Thank you for considering entry to The King's School. We know that the whole procedure for choosing a school and successfully gaining a place, whilst exciting, can also be a stressful experience. At King's, we do all we can to guide you through the process to make it as straightforward as possible.
Children are assessed for entry into the Infant & Junior School. Assessments take place in the preceding January for September entry and at other times for mid-year entry depending on availability of places.
Registrations for the Pre-School class are accepted from birth – but not before! We recommend applying early, as year groups fill up quickly. Places in Pre-School are offered by date of application. Places in other year groups are offered based on availability of places and outcome of the assessment.
The relevant ages for entry to King’s Infants are as follows:
- Pre-School (age 3+)
- Reception (age 4+)
- Year 1 (age 5+)
- Year 2 (age 6+)
Transfer into King’s Juniors is by internal assessment and our Year 2 pupils have to satisfy the entrance requirements for Juniors.
Vacancies can arise for each age group, and we operate a waiting list system. Please contact Admissions to enquire about availability of places as early as possible, prior to completing a Registration Form.
To apply for a place, our Registration Form below should be completed. A registration fee of £75 is payable upon submission of the Registration Form.
King’s is a selective school, and the admissions procedure is designed to ensure that pupils will enjoy a challenging academic curriculum. All candidates wishing to join King’s Juniors are required to sit an Entrance Assessment.
Entrance Assessments take place during January prior to the September of joining. Children come into school for a morning, and we aim to create a relaxed atmosphere for them to show their capabilities. The Assessment consists of age-appropriate papers to test literacy, numeracy and reasoning power set to standards normally expected of boys and girls of above average ability. Copies of past papers are not supplied, but we can supply guidelines as to what the assessment will cover.
Parents are required to register for the Entrance Assessment by the first Friday in December (prior to the assessment in January), by completing the Registration Form and returning it to the Admissions Department with a registration fee of £75. Offers of places will be made in late January for the following September.
In order to gain a fuller picture of a child’s suitability, we will contact the child’s present Headteacher to ask for details of academic progress, interests and future potential. This information, sought prior to the Assessment, forms an important part of the admissions procedure and it is assumed that parents will notify the current school and inform them that a reference request will be made in early January.
King’s aims to achieve a successful fit between the academic nature of 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 child and parents to gain one of the school. Our main point of entry to the Senior Division (boys and girls) is at age 11: into Year 7.
For pupils wishing to apply to join Year 7 in 2024, completed registration forms should be returned by no later than Friday 1 December 2023. Bursary applications should be returned by Friday 24 November 2023.
If you would like your son or daughter to be considered for a place in Year 7 in September 2024, please complete our Registration Form, together with a registration fee of £75. For 2024 entry, the deadline for registration is Friday 1 December 2023.
External candidates seeking entry to our Senior Division will be invited to complete an Entrance Examination on 12 January 2024. The exams are set to standards expected of pupils of above average ability.
Candidates registered for the Entrance Examination spend the whole day in school (lunch included) and complete four examination papers: Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Guidance on the entrance examination syllabus and sample questions can be accessed using the link below:
An important part of the admission process is an interview with your child. This is an opportunity for us to find out more about your child and of course a further opportunity for you to find out more about the school. Interviews take place in late January, after the entrance examination. Please note that the number of children invited to interview exceeds the number of places available, therefore an invitation to interview should not be considered confirmation that a child will go on to be offered a place.
A reference from your child's current school will also be requested as we wish to build as full a picture as possible of a child. We will use all of this information, alongside Entrance Exam scores, when considering the offer of a place.
Year 7 Entry Offer and Acceptance Dates 2024:
|Mon 26 February -||Offers Posted|
|Tues 5 March -
Acceptance Deadline for Bursary and Scholarship Offers
|Thurs 7 March -||Acceptance Deadline for 11+ Offers|
King's is a member of the Greater Manchester Consortium of Schools, which operates a common system of dates for the publication of 11+ offers and their acceptances. All schools in the Consortium use the above dates for 11+ applicants.
We occasionally have a small number of vacancies for older children (aged 12–14 years) to join our Senior School in Years 8, 9 and 10.
We are currently holding waiting lists for entry into Years 8, 9 and 10 for mid-year and September 2023 entry.
If you would like us to place your child on our waiting list, please complete our Registration Form. Should a place become available, we will contact waiting list families and advise whether we are able to invite their child to sit King’s Entrance Examination.
External candidates will be invited to complete an Entrance Examination should a place become available.
The examination papers are set to standards expected of pupils of above average ability. The list below shows the examination papers that each year group is required to sit:
|Year 8||Mathematics, English & Verbal Reasoning|
|Year 9||Mathematics, English, Science, a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) & Verbal Reasoning|
|Year 10||Mathematics, English, Science & a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish)|
Guidance on the entrance examination syllabus and sample questions will be sent to you upon receipt of a completed registration form.
Interviews and Candidate References
With your permission your child’s existing school will be contacted to obtain a reference in advance of the Entrance Examination. All applicants will be asked to attend an interview in January 2023.
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.
For the Sixth Form, we offer a wide range of subject choices, modern facilities, a friendly co-educational year group of around 110+ students, excellent support for A Level study, small tutor groups of ~15 students, and outstanding preparation for university applications, higher-level apprenticeships and the world beyond school.
We are very proud of our students' achievements at A Level and of the breadth of courses that they go on to study.
Around 10 - 15% of our Sixth Form students join us from other schools and they very quickly settle in our friendly and vibrant Sixth Form. We believe in working hard and playing hard and, importantly, offer a diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities.
We recommend students and their parents come and visit us: we welcome families to our Sixth Form Open Evening which is held in late September and then to our Sixth Form Subject Options Evening in November. Our students and staff are keen to share what King's Sixth Form has to offer and provide more information on courses, subjects and extra-curricular opportunities.
To Register for a place in King's Sixth Form complete our Registration Form with a non-returnable fee of £75.
A number of bursaries are available for entry to the Sixth Form. Please speak to a member of the Admissions Team for more information.
Candidates and their parents will be invited for interview in December/January (prior to joining the following September). This may be a Zoom/Teams interview or may be combined with a tour of the school. A written reference from the current school will also be sought. Places are provisionally offered, subject to the attainment of the grades specified for entry.
Entry requirements are an average of grade 6 or higher across eight GCSE subjects, with a minimum of a grade 5 in both Mathematics and English Language (university matriculation requirements).
Most subjects recommend a grade 7 - 9 in a subject to be studied at A Level, and this is compulsory for Mathematics and Science subjects. In addition subjects with a large mathematical content, such as Economics, require a minimum of grade 7 in Mathematics.
Places are offered in the January prior to the September of joining King’s and are offered subject to the attainment of the GCSE grades specified. We ask that candidates accept the offer by returning the completed Admission Agreement with a £300 deposit to secure the place. The deposit is refundable if the candidate does not meet the grade requirements of the offer. We ask that candidates provide a copy of their GCSE results to the Admissions Department within a week of results day in August.
11+ Entry: Frequently Asked Questions
We know that choosing a new school can be a stressful time for families, so we have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions and provided detailed answers to them:
Children who joined King's Juniors prior to the start of Year 5 will qualify for a continually-assessed place in our Seniors. Assessed places are offered based on internal assessment data collated during Year 5 and 6.
Any pupils joining King's Juniors after the October half-term of Year 5 will be required to take the 11+ Entrance Examination in order to gain entry to the Senior Division.
Please contact the Admissions Department for more information and advice.
Pupils in Year 11 at King's are required to obtain an average of grade 6 or higher across eight GCSE subjects, with a minimum of a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language. Most subjects recommend a grade 7-9 in a subject to be studied at A Level, and this is compulsory for Maths or Science subjects. In addition subjects with a large mathematical content, such as Economics, require a minimum of grade 7 in Maths.
We recommend pupils discuss their subject choices with their teachers and Head of Year, who will be able to give tailored advice.
If you have any questions please contact us.
t 01625 260000