For most pupils entry is via the Common Entrance Exam. This is set by an external body, the Independent Schools Examination Board, but marked by the school. The advantage of an exam used by many schools is that an unsuccessful candidate's papers could be passed on to another school. Prep Schools have all the details but more information and past papers can be obtained from C.E. Publications, Jordan House, Christchurch Rd, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 6QJ.
The school is well aware that some pupils come from schools not used to CE requirements. Due allowance is made for this, and most will sit a special entrance examination in January of the year of entry. This examination is limited to English, Mathematics and Science and is normally taken at King’s.
Our experience is that good results at GCSE and A level can be obtained by pupils with a wide range of CE entry marks and so we are not and never have been narrowly selective. The current minimum level at Common Entrance is 60%, but individual circumstances are looked at carefully.
Academically able pupils may enter through our King's Scholarship examination which is held in March. A good performance, even if not of award standard, exempts from Common Entrance. More than 20 awards are offered each year. Music, Art and Sports Scholarships and Awards are also available.
Dates for examinations can be seen here: 2014 Entry.
Full details of all scholarships and arrangements can be obtained from the Assistant Registrar: Mrs Bev Skilton The King's School, Canterbury CT1 2ES, or telephone: 01227 595579, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org