ACS International School

Kingshott School

St Ippolyts, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom SG4 7JX

Age Range & Fees

Age Range3 to 13
Annual Day Fees£6090 to £13125
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees£0 to £0

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
229Day172
0Full Board0
0Weekly0
229Total172

Number of Staff

Full-time: 48
Part-time: 22

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mr D Weston


Independent schools should embrace and exploit their independence. None of us would deny the central importance of a high quality academic education, but teaching to the test does not achieve that. It might create a generation or two of well qualified examinees, but where is their initiative, their creativity, their ability to find imaginative solutions? "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire", I do like that. Schools I enjoy and teachers I admire do not see teaching as an exercise in filling buckets - treating pupils like empty vessels that remain inanimate while someone tops them up - but as a process of lighting fires: sparking the curiosity, inventiveness and expression that fuels genuine, deep-seated learning together with the ability and the confidence to apply the skills and knowledge learnt.

It is at prep school that children are of the age to acquire a set of values and standards that can help them navigate some of the choppy waters that will inevitably come their way. I believe the right school environment can imbue children with a clear understanding of right and wrong, of how to demonstrate respect and tolerance, and how to contribute positively towards establishing and maintaining good relations with peers. We have also adopted a version of the 5Rs, promoting readiness, resourcefulness, resilience, responsibility and reflectiveness. We give children a chance to self-assess themselves in these five areas on a regular basis and we comment on and reward examples of these qualities in their work and in their attitude and behaviour around the school.

We want to enable our children to enjoy the widest possible breadth of experience; to have the chance to discover areas that engage their interest, activities at which they find they have some ability and others that are simply fun. This way children begin to define themselves - an important part of their development. A crucial part of this is to stimulate creativity and to provide a fulfilling programme of physical activities. Music is a well-established strength, our Art is remarkable and brightens vast areas of the school, Dance is very popular and Drama is making the most of our superbly equipped theatre - a cast of 400 in "Lion King"! With well-being quite rightly so high on every school's agenda, we should not ignore the benefits of such a broad range of active involvement.
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What we offer

  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Ancient Greek
  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Adventure training
  • Astronomy
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Language club
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Skiing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Particular diets
  • Hearing
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Dyslexia
  • MLD
  • Aspergers
  • Delicate/Medical

Method of Entry

  • Assessment
  • Report from previous school
  • Registration
  • Taster days

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Siblings
  • Financial need
  • Means tested assisted places

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • IAPS
  • ISC

Religious Affliations:

  • All denominations welcome


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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