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  • 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: 1,258; sixth formers: 262
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding £12,348 pa
  • Open days: Sixth Form Open Evening: 19th January 2023
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 4th February 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 6th July 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A central part of its local and wider community. Originally two schools, it came together on one stunning site in 1980, looking forward to Derwentwater, Cat Bells and Causey Pike and back to Skiddaw. The school is proudly comprehensive and inclusive but pupil outcomes would rival those of many selective schools. National representation in sports as diverse as rugby, fell running, skiing, martial arts and karting. The students are very proud of the success of the girls’ rugby teams. As one young woman put it, ‘girls throw people to the ground as well, you know!’...

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School associations

State boarding school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Simon Jackson (early 40s), a biologist who was previously deputy head. With impressive academic credentials, MA (Oxon) and MEd, FRSA, he is proud to be only the eighth head since the school was refounded in 1898 as one of the country’s first truly coeducational schools. Married with two young children, who are both eagerly anticipating joining Keswick as pupils themselves, he is an energetic, bright and charismatic head teacher who is clearly well respected both in the school and the wider community. Academy status has brought with it the freedoms for the school to grow in a controlled way while retaining its unique characteristics, commitment to education in its widest sense and the confidence not to kowtow to the latest government edict if it is not deemed to be in the best...

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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

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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