The Kingswinford School a Science College

The Kingswinford School a Science College

General Information for Applicants

The Kingswinford School is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school with Science College status, located close to the centre of Kingswinford. The School has an excellent reputation for high standards where students are happy, feel safe, secure and achieve success.

The school serves a community to the extreme west of Dudley on the western edge of the West Midlands conurbation, bordering Staffordshire. Students come from local primary schools in Kingswinford and Wall Heath as well as schools throughout the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley.

Served by Dudley LA, with an annual budget of approximately £4 million, the school is a mixed school with 920 students on roll, 60 teachers and approx 70 support staff. In the past few years the school has been heavily over-subscribed.

The school has an excellent reputation. Its calm, orderly, friendly atmosphere encourages and enriches the education of pupils within a framework of traditional values and a very modern, innovative curriculum. The excellent relationships between staff, pupils, parents, governors and community are a strength.

The school had its last OfSTED in March 2007 when it was judged to be a “good school with outstanding features”.

The school became a Science college in 2003 and gained re-designation in September 2007. Being a science college creates the flexibility and financial resources to carry out many exciting Science, Maths and ICT related projects which enhance the teaching and learning in the school and partner schools and also enable us to make greater links with the community.

Being a student in a Science college means having access to a greater diversity within the curriculum, having opportunities to work with other people in the community on exciting science related projects and participating in activities designed to encourage enjoyment and creativity within a first class working environment.

School Management and Staffing

The school’s Senior Leadership team is led by the Headteacher, and assisted by a Principal Deputy Head teacher, a Deputy Head teacher, an Assistant Head teacher and a Business Manager. Senior staff join with them to form the Leadership Team. The present Headteacher took up his post in April 2009 following seven years as head of another Dudley secondary school.

As well as the management and teaching staff other staff include the Head teacher’s Personal Assistant, Office Manager and a team of administration staff. Other support staff include Sports Centre Manager, Teaching Assistants, Laboratory, ICT and Workshop Technicians, Site Manager and Cleaning Staff.

Buildings and Facilities
The traditional red-brick school was opened in 1939. Significant additions took place in 1975 and in the early 1980's. There are 6 recently re-furbished Science laboratories, 5 specialist ICT rooms (with computers also located in many teaching areas throughout the school giving a student/computer ratio of 2.6:1), a Sports hall plus other specialist rooms and 23 general classrooms. In most cases departments occupy a suite of rooms in the same area of the school In addition to a new sports hall and tennis courts, there is 1.6 hectares of playing field surrounding the school buildings. The school buildings and site are in very good order.

The school site has been a no smoking area since 1995.

Examination Results
The GCSE examination results are excellent: In July 2009 85% of the Year 11 gained
5+ A* - C, 70% gained 5+ A* - C including English and maths; 100% gained 1 or more A* - G and the Average Total Point Score was 454. All 183 students went into further education.

On entry, pupils are placed into 8 tutor groups, 2 groups for each House. In general they are taught in 7 teaching groups. Setting according to ability begins with Mathematics, English, Science and French in Year 7 and with other subjects in Year 8. In Years 10 and 11 most pupils study 10 subjects to GCSE level. English, English Literature, Mathematics, Co-ordinated Science, PE, ICT, Personal Social Development and RE are compulsory subjects; the remaining subjects are chosen from the options system. The pupils' education is enriched by a wide range of extra-curricular activities which take place after school.

Student Welfare
Our student welfare system is led by a Deputy Head teacher and five Year Leaders who look after the well being, behaviour and teaching and learning aspects of the student’s school life. The school stresses the importance of the Form Tutor. All students are placed in four House groups each with a House Leader. The House system is used for competitive and social purposes with a full range of inter-house sporting and other competitions taking place as well as recording of house points for good work.

Consultation and Communication
Regular meetings are organised for all staff for consultation and preparation. The need for good written communication is paramount. Detailed guidance is given in a variety of school publications, policy documents, departmental documents and memoranda.

Continuing Professional Development
Training has a high priority. Training needs are reviewed regularly for all staff. The school is an ‘investor in people’

The Kingswinford School offers an opportunity for staff of commitment, imagination and enthusiasm to further improve the quality and diversity of education offered to its students.

The Kingswinford School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

There are no current vacancies.