssistant Headteacher, Sciencemedwards@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs GreenAssistant Headteacher / SENDCo, Sciencergreen@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs LeesAssistant Headteacher, Personal Development, Health and Social Care, IMediarlees@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Ms MagentyAssistant Headteacher, Personal Development, Food, D.T.smagenty@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs ScotfordDirector of Learning - Communication, Englishlscotford@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs StrettDirector of Learning - Human Science, Classical Civilisation, Historyljoyce@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr NarteyDirector of Learning - Maths & Computing, Business Studiescnartey@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs NorrisDirector of Learning - PACE, Drama, Englishknorris@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs EdwardsDirector of Learning - Science & DT, Sciencecedwards@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs BoyallDirector of Progress KS3, Maths, Geographykboyall@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss WinwoodDirector of Progress KS4, P.E., Music, Digital Applic.kwinwood@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs GarrawayASC Centre Managerdgarraway@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss HalseySEND 2 i/c, Mathschalsey@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs AubreyEnglishnaubrey@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs ChaplinEnglish, Personal Developmenttchaplin@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr CookEnglishrcook@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Ms HowardEnglishdhoward@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss JohnsonEnglishhjohnson@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss PetersEnglish, Personal Developmentbpeters@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs PughEnglishKPugh@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Ms MastersMFLdmasters@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr HarperMFL, Personal Development, Geographycharper@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs WalshMFLlwalsh@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs RussellGeography, R.E.trussell@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss TownsendGeographyhtownsend@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs SedgwickHealth and Social Care, Food, Personal Developmentasedgwick@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr FinneyHistory, Personal Development, R.E.dfinney@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs Simmons-GummR.E.ksimmons@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr MaysComputer Science, IMedia, Business Studiessmays@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr VigarComputer Science, IMedianvigar@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs FranklandMathsawenn@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr Ansah-JohnsonMaths, Personal Developmentdansah-johnson@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs FirthMathsrfirth@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs JonesMathshjones@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss MorkotMaths, Personal Developmentjmorkot@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs WhiteMaths, Personal Development, IMediahwhite@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs SladeArt, Personal Developmentaslade@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs HeeleyArt, Personal Developmentcheeley@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr LawsonDrama, Personal Development, Englishslawson@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr WickerMusic, Personal Developmentawicker@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr MasonP.E., Personal Developmentnmason@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss MallerP.E., Personal Development, Sciencelmaller@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr ShepherdP.E., Geographycshepherd@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs WrightP.E., Personal Development, Historyhwright@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs RobertsD.T., Personal Development, Foodjroberts@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs PetersD.T., Food, IMediatpeters@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr WilliamsD.T., Personal Development, IMediaswilliams@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs CasseyScienceacassey@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs GeorgeSciencelgeorge@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr HamiltonSciencechamilton@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr RadcliffeSciencenradcliffe@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs SharrockSciencepsharrock@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Ms WardsSciencemwards@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs RobertsonProgress Leader - Year 7lrobertson@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs MatthewsProgress Leader - Year 8lmatthews@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mr HathawayProgress Leader - Year 9lhathaway2@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs Sampson-EmeczProgress Leader - Year 10msampson-emecz@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Miss DavisProgress Leader - Year 11mdavis2@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs BradburyAttendance Officerkbradbury@kingsdownschool.co.uk
Mrs CarterPA to the Headteacherjcarter@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Multi-Academy Trust details:

River Learning Trust

Kingsdown School is an academy which is a part of the River Learning Trust which is an exempt charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with registered company number 7966500 and its registered office is The Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford OX2 7EE.

About Us

Kingsdown is a mixed 11-16 Academy. We are a popular school and most of our students come from our three feeder schools in Stratton St Margaret, and one in a neighbouring village of South Marston. Students also choose to join us from out of area, space permitting. We have 9 forms of entry into each year group. In addition, we have students attending our Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Centre. The Centre is specifically designed, staffed and built for students on the Autistic spectrum. Above the ASC Centre is a Virtual Learning Centre (VLC) with 120 computer stations.

The pastoral team and the school has made great advances in its knowledge of each and every one of its students; teachers are provided with high quality and valuable information about the prior attainment of every student in their teaching groups, which ensures that pupil’s individual needs can be met appropriately.

We continually monitor and evaluate our performance and aim to provide the best all-round education for our students, preparing them for their future lives beyond school.

Kingsdown is a thriving and happy school where students want to learn. We invite you to come and visit us to see the school in action. Please contact the school if you would like any further information or would like to arrange a visit.

‘We champion each and every student’



At Kingsdown “We champion each and every student” find out how in our prospectus.

Download our prospectus here.


2019-20 Term 1 Parent 20 Clicks.pdf - Current Edition!

River Learning Trust Newsletters

We are now also contributing to the River Learning Trust newsletters which are available at http://www.riverlearningtrust.org/newsletters


Open Days

Visit Us

We warmly welcome prospective parents and carers to enquire about possible tours.

For information, place contact Mrs J Carter, PA to Headteacher at jcarter@kingsdownschool.co.uk or call 01793 822 284.


Why Choose Kingsdown?

Take a fresh look at Kingsdown

See what students and teachers say about our school

“My wife and I looked carefully at the DfE performance data for the schools in Swindon, and were extremely impressed with the results for Kingsdown in 2019. We feel very lucky to have one of the top schools in Swindon on our doorstep. Our daughter is looking forward to September and joining the Kingsdown community.”Prospective parent - 2019

“My son & I are very impressed with Kingsdown.  Keep up the good work!”Prospective parent - 2018

“Kingsdown is my second family.”Antonela - Student

“I thought I was in a private school!”Kingsdown parent - 2018

“My teachers support me in what I love doing and help me achieve goals I didn’t think I could achieve.”Cameron - Former Student (Graduated 2017)

“I visited last year and I said the difference was palpable.  Today Kingsdown again feels like a different school.”Mr Beadnell - Headteacher, Ruskin

“Working at Kingsdown is fast paced and exciting. It has inspired me to challenge myself in a professional capacity. It is hugely rewarding.”Mrs. R Lees - Director of Progress

What we are committed to offering you and your son/daughter:

  • Experienced school leaders with vision, energy and passion
  • Challenging and engaging lessons delivered by specialist teachers
  • A Curriculum designed to meet the needs of all learners
  • A team of staff who focus on accelerating and tracking the progress and performance of all
  • High expectations for learning especially regarding behaviour and attendance
  • Quality and regular communication between home and school
  • Excellent partnership links with our Primary schools to ensure a smooth transition
  • A happy & safe environment as well as excellent facilities and
  • An ongoing investment in the Professional Development for all our staff


We warmly welcome prospective parents and carers to enquire about possible tours. Please contact Mrs J Carter, PA to Headteacher at jcarter@kingsdownschool.co.uk or 01793 822284.

For more details on visits, admissions process, & application deadlines, please see our Admissions page.

Headteacher’s Welcome

Headteacher’s Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself to you as the Headteacher of Kingsdown School. I was deeply honoured by the school Governors’ appointment and, with it, the opportunity of leading such a fantastic 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”.

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. And unanimously, we believe in the importance and power of the highest quality education to which everyone has the right and which we are determined to deliver.

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 - Challenge
Beats - Pride
Beats - Ambition
Beats - Stretch
Beats - Respect
Beats - Responsibilities