Catherington House was built in the middle of the eighteenth century by the first Viscount Hood, a prominent naval officer who acted as mentor to Admiral Lord Nelson. The building’s last role, before it became a school, was as a religious retreat for Church of England clergy. When founders Mr and Mrs Easton, together with their partners, Charles and Fiona Robinson, began work on the building it was divided into a series of very small rooms with everything painted grey or in very colourful wallpaper put up in the 1960s.
The whole community of parents who’d signed their children to start at the school in September 1995, together with the founders, rolled up their sleeves and began preparing the building in readiness. This reflects the continued ethos of the school today; a real partnership between parents and school. Kingscourt is built on the firm foundations of the basic skills – English, Maths and Science – but we are also a school with a clear vision of the future.
We constantly review our curriculum and technology provision with the future in mind so that we can fully prepare our children with the skills they will need when they leave us. But we also enjoy the very traditional values of kindness, respect, discipline and responsibility which makes Kingscourt the nurturing yet challenging school it has always been.
- To maintain very high academic expectations and performance from Kindergarten to Year 6
- To offer a bespoke upper Key Stage 2 curriculum enabling pupils to reach their full potential and first choice senior school
- To focus on maintaining childhood through an ethos of challenge and enjoyment
- To offer an enriched curriculum enabling children to learn both inside and outside the classroom
- To provide planned opportunities for parental involvement to enhance the community aspect of the school
- For community global citizenship to be an integral part of school life