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  • Kirkbie Kendal School
    Lound Road
    LA9 7EQ
  • Head: Mr Philip Hyman
  • T 01539 727422
  • F 01539 729243
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.kirkbieken…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Cumbria
  • Pupils: 1018; sixth formers: 120
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: Sixth Form Open Evening is due to be 19th November 202
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 18th December 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 23rd September 2014

    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..

The school has been significantly oversubscribed for many years, not least because of its academic record. It’s bucking the trend in language learning with more than half of pupils taking a language to at least GCSE. German and Spanish are available up to A level although ... Students across the school valued the extracurricular activities and said that very little was cancelled. One parent commented, ‘The lunchtime clubs are great, there are so many - no excuse for ...

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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, Phil Hyman (mid 50s) MA, an engaging, intelligent and articulate headteacher who has led Kirkbie Kendal to become the school of choice for very many parents in Kendal and the surrounding area. A Durham University physics graduate, his previous posts included second in science at Ralph Allen School in Bath before becoming head of science and then deputy headteacher at Dallam School. Married to Sarah, also a teacher, with three adult sons.

Mr Hyman’s philosophy is built firmly around creating well-rounded knowledgeable young people. Nothing complex or innovative there, but this passion and an absolute commitment to people and teamwork are evident throughout the school. His style is certainly unassuming. We were told time and again (but not by him) that he knew the name of just about every...

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Interpreting catchment maps

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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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Further reading

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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.

Children get into the school from here:

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