King Charles I School

King Charles I School is a voluntary controlled mixed secondary school with academy status in the town of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England.

King Charles I School
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Hill Grove House, Comberton Road

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TypeVoluntary controlled Academy
MottoRaising achievements through engagement.
FounderThomas Blount
Department for Education URN138032 Tables
Chair of GovernorsAlan Neal
Head teacherStephen Brownlow
Age11 to 18
HousesUpper site:

Lower site:
Former pupilsOld Carolians

Present day and OfstedEdit

King Charles I School is a specialist science college, and renewed their specialist status in September 2009. In September 2011, King Charles I School was inspected by OFSTED inspectors during a 2-day section 5 inspection. The inspection deemed the school to be "Good, grade 2" (1 being outstanding, 2 good, 3 satisfactory & 4 inadequate), stating "King Charles 1 is a good school that puts students at the heart of everything it does". However, the inspectors lowered the previous grade of the Sixth Form from "Good" in the 2008 report, to "Satisfactory", stating "standards have fluctuated since the school was last inspected but students make satisfactory progress".[1]


Grammar schoolEdit

The school was founded around 1566 by Thomas Blount, Esq., Lord of the Manor of Kidderminster.[citation needed] It was in the chantry of the Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints from 1566 until 1848, when it moved to the site known as Woodfield, on the Bewdley Road. It was granted its royal charter in 1636 by King Charles I and was the only school in England to bear his name. The original premises, Woodfield House built in 1785, and the Hall built about 1848, are now listed buildings.[citation needed].


When administered by Hereford and Worcester County Council in 1977 the Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School, Hartlebury (all Boys Grammar School) merged with the two Kidderminster grammar schools, King Charles I Grammar School for Boys and the Kidderminster High School for Girls, the latter was founded in 1868, and moved in 1912 to Hillgrove House, which is now also a Grade II listed building.[2]

This marked the end of the Grammar School system in Kidderminster as the change was completed to comprehensive education. The transition to comprehensive took place gradually, until the early 1980s, becoming a ten-form entry a 13-18 comprehensive school from a six-form entry grammar school.[citation needed]


It has been subject to several mergers and in line with district school reorganization, following an amalgamation of middle schools and high schools it reopened in 2007 to operate from two campuses, with a total capacity of around 1350 students aged 11 to 18. Under its new structure, the school retains its specialist status as a Science College that was awarded in 2003 and has facilities that cater for students with special needs. Following a November 2011 Ofsted inspection, the school was awarded a Grade 2 (Good) rating.[3]


The school was enlarged with the Brooks Building neighbouring the Sixth Form Rose Garden, and which functions as a science laboratory and theatre. The school has two campuses with the lower school for Year 7-8's operating from the premises of the former Comberton Middle School site in Kidderminster. On both campuses the school caters for linguistically challenged and autistic students in a Communication Centre, which has a facility on both sites.[3]


The school converted to academy status in August 2012.[citation needed]

Sixth formEdit

The School offers a sixth form for any students wishing to continue their post-16 studies. Students have the option of participating in activities such as a recognised first aid course, formal debate, and talks from lecturers on various issues such as driving skills and ethical issues in farming.[citation needed]


The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular provision, especially in sport.[3] In July 1979 the school held the Guinness world record for the longest continuous cricket match.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit

King Charles I Grammar SchoolEdit

Kidderminster High School for GirlsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Profile[permanent dead link],; accessed 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ Hill Grove House at King Charles I High School, Images of England, English Heritage National Monuments Record; accessed 22 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Ofsted report 2009[permanent dead link]; retrieved 25 July 2009.
  4. ^ Profile, University of York website; accessed 22 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Person Page - Susan Helen of Mar, Mistress of Mar". Retrieved 3 April 2020.

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