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  • The King's (The Cathedral) School
    Park Road
    PE1 2UE
  • Head: Mr Darren Ayling
  • T 01733 751541
  • F 01733 751542
  • E [email protected]…
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 8 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Peterborough
  • Pupils: 1,136; sixth formers: 357
  • Religion: Church of England
  • 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 21st March 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 22nd November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

One of only four state cathedral schools in the country. Founded in 1541 by Henry VIII with 12 students, it was originally housed in Peterborough Cathedral. Moved to its present location in the 1800s. An attractive building on a leafy street in a salubrious part of central Peterborough. Lots of talk of close contact with staff and immediate responses. ‘My daughter felt she was being overlooked in some lessons and that her teachers didn’t notice her. I spoke to the head of year about it and everything was dealt with very well, and solved almost immediately with them involving my daughter and how she could improve too'...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking General Studies at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

Other features

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Darren Ayling (40s). An English graduate who was heading for an academic career before realising that he preferred the tuition work he was doing to fund his PhD. On job training within the independent sector followed. Deputy head at Ipswich School before joining King’s for his first headship and first job in the state sector. ‘I have always wanted to work at a cathedral school so jumped at the chance to come here.’ Attends evensong on his way home every week. ‘He has a hard act to follow,’ came up more than once, the previous incumbent having been in situ for 20 years. ‘He is always at the school gates at the end of the day and is very friendly,’ said one mother. ‘I liked the way he introduced himself to me...

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Special Education Needs

The King's School does not have or operate any specialist SEN provision. We have a wide range of special needs in the School including SpLD, Asperger's Syndrome and children with a physical impairment.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers 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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