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Welcome from the Headteacher

I am very proud to be Headteacher at Kingswood Academy; a school rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted. We are also an academy where on average our students make three quarters of a grade more progress, across all subjects, than other students do nationally; putting us in the top 2% of all schools nationally.

Our vision is ‘to deliver world class learning, which places no limits on what young people can achieve’ and we are ‘a national beacon of educational excellence in Hull’.

To us a beacon of educational excellence means three things:

1. All students leave the academy with outstanding qualifications, ensuring that all doors remain open to them when they leave the academy; giving them the platform to compete and thrive on a global stage. All students leave the academy with outstanding qualifications.

2. Developing exceptional student character; students who have a strong moral compass, a real growth mind-set and high levels of grit, resilience and determination; guaranteeing that they are fully prepared to flourish under the most challenging circumstances that life can throw at them.

3. Ensuring that our students leave the academy with countless positive memories of school, that last for a lifetime.

Ultimately our passion is to ensure that during their time at Kingswood Academy, every child is equipped with the knowledge, confidence, personal skills and qualifications required to live a long, happy and successful life in the 21st Century.

Underpinning our vision for educational excellence are our 6 key drivers:
  • The highest expectations; 
  • Never give up; 
  • Everyone is valued; 
  • Value feedback; 
  • No excuses; 
  • Outstanding learning. 
These aspirational and inspirational core principles are central to everything that we do and were jointly created by students and staff to drive the Academy forward. At Kingswood Academy, we live and breathe these key drivers with an unwavering passion and determination to ensure that our students receive the best education; we will not settle for anything but the best, and will not rest until the academy is truly great in all areas.

We are truly passionate about Teaching and Learning and this is central to everything that we do. We firmly believe that when every teacher:
  • delivers outstanding learning day in day out; 
  • truly loves their subject; 
  • makes learning interesting, fun and relevant; 
  • forges excellent relationships with all students; 
  • knows the detail and nuances of the exam specifications; 
  • is proven and knows how to deliver top notch results;
then genuine sustainable school improvement takes place. We are passionate about ensuring every classroom in our academy is filled with this type of teacher.

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

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

This summer (2018), for the fourth year running, we celebrated our best ever GCSE results. We, yet again, had significant increases in the number of students achieving grade 4 and grade 5 in both English and Maths. Our progress scores were excellent too and our Progress 8 score of +0.74 means that we are now one of the top performing schools in Yorkshire and ranked 129th out of 6548 schools nationally. In 2018 61% of our students were disadvantaged and our Progress 8 score for these students was +0.66. Our SEN student' Progress 8 was 0.88 showing that all students at Kingswood Academy make good progress in every subject, regardless of their starting point and background.

Our last Ofsted inspection took place in February 2018 where Kingswood Academy was rated ‘good’ in all categories. The Ofsted report was extremely positive and outlines the vast array of improvements which have been made over the last four years on our journey from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’.

Inspectors commented:“The school has improved in many ways as a results of the Headteacher’s passionate and determined leadership.

  • “Over time, leaders have worked relentlessly to improve pupils’ outcomes. In the last two years, the progress of pupils has improved significantly, including in mathematics and science. Pupils now make progress that is above others nationally in most subjects.” 
  • Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities make very good progress in most subjects. The high-quality support for current pupils who have SEN is allowing them to make very good progress.” 
  • “The quality of teaching has improved and is now good.” 
  • There is a strong culture of safeguarding throughout the school. Pupils feel safe and appreciate the genuine care and support offered by teachers and other staff.” 
  • “The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils show respect for each other, staff and the school environment”. 
  • “Pupils’ attendance is now above others nationally.” 
  • “Governors are ambitious in their expectations of leaders. They make regular visits to the school and have an accurate understanding of its strengths and what needs to be improved. 
This Ofsted report, along with our 2018 results, show that Kingswood Academy is now a truly great school. There is still room for further improvement though, and the leadership team and I are not complacent. We will not be satisfied until Kingswood Academy is truly ‘Outstanding’ in all areas and we are working tirelessly with staff, students, parents and governors to ensure we achieve our vision of turning Kingswood Academy into the national beacon of educational excellence that this community deserves.

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

Richard Westoby - Headteacher

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