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Kirkbie Kendal School is a thriving, successful school for girls and boys aged between 11 and 18 years old, with a long tradition of excellence in academic achievement. We maintain this proud tradition with state of the art facilities and a determination to provide all of our students with the learning and skills required to shape and meet the demands of our rapidly changing society.


In 1525 the Kendal ‘Free Schole’ came into existence, later becoming known as Kendal Grammar School. In 1888 the Kendal High School for Girls opened. In 1889 our beautiful main building was constructed and the School moved to its current location. The Girls’ and Boys’ Schools amalgamated in 1980 to form Kirkbie Kendal School.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mike Bousfield
Contact Position
Assistant Headteacher
01539 727422  01539 727422 
Kirkbie Kendal School
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Kirkbie Kendal School
Lound Road


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How is progress monitored and reported?
As part of KKS Assessment and Reporting cycle contact will be made with parents at least three times a year through parents’ evenings, Interim Grade Sheets and full reports. A student with an EHC Plan will also have an Annual Review after the initial Student Support Plan has been created. All students with an EHC Plan, and their parents, will contribute to the writing of the Student Support Plan. 

Who has access to Interventions?
Some students require more than quality first teaching and support in class.  For those students, short term interventions are delivered.  The aim of these interventions is to support students- in cementing knowledge and skills that the subject teacher can then build upon. Currently we have a range of interventions aimed at developing skills in numeracy, reading, spelling, writing, as well as social and emotional resilience and social skills. 

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
All children are supported by the school’s pastoral team, led by the Assistant Head. 

Students with Education & Health Care Plans, and some other students, may have access to a learning support mentor. They will liaise between yourselves and teaching staff to ensure the child has access to the social and academic opportunities at Kirkbie Kendal School.

What specialist services or expertise are available or are accessed by the school?
To ensure the correct support is in place and barriers to learning are minimised, Kirkbie Kendal School has access to a range of specialist services. This list is not exhaustive but currently includes:  Educational Psychologists, Special Advisory Teachers, and Inspira.
The school also has an independent Careers Advisor, Education Welfare Officer, and limited access to an Educational Psychologist who works alongside the pastoral team and SEN team.

How will the school support transition to and from Kirkbie Kendal School?
The school and Learning Support Department works closely with the feeder primary schools and ‘next stage’ providers.
For students with EHC Plans the SENCO would expect to attend Year 5 and 6 reviews to ensure individualised plans are in place. For those that are SEN Support, visits will be made to primary schools and individualised plans made as required. 

Individualised plans are also made to help students progress on to the ‘next stage’ of their learning career. Students have access to a Careers Advisor or Inspira. Many of our students have benefited from supported visits to their chosen local college. Close links are made between local colleges to ensure information is shared. Local providers are usually invited to EHCP reviews in Year 11 and 13 where applicable.

How will the school support students with SEND in exams?
The SENCO has the responsibility to ensure that necessary access arrangements are in place for all external examinations. The screening and assessment process for this will begin in Year 9 but the school will endeavour to offer the arrangements throughout the student’s time at KKS. Students that are identified for assessment are those that have received Literacy intervention from Learning Support, those with support plans, those with a diagnosis of dyslexia, students identified by teachers and those requested by parents. 

Students that receive exam access arrangements must have a disability - ‘limitations going beyond the normal differences in ability which may exist among people.’ (Equality Act 2010). Those students that are eligible for exam access arrangements will be recorded on the SEN register as they have a substantial, long term impairment that affects day to day activities.



Local Offer


Kirkbie Kendal School seeks at all times to maximise the potential of all students, whatever their needs and abilities, so that all benefit from effective learning opportunities within the school and the wider community. Kirkbie Kendal School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children, which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities. 

Children may have AEN throughout, or at any time during their school career. This policy ensures that curriculum planning and assessment takes account of the type and extent of the difficulty experienced by the student. Teachers take into account in their planning a student’s special educational needs and the provision made therefore enables such students to participate effectively in all curriculum and assessment activities, in addition to broader aspects of schools life.

Contact Name
Kyrine Townley
Contact Telephone
01539 727422
Contact Email
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