Kingswood College of Arts was opened on 1st September 1999. It is an 11 – 16 college in the Bransholme area of Hull. The college is leading the regeneration of the local community with a number of innovative and imaginative schemes and is involving them in the life of the college in a significant number of ways.
The college is a major partner in the attempt to raise the self-esteem and aspirations of the area. The local community has responded in a very positive manner to the new college and parents and students have expressed increased confidence in the college.
There have been significant improvements in relation to examination results, which are predicting that over 50% of students will achieve 5 or more A* to C grades in 2006. At KS3 there is also a clear rising trend in achievement. In addition, attendance has improved dramatically to 92%.
Kingswood College of Arts has been designated as a specialist college in the Visual and Performing Arts and has a vision that sees the college as a centre of excellence that will raise the aspirations and expectations of the entire local community.
The college is currently involved in an exciting project with Sony, KIT, Sun Microsystems and the BBC, both to make more use of film within lessons and to allow students to access their work from school through their TV sets. This has been a great motivating factor for the students within the college. In tandem with the project, interactive whiteboards have been installed in a large number of areas, with more installations planned in 2006 and beyond. Staff have been provided with necessary training and are leading the way in the imaginative and stimulating use of these exciting classroom resources.