Welcome from Ms Kattirtzi, Headteacher

Ms Christine Kattirtzi

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Kendrick School website and to our school. I hope that you will enjoy perusing the site and finding out about our remarkable school and the superb education we offer.

Kendrick School is an 11-18 selective girls’ school with academy status. Since 2003 Kendrick has enjoyed the benefits of being a specialist school in Science, Mathematics and Languages; this ethos of specialism is reflected across all subjects taught at Kendrick. In 2007 Kendrick entered into a soft federation with Reading Girls’ School with whom it still maintains a working partnership for the benefit of girls’ education. In February 2011 Kendrick became an Academy.

Kendrick has an impressive record of the highest academic standards and achievements and is acknowledged as being one of the very best state schools in the country; it is a centre of excellence for girls’ education and an outstanding school. Recently, in March 2017, Kendrick was acknowledged and congratulated by the Schools’ Minister, Nick Gibb, for being in the top 5% of schools in the country in terms of progress of students between KS2 and KS4, using the Progress 8 measure.

Kendrick is a forward looking school and grasps the opportunities that present themselves. A love of learning is at the heart of Kendrick with a strong emphasis on high quality teaching. The curriculum is organised to meet the needs of all students and is regularly reviewed. All staff are hardworking and dedicated to the school; teaching staff are specialists and experts in their field and are committed to achieving the best for their students. Girls are bright, enthusiastic and curious and have a love of learning.

As an outstanding school, Kendrick seeks to work with other schools and organisations and to this end we have excellent relationships with secondary and primary schools within the local area and beyond. Kendrick actively pursues partnerships with educational establishments as well as with local businesses. These associations benefit the students of Kendrick and also enable us to share the good practice and opportunities we have with other schools and students in Reading. Currently Kendrick leads the Science Leadership Partnership in the South East of England and provides support and expertise to schools in the teaching of Science. Kendrick is also part of the Reading Teaching School with Churchend Primary School.

As well as the formal curriculum, students at Kendrick enjoy a rich and varied extracurricular education. The House System provides opportunities for healthy competition with numerous annual house events which are key activities in the school year. Many of the House events are coordinated by the Head Girl Team and House Captains who work energetically with staff to support this vital community aspect of the school. School Council is an active student leadership group which discusses and drives change for the students.

Underpinning all that goes on at Kendrick is the superb Kendrick Community Spirit. There are excellent relationships between staff and students. Staff give generously of their time and are rewarded by the commitment and dedication of the students. This unique school community is supported by an expert governing body and an active parents’ association, the Kendrick Parents’ Society. Any day at Kendrick is busy, fun and enjoyable!

As the Headteacher of Kendrick, my vision is to lead, inspire and make a difference to the lives of girls and young women. I believe passionately in girls’ education and know that Kendrick School affords its students the very best education there is. My commitment to the school is to safeguard the core values on which the school is based, extend the excellence of the school and always grasp the opportunities to secure its future.

Ms Christine Kattirtzi
Headteacher

April 2017