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  • Keswick School
    Vicarage Hill
    CA12 5QB
  • Head: Mr Simon Jackson
  • T 01768 772605
  • F 01768 774813
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cumbria
  • Pupils: 1,274; 53 boarders; sixth formers: 272
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day: free; Boarding £10,560 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 5th February 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 7th July 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

No swimming pool; the outdoor pool was closed a long time ago due to health and safety legislation, but open water swimming in the lake is surprisingly popular, and for those unafraid of heights, the school even has its own dry ski slope. Interestingly, many of the extracurricular clubs and activities are organised and run by the pupils themselves. One boy is already proving himself to be commercially astute, making money from an app business he runs alongside…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)

School associations

State boarding school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Simon Jackson MA (Oxon) MEd FRSA (30s), previously deputy head, only the eighth head in the last 115 years. Educated at the Royal Latin Grammar School in Buckingham and St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he studied biological sciences. Did his PGCE at Wolfson College, Oxford and MEd at University of Gloucestershire. Married with a young family, he is youthful, well-respected, hugely bright and enthusiastic; ‘We plough our own furrow here’. He clearly enjoys the freedoms academy status brings and doubtless wouldn’t have it any other way. A scientist and outdoorsy type, he commands respect from all and sundry and you can see why – he has a real presence about the place and wraps enormous charm and an intelligent approach to education around it.

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Special Education Needs

The school recognises that each one of its pupils is unique and aims to meets their needs as far as possible within the budget available. The school does not specialise in supporting particular categories of SEN. Parents are strongly advised to discuss any known difficulty with the school before applying for admission. Keswick operates within the Cumbrian umbrella that designates specific schools for more complex special needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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