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  • The King's (The Cathedral) School
    Park Road
    Peterborough
    Cambridgeshire
    PE1 2UE
  • Head: Mr Darren Ayling
  • T 01733 751541
  • F 01733 751542
  • E [email protected]…eterborough.sch.uk
  • W www.kings.peterborough.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 8 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Peterborough
  • Pupils: 1,187; sixth formers: 347
  • 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.

What the parents say...

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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

Head

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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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 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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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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:

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most years
quite often
infrequently
sometimes, but not in this year


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