Kendrick School

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Kendrick School
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TypeGrammar school
MottoLead, inspire, make a difference
EstablishedRefounded 1877
Department for Education URN136448 Tables
Head teacherChristine Kattirtzi
Age11 to 18
HousesCedars, Palmer, Sidmouth
Kendrick School seen from London Road

Kendrick School is a selective girls' grammar school situated in the centre of Reading, Berkshire, UK. In February 2011, Kendrick became an Academy.[1]


Students in the science laboratory at Kendrick in 1945

The school is named after John Kendrick, a Reading cloth merchant who died in 1624. John Kendrick left the then substantial charitable bequest of £12,500 to the towns of Reading and Newbury to provide employment and education for the poor. Initially this was used to provide a house of industry, or workhouse, called The Oracle, a name that was revived for the Oracle shopping mall which now occupies the site.[2]

In later years the funds left by Kendrick were mismanaged and subject to legal challenge. In the 1870s this was resolved, and the remaining bequest used to found Kendrick Girls' School, along with the Kendrick Boys' School that was later to merge with Reading School. An oil painting of John Kendrick, rescued from the Oracle workhouse, still hangs in the hall at Kendrick School. The caption reads "John Kendrick, founder of this workhouse".[2]

The school in its current form was founded in 1877 and occupied Watlington House in Watlington Street for the first 50 years of its life. In 1927, the school moved to its current site, situated on the corner of Sidmouth Street and London Road.[3][4] The building is a Grade II listed building.[5] The school was originally known as "Kendrick Girls' School" but is now called "Kendrick School".[6]

The current Headmistress is Christine Kattirtzi. She replaced Marsha Elms at the end of the Spring Term, 2012.

Academic performance[edit]

Kendrick School has an outstanding Ofsted rating,[7] and has a progress 8 score "well above national average".[8] Pupils are selected on the basis of academic ability via an admissions test at age 11 (although entry is possible in other years too). The school was among the top five grammar schools in the UK based on GCSE performance in 2018,[9] and in 2019.[10]

In July 2011, Kendrick School was identified by the Sutton Trust as the fifth highest state school for proportion of higher education applicants accepted at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The report found that 15.2% of pupils were accepted to Oxbridge and 79.4% were accepted to the highly selective Sutton Trust 30 universities over the previous three years.[11] A 2016 report also ranked Kendrick among the top 10 state schools in Oxbridge admissions.[12] As a state-funded school, there are no fees; as a result, it is severely over-subscribed, with over ten applicants per place.[13]

House System[edit]

The Kendrick House system consists of three houses: Cedars, Sidmouth and Palmer House. Each house is assigned a colour and animal, as follows: Cedars — blue seal (Cedars seals), Sidmouth — yellow squid (Sidmouth squidmouth) and Palmer — green llama (Palmer llama).

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Prospectus - Kendrick school". Kendrick School. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b "John Kendrick (1573-1624)". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  3. ^ "A Brief History of Watlington House". Trustees of Watlington House. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  4. ^ Phillips, Daphne (1980). The Story of Reading. Countryside Books. pp. 151, 138. ISBN 0-905392-07-8.
  5. ^ "Kendrick Girls' School 41, Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  6. ^ Daphne Barnes-Phillips, Long May Our Lion Roar, 2017. Countryside Books, ISBN 1897715137.
  7. ^ "Kendrick school judged as Outstanding". Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Kendrick school". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  9. ^ Ashley Kirk & Patrick Scott, Top grammar schools in the UK according to GCSE league tables, The Telegraph, 10 June 2019
  10. ^ Alice Cachia & Milo Boyd, England's best and worst schools for GCSE results - how yours compares, The Daily Mirror, 17 October 2019
  11. ^ "Degrees of Success – University Chances by Individual School" (PDF). Sutton Trust. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2011. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ Racahel Pells, 'Elite' state schools contribute to Oxbridge north-south admissions bias, study reveals, The Independent, 16 August 2016
  13. ^ Reading grammar school plans to increase places by 2024, BBC News, 13 June 2018
  14. ^ "Yasmina, you're hired!". BBC Berkshire. BBC. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  15. ^ Twitter Retrieved 7 May 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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