Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2023 ranks KLB third best comprehensive school in the South West


We are delighted that The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2023 has not only placed Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School in the top 20 of all state-funded secondary schools in the South West, but also third among comprehensives in the region.

Last summer’s excellent GCSE and A level results, which have fed into the Times guide, are testament to the positive working environment fostered by the school, including excellent teaching, inspiring lessons and superb pastoral support. We encourage our students to be aspirational in their thinking and ambitious in their outlook: The strength of last year’s results opened up a range of exciting options either for continued study at KLB or elsewhere post 16 or, for A level students, new pathways and destinations for life beyond sixth form.

We are especially proud of some of the messages hidden in the headline results figures; the outstanding progress made by many individual students throughout their KLB career which has led to successes and achievements beyond all expectations.

The school’s core values have been key in helping students navigate the challenges of recent years. Our strong sense of community, emphasis on well-being, kind and supportive approach and our recognition and celebration of progress combine to create a positive learning environment in which children feel secure and encouraged, are happy and can thrive.

KLB also offers a wealth of experiences beyond the classroom both within the school and in the wider community. Enrichment activities and opportunities to support others, to extend studies or to try something different all feature prominently in our programme of extra-curricular activities. The news of our positioning in the Times guide is particularly welcome as we close a tough autumn term with celebrations including the year 7 and 8 pantomime (directed by sixth form drama students), Christmas market (also arranged by sixth form students to raise money for charity) and Carol Service.

Hannah Khan, Acting Headteacher, commented: “At KLB, our students are our best ambassadors. They will tell you they are proud to be at a school that provides a safe and supportive environment in which they can thrive through shared values of mutual respect, kindness, cooperation and a sense of community. They are further encouraged to develop ambition and resilience and to be the very best they can be.”

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