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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School serves a wide catchment area and provides education for about 400 boys and girls aged between 11 and 19. There are about 70 students in the Sixth Form. The school has, on average, one pupil per square mile of catchment area and draws many individuals from small villages and isolated farms, including from North Yorkshire. Having such attractively small numbers enables us to provide for our students in a personal way, within the family atmosphere and ethos we enjoy.
In the centre of the Eden Valley, Kirkby Stephen is a thriving market town of some 2,500 inhabitants. It lies amidst some of the most splendid scenery in the North of England. Despite its sparse population and relative isolation, Kirkby Stephen has easy access to the M6 and the A1 via the A66. This gives simple, quick and convenient routes to the Lake District and the rest of the country. Kirkby Stephen also lies on the Settle-Carlisle line, one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. Our school occupies a prime site just two minutes walk from the Market Square and is set within extensive grounds and playing fields with excellent sporting facilities. The classrooms boast unparalleled views from every window.
The school was awarded Sports College status in 2003. It converted to become a Co-operative Academy from August 2011 and was inspected by Ofsted in May 2013 (click here to view the report).