Welcome to Samuel King's School! Situated in Alston in Cumbria and serving Alston Moor and Weardale. At roughly 300m above sea level, we believe we are the highest 11-16 school in England. Top that!



Why choose Samuel Kings?

Less is More

For a secondary school to have less than 200 students presents all sorts of advantages. We really know our students and all our families know us. We give students real leadership opportunities and challenge & support each of them to be ambitious for their future.

Focused & Driven

We know what we want for the school and are determined to achieve it; we know that excellent teaching, leadership and behaviour leads to the outstanding levels of progress and achievement we seek for every student.

Nurturing, but still competitive

Individual support for students is excellent - we genuinely look after them. But we know the importance of competition too. Whether it's Hartside, Cross Fell, Killhope, Tindale or Whitfield, your House is going to mean a lot to you.


See what people have to say about Samuel King's . .

Ten times better than it was before

Good progress is being made, with exemplary examples, in giving the school renewed strategic direction and intention ...in discussion with pupils one in KS3 stated that now the school is 'ten times better than it was before’. Likewise KS4 students were in agreement that all things are getting better.

A warm & welcoming school

There are a number of strengths, notably students’ behaviour and safety. Students say they feel safe in this small and welcoming school; they are polite, friendly and caring, with positive attitudes to learning.

Everything I need to go on to be a success

I will really miss Sam King's. I am looking forward to moving on because the School has given me everything I need to go on to be a success.