Coastal Academy Trust

Headteacher's Welcome

IMG0060King Ethelbert School is hugely popular with students who make strong academic progress regardless of their starting points. Our school is like a big family and we aim for all students to be happy, confident and successful at our school, so they are able to reach their potential academically and personally.

We aim to ensure all the students are happy, confident and successful. We have the highest of aspirations and expectations whilst working to develop the students as all-round people. We believe strongly in preparing them for the future by helping them achieve the qualifications they need as well as  the confidence necessary for the next steps of their life. Strong pastoral support and a happy environment helps us to ensure all students can enjoy their time here and develop, as well as reaching their full academic potential.

At King Ethelbert School we believe in a broad curriculum. Students study a wide range of subjects, equipping them for the challenges and diversities of the 21st century. A variety of teaching styles are used to provide an environment in which students of all types of abilities can make progress inside and outside of the classroom. Everyone is encouraged to participate in our vibrant extra-curricular programme, from sporting activities, to music and performing arts, debating, computing, the Duke of Edinburgh award and many others.

Many of our students continue their studies with us in our sixth form. King Ethelbert School is an IB World School and we want our students to be citizens of the world, to be active, compassionate, lifelong learners and to develop the confidence to know and understand their own worth and purpose.

King Ethelbert School is a happy place to be, where everybody is valued and supported. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.


Tom Sellen



Curriculum intention

School vision - ASPIRE

ATTITUDE - we encourage and support students to always give their best, no matter what they are doing.  Students are in control of their own effort and attitude and we expect students to adopt a positive approach to their learning, seeking further information by asking questions. Students are reported on and rewarded for their proactive engagement in lessons and their independence in and outside of the classroom.

SUCCESS - students need good qualifications to be able to pursue their dreams later in life, we work hard to develop the confidence and independence necessary for them to be able to achieve this. However, it is imperative to us that they are happy and develop as all-round people, so we celebrate their achievements in all areas of their school life, not just in their academic work.


PRIDE - we encourage students to take pride in themselves and have high expectations and standards in everything they do. Students are very proud of our local community and we want them to love coming to school every day. This helps them to build healthy self-esteem and confidence.

INSPIRE - within the school’s broad and balanced curriculum we aim to foster an enjoyment of learning and to develop skills that ensure they become lifelong learners. Through lessons and our excellent house system, we  provide students opportunities to be inspired, as well as inspiring those around them. 

RESILIENCE - this is one of the key qualities that students will need to be happy and successful in life. We create experiences that help students to develop their resilience, both in lessons and through extra-curricular activities such as the Duke Edinburgh award. Our excellent pastoral system provides a supportive and caring environment in which each student is valued and able to reach their full potential.

ENTERPRISE - we want the students to demonstrate and develop their initiative and enterprise. The school provides many opportunities for students to create and participate in community and charity work. The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) delivers a package that  enables students to develop a broad range of skills. Universities and employers are impressed by the independent, resilient and outward-looking learners who graduate from our sixth form.

Curriculum intention

At King Ethelbert School we strive tirelessly to provide our students with stimulating and engaging curriculum. In particular, we endeavour to instil in our students;

  • Ambition, so they are ready for the next stage of their education, employment or wider society.
  • To be a responsible citizen and globally diverse.
  • To be inquisitive and have a life-long love of learning.