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.
Welcome from Ms Christine Kattirtzi, Headteacher
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. It has a local and national reputation for being an outstanding school and has an impressive record of achievement as a centre of excellence for girls’ education. In the last three years, Kendrick has consistently been identified by the Department for Education as being in the top 1% 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. Students 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. As part of Kendrick’s Widening Horizons strategic initiative, we actively pursue partnerships with educational schools and businesses in our local area. These associations benefit the students of Kendrick, as well as, students in our neighbouring school. We share our good practice and offer opportunities to primary and secondary students in the Reading area. Currently Kendrick is a hub school in the Science Leadership Partnership and provides support and expertise to schools in the teaching of Science.
Kendrick is going through an expansion process and in September 2020 an additional 32 students joined us in Year 7. A further 32 students in Year 7 will be admitted over the next four years until 2024 making the school four form entry by that date. The additional 32 places are prioritised for Pupil Premium students (PPG) and students in the Reading area, called Priority Area 1 in our admissions process. In our Widening Horizons work we are committed to achieving greater participation of students from local Reading primary schools and to this end we have a homework club and provide support for pupil premium children and their families who wish to apply to Kendrick 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. House events are coordinated by the Kendrick House Captains and Student Leadership Team 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
Welcome from Mr Nicholas Simmonds, Acting Headteacher
Welcome to Kendrick School
These are unusual times in schools as well as nationally and globally. I am writing this welcome as the Acting Head Teacher whilst Ms Chris Kattirtzi, the school’s Head Teacher is taking a little time to recover from an accident in which she broke her leg.
We were delighted in September 2020 to be able to re-open the school against a backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic and following the extended period of school closure during national lock down.
I hope that you find much of what you are looking for on our website, on which we endeavour to keep as much up-to-date and useful information as possible. I hope that as you browse the website and explore other links to the school, maybe meeting students, parents and staff, that you will get a flavour of what a welcoming, friendly and inclusive school this is.
We strive to create an environment in which students can be themselves and in which we are all celebrated for who we are in a school that really lives its core values that are encapsulated by the school 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”.
The school is selective and aims to provide an excellent education for all its students in a safe and healthy environment where students and staff can share a love of learning and enjoy satisfaction in their achievements. The school strives to promote confidence in its students combining academic rigour with a determination to embrace new challenges, promote flexible and lifelong learning and to prepare the members of the school’s community for the future. The school is committed to valuing all subjects and areas of the curriculum.
I believe very much in focussing in process over outcome and, if we all routinely do the right things and study hard together, that over time the outcomes of this purposeful and thoughtful work will lead to the kind of results that our students are seeking. In 2019, the last year of published results, the school recorded the highest value added score in the country for schools in which all students passed GCSE English and Mathematics. Indeed the school’s Progress 8 score in 2019 was +1.28 which placed Kendrick 9th on the ranked list of all 6502 schools and colleges in England. Progress 8 measures the extra value added on average from all GCSE students; to achieve this having started with a selective cohort is truly remarkable.
At the school we work exceptionally hard on the personal development of all our students providing carefully planned and widely varied opportunities and activities that help them all to thrive and pursue the interests that they are most passionate about. We have a proud record of involvement in fund raising and awareness raising for local, national and international charities and students often approach me with ideas and concerns that they want to do something about. We have a very active House System that provides opportunities for students to have a go a something different and to get to know students from other forms and years.
This year the school has started a programme of expansion from three to four forms of 32 students entering year 7. This will continue until there are 128 students in the years from 7 to 11. The additional places are being prioritised for pupil premium students and those living in the Reading area. This is accompanied by the opening, this September, of a brand new 9 classroom building to accommodate everyone spaciously and comfortably. At this time it has been invaluable in helping us to establish bases for all our bubbled year groups without having to use specialist rooms such a science laboratories which can remain open for practical work.
I am so proud to be the acting head teacher of such an incredible school and to do what I can to keep Kendrick School sailing straight and even keeled and on its journey to provide an excellent and lasting education for all its students.
Mr Nick Simmonds
Acting Head Teacher
Welcome from Mrs Jan Nowecki, Chair of the Governing Body
Dear Parents/Carers and Students
In advance of the break I would like to update you in relation to Ms Kattirtzi’s full return to school.
You will be aware from Mr Simmonds’s updates that we have been pleased to welcome Ms Kattirtzi back to work in recent weeks and they have been working together to ensure a comprehensive update so that Ms Kattirtzi can fully resume her role after the holiday.
On behalf of the Governors I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank Mr Simmonds for the very professional approach he has taken as Acting Headteacher; the school has continued to be well led in what has been very challenging circumstances.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a good break and thank you for continuing to support our students in their remote learning. Let us hope that there will be some relaxation in the lockdown arrangements in the near future so that they can all get back into school.
With best wishes,
Chairman of Governors
12th February 2021