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Kirkbie Kendal School is an academy school and known as a Business and Enterprise College in Kendal, Cumbria, Northern England, and serves the area around the town and rural countryside. Kirkbie Kendal School operates as a Foundation school, and has been regularly oversubscribed, accepting students based on a designated hierarchy.[2] The school has 880 pupils on roll, ages 11–18.[3]

Programs and curriculum[edit]

As a Business and Enterprise College status, Kirkbie Kendal School focuses on raising levels of attainment in business studies and related courses, mathematics and information technology. The school works with local businesses, colleges and universities to provide students with the skills needed to progress into higher or further education and employment or entrepreneurship.[4] The school was re-designated as a Business and Enterprise College in 2008.

The school has taken steps to alert students and parents to potential dangers of social networking websites, after an incident of cyber-bullying involving students at the school.[5][6]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2003, Kirkbie Kendal School was one of 14 schools in the North-East and Cumbria that were awarded specialist status by the Department for Education and Skills, entitling the school to its share of more than £2m worth of investment.[7]

A team from the school won the regional final of the Institute of Physics 2004 Paperclip Physics Competition. The Kirkbie Kendal School team was recognized from among six finalists for its efforts in explaining concepts of density and buoyancy.[8][9]

A student at the school was one of 25 regional winners in the 2006 Audi Innovation Awards competition, a national design competition for students ages 11–14. Over 4,000 entries were submitted to the competition from more than 200 schools.[10]

For 2006, Kirkbie Kendal School was the North East Regional winner of the Charter Standard Secondary School award for outstanding achievement in providing football opportunities for their students.[11] The school was also recognized in 2004.[12]

Academic performance[edit]

The school gets GCSE results at the England average and A-level results slightly above the England average.[13]

OFSTED inspections[edit]

The school was inspected by OFSTED on the 23 and 24 September 2014. The school received two outstanding and the rest were in the category good.[14]

School Features[edit]

The school is medium-sized and in total there are 6 buildings on the school grounds. Those being the main building, Humanities block, Languages block, Expressive Arts block, Technology block and the Science Maths and IT block.


  • Three members (Neil and Scott Wilkinson, Matthew Wood) of the popular beat combo British Sea Power

Kendal Grammar School[edit]

  • Sir Edward BaileyMC, geologist (1892-9)
  • Nigel Bell, Chief Executive of the NHS Information Authority from 1999-2001 (1970-7)
  • Robert Chorley, 1st Baron Chorley
  • Peter Gibbs, BBC Weather forecaster (1969–76)
  • Dr Michael Rutter CBE, vet and Chief Executive from 1990-2002 of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (1952-9)
  • David Starkey, English historian (1956–63)
  • Carl Walker, former policeman (1945–50)
  • David Wheatman, cricketer
  • Philip Wilson, former Liberal MP for St Pancras South (1886–93)

Kendal High School for Girls[edit]


  1. ^"Development of the school". Kirkbie Kendal School. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  2. ^"Admissions Arrangements Policy September 2016" (doc). Kirkbie Kendal School. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  3. ^"School prospectus". Kirkbie Kendal School. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  4. ^"Extra Curricular Activities". Kirkbie Kendal School. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  5. ^Cyber bullying incident at school, Westmorland Gazette, February 16, 2007
  6. ^Cyber BullyingArchived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine., Lakeland Radio, February 18, 2007
  7. ^"Schools win special status", The Journal, July 1, 2003
  8. ^Kirkbie Kendal wins local heat of Paperclip Physics, Institute of Physics Lanbria, Issue 7, May 2004. p. 2.
  9. ^2004 Paperclip Competition, Institute of Physics, accessed March 7, 2007
  10. ^2005 Audi Innovation AwardsArchived 2007-04-07 at the Wayback Machine., accessed March 7, 2007
  11. ^Regional Award for Kirkbie Kendal SchoolArchived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., Westmorland County FA, February 28, 2007
  12. ^Kirkbie Kendal AwardArchived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine., Lakeland Radio, February 22, 2005
  13. ^Kirkbie Kendal School League Tables from BBC News.
  14. ^Ofsted Inspection Reports, accessed 10 October 2016

The Queen Katherine School is an academy school located in Kendal, Cumbria, England. It is a co-educational facility for 11- to 18-year-olds and has around 1420 students.[1]

The school was deemed to be "inadequate" after an inspection by Ofsted in December 2016.[2]


The school's ethos is

"A trusting, open, caring, inclusive, friendly and structured atmosphere - with comfortable relationships, clear expectations and with every individual valued.”[citation needed]
“We have a focus on learning, guidance and monitoring for all students and staff, both inside and outside the classroom.”[citation needed]

It achieved specialist status as a Technology College in 2001 and became a strategic facility for students with physical and medical difficulties in 2002. In 2006, it became a full service Extended School.

In 2011 the school became an Academy.


There are over 30 school clubs, and a number of activities during lunchtime, after school and at weekends.

There are regular school plays, including an annual musical, a number of choirs and a school orchestra, which perform locally. Many QKS students also play in the Westmorland Youth Orchestra and Cumbria Youth Orchestra, or sing in the Amabile choir.

The School Council[edit]

Each form elects representatives who meet as a Year Council. There are Upper and Lower School Councils and a full School Council. Senior Students are elected from the Sixth Form, and they chair the various meetings and organise the Sixth Form Ball, amongst other things. The School Council is given an annual budget to spend on school improvement. The Council is also involved in charity fund-raising.

The Queen Katherine School Association[edit]

The Queen Katherine School Association (QKSA).[3] is a group of parents and teachers who aim to assist the school, including by raising funds. It has charitable status (registered number 518201) and its formal purpose is "To advance the education of the pupils of the school in providing and assisting in the provisions of facilities for education at the school (not normally provided by the local education authority)."[citation needed] It is a member of the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA).

South Lakes Federation[edit]

The school was part of the South Lakes Federation, which is made up of eight schools, two special schools, a further education college and a college of higher education in the South Lakeland area of Cumbria.[4]


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