Kingswood has from its earliest days been an outward-looking school, where an active involvement in the local community and in more distant communities overseas has been a constant and defining aspect of the School’s history.
An extensive bursary and scholarship programme enables students from a wide range of backgrounds within our local community to benefit from the opportunities which a Kingswood education provides.
In keeping with our commitment to a holistic education and our outward-looking approach, we seek to engage in a wide range of activities within our local community which we hope will be of significant benefit to all those involved.
Our students engage with students from a wide range of other schools through activities which in recent years have, for instance, included our annual Model United Nations Conference, an International Day, providing assistance in local primary schools, hosting eco conferences and invitations to arts and other events held at the School. The School has a reputation within the Bath community for the quality of its performing arts and receives regular invitations to perform at local venues, including at the renowned Bath Festival.
Our staff provide specialist master classes and coaching in languages, science, technology and mathematics for local schools as well as those further afield. They also serve on specialist academic and technical bodies, speak at conferences, design frameworks for development programmes for teachers and serve as teacher mentors. The School hosts external training providers and offers places to colleagues from partner schools at subsidised rates or free of charge. More recent examples of this include:
- Our Head of Science and Head of Design and Technology being STEM trainers and running courses for staff from local schools
- The Head of Science running a ‘Stimulating Physics’ workshop attended by students from 17 maintained schools
- Our German Department supporting the delivery of A-Level German in a partner state school
- The Computer Science Department running a series of sessions on Python for pupils from one of our partner schools
- Lower Sixth students from a partner school attending our Lower Sixth academic enrichment programme
- Kingswood staff offering their time and expertise to support the Oxbridge applications of students from local state schools
Kingswood's productions of Cautionary Tales, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Bugsy Malone were attended by hundreds of local primary school children.
Charity fundraising is an integral part of the culture and life of the School, either through the efforts of individual students or as part of the School’s overall charity initiatives. At a more general level staff and students regularly raise funds through various personal and group initiatives in aid of a range of local, national and international charities. We believe that this focus on charity and community work not only benefits others but also develops a sense of social responsibility among the pupils which brings long-term benefits.
Extensive use is made of the School’s facilities throughout the year by local groups and organisations.
For instance, various Bath sporting clubs use our sports facilities for regular or one-off training, tournaments and events. Examples include:
- City of Bath Hockey Club making regular use of the AstroTurf pitches
- Larkhall Youth Football club using the Upper Sports facility
- Bath Aquae Sulis Swimming Club and the new Weston All Saints Primary School making extensive use of the swimming pool
- Oldfield School using our football pitches for girls’ football
We also host a number of music events and workshops that the public can attend and to which local schools are invited. The School sponsors part of the Bath Reading and Storytelling Festival – a popular, annual event – and also hosts two acclaimed reading and book competitions: The South West Regional Heat for the Kids Lit Quiz and the Centurion Book Awards. The School has held joint drama productions with Clarendon Academy in Trowbridge, making use of the School’s modern theatre and allowing students to enjoy the full technical support of a theatre, while drama students from a partner state school have joined Kingswood students on trips to theatre productions in London.
Other recent examples of our wish to engage fully with our local community include:
- The School’s Transport Manager providing training support to local schools, including a minibus driving programme with Oldfield School
- At Christmas each year, the School Dining Hall and Kitchens are made available to a local charity that provides Christmas lunch for those in need
- Caring for a number of historic buildings, three of which are listed, and regularly hosting visitors interested in the School’s distinctive heritage