Kenilworth School and Sixth Form

Flagship Inclusive School

We are very proud to have been awarded Flagship Status for the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM). This follows the school being an IQM Centre of Excellence for three years. This makes Kenilworth School and Sixth Form one of only 100 schools in the country to have been awarded this Flagship status.

In order to be awarded the quality mark schools have to show how they ensure inclusion of students, staff, parents and the community in all aspects of school life. The process is very rigorous with a detailed application having to be submitted, followed up by a two-day visit to the school by an Inclusion Quality Mark assessor. The assessor verifies that what has been published within the school’s application is accurate and can be properly evidenced.

Over the two days the assessor observed lessons and assemblies, interviewed a number of students, staff parents and school governors. Following this assessment, we have been successful in gaining the Inclusion Quality Mark.

To achieve Flagship status, as school must have been a Centre of Excellence for at least three years and have successfully met targets set by IQM and satisfy an assessor in an annual review of progress of achieving the agreed targets.

Part of being a Flagship school is to undertake a research project. 2021 - 2022 project focused on three main areas:

1) Develop the tutoring and mentoring programme with an emphasis on Pupil Premium, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and vulnerable students in order to narrow/close the attainment and progress gaps.

2) Introduce ‘The Learning Journey’ for all year groups to enhance the 5 Rs: Responsibility; Resilience; Reasoning; Resourcefulness; Reflection and other attributes in their personal development.

3) Promotion of equality of protected characteristics and diversity in the classroom and wider curriculum.

Please click on this link to view the full review document submitted to IQM.

Our Flagship status and review of our previous academic year’s targets was assessed on Tuesday 30th November 2022. Mrs A. Merrills (IQM assessor) spoke to students and staff involved in the three objectives from 2021 - 2022. Mrs Merrills explained how impressed she was with the work that had been carried out by both staff and students across all year groups. She has recommended to IQM that we continue be accredited with being a Flagship school for inclusion.

The following are the agreed targets for 2022 – 2023:

Target 1 To develop strategies to narrow gaps in attainment and progress (disadvantaged vs advantaged) and improve outcome for Pupil Premium students:

Target 2 To develop strategies to narrow gaps in attainment and progress (boys vs girls) to improve engagement and outcomes for boys:


The final report written by Mrs Merrills can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Assessor’s Evaluation for the IQM Flagship Project