The School’s overall aims are:
To help young people to reach their potential at school in preparation for leading confident, fulfilled and unselfish lives as adults.
Supporting our pupils
The pastoral support at King’s is paramount in offering an environment where every pupil feels happy, valued as an individual and part of a confident and supportive community. Our pastoral network of the Houses and Fourth Form system enables us to nurture our pupils through dedicated pastoral time and offers a guiding hand through adolescence. Throughout their time at King’s, the close relationship built with staff and their peers enables pupils to reach their full potential and ensures help is never far away.
Reaching academic potential
It is a King’s goal that every pupil should reach their academic potential. As pupils move through the school, their academic performance is monitored by the Head of Fourth Form, Head of Middle Years and Head of Sixth Form.
In association with good teaching, we believe that the critical factor which ensures the best possible academic outcomes is effort. We, therefore, place great emphasis on effort and closely monitor effort grades for each pupil as they progress through the school. Pupils have regular opportunities to discuss effort and attainment with their tutor. Should pupils need extra support, action plans are put in place and the Learning Skills department are on hand to offer advice as well as diagnostic testing and, where necessary, small group or one-to-one support.
To encourage intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning all King’s pupils are encouraged to engage with super-curriculum activities. Super-curricular activities are those our students take part in to go beyond what they study in timetabled curriculum subjects. Within this there is also an Academic Enrichment programme throughout the year which is designed to broaden horizons and stimulate discussion.
We believe that working in teams and developing leadership skills are important attributes that young people will need to embrace modern working life as adults. A variety of extra-curricular activities encourage this, for example sports team, drama productions, Duke of Edinburgh, CCF and Young Enterprise. Additionally, pupils of all ages are invited to attend the School Council which is chaired by a member of the Upper Sixth, at which they are encouraged to put forward their views about the improvement of the School.
Within the House system members of the Sixth Form have daily contact with younger pupils. The Heads of House, help staff run the House and ensure that there is good communication between adults and pupils.
All members of the Upper Sixth are invited to become a mentor to a member of a Year 7 class; the youngest and oldest pupils in the School. The Scholars and Senior Scholar provide academic leadership to the school. There are also School Monitors, who, under the leadership of the Head of School and Deputy Heads of School, play a vital role in the smooth running of the School. They are excellent ambassadors and role models in our community.
Community and Charity work
To imbue our pupils with a sense of responsibility and purpose, we believe that being aware of, and contributing to, the wider community is important. We maintain strong links with the local community and the wider world. King's pupils give time, energy and enthusiasm in order to help others.
The school’s charity committee is very active and, run by students, organises money-raising ventures and initiatives such as the Senior Citizen’s Party at Christmas or the Fort Royal Children's Party in the summer. Different Houses also raise money for charities. Every two years, all pupils and staff take part in a Charity Walk, raising a large sum of money for charities chosen by members of the school community. In alternate years, the School Fête draws in many thousands of people from the city of Worcester and also raises money for charities.
There are opportunities for pupils to volunteer in the community from the middle years upwards. This might be as part of a Duke of Edinburgh scheme, the King’s Certificate (Lower Sixth) or part of the Sixth Form Key Skills sessions. They work with local primary schools, with the elderly or in local hospitals. King's is proud to share its facilities with others when possible and local primary schools are invited to take part in quizzes or sports