Our School….Facts and Figures

Size

King’s High is a selective, girls’ independent day school with over 600 pupils. We normally accept between 85 to 100 new girls in Year 7. We accept girls in the mid Years 8-10, if places are available. Girls can also join in Year 12 for our Sixth Form. We are fortunate to have 74 specialist teachers of the highest calibre.

Facilities

Our school is situated in a beautiful historic setting in the heart of Warwick and our girls enjo being educated in beautiful seventeen century buildings such as Landor Library to very contemporary buildings such as the Sixth Form Centre.

We are understandably proud of our facilities, which contribute to the exceptional quality of teaching and learning.  Over the last 10 years £9 million has been invested into the school environment.  All of our subjects have dedicated teaching rooms with interactive learning classrooms.  There are 3 newly refurbished ICT suites and we have METEOR, one of the four programmable, humanoid NAO robots in UK schools. METEOR stands for ‘Modern Era Technology Entertaining Obedient Robot’!

Our Sixth Form Centre and St Mary’s classroom suite were opened by Dame Judi Dench, DBE in 2006.  In Summer 2016 it was refurbished and Sixth Formers enjoy a dedicated Common Room complete with its own kitchen and cafe area, quiet and collaborative study areas with access to ICT, tutorial rooms, a sixth form library, locker room and a careers suite.

The School Library was fully refurbished in Summer 2016 to provide a dedicated innovation space, creative ICT suite and study space offering a relaxed and constructive learning environment.  The cutting edge innovation room offers 26 'Space Oasis' petal tables with dry-wipe, writable surfaces providing a dynamic classroom environment.  These tables can be clustered for collaborative working or hived off for independent working.  In addition to the petal tables, the writable wall and windown surfaces encourage creativity and collaboration.  The full-time librarian works closely with departments and all girls are trained in using the library so that they can develop the skills required for independent research and learning.  the library supports and encourages girls of all abilites and provides a research base for staff and students alike. The collections include books, journals, magazines and newspapers and the many computers, with full internet access, compliment the academic collections.

Creative Arts: Music, Drama, Art and Design and Technology

Our state-of the art Creative Arts Centre was opened in September 2009 by Miss Catherine Bott.  

Music facilities include 10 teaching or practice rooms, a music classroom "Elgar room with piano and a surround sound hi fi system", a music technology computer room equipped with a piano keyboard for each computer running Sibelius 7 and Cubase 6 Elements, a recording studio with a 16 track Allen and Heath Digital mixing desk, full range of microphones and Control Room.  The department houses the Studio, a performance venue for recitals and chamber music.  There are two grand pianos, including a mini Bluthner grand piano and a Grotrian-Steinweg grand piano.  There are also pianos in all practice rooms and a range of percussion and orchestral instruments (including a 34 Kerry Lever harp).  There is an extensive list of instruments available on loan to students.

Drama pupils are all taught in the specialist drama studio, a black bos, that provides the girls with the opportunity to not only act but to develop their technical abilities.  It provides an intimate performance space and the School Hall, seating 250, provides a multi-purpose venue for performances, concerts, talks and meetings.

The Creative Arts Foyer provides a perfect exhibition space, housing collections from current students, staff and old girls.  There are four large specialist Art rooms that are flooded with natural light in which students can experience a wide range of media.  The Sixth formers have their own mezzanine studio space. There is a photography dark room, a kiln and the Design and Technology rooms offer additional opportunities for carpentry, metalwork and plastic.  There is also a newly refurbished food room.

Our girls also participate in the Foundation Music and Drama groups and so have access to the additional performance venues at Warwick School, such as the 300 seat professional Bridge House Theatre and 1000 seat performance hall.

Sports Facilities

King's High's record of sporting success is extensive and highly regarded.  Our teams and individuals regularly compete at county and national level.  Even though we are located in the heart of Warwick, we have a gymnasium, fitness room and two netball courts on site.  Our playing fields, brand new floodlit Tiger Turf blue astroturf and Bridge Sports Centre are located on the Myton Road site and provide further hockey, netball and tennis courts.  In addition, King's girls also swim, fence and climb with their brothers at Warwick School.

Future Plans - Project One Campus

We are delighted to introduce our vision for 2020 which aims to enhance and develop the educational experience for every pupil in the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation. Our pupils have long benefited from a close collaborative relationship between our schools and this project brings them all together on one interlinking and green campus. King’s High School will move from its Smith Street location to new purpose built school buildings on the Myton Road campus, joining Warwick School and Warwick Preparatory School. To read more about this exciting project, please click here or access our dedicated website: www.projectonecampus.co.uk.

Class Size

Class sizes vary by Key Stage, generally being smaller further up the school to reflect the subject choices and more individual needs of girls as they approach public examinations.  In addition, those subjects of a practical nature are often taught in smaller groups to allow individual access to equipment and resources.

The School Day

Our girls begin their school day at 8.35am with registration, followed on 3 days per week by school or form assembly or a house meeting. There are seven lessons in the morning and two in the afternoon, each of which is 35 minutes long.  Girls have a 70 minute lunch break during which they can choose to participate in one of the many co-curricular activities or study support clubs on offer. School finishes at 3.45pm, after which there is a further programme of co-curricular activities.

Click here for School Day Timetable.

Before and After School Care

The school is open from 8.00am when the dining room is open for breakfast. Girls may stay at school after lessons finish to take part in the numerous after school activities and there is after care available until 6.00pm.

Our Catering is Second to None

Our Senior Chef and Catering staff provide the girls with a superb choice of meat, vegetarian and pasta dishes, all served with fresh vegetables and/or salad. A salad bar with a variety of proteins and carbohydrates is offered every day.  A delicious selection of desserts is available, as well as fresh fruit. All meals are freshly prepared on the premises daily and care is taken to use good quality ingredients. A lunch committee comprising girls from all year groups meets regularly to discuss and advise on school meals.

Health

A fully qualified nurse (Matron) is in attendance during the school day, ensuring any health concerns are addressed on-site and parents notified, when necessary. 

Spiritual Support

We have an Honorary Chaplain who takes assemblies, officiates at the carol service and supports the spiritual life of the school.

Special Needs

A Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator ensures that pupils across the ability range are able to learn in a way that meets their individual needs. We can arrange for girls who may require support to be assessed, in consultation with parents, and individual lessons can be timetabled.