Kingsmead is a small rural Comprehensive Community school serving north-west Taunton Deane.
There are well over 700 11-16 year old boys and girls attending the school's daytime classes and a further 400 students of all ages attending evening, daytime and weekend learning and leisure classes.
The school is a centre of excellence for lifelong learning and leisure, in which all students are encouraged to achieve their personal best. Kingsmead's last Ofsted Report in 2002 was extremely complimentary about the successes in many aspects of school life and the school was awarded Beacon School status in 1998 which was renewed in 2002. In April 2000, Kingsmead became part of the Virtual Education Action Zone linking Kingsmead and several other schools in Somerset with 18 schools in Kent to work collaboratively, using the latest ICT, on school improvement. In September 2000, Kingsmead gained Language College status for work in developing the international dimension of the school. These initiatives have not only allowed the school to be involved in cutting edge practice, but have made it a resource rich environment.
While encouraging exam success, the school is equally concerned with the development of skills and personal qualities. As well as academic GCSEs, the school runs practical vocational courses and provides a very wide range of extra-curricular opportunities in sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits (including the Duke of Edinburgh's Award), ICT residential study sessions and foreign travel. Facilities include Sports Hall, Theatre, extensive grounds and modern IT rooms.
The school caters for students from the full ability range and has provision for very able students and students with special educational needs.
Students progress from Kingsmead to a range of post-16 vocational and academic courses and go on to succeed at university and in employment.Kingsmead is characterized by a stimulating learning environment, a positive culture and excellent staff-student relationships.
Prospective parents and students, and members of the community, wishing to view the school are most welcome and should contact the Headteacher, Geoff Tinker.