A partnership of school & parents

Catherington House was built in the eighteenth century, originally as a family home to Admiral Hood, mentor to Admiral Lord Nelson, before being transformed into a school in 1995.

The founders and community of parents who had signed their children up to start at Kingscourt rolled up their sleeves and worked together to ready the building for opening.

This reflects the continued ethos of the school today; a real partnership between parents and school. The values of kindness, resilience, respect and responsibility are very important to us and make Kingscourt the nurturing yet aspirational school it has always been.

School aims

A Kingscourt School we strive to achieve our aims every day, we want the best for our pupils, parents and our staff.

Our aims

  • To maintain (very) high academic expectations and performance from Nursery to Year 6.
  • To offer an upper Key Stage 2 curriculum which enables pupils to reach their full potential and gain a place at their first choice senior school to continue their educational adventure.
  • 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.
  • Planned opportunities which are integral to our community
  • For global community citizenship to be an integral part of school life.

Headteacher's welcome

“From every pore of the school and grounds, Kingscourt exudes a special kind of energy, enthusiasm and excitement.”

- Amanda Bembridge, Headteacher

Behind the red brick wall of Kingscourt school, lies an adventure playground of nature. Visitors are thrilled when they see the magical spaces that their children will get to call theirs whilst at Kingscourt.

From towering trees and trim trail nestled at the top of the garden to the multi-use games area, pitches and acres of fields in which to run. From our youngest Nursery children to our final Year 6 class, lessons in a range of subjects take place outside whilst inside the building is a buzz of excited learning.

The busy school day is integrated with modern technology and supported by a wide range of trips which include London museums and residential visits. Extracurricular activities encourage children to learn new skills, release their potential and develop each individual child.

Kingscourt staff are very proud of where they work, inspired by the children who are motivated to learn and supported by their parents who perpetuate our ethos of kindness, growing confidence and resilience, who are proud to show their school to visitors and who want the very best from each and every day.

Every day is an open day at Kingscourt, please come and see for yourself what we can offer your child.

Headteacher, Mrs Amanda Bembridge

Amanda Bembridge

The team

We are passionate about providing high quality education that gives children a strong foundation for future learning. Our highly skilled team of teachers, Early Years educators and support staff, ensure children have an excellent start to their education, providing rich learning opportunities in an exceptional learning environment.

Every staff member here at Kingscourt is dedicated to the safety, happiness, development and academic success of all pupils. We have enthusiastic, highly experienced and inspirational teachers, and professional, skilled business and support staff to ensure our children are given the best environment and opportunities.

The Senior Leadership Team work closely together to ensure the smooth running of our school.

Senior Leadership Team

Amanda Bembridge

Head Teacher, DSL and Reception Class teacher Amanda gained a B.Ed Hons degree in Education at Southampton University. Amanda has grown up with Kingscourt for over the last 20 years, having taught for 28 years in both the state and private sector. Amanda has been involved in a variety of roles from Early Years to Key stage 2 and across many subject areas.

Amanda has three children who have all been part of the Kingscourt community.

“I believe that learning all about each child is key to ensuring kindness, happiness, building excellent self-esteem, developing and promoting success in partnership with both parents and brilliant Kingscourt colleagues.”

“No act of kindness, however small is ever wasted” - Aesop

Helen Carroll

Assistant Headteacher An experienced teacher of 30 years, Helen is a graduate of the University of Leeds where she obtained a BA degree in Art and Drama followed by a PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire.

Helen has taught in a range of schools through her career in both the state and private sector holding the role of Deputy/Assistant Head in both settings. Her strengths lie in teaching, learning and SEN as well as the well-being of the children, and her passion lies with developing a thriving school community where every child is able to achieve their potential. Helen is a mother of two boys who are both ex pupils of Kingscourt, is an enthusiastic novice gardener and loves to travel with her family, work creatively and cook.

Isaac Xenitides

Following a successful career in business Isaac undertook several governor roles and followed into a career in School Business Management across both the state and independent school sectors. He lives on the Hampshire Surrey border with his wife and children.

“I have good memories of my time at Preparatory School (Orley Farm) which I believe provided me with solid foundation stones for later life. It is well researched that a child’s formative years start in the early years and the quality of that experience is reflected in the child’s journey across all aspects of their later life. Parental choice of schooling is important and Kingscourt offers a high quality preparatory education for its pupils.”

Nicola Lambros

Kingscourt school & Cognita’s global family

Kingscourt School is proud to be part of the global Cognita family of schools. Cognita is an extraordinary group of diverse yet connected schools joining forces in an inspiring world of education with one common purpose: building self-belief and empowering individuals to succeed.

With over 80 schools in Europe, Latin America and Asia, we employ 5,000 teaching and support staff in the care and education of more than 35,000 students.

Together, our schools ensure that each student receives a rounded Cognita Education:

  • We deliver academic excellence
  • We develop character
  • We nurture a global perspective

Next up: Why Kingscourt?

Kingscourt students are able to make the most of their childhood using the substantial outdoor space to learn and play.