Admissions FAQs - top 20 most frequently asked questions for 11+ entry

  1.   What advantages does King’s offer over other independent day schools?
  2.   What facilities does your new campus offer?
  3.   What will the curriculum look like for my child from Year 7 onwards?
  4.   How quickly will my child settle in to the Senior School?
  5.   How will I know my child is progressing well?
  6.   Why is King’s pastoral care so highly regarded?
  7.   Which sporting activities are available to Year 7 pupils?
  8.   What leadership opportunities will there be for my child?
  9.   When do you put pupils into sets?
  10. What are typical class sizes in the Senior years?
  11. What provision is there for gifted & talented children?
  12. What support is available to pupils with SEN / additional learning needs?
  13. What extra-curricular opportunities and trips do you offer to pupils?
  14. What transport and bus services are available?
  15. How do I apply for admission to the Senior School / Year 7?
  16. What is the structure of the school day for Senior pupils?
  17. What do King’s pupils/parents say about the school?
  18. What opportunities are there to visit King’s?
  19. Do you offer bursaries and scholarships?
  20. If I still have questions, who should I speak to?


What advantages does King’s offer over other independent day schools?

King’s has been providing excellent education for 521 years and yet we offer some of the most modern educational facilities in the country and a modern approach to learning. King’s has always been a forward-thinking place, where innovation thrives and we focus on equipping future generations with the character and life skills they will need to succeed.

Our exciting curriculum focuses on both academic attainment and character development, ensuring our young people have the skills, attitude and exam results that will be demanded by universities and employers.

Key advantages of King’s:

  • State-of-the-art facilities for learning, sport, recreation and wellbeing
  • A focus on both academic learning and personal development
  • Experienced, well qualified and inspiring teachers
  • A small-school atmosphere, with small year groups and a focus on individuals
  • An unparalleled range of extra-curricular activities on offer
  • A large rural campus, containing a woodland, two orchards, an apiary and several outdoor learning 'zones' 

King’s is a vibrant, dynamic community educating children from 3 to 18 years old. We are proud to be a member of the Merchant Taylors’ Company Family of Schools and HMC.

We are committed to bringing out the best in every pupil, not expecting pupils to fit a single mould. Our pupils excel in a broad range of subject areas and a wide range of artistic, musical and sporting disciplines. We offer more than 100 different activities, clubs and societies for students to enjoy. King’s is one of the largest Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme authorised centres in the north of England, with around 300 students participating in the DofE Awards at any one time.

Our academic results are amongst the very best in the country and we are proud to feature in 2023 The Sunday Times Top Ten schools in the North West for academic results. But we also place an emphasis on personal development and encourage our students to maintain a wide range of interests. We know that it is skills learnt on the sports field, on a mountain side or on a stage that will help our young people long after they leave school. We are proud to be ranked in the Top 25 Schools in UK for Sport. 

Our broad education delivers a high success rate of students going on to higher education. Around 90% of our students achieve their choice of university place and, each year, around 60% of students go on to Russell Group universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Students are also supported in their applications for overseas universities and for the highly competitive higher-level apprenticeship schemes.

In our most recent ISI Inspection, King's was given the highest grade of 'excellent' in all aspects including teaching, quality of pupils' achievements and learning, extra-curricular provision and pastoral care.

Mr Jason Slack, Head of Foundation


What facilities does your new campus offer?

Put simply, it offers some of the most modern educational facilities in the country, purpose-designed for infants, juniors and senior pupils. It has been designed using the very latest thinking in terms of spaces for learning, wellbeing, recreation and outdoor pursuits. Space, natural light and the rural environment are defining features of the campus.

Our campus offers 80 acres of Cheshire countryside, surrounded by woodland and lots of clean air.  It provides pupils with:

  • A Sports Centre with an indoor 25m swimming pool, cricket centre, fitness suite, martial arts/dance studio, café and school shop
  • One main academic building bringing together all classrooms under one roof – no getting wet between lessons!
  • Purpose-built accommodation for all our subjects and departments.
  • A large drama & performance studio, a lecture theatre and spacious central library
  • A Main Conference Hall
  • The very latest ICT, art and technology facilities
  • A dedicated Sixth Form zone with a careers hub

Mr Jason Slack, Head of Foundation


What will the curriculum look like for my child from Year 7 onwards?


Key Stage Three: Years 7-9

Pupils follow a broad academic curriculum in Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography, Religion & Philosophy, PE and Games, Computing and Critical Thinking throughout the first three years of their time in King's Seniors. Pupils also study Design & Technology, Art, Music, Drama and Critical Thinking. All pupils experience half a term of the four languages we offer: French, Latin, German, Spanish and then choose which two to continue with for the Spring and Summer terms of Year 7 and Year 8. In addition, pupils enjoy our King's Compass programme, through which we focus on personal development, developing important skills such as co-operation and communication, Social and Health Education and social responsibility.

For Year 9, pupils choose two creative subjects to continue from the four studied in Years 7 & 8 (Design & Technology, Art, Music and Drama). This means that the curriculum has a good degree of breadth but that it also allows choice and specialism as pupils move towards their GCSE choices.

Key Stage Four: Years 10 and 11

Pupils typically study 9 or 10 GCSE subjects. They all study Mathematics, English and English Literature, Science (as either three separate sciences or as Dual Award, leading to two GCSEs), a modern foreign language and a humanities subject (History, Geography or Religion & Philosophy). They also choose two further subjects from: a second modern foreign language; Latin; History; Geography; Religion & Philosophy; Art; Design & Technology; Music; Drama; Physical Education; Computer Science or Creative iMedia.

All pupils also pursue an activities programme involving some competitive sports and also some non-competitive recreational activities such as yoga, the gym, etc.

Key Stage Five: Years 12 and 13

The majority of Year 12 pupils select three A Level subjects from a generous range of around 27 subjects, including some subjects which are new to them such as Economics, Business, Psychology and Government & Politics. Some students will choose four A Levels, typically when both Further Mathematics and Mathematics are studied. We also offer BTEC Sport and an Applied Business course . During both Year 12 and 13, students study an extended studies programme to give them a breadth of academic experience. This includes options such as the prestigious EPQ, learning Japanese, Sports Leadership, the Arts Award, Theatre Studies or other qualifications.

All students also enjoy sporting and/or recreational activities throughout the Sixth Form which include playing individual or group recreational sport, helping in local schools, participating in a community action programme, or developing skills in art, drama or music.

Richard Griffiths, Deputy Head (Academic)


How quickly will my child settle in to the Senior School?

We work very hard to ensure that we know each child that is joining us, as well as ensuring that all our pupils are happy and settle in as quickly as possible. A happy child is one who will enjoy learning the most!

Around 50% of our Year 7 intake is children from King’s Juniors, with the other 50% coming from a wide range of state and independent schools. Pupils travel from Alderley, Altrincham, Bramhall, Congleton, Hale, High Peak, Leek, Mobberley, Poynton, Prestbury, Wilmslow and Knutsford.

We know that most children are anxious about starting a new school - the two most common concerns being making new friends and the size of secondary school compared with primary school. We start the settling in process in the summer term of Year 6 and have a thorough induction and welcome programme to make sure that everyone settles in smoothly in September. Our experience shows that our pupils settle really quickly and very rarely have any problems.

Pupils due to join King’s Seniors in September are invited to a Welcome Evening in June, which is an opportunity to meet the other children in their form and their Form Teacher, plus the Form Prefects (Year 11 pupils assigned to Year 7 forms). Children are taught in their forms so they spend a lot of time together and soon make friends. The Welcome Evening also provides parents and pupils with all the necessary information about starting school in September as well as being a chance for parents to meet other parents too.

This is just the start of the induction process, and on the Friday before the first day of Year 7, pupils are invited in for an 'Induction Morning'. This gives our new starters the opportunity to have the run of the school for one morning, before term starts. It helps with orientation around the school, familiarisation with procedures and staff and, of course, with making friends. So, when the first day comes, they’ve already got over their nerves.

Each Year 7 Form has a team-building trip in September, which provides opportunities to build firm friendships, to get to know their Form Tutor and each other better, and to spend time with their Form Prefects in a fun environment.

The Senior Division has excellent pastoral systems in place to monitor how children are settling in to school and how they’re performing. Form Tutors are the first port of call for parents and they, along with the Head of Year, Pupil Managers, Vice-Principal and Principal, would welcome you to get in touch if you ever have any concerns whatsoever about your child.

Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations


How will I know my child is progressing well?

At King’s, we pride ourselves on our careful monitoring of pupils and regular communication with parents is vital in ensuring that pupils achieve their full potential. We have regular assessment points when all teachers give a grade for effort and attainment and these are shared with parents each half-term, so that you are always up to date with your child’s progress. There is also a written report and a parents’ evening timed in such a way to ensure that you will have a progress report, either verbally or in writing, on a regular basis in each year. The ‘Parent Portal’ provides online access to pupils’ reports, plus information on any rewards (or sanctions) given by staff.

Pupils requiring extra help are catered for in a supportive way through our regular subject specific ‘clinics’ which, for example, run every day for Mathematics for all pupils and, for Year 11 pupils, are offered as revision clinics for anyone wanting extra help.

We are proud of the close relationship we have with parents and it would be rare that we would not contact parents directly if we had a concern, either pastoral or academic.

Richard Griffiths, Deputy Head (Academic)


Why is King’s pastoral care so highly regarded?

Outstanding pastoral care is at the heart of the King’s School: we know that all our pupils have enormous potential and we are absolutely committed to providing an environment in which every pupil will flourish.

Our pastoral care was graded 'excellent' - the highest possible grade – in our last ISI Inspection. Our size, as well as the size of classes and year groups, means that all of our pupils are well known by all the staff. While we are unashamed about expecting the highest standards in academic work and behaviour, our friendly approach and focus on individuals’ wellbeing means that pupils learn in a relaxed, calm and positive atmosphere. 

We strongly believe in the three-way partnership between pupils, parents and school which forms the cornerstone of stability in a young person’s life and enables them to achieve their true potential. We know that, when parents and teachers work together closely to support, monitor and encourage young people, those pupils will become happy, well-rounded individuals who are well prepared to achieve great things in life. Staff at King’s will therefore not hesitate to pick up the phone to a parent if there is the slightest concern – or when there is good news to celebrate - and would always encourage parents to do the same.

Central to the wellbeing of a pupil at King’s is their Form Tutor. Forms of around 24 pupils in Year 7 allow strong relationships to develop between pupils and tutors. Each year group is also overseen by an expert in pastoral care: the Head of Year. This is an important figure that will oversee pupils’ academic and pastoral welfare and ensure transition between years is smooth and well handled. The size of year groups is such that no pupil can go unnoticed - a phenomenon which is warmly welcomed by parents, but occasionally less so by pupils!

Pupil Managers, Vice-Principals and Principals are all important people in the pastoral teams. So too are our on-site School Nurses. Many other non-teaching staff, such as Librarians and Pupil Managers, also form positive relationships with pupils and will provide much day-to-day care.

There is no one type of King’s pupil: we are a school that welcomes pupils of all kinds, backgrounds, talents and interests. The strong relationships between pupils is one of the great features of King’s and is something the pastoral teams work hard to support. A good example of this is our flourishing House System: pupils of different ages regularly come together in sporting and musical activities and in all kinds of other events – fashion shows, song contests, bake-offs and art competitions – to compete for their House. This really helps the happy, lively and supportive atmosphere of the Senior Division and also gives pupils great opportunities to hone their teamwork and leadership skills.

King’s pupils relish the opportunity to work with pupils of other ages- something which makes for a well-balanced and positive environment. Our Sixth Form students are keen to volunteer as Peer Mentors and everyone recognises the honour it is to be chosen to support younger pupils.

Like all young people, King’s pupils thrive when they are rewarded for their efforts and achievements – but also firmly guided when they make mistakes. Our system of rewards – commendations, house points, colours, postcards home – and sanctions processes, which encourage respect for others and self-discipline, make a very positive contribution to school life.

Finally, we are a school run for the pupils and where our young people take centre stage. Both our School Council and Learning Council enable pupils to have their views heard. Each year, every pupil completes a confidential online survey about their experiences: a phenomenal 97% of our senior pupils in the last survey said they liked being at this school. 

Helen Broadley, Principal of the Senior Division


Which sporting activities are available to Year 7 pupils?

King’s has a national reputation for excellence across a range of sports, from the more traditional sports such as rugby, cricket and hockey, through to taekwondo, horse-riding and trampolining. We have a full range of excellent sports facilities, second-to-none for an independent day school:

  • Two floodlit Astro pitches 
  • Senior rugby pitches
  • Junior rugby pitches
  • Six floodlit netball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Outdoor cricket nets
  • Indoor cricket centre
  • Senior cricket pitches
  • Junior cricket pitches
  • Rounders pitches
  • Athletics track & long jump facilities
  • A gymnasium / fitness suite
  • A 1000m2 sports hall (for netball, badminton, trampolining, volleyball, etc)
  • A 25m six-lane Swimming Pool
  • A studio for Dance & Martial Arts

The main winter games for boys are rugby and hockey and for girls are hockey and netball. In the summer, all pupils concentrate on cricket, athletics, tennis and rounders. The PE curriculum is diverse with activities including swimming, tennis, badminton, basketball, dance, hockey, gymnastics, athletics, fitness in the gym and volleyball. This is extended further with extra-curricular activities such as taekwondo, basketball, squash, body conditioning, climbing, sailing, equestrian squad and strength and conditioning training.

We offer considerable challenge and opportunities for strong sports players with regular success in regional and national competitions. We also offer King's Elite Athlete Pathway (KEAP) for our most able sportsmen and women, but our approach is also to ensure that all children participate in and enjoy a range of sports.

Chris Thomson, Director of Sport


What leadership opportunities will there be for my child?

At King’s we seek to encourage ambitious students and we have high expectations of our incredibly talented pupils. We want to build confidence so that pupils feel ready to tackle life’s challenges once they leave us.

Our pupils have the chance to take on real responsibility within the Senior Division from a young age and, as a result, grow confident in skills essential for the future such as public speaking and preparing presentations. From Year 7, we offer Form Captain and Vice-Captain roles. From Year 8, Seniors are invited to participate in the Junior Reading programme and to help at Junior School clubs such as netball and chess.

Year 9 pupils are trained in peer-mentoring and act as buddies for younger pupils. Other leadership opportunities abound, with School Council and Learning Council being two very important forums offering a pupil ‘voice’. There is also our Merit First Council, our Charity and Catering Committees, Safeguarding Groups and Eco Teams for pupils to get involved in. Pupils on our Elite Athlete Pathway (KEAP) are also role models for our younger sportsmen and women. Finally, we appoint our Senior Prefects including School Captains towards the end of Year 10 and, following training, they are entrusted with responsibilities such as helping at Parents’ Evenings, Open Events, leading House events or writing for the website. In the Sixth Form, we elect our Sixth Form School Captains, who represent the school at a number of external events up and down the country.

Helen Broadley, Principal of the Senior Division


When do you put pupils into sets?

We initially teach in mixed ability groups during Year 7, using assessments during this year to put pupils into sets for Mathematics (usually from November of Year 7) and English (from Year 8). We also set in French/Spanish from Year 8 and in Science for Year 10 and 11.

We undertake internal assessments each half-term to monitor progress and attainment. Results are shared with parents at Parents’ Evening and, where necessary, pupils are moved between sets.

Where a pupil excels in a certain subject, we provide extension work so that they remain engaged and challenged and to ensure they make excellent progress. Pupils may be put forward for regional and national competitions or invited to participate in Enrichment activities outside school hours. When children experience difficulties with a subject, teachers are available to provide help through the regular subject clinics or informally on a one-to-one basis. This ensures all of our children make good academic progress.

Richard Griffiths, Deputy Head (Academic)


What are typical class sizes in the Senior years?

In Years 7-9, we have 6 classes per year group and the class sizes are a maximum of 24 pupils. This gives a year group of 144, which is much smaller than many other secondary schools in the area. Class sizes are often smaller still in the optional subjects in Year 8 and Year 9. At GCSE, we try to keep numbers at around 20 in the core subjects, or lower in the bottom sets and in the optional subjects. In the Sixth Form, groups tend to be between 10-14 students per A Level group.

Richard Griffiths, Deputy Head (Academic)


What provision is there for gifted & talented children?

At King’s, one of our core aims is ‘to develop lively and enquiring minds.’ Our schemes of work are built so that every lesson has extension tasks within it for those who are more able, to ensure that they are never bored and will never finish early!

However, we also accept that there are some pupils who are so gifted that special provision is laid on for them through our ‘Challenge and Enrichment' activities. Coordinated by our Head of Challenge & Enrichment, this is a range of activities, both inside and outside the classroom, to really stretch the most able. Of course, many of the academic clubs and societies allow pupils to follow their interests and talents and we also enter pupils for a range of national competitions, such as the Maths Olympiad, Cipher Challenge and a variety of writing competitions, to help develop their abilities beyond the classroom. From Year 9, our exceptionally able pupils are provided with teacher Mentors and are able to meet up with other highly achieving pupils for discussions, debates and support.

We also place a great emphasis on leadership at Kings – after all, we are preparing the leaders of the future a. Visiting speakers, lectures and visits to universities also encourage our pupils to think beyond the confines of the school curriculum.

Our Speakers’ Club, where leading figures from a range of professional disciplines and industry sectors come to speak to pupils, is aimed at broadening the horizons of our pupils, inspiring them to consider a range of possible futures – and different routes into professions. Recent speakers include a national Sport journalist, a female pilot employed by British Airways, the Head of Translation for the United Nations, a dentist, a barrister, an orthopaedic surgeon and the Professor of Medical Education at Manchester University. Our pupils leave us with a real sense of curiosity and confidence, and well-equipped to make choices about further academic study and beyond. 

In the Sixth Form our ‘Aspire’ programme prepares students for university entry with a series of sessions designed to challenge those who wish to apply to the more competitive universities or most competitive courses such as law, medicine and veterinary medicine; one of the reasons why we have had such success with Oxbridge offers over recent years. In short, at King’s we want to challenge every pupil at their own level and the most able or talented will find plenty to stir their passions.

Richard Griffiths, Deputy Head (Academic)


What support is available to pupils with SEN / additional learning needs?

Our Learning Support Department is led by a full time dedicated SENCo who has specialist teacher status and is a specialist assessor. For our entrance examinations and where pupils have a Diagnostic Report, we will endeavour to implement the recommendations set out for examination situations, whilst also considering what adjustments are reasonable with our resources available. For example, where it is a recommendation that a pupil is given 25% extra time, we will offer this for each exam paper. We are also able to support children during the entrance exam who use overlays, prefer certain coloured paper, need larger font size or where the recommendation is that they use a computer for written work.

A pupil applying for a place at King’s needs to be able to access the whole curriculum independently. Generally speaking, we can support pupils with a mild diagnosis of dyslexia, dyspraxia or similar learning difficulties of a mild nature. For most pupils, good teaching will remove many barriers to learning and we operate ‘Quality First Teaching’ – which means that our staff are informed of ways to support students with additional needs through differentiated curriculum planning and work. For a small number of pupils, our Learning Support department can also offer more specific support, for example one period per fortnight (in place of the English library lesson) working in a small group of pupils with a member of the Learning Support team.

New pupils are screened in the autumn term of Year 7 and any additional needs that are identified  are discussed with parents. 

Julia Fletcher, Head of Learning Support


What extra-curricular opportunities and trips do you offer to pupils?

We offer a significant range of extra-curricular activities and trips as a way of enriching our curriculum: we see education outside the classroom as a key part of delivering a rounded education, whether it be through lunchtime clubs to continue an interest in an academic subject, developing passions in entirely new hobbies or sports; or through subject-led day trips to month-long summer expeditions, there is something for everyone at King’s.

Lunchtime clubs and societies serve a range of purposes and interests. There are a range of clubs linked to academic subjects to allow pupils the chance to follow their interests in particular subject areas, such as Biology club, Art Club, Chemistry and History Club. There are also clubs which cater for pupils’ interests and passions outside of academic subjects, such as the STEM Club (pupils have recently built rollercoasters and wind turbines), Electronics Club, Gardening Club and a Film Society. Clearly, sport is very well-represented, from basketball and sailing through to table tennis and taekwondo. Music is of course a huge part of what we do at King’s, with a variety of choirs and orchestras, ensembles and bands which pupils can join to take part in various concerts and events, at school and in the community.

Trips are a big part of school life and again they serve a variety of functions, from academic day trips to theatres and museums to residential trips, such as the French trip or Berlin trip in Year 7 and the German Rhineland trip in Year 8. There are also a huge number of outdoor pursuits trips; the Duke of Edinburgh scheme; ski trips; sports tours, for example the Netball and Hockey tour to South Africa (2018) as well as the Rugby tour to Australia (2017) and South America (2019); and finally there are expeditions, such as the recent expeditions to Costa Rica, Bolivia, Morocco, India, Namibia and Norway. Some trips which take place during school time form part of the curriculum and are compulsory (eg. field trips in Geography); many of the trips during the holidays are voluntary and go much further afield (eg. Russia, USA, Iceland, Japan and China). A trips list is published at the start of the school year so that parents and pupils can prioritise. There is little doubt, though, that pupils if they wish can travel the world with King’s!

Paul Cooper, Deputy Head (Operations)


What transport and bus services are available?

Pupils travel to school via a number of means - private coach, public buses, train and car. 

We have several private coach routes that serve the school coming in from Leek, Sandbach, Handforth, Congleton, Knutsford, Hale, Wilmslow and other areas. The coaches drop-off and pick-up from within the school grounds, to provide extra safety.  Pupils must be in Year 3 or above in order to use the private coaches. We also offer a 'late bus' route, departing school after 5pm and serving the Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Knutsford areas (for pupils in Year 4 and above). Please see the Travel section for information on bus routes and contact information for the contracted coach companies. For more information, please speak to Mrs Hearn on 01626 260010.

Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations


How do I apply for admission to the Senior School?

The Entrance Exam for admission to Year 7 takes place in the January prior to the September of entry. So for September 2024 entry, the entrance exam is on Friday 12 January 2024. To register for the Entrance Exam please complete the Registration Form

To discuss availability of places, please call Judy Stanion, Registrar, or Jayne Johnson, Admissions Officer on 01625 260000 or email: admissions@kingsmac.co.uk.

Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations


What is the structure of the school day for Senior pupils?

In the Senior Divisions, the school day starts at 8.40am with Registration. Children are welcome to come into school from 8.30am and use the libraries, which are supervised from this time and pupils may read a book, do homework or use the many PCs available.

There are 6 lessons per day: two in the morning before Break, two after Break, and two after the lunch break, which is 12.55pm – 2.05pm.  The school day finishes at 3.50pm and children are welcome to stay for one of the many extra-curricular activities or they can go to the libraries, which are supervised until 6pm.

Richard Griffiths, Deputy Head (Academic)


What do King’s pupils/parents say about the school?

The 2022 Pupil Survey shows that a phenomenal 97% of our pupils aged 11-16 said they liked being at this school. Below are just a couple of pupil quotes from students who joined us from other schools:

“I would definitely advise you to come.  It is so much fun here and I am having a great time”.

“The teaching is of a high quality and the teachers and pupils are friendly”.

Every 2 – 3 years, King’s undertakes a parental survey to measure the level of satisfaction amongst parents. The most recent results back-up what the recent ISI Inspection found – that parents believe King’s is ‘excellent’ in nearly all aspects of school life.

The survey allows the school’s results to be benchmarked against other independent day schools in the UK. In that context, King’s results are extraordinarily positive.

Below are just a few of the many positive comments we receive from parents:

“We are delighted with the way in which the school is enabling our three children, each with their very different personalities, to thrive and be happy in their education”.

“…she emerges more ‘rounded’, more confident and with improving personal standards and enthusiasm. For us as a family it has exceeded our expectations”.

“There is something about King’s that makes us, as parents, wish we could go back to school! We know that our children are part of a vibrant, thriving school community”.

“It is always a pleasure to attend concerts, drama productions, sports matches and social events and to come into contact with so many bright, confident and personable young people”.

 “After 4 weeks Tom is still coming home every day with a big smile on his face, eager to tell us about all the exciting new things he has been doing: not only clubs and sports, but lessons as well!  We are sure that we made the right choice”.

Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations


What opportunities are there to visit King’s?

We would very much encourage you to come and look around. We offer a number of dates for mid-week tours (available from November – June) and we also provide a number of open days and taster events for you and your child.

Please see Visiting King's for a full list of upcoming events or call the Admissions team if you would like to arrange a tour of the school.

Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations


Do you offer bursaries and scholarships?

Yes: a number of means-tested bursaries are available for pupils applying for admission to Year 7 and Sixth Form. The level of award is determined by parental need and based on an annual declaration of income and assets. School funds are insufficient to meet all requests for support, so a strong performance in the Entrance Examination is also required.

The deadline for bursary applications is late November and bursaries are awarded in March, for admission to King’s the following September.

A number of academic scholarships are awarded in recognition of an outstanding performance in the Entrance Examination. They are awarded to boys and girls aged 11 entering the school at the start of Year 7. Pupils gaining an academic scholarship are automatically enrolled on ‘Challenge & Enrichment’ activities for gifted pupils.

Music scholarships are also available by audition, for Year 7 entry. Applicants should have obtained at least Associated Board Grade 3 or its equivalent in one or more instruments/voice. Music Scholars are expected to make a full contribution to the music of the school.

Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations


If I still have questions, who should I speak to?

If you have any further queries or you would like to discuss admissions to King’s, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • Judy Stanion, Registrar
  • Jayne Johnson, Admissions Officer
  • Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations

who would be delighted to help and firmly believe that there is no such thing as a silly question!

Admissions team: on 01625 260000

Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations