Senior News

News Articles - Senior Only - Sept 2012 to Current

In the last year of the current format of GCSEs for maths and English, Kingsley School pupils are celebrating a great set of GCSE results, with 100% pass rate.

Sixth Formers at Kingsley School are celebrating a great set of A-level results, with their A*, A and B grades up 10% since last year.

Kingsley School Judo welcomed two of Great Britain's top Elite Judoka this weekend.

In assembly on Friday, Rachel Turner from Cancer Research UK in the South West shared all the latest pioneering work that the charity undertakes to help research and find cures for cancer.

Success at the beach!

Well done to our competitors in Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 who took part in Round 2 of the North Devon Athletics League at Braunton

Our senior scientists demonstrated to our junior scientists how to create a rocket this morning.

An outstanding evening.

The conditions were perfect for our DofE training day yesterday.

A daunting prospect lay ahead for the staff team this afternoon as they took on the Sixth Form students in the annual Kingsley football match.

Our first school surf club of the term was diverted from the beach, as there were no waves, to Total Wipeout at The Ultimate Adventure Centre.

As always, it was wonderful taking the time to walk to Church this morning, to collect our thoughts on the upcoming term and catch up with friends.

Alice was in seat 3 for the Cambridge women's crew.

Success for Kinglsey's Harry

Missionaries, Adam and NuNu, were guest speakers for Year 7 this afternoon to teach the class about the school in which they are involved, in Mason, Thailand.

‘Kingsley Bideford Community Theatre Company' had the first performance 'What are they Like?' by Lucinda Coxon last night in the school theatre.

From Germany to Australia to the girls in Belvoir House at Kingsley School - millions of people around the world switched off their lights at 8.30pm on Saturday for Earth Hour to show they care about the future of our planet.

Yesterday, Year 9 students were given the opportunity to participate in Personal Development Training (PDT) facilitated by the Royal Air Force here at Kingsley School.

Kingsley School senior gymnasts competed in The North Devon Schools’ Gymnastics Competition at Falcons, Barnstaple today. It was a thrilling competition as gymnasts competed for titles and trophies.

It was an exciting day’s play with several close encounters!

The only school from the South West with both a senior and junior team.

You might not have heard of Gamelan Gang yet, but we have a feeling that’s all about to change.

The United Kingdom Maths Trust (UKMT) Team Challenge encourages mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills; whilst giving pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region.

Kingsley School hosted the South West Gym Competition this weekend, organised by Katrina Venner and Gemma Braunton.

Mr Beechey and Years 7 & 8 enjoyed an activity day at Buckfast Abbey, the only English medieval monastery to have been restored and used again for its original purpose.

Today Kingsley School hosted the ‘Be Inspired Judo Festival,’ as part of the BBC Get Inspired Programme and along with the British Judo Association Club, which is based at Kingsley School.

Kingsley School 45: West Buckland 34

A really great team effort.

Kingsley School Bideford's Year 12 went to Exmoor in the beautiful sunshine to complete a study of the River Exe as part of their AS Geography course.

Great performance!

Whilst millions of people around the world celebrated the start of the Lunar New Year on Monday, the theme of our senior school assembly was Chinese New Year celebrations.

Kingsley School Judo Club produced a brilliant display of determination and courage in the Devon County Championships held at Torbay Leisure Centre in Paignton at the weekend.

Happy birthday Lilli, Vivien, Ana, Carola, Lucas and Miss Kirk.

‘Youth Speaks’ Team Through to Next Round

Our brilliant sports coach, Miss Braunton, teaches gym to all the children, from a young age; giving ideal opportunities to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play and dedication.

As part of the Year 9 Geography course we study Climates and Environments, with particular focus on the Tropical Rainforest Biome.

Well done to our U15 girls’ football team who got to the Final in the North Devon Schools Championships.


Some fabulous photos taken this weekend on the netball courts during the seniors’ matches.

Boarders having a Blast!

I couldn't be any prouder ....

What is the sum of the digits of n if the integer n is the mean of the three numbers 17,23 and 2n?

On Saturday Exeter College travelled to Kingsley for the first netball match of the season.

Celebration Evening for Kingsley Judo Club

It is amazing what can be packed into a school day both inside and outside the classroom!

Who are your really important people?

A traditional French Treat

Kingsley School's Induction Programme is underway.

Today it was announced that Alex Brookes (Upper Sixth) has secured a place in the 2016 British Handball Squad.

A message from the Kingsley Friends

An adventure down the rabbit hole.

Students from the Sixth Form celebrated the end of term with a Christmas party which was held at Bideford Rugby Club

It’s not quite Christmas but party season is well underway for Kingsley boarders.

'it's so hard to agree'

Sixth Form Psychology students attended the True Life Conferences in Bristol.

The Belvoir girls had their Christmas Party in style on Saturday night.

Kingsley parents enjoy a festive baking session.

West of England Inter-County Team Championships

Well done to both our Year 7 & 8 girls hockey teams who both came from behind to draw 1-1 against Bideford College

Another great evening in the life of a Carisbrooke boarders!

The pictures say it all!

Mr Mathers and Mr Stella were amazed, (and downright chuffed), to be awarded a signed rugby ball, in a special surprise assembly, from the boys, in recognition of the training effort and commitment to the Senior Rugby team this term.

Brand Loyalty being Tested

Well done to Samuel, Kwan, Ken, Nicholas & Kevin who played in the Devon Schools Table Tennis Championships 2015.

Kingsley v Mount Kelly

The Parent Teacher group for Kingsley School

Rain. ✔ Cold. ✔ Muddy ✔. Perfect conditions then for the Gliddon & Squire North Devon Cross Country League race at Shebbear College.

Congratulation to the entire team.

On Saturday we enjoyed the Christmas Craft Fayre, the official start of the Christmas season!

Fund Raising for Pudsey

Five Sixth Form pupils and Mr Whaley spent the weekend in London taking part in the annual World AIMS weekend conference.

A wonderful afternoon in the rain and mud!

An evening of ‘The Bare Necessities’, ‘Pie Jesus’, ‘My Favourite Things’ to Guns and Roses ......

Year 7 pupils accompanied by Mr Whaley and Mrs Stella visited the beautiful Cheddar Gorge and Caves

A brutal encounter with Holsworthy Community College showed how far this team has progressed this year.

West Buckland was the location for a challenging course in the second cross country meet of the season.

Celebrating in the Food Room

We welcome Mr Joe Knight

Well done to our U14 girls hockey team who played their socks off at the recent North Devon schools area tournament held at Park School.

A great 32 to 7 win against Blundells showed how hard work leads to results.

A very British dish of fish and chips!

This day has it all! Where else can you find such beautiful scenery, sunshine and surfing? And all in the school day.

We are fortunate to have a 'whole day approach' to fitness at Kingsley

A lovely time was had by all

The senior school has been celebrating languages to help increase multi-language awareness in classrooms and across our school community.

" There is nothing better than seeing live productions of their A Level texts."

Members of Caroline Williams' tutor group were thrilled with the amount and quality of donations sent in by Kingsley parents, children and staff.

It's British Food Fortnight and the Year 10s were set a Big Breakfast Challenge.

A bird's eye view of a recent rugby match

Enjoying the lovely weather

"How successful is the coastal management in your chosen coastal study area?”

Rugby for the girls

Hope we haven't ruined the surprise when the letter lands on the door mat 6,000 miles away!

A busy, energetic Judo Club

Many congratulations to Jersey and Leon - both gold medal winners from the Devizes Open Judo Championship yesterday.

What a great time for Kingsley Handball teams!

Author Tanya Landman Visits Kingsley

"A friendly, learning experience."

First Surf Club session of the term

We welcome our new Residential Tutor, Ms. Amelia Kirk, all the way from Tennessee.

The newly established Kingsley School Community Theatre Company has once again gained a place in the prestigious National Theatre Connections Festival.

A great way to start the new school year

It's good to be back

Some great moments from the Camp with some Kingsley Judoka with Megan Fletcher and her Commonwealth Gold

Nationally whilst top grades at GCSE dropped for the fourth year in a row, Kingsley School pupils top GCSE grades (A & A*) have jumped up 16% since last year.

TWO best friends who pushed each other all the way with a healthy rivalry were celebrating at Kingsley School, as they met the grade for medical school.

A fun, rather breezy day ....

Senior Judo player moves on.

Another evening of musical brilliance!

"It was fantastic to see the children working together"

"We are incredibly proud of the departing Upper 6th students"

The end of GCSE exams - time to party!

Easing the transition into Senior School

For a change it was our younger club judoka who grabbed the headlines this weekend

Kingsley Girls take the Bronze in National Handball Competition against 900 schools!

Move right over Marcus Wareing, Tom Aikens, Tom Kitchin, Nathan Outlaw and Richard Corrigan because all the future Michelin stars are coming out of Kingsley School!

Thank you to Buckland Brewer Methodist Chapel for inviting Kingsley School to perform in their celebration concert.

Kingsley Girls' Team take the prize.

Adventures in Torquay

Learning in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Our Chinese students from varous nations presented their New Year assembly.

"How to make a woolly mammoth"

Glorious gardens in the Spring, learning whilst enjoying the beauty of our local environment.

Congratulations to the Devon Boys' Handball team competing in the national finals this weekend.

6 senior matches and 4 wins this term. Well done boys!

The largest partial eclipse to be seen over Great Britain since 11 August 1999.

Match Report from the Devon Winter School Games Girls’ handball tournament on Thursday 19th March.

Spring Music and Drama

Kingsley School are now offering golf as a sporting activity at the beautiful Royal North Devon Golf Club just down the road from school.

Kingsley boarders in Belvoir House were treated to an evening of pampering (and chocolate!)

"Congratulations to Kingsley school boys team"

In an affluent suburb in the near future, the birth of a boy is welcomed with shouts of joy and firecrackers, .....

6th Form Students visit Olympia

Well done to our U13 Hockey team girls, who played in a Devon Schools' Tournament held at Bideford College this week.

Year 12 visit Exmoor

Out and about with Year 7 Geographers

Year 9 Students break out their talent.

Kingsley's first ever Devon Schools Girls' Tournament

A lovely walk in a beautiful place!

How lucky we are to have this landscape so close to our school.

The whole world in a bubble!

Kingsley students chosen for Western Area Judo Squad

Kingsley students join the band!

6th Form Business students investigate Disney's losses!

Some wonderful performances from our younger group of Judoka at the Patchway Open in Bristol.

Kingsley Girls produce a strong performance.

Kingsley gymnasts have started the competition season with two teams qualifying for national finals.

Kingsley Judo Club celebrates success

Kingsley Students in Devon team

6th Form students rise to the challenge!

Training at Bradley Stoke Judo Club

Inspired by his Italian roots, Mr Stella plunged himself into an intensive Geography lesson on his home land for Year 8.

Celebrating music and drama across the school.

On Christmas Eve, four ghosts teach Scrooge, an elderly miser, that love and friendship are much more important than amassing a fortune.

The first ever Inter-house Handball Competition this week was fantastic.

“the magic three victories in three days was achieved!"

Last weekend was an intense weekend of Judo for all of the Kingsley judo athletes, as the team travelled just over 1200 miles to compete at two different levels of competition.

Kingsley’s Year 13 Geography and Business Studies students have just returned from a packed 3 day visit to London and Essex, accompanied by Mrs Wivell and Mr Whaley.

24 A-level pupils have returned from the trip of a lifetime to Iceland. Geography, EAL, English and Photography students spent an amazing 5 days in this inspiring country.

Charlie, Greg, Rufus, Tom, Ollie, Nigel, Jonah, Peter, Jonny, Kieran, Alex, Dan, Fin, Will, Joel, Edison were the genuine heroes who stepped up and made the trip to Rencomb College, put their bodies on the line and came home happy, fulfilled and with an experience that will last a lifetime!

Sparks were flying at the Kingsley Friends' (rescheduled) Bonfire Party on Friday.

What a great way to end the day!

Café culture and Roman Baths.

"Such brilliant behaviour of the entire group meant we all had a really fun day together, filled with learning and laughter."

A good team performance.

"It was great to network with other schools .."

New players make an impact!

Kingsley Choir and musicians, raising money for charity.

A successful week to experience other cultures and languages.

The weather couldn't have been kinder to our A level biologists.

Red, green, blue and yellow featured strongly in the clothing and face-paint of the teams for the annual "It's a Knock Out" fun and games.

Sunshine, Sea, Seals, Seabirds and Sandwiches

Dinner, Band and a Disco at The Pier House

A celebration of the year from Sep 2013 to Jun 2014

Climbing to the top for Children's Hospice South West

Backstoke and Butterfly disciplines in Plymouth

Judges favourite for her category at area competition

Training in the Purbeck Hills

Judo and Japanese culture in Tokyo

Over 30 Kingsley students take part in Schools Competition

On tour with the Chamber Choir

French, German, Spanish, Italian & Russian

Awards for Students in Years 9, 10 and 11

Juniors & Senior students showcase their talents

4th and 5th rankings for Devon Teams

Schools competition at Dorney Lake

Visit by Dreampark Theatre Company

Juniors and Seniors go down to the sea with gloves and wellies.

Successful trip to Sheffield for the Kingsley School Judo Club

February 2014 Dragons, Ribbons, Fans, Fortune Cookies and Vegatable Rib Soup!

March 2014 Boys and Girls Devon Teams through to the National Finals 

Sixth Formers go collecting primary data

Sustainable Achievable Solutions

Films and Chatting at The Plough Arts Centre

A win for the 'Incredibles'

Devon Schools Championships in Exeter

Kingsley School Judo Club Under 16 Team compete in Kingsbridge

Inspirational talk for Seniors

Annual Schools Exhibition at The Burton Gallery

February 2014 From the Headmaster's desk

Proud Bronze and Silver award winners

A day trip to St Austell

South West Schools Competition in Taunton

First Devon & Cornwall Regional Sculling Trials.

Medals at Patchway Junior Open

An unusual lesson on the Sacraments for Year 10

Superb cooking at Exeter Finals

January 2014 England selectors impressed by club Judoka

Methodist Relief Development Fund and World AIMS 

Traditional Carol Service to end the Autumn term

Senior Drama and Music Production

Kingsley runners selected to represent North Devon Schools

Technology conference and more on 2 day visit

Rock Stars of the future!

Rotary Young Chef of  the Year Competition

Serious issues 'Question Time' style

Inspirational People, Prep, Mental Health and The Meaning of Life

Studying all things urban

International Residentie Judotoernoi - The Hague

Victoria Park Bideford

November 2013 Great Britain Home Nations Ranking Tournament

Four days in the Brecon Beacons.

Fantastic sporting achievement

In the caves of the Mendip Hills

From debts to world toilets!

From the Louvre to the Pompidou Centre

Coffee, squash, delicious cakes

Small Change for a Big Change

Congratulations they all passed!

Outdoor classroom on our doorstep

In conjunction with Appledore Book Festival

A Celebration of the Year from Sep 2012 to Aug 2013

Senior It's A Knock Out

A* Set of Results

Record number attend this year

Waiting is over - delighted students

Getting the best out of young people

To rival Glastonbury!

A Level students learn about career paths for graduates

An evening to celebrate

Double Gold for Andrew and Bronze for Clara

Vision with action can change the world

A visit to St James's Palace

Athletics in the sun this year

Ippon Trophy Tournament in Antwerp

Thirteen intrepid teenagers went out in the wind and rain

National Theatre Connections Programme

Congratulations to Simon Ward and all at Kingsley School Judo Club

The secret's in the Triangle.

International Champions visit Kingsley

From Westward Ho! to California

Superb evening of Performing Arts and £225 for Children's Hospice South West

Genetic Engineering in Cardiff

Northam, Exeter, Wells, Coventry

'We Lost Elijah' by Ryan Craig

Sponsorship wanted for Millenium Cross Country event

Gold for Andrew and Bronze for Louis

Modern Foreign languages Competition

Sixth Form, Staff, Parents and Friends compete

Fair Trade ingredients for Fair Trade Café

Landforms and Fluvial Processes on Exmoor

Kingsley hosts North Devon Gala Concert

Memories of North Devon, food, clothes and much more

Sponsorship wanted for Millennium XC run event

Good Luck for GISGA Championships

Plants of the rainforest and fair trade

Learning from Cornwall's expert pasty crimpers!

Presentation evening for Bronze and Silver

Action in Methodist Schools (AIMS) raising funds for Exeter Charity

Carita House Gymnastics Competition

A very successful 2012 for Judo

Kingsley students work on display

Talented musician in Year 9

Violinist heads for Birmingham

For entry to Years 7 and 9 in September 2013

British Rowing Association Young Peoples Forum

Presented to students in Final assembly

More from our talented Year 11 photographer

St. Mary's Church Bideford

A feast of Drama, Music and Dance

Jack and Josh selected to represent North Devon

Christmas begins for the whole School

Gym team excel again at Girls Independent Schools Gymnastics Association

Supporting the RSPCA and WATERAID

North Devon Journal Sports Awards 2012

Kingsley's very own rock stars!

North Devon Heritage Coastline

Judo Preparation for Performance Coaching

Samaritan's Purse around the world

Rotary Young Chef and Springboard Future Chef Competition

Kingsley Competitors and Officials

Charity fun day with Pudsey!

Sharing music with the community

Work by AS and A2 Students

Studying Urban Regeneration in London

A Midsummes Night's Dream with the Juniors and Seniors

Geysers, Glaciers, Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Geothermal Power ...

Looking forward to the future

Science at 'Café Scientifique' in Launceston

Fierce competition and high standards

Determined to learn new skills

Action in Methodist Schools in Weston-super-Mare

A day at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Book Festival visitor

Iceland to Costa Rica and everywhere in-between!

New experiences at the Queen's Theatre

Macmillan Cancer Support

History in the outdoor classroom

Sustainable farming in Mali

Devon Senior Kyu Grade Championships

Gliddon & Squires North Devon Cross-Country League

Words of wisdom from the 6th Form!

How far to the sea?

A busy and successful Summer for Jack

Great results for Clara and Andrejs

A day to celebrate and be proud

Kingsley girls in winning crew at South Coast Championships

First National Ranking Event of the season

First get-together for House Teams

The big day arrives!

International Judo Training Camp

International Judo Training Camp

Great achievement!

Once in a lifetime opportunity

Interdependency, Ambitions and Achievements

Successes at Wimbleball and Totnes

UKCC British Rowing Level 2

Prestigious award for Nicola

Great fun camping in the rain!

GCSE and A Level Examination work on display

A wonderful evening at The Pier House

Awards presented in Assembly

Celebrating Talent

Diversity in the Psychology Department!

Kent International Championships

'Mathematics Takes You Further' at Plymouth University

Tom returns from University

British Judo Association - Technical Officials for Clubs and Schools

Positions of responsibility for new School year

Awards for mathematicians in Year 10 and 11

38th Venray International Dutch Judo Tournament

Rowers visit Lifeboat Sation

Leavers Assembly 2012

Congratulations on Food Safety Awards


Seven counties compete in Kingsbridge

Chance of a lifetime for Kingsley students

Senior School Rowing Club members row home to Bideford

Well done to both teams

From the Bayeux Tapestry to milking goats!

Special invitation via Kingsley and 'Team Bath' programme

Geomorphic Processes and proof it didn't rain every day this week!

Year 10's and their 'Wedding Service''

"The Duchess of Malfi" at The Old Vic 

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Land of Fire and Ice

Alice takes Gold in Nottingham

'Journey to X' ends in Bristol

Higher Education Convention in Exeter

Studying Land Use and Weather

Bronze Medal for Sam in Sheffield

Killer Cottage Pie and Carbonara

Kingsley Head welcomes prestigious guests 

Students contribute to Gala Concert

Students contribute to Gala Concert

Seniors and Juniors selected for Devon & Cornwall

Team and Individual Awards at County Competition

Year 9 Geography and 6th Form Biology

Raising over £200 for PLAN UK

Raising over £200 for PLAN UK

Successful trip to Kingsbridge

Two new vehicles brings the number of School buses to 11.

National problem solving competition

Charity initiative by Year 8 Tutor Group

Young Chef of the Year and Springboard Future Chef Competition

NADFAS Award for Original and Creative Artwork

Recognition from Sport England and the British Judo Association

North Devon League Results

Getting better each time

Under 16 Team are South West Schools' Carita House Champions

Travelling to Wolverhampton University

Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff

The Year of the Dragon

Challenging the best school physicists

Run and Swim at South West Schools' Biathlon

Well done to the Senior School boys in Exeter

Matsuru Dutch Open Espoir Judo Tournament 2012

Students attend Bloodhound Conference

Traditional end to the term

UK Mathematics Trust 2011

A Christmas treat for the rugby fans

Superb acting and much laughter!

Battle of the Bands

Christmas Party with a Kingsley theme

Devon Kyu Grade Championships in Kingsbridge

Rotary Young Chef of the Year and Springboard Future Chef

Youngsters defy the mud and rain

Last pennies added up for Pudsey

Congratulations to Hannah and Jess Myers

Music for the Christmas Light Up Festivities

Upper Sixth Chemists visit Exelgen Discovery

A trip to Holland with the West of England Squad

Local RMB Miltary Wives' Choir raising funds for charity

A full day of exercise and inspiration at the Sports Village

Shakespeare 4 Kidz work with Years 5 to 8

Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Appeal

Representatives at the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance

Inter-House Public Speaking competition

 Projectiles, puzzles, tricks ............

Visiting Gidleigh Park

Tower blocks, shopping centres and the Olympic Park

Trinity Shield Competition in Birmingham

Traditional Guy Fawkes evening

A record twenty students pass their Grading assesments

Girls J18 quad fastest over 2,000 metres

Overseas boarders visit Devon's National Park

Excellent start to term for Sixth Form Judo Scholar

Talented cooks impress the judges.

Kingsley singers take part in the NFU Harvest Festival

Sixth Formers and Year 7's visit Bristol Zoo

Drama and English trip to National Theatre's Production

Action in Methodist Schools - students meet in Hastings

Out and about in North Devon

Search the "treasure trove" at the Library

Art and Languages trip to Paris

British Food Fortnight gets fishy!

GCSE group investigate during British Food Fortnight

Teambuilding with a difference

Competing with 90,000 students around the world.

North Devon League races begin at Kingsley

John Davies West of England International Summer Camp & Heart of England Competition

Kingsley School Friends & Association

Guest of Honour Kirsty Schneeberger MBE 

Years 7 to 13 battle it out with team fun & games

Year 7's meet the Upper 6th

A fantastic day on home water

Great results for 'A' Level and GCSE students

Success at Paignton and Appledore Regattas

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expedition to Spain

British Rowing Championship win puts Alice in England Team

Cricket, cars, cooking  ...................

Celebration Cabaret

Sun, scenery and some surf!

Land, water and up in the trees!

English traditions for overseas students

A lovely evening to end the year.