Skip to main content
  • Keswick School
    Vicarage Hill
    CA12 5QB
  • Head: Mr Simon Jackson
  • T 01768 772605
  • F 01768 774813
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • 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 £11,088 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…

Read review »

What the parents say...

No comments received for Keswick School

Please login to post a comment.

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.

Academic matters

Results at GCSE and A level remarkable across...

Subscribe now for instant access to read The Good Schools Guide review.

Already subscribed? Login here.

Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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

  Zoopla sale properties   Zoopla rent properties   Hide Zoopla markers

Powered by Zoopla

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

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
 Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools
 Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

The Good Schools Guide subscription

GSG Blog >    In the news >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

The bigger picture



For a limited time get one month's Good Schools Guide subscription free with any purchase of The Good Schools Guide to Boarding Schools.