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  • Cirencester Kingshill School
    Kingshill Lane
    GL7 1HS
  • Head: Christine Oates
  • T 01285 651511
  • F 01285 885652
  • E [email protected]…
  • W www.cirenceste…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 902
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: Open Evening currently scheduled for 16 September 2021, and Open Morning's for 23/24 September 2021
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 1st March 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 8th May 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Parents are spoilt for choice in this area with grammar schools and other well-performing state schools, but are are won over by CKS: it is ‘welcoming’ and ‘friendly’. ‘There’s so much space to run around outside,’ our guide enthused. Plus there are staggered lunchtimes so pupils are lucky enough to only share with their closest peers. Year 7 have own lunch break. Pupils seem genuinely happy and proud...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2004, Christine Oates, previously deputy head of a secondary comprehensive near Newbury. Originally from Yorkshire, studied maths at Keele University before heading south to teach in schools across Surrey, Berkshire and Gloucestershire. During her time at CKS, pupil numbers have increased by nearly a third. No longer teaches but can be seen on daily lunch duty. A caring head (she has introduced staggered lunchtimes to look after younger years) but strict too (by her own admission and backed up by parents). Headteacher and staff ‘are excellent…always approachable,’ parents reported. Married, enjoys walking holidays and being ‘outdoorsy’.


Non-selective. Applications (which increased from 189 to 196 pupils per year group in 2019) via local authority, Gloucestershire. On open mornings prospective parents are given tours by pupils, who, based on our experience are proud of their school.<br...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

An intervention programme is available for KS3 pupils in English and Maths. Reading and Spelling groups are run. The Learning Support Department is open lunchtime so that any pupil can get help with skilled-based work and homework. There is also an after school homework club. All pupils receive targets which pupils and tutors agree. We offer different types of support including General class support, support for Statement pupils, Literacy skill workshops, Basic skill groups, Key skill groups and Study groups.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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