is an area in north Birmingham
It gives its name to a ward in the Erdington formal district. Kingstanding ward includes the areas; Perry Common, St. Mary's College, Witton Lakes and parts of Kingstanding Circle, Wyrley Birch and New Oscott. The other part of Kingstanding falls under the Oscott ward.
Kingstanding houses a covered drinking water reservoir, Perry Barr Reservoir, on the site of the former Perry Barr Farm.
Kingstanding is served by two libraries; Kingstanding Library and Perry Common Library
The name of the area is supposedly derived from the occasion when the Stuart
King Charles I
reviewed his troops in the area on October 18 1642
during the English Civil War
, after his stay at nearby Aston Hall
. The first references to Kingstanding were as King's Standing.
The area was largely rural until the 1930s, when a large housing estate was built. The first of the estates was completed in 1934. It was during the 1930s and 1940s that most of the current housing was built. Most of the houses in Kingstanding were built as council houses with the majority being located in the north of the area. In 1935, an Odeon cinema, designed by Cecil Clavering, was opened in the area. On June 6, 1964, Kingstanding Library opened. It had an area of and was identified as being liable to mining subsidence.
Kingstanding is featured in the novel The Last Viking by Dr Ron Dawson. The author grew up at number 79 Parkeston Crescent, and used the estate and its many characters as the backcloth to his Birmingham based novel.
The Kingstanding ward was the scene of political controversy in May 2006 when it initially appeared its voters had elected a British National Party
candidate, Sharon Ebanks
, to Birmingham City Council - the first BNP candidate ever to be elected in Birmingham. However, it was announced by the Returning Officer shortly after the declaration that a counting error had taken place and, following a High Court recount, Ebanks was removed as Councillor on July 26 2006
and replaced by Labour candidate Catherine Grundy. The other councillors are Zoe Hopkins and Peter Kane, both of the Labour party
Kingstanding has adopted a Ward Support Officer with the current holder of the title being John Mole.
Kingstanding is also the HQ of the 23 Special Air Service Regiment.
Kingstanding had a population 25,702 at the time of the 2001 Population Census. It has a population density of 5,410 people per km² compared with 3,649 people per km² for Birmingham. It has a small ethnic minority population with ethnic minorities representing 10.6% (2,724) of the ward's population as opposed to 29.6% for Birmingham. White British
is the largest ethnic population living in Kingstanding.
College High School
Situated in Kingstanding is the College High School – a Specialist Arts School. For many years the school was plagued by bad pupil behaviour and low GCSE pass rates. These aspects were improved upon in 2005 following the appointment of head teacher Mrs Kim Popratnjak. However, an OFSTED report published in January 2007 by Her Majesty's Inspectors, after a monitoring visit, proclaimed: "... that at this time, the school is making inadequate progress in addressing the issues for improvement". Her Majesty's Inspectors continue to monitor the school.
The school's difficulties were exacerbated with the publication of the 2007 GCSE results which showed that 84% of pupils failed to gain the benchmark 5 A*-C GCSEs including Maths and English.