THE KENDRICK PLEDGE
We, the students, staff and friends of Kendrick School, pledge to uphold the values of friendship, kindness and respect. We promise to stand against prejudice, ignorance and injustice in all its forms, promoting the values of equality, tolerance and justice for all.
Ofsted report November 2022 "The Kendrick Pledge emphasises friendship, kindness, respect, equality, tolerance and justice, and these values underpin all that the school achieves. Pupils flourish in this exceptionally caring and inclusive learning environment. Secure, trusting relationships between staff and pupils ensure pupils feel very well supported and safe here. In turn, pupils’ excellent behaviour and impeccable manners make Kendrick a very special place to be".
Welcome from Ms Christine Kattirtzi, Headteacher
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Kendrick School.
Kendrick School is an 11-18 selective girls’ school with academy status. It has a local and national reputation as an outstanding school and has an impressive record of achievement as a centre of excellence for girls’ education.
In its last five OFSTED inspections, Kendrick was judged an “outstanding” school. In our most recent inspection in November 2022, OFSTED stated "Pupils and sixth formers are justly proud of their school community. They delight in their learning and truly excel here. One parent spoke for many when reflecting, ‘The school does a great job of creating well-rounded, kind, human beings who will hopefully go on to make the world a better place. The academic results are important of course, but far from the only focus.’ Inspectors totally agree.”
Kendrick is a forward-looking school that 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 engaging, rich and ambitious. All staff are hardworking and dedicated; students are bright, enthusiastic and curious, they love being at their school.
At Kendrick, students 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. Kendrick Student Leaders work energetically and collaboratively with staff to support this vital community element of the school. In addition, we have a School Council, which discusses and drives change for students.
Safeguarding and students’ mental health and wellbeing are prioritised above all else. As stated by Ofsted in November 2022, ‘The arrangements for Safeguarding are effective at Kendrick’ and ‘there is a culture of vigilance’ where ‘staff care deeply about pupils’ wellbeing’.
As part of Kendrick’s Widening Horizons strategic initiative, we actively pursue partnerships with schools and businesses in our local area and beyond. These associations benefit the students of Kendrick, as well as those in neighbouring schools. We share our good practice and offer opportunities to work with primary and secondary schools in the Reading area.
Kendrick has been expanding over the last three years, a process that started in September 2020 when an additional 32 students joined the school in Year 7. This will continue until September 2024 when the school will have four forms of 32 students throughout years 7-11. In the expanded cohort, priority is given to pupil premium students and students living in the Reading area, this is called Priority Area 1 in our admissions process. Our Widening Horizons initiative commits us to achieving greater participation and access for students from Reading primary schools. To support this work, we run a weekly Inspire Club for Year 5 students during Term 2 to Term 6. This provides support for pupil premium children, and their families who wish to apply to Kendrick School.
As the Headteacher of Kendrick, it is my vision 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.
Ms Christine Kattirtzi
Letter from Mr Keith Miller, Chair of the Governing Body
I am pleased to write to you all as the 2023-2024 academic year gets underway. The governing body welcomes everyone to Kendrick whether as new or continuing students.
As governors we are responsible for working with Ms Kattirtzi and the Senior Leadership Team to agree the strategic direction of Kendrick, and we are committed to delivering wherever possible. Collectively we bring a range of skills and experience from finance, education, legal and IT business sectors to assist senior leadership and management. We meet regularly as three committees: Learning & Teaching, Resources and Performance Review and as a Full Governing Body three times a year. We all feel very privileged to be involved in such a wonderful school and encourage any of you to become involved when we advertise vacancies from time to time.
As ever we are confident that this year will continue to see some interesting events and achievements from the students whether these be scientific, sporting, musical or from the range of charitable work our students always get involved with. We have such talented students who are ably supported by both you and our dedicated staff. The Student Leadership team also has some exciting plans for the year, and we encourage everyone to get involved. In addition, Kendrick Parents’ Society also provides much needed financial support for the added extras that benefit all our students, so please get involved and support their activities and requests for support.
As Chairman of the Governing Body I am always happy to hear from any of you, and please feel free to contact Jackie Gray, Clerk to the Governing Body, if you would like to get in touch.
On behalf of the governing body I wish you all well and am sure everyone will enjoy another successful year both academically and in terms of extracurricular activity. The governors always enjoy hearing how students are faring, and we look forward to those updates in the coming academic year.
With best wishes
Chairman of Governors