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      Joining Seniors

      King’s aims to achieve a successful fit between the school and its students. The admissions process is designed to allow the school to gain a realistic picture of the prospective student; and the student and parents to gain one of the school. Our main point of entry to the Senior Boys’ and Senior Girls’ Divisions is at age 11: Year 7. A small number of places may be offered at older ages (for Year 8 - 10) subject to availability of places and a strong performance in the Entrance Examination.

      11+ Applications

      If you would like your son or daughter to be considered for a place in Year 7 in September 2018 or 2019, please complete a Registration Form (see link below) which should be returned to the Admissions Department, together with a registration fee of £50.  For 2018 entry, the deadline is 10 January 2018.

      Entrance Examinations

      External candidates seeking entry to our Senior Divisions are asked to complete an Entrance Examination. The date of our Entrance Examination is Friday 19 January 2018. The exams are set to standards normally expected of pupils of above average ability. Internal candidates who joined King's Juniors prior to or at the start of Year 5 are not required to sit the 11+ Entrance Examination and are offered assessed places for the Seniors.

      Candidates registered for the entrance examination spend the whole day in school (lunch is provided) and are asked to complete three exam papers: Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning (VR). 

      When we receive the Registration Form for your son or daughter, we will automatically send you guidance on the Entrance Examination including details of the syllabus areas to be tested and sample past papers.

      Interviews and Candidate References

      An important part of the selection process for Senior Division entry is an interview with applicants and their parents. This is an opportunity for a conversation about their academic interests, hobbies and other activities and, of course, a further opportunity for you to visit the school. Interviews are usually with one of the following members of staff: the Headmaster, Deputy Head, Principal or Director of External Relations.

      Interviews for Year 7 applicants will be held during w/c 29 January 2018. 

      We will also contact your child’s existing school to obtain a reference in advance of the Entrance Examination. We wish to build as full a picture of your child as possible and use all of this information in addition to the entrance examination scores.

      11+ Offer and Reply Dates

      King’s is a member of the Greater Manchester Consortium of Schools and, as such, follows the agreed consortium timetable for 11+ applicants:

      Offers of 11+ places will be posted on tbc February/March 2018 and replies are required no later than Wednesday tbc March 2018 (12 noon). If the offer includes a bursary or scholarship award, a reply is needed by Monday tbc March 2018 (12 noon).  Some local schools do not belong to the Consortium and may have different offer and reply dates. If you are asked by a school for a decision before our offer date, please contact the Admissions Department immediately for clarification of your King’s application.


      12+, 13+ and 14+ Applications

      We typically have a small number of vacancies for older children (aged 12 – 14 years) to join our Senior Divisions into Years 8, 9 and 10. Please call the Admissions Department to discuss your needs and availability of paces.

      Completed Registration Forms for pupils applying for Years 8 – 10 should be returned no later than Friday 1 December 2017.

      External candidates will be invited to complete an Entrance Examination on Friday 19 January 2018. The exams are set to standards expected of pupils of above average ability. Pupils spend the whole day in school and lunch is provided. The list below shows the exam papers that each year group is required to sit:

      • Year 8 - VR, Maths, English. 
      • Year 9 - VR, Maths, English, Science, and a Modern Foreign Language. 
      • Year 10 - Maths, English, Science, and a Modern Foreign Language. 

      ​When we receive the Registration Form for your son or daughter, we will automatically send you a further guidance on the entrance examination syllabus and sample past papers.

      Interviews and Candidate References

      We will also contact your child’s existing school to obtain a reference in advance of the Entrance Examination. All applicants for Years 8 - 10 will be asked to attend an interview in January 2018. We wish to build as full a picture of your child as possible and use all of this information in addition to the entrance examination scores. Interviews should be considered an opportunity to discuss your child’s academic interests, hobbies and other interests as well as a chance for you to obtain more information and meet key members of staff.

      12+, 13+ and 14+ Offer and Reply Dates

      Offers will be sent out on Friday 26 January 2018 and replies are required by Wednesday 7 February 2018.

      Senior Entry FAQs

      We know that choosing a new school can be a stressful time for families, so we have put together this list of the most frequently asked questions and provided detailed answers to them. We hope that this will help make the whole process of choosing a school a little easier. 


      Contact the Admissions Department

      Telephone: 01625 260000
      Email:  admissions@kingsmac.co.uk

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