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Kingsley School, Bideford, Devon

School Details
Northdown Road,
United Kingdom,
EX39 3LY

Tel: +44 1237 426200
Fax: +44 1237 425981

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Simon Woolcott

Mrs Caroline Bailey

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
SHMIS, Forest Schools, LAMDA, AEGIS, CReSTeD Dyslexia Unit (DU), BSA, AGBIS, ISA Independent, ISC
Religious affiliation:
All denominations welcome, Church of England, Methodist
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
0 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Audition, Entry test or exam, GCSE results, Interview, Report from previous school, Scholarship or bursary exam, Scholarship exam, Taster days, Visit school

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Means tested bursaries, Other bursaries, Clergy/Ministers, Academic, Sport, 6th Form, Teaching, All-rounder, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Financial need, Drama, Senior school entry, Siblings, Music, Art

What we offer

  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Business studies
  • Psychology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Mandarin
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Rounders
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Water sports
  • Golf
  • Touch rugby
  • Basketball
  • Athletics
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Archery
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Orienteering
  • Yoga
  • Language club
  • Chess
  • Horticulture
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Dance
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Adventure training
  • Rowing
  • Ballet
  • Canoeing
  • Shooting
  • Drama productions
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
Head PhotoSet in 25 acres of playing fields, gardens and woods, on the edge of the medieval maritime market town of Bideford, and within easy reach of dramatic Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, Kingsley School naturally offers every kind of water sport, including rowing, surfing and canoeing.

Not that Kingsley’s sporting prowess is limited to the water; far from it. Our gymnastics, netball and biathlon teams, for example, have won national titles, while our judo Academy has a unique training partnership with the famous TeamBath which has attracted elite players to the school from the UK and Germany.

Every pupil, boy and girl, of every level of ability, is encouraged to join in, to represent the school, and to develop their talents to the very highest level of which they are capable.

Academically the school consistently achieves excellent results. Kingsley’s GCSE results are 50% higher than the UK national average, while 95% of our Sixth Formers go on to university.

More than 60 after-school clubs and activities – including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the annual Ten Tors Challenge on nearby Dartmoor - keep our students challenged and stimulated beyond the regular school timetable.

The Boarding Houses offer real home-from home comfort and security.

And the school’s Grenville Dyslexia Centre has earned – and maintains – a national reputation in its field.

The school is always happy to welcome visitors. Please contact our Registrar Mrs Caroline Bailey on 01237 426200 to arrange a convenient time.
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