Kendrick School
Kendrick Girls' Grammar School is a selective girls' grammar secondary foundation school situated in the centre of Reading, Berkshire, UK. In 2010 Kendrick became an Academy

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. 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, hangs in the hall of Kendrick Girls School. The caption reads "John Kendrick, founder of this workhouse". Kendrick Girls School 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. Currently the Headmistress of Kendrick Girls is Mrs Marsha Elms, who is also Headmistress of Reading Girls School. In 2010 Kendrick became an academy.

Academic performance
Pupils are selected on the basis of academic ability via an admissions test at age 11 (although entry is possible in other years too). As a state-funded school, there are no fees; so it is severely over-subscribed with over seven applicants per place. Since national league tables were introduced, Kendrick has been among the top schools in the country. For the last two years, it has ranked first nationally for GCSEs in state school. The prestigious title of Sunday Times School of the Year, acknowledging its consistent high achievement in all areas. The OFSTED inspection report states: "This is a school of high quality. Strict leadership is effective in helping pupils to aspire to excellence as scholars and as individuals. Pupils attain high standards. The quality of teaching is good. The school provides good value for money".

Kendrick's uniform consists:

Plain White Blouse Red Kendrick Jumper- Plain Black Trousers - Black /Grey /White Socks Grey skirt Tights (Grey or black)

Plain White Blouse- Red Kendrick Jumper- Grey Skirt or Black Trousers- Tights (Black or grey) or white/black socks

House system
There is a Kendrick House system where girls are sorted into either Cedars, Sidmouth or Palmer house. The girls represent their house in competitions such as Sports Day, Interform Dance, House Drama or House Cook Off (Coming Soon). Girls can also win House Points for their house by doing extremely well in class. There are elections for heads of houses from girls in year 12 to take over until mid-Year 13. There are also elections for head girl and the head girl team. The current head girl is Anca Dervis (elected in 2010).

Notable alumnae
  • Beryl Cook, artist
  • Mira Manga, recording artist, 'The Duloks'
  • Janet Reger, lingerie designer
  • Rosi Sexton, world champion cage fighter
  • Yasmina Siadatan, winner of the BBC television series, The Apprentice in 2009.
  • Claire Taylor, England cricketer