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  • Katharine Lady Berkeley's School
    Kingswood Road
    GL12 8RB
  • Head: Mr Andrew Harris
  • T 01453 842227
  • F 01453 845480
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 1,468; sixth formers: 214
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 10th May 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 4th October 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘Just fantastic: can’t fault it – the school or its teachers,’ is the verdict of the parents we spoke to. Although totally non-selective, the principle is one of grouping by ability ‘with a reasonable degree of refinement – another advantage of a large school. Particularly good for maths,’ so says the head. This is a sporty place – make no mistake – with an extensive fixture list against the many state and independent schools in the area. Minority sports such as table tennis and badminton also appear to nail the competition locally, but it is heartening to see that the less sportingly inclined are also encouraged...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking French - Listening at an English Comprehensive School (QCF Language Qual Child Level 1)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French - Reading at an English Comprehensive School (QCF Language Qual Child Level 1)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French - Speaking at an English Comprehensive School (QCF Language Qual Child Level 1)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French - Writing at an English Comprehensive School (QCF Language Qual Child Level 1)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1998, Andrew Harris BSc MA (early 60s). A maths graduate of Exeter University with a masters from London, he has worked all his life in large mixed comprehensive schools in the south of England. ‘This type of education gives the most rounded opportunities to young people, as it reflects the society in which they will live,’ he says. Thoughtful, measured and conventionally attired in suit and tie, Mr Harris exudes an air of calm and experience, alongside a palpable sense that the well-being of the whole school community is top priory. ‘Respect on all sides for all parties makes the school feel like a nice place to be’, he explains. ‘The ability to deal with the stresses and strains of adult life comes partly from the release provided by acquiring and exercising different...

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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.

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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.

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