13+ Entry

Entry for most pupils is via the Common Entrance Examinations. This is set by the Independent Schools Examination Board. Further information and past papers are available from their website (www.iseb.co.uk). Some pupils will sit the Scholarship Examination.

A few applicants attend schools, in the UK or abroad, that do not follow the Common Entrance syllabus. These pupils sit an entrance examination in January of the year of entry. This examination is taken online, alongside a written English paper.

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 therefore we do not follow a narrow and inflexible criterion towards selection. Individual character and circumstance, together with the ability to contribute widely to the extensive range of co-curricular activities, are also taken into consideration.

Candidates must be under 14 years of age on September 1st of the year of entry.

Please click the panel for our Admissions Process

Common-Entrance Common Entrance & Scholarship   
Non-Common-Entrance International & non Common Entrance   

Common Entrance & Scholarship

Visiting the School
Prospective parents are strongly encouraged to visit to the School. They will meet the Registrar and receive a tour of the School with a current pupil. Please contact the Admissions Office: admissions@kings-school.co.uk
Open Days are held on a Saturday morning in each of the three terms.

 

Registration
The first step in the admissions process is to Register. This can be completed for pupils of any age and parents will receive regular updates to keep them informed about the School.

 

Conditional Offer of a place
Applicants for September 2020, 2021 & 2022 entry
Approximately two and a half years ahead of entry, the Registrar will contact the pupil’s current school to request a formal reference. On receipt of a positive reference, the Registrar will write to parents with a formal offer of a place, subject to Common Entrance requirements. 

Applicants for September 2023 entry onwards
Applicants will be required to sit the ISEB pre-test at their Prep school in the Autumn term of Year 6. The result, combined with a positive reference from the pupil’s current school, will lead to a formal offer of a place subject to satisfactory academic and behavioural progress over Years 6 – 8.

 

Confirmation of a Place
A place is confirmed through the payment of a deposit.

 

Visiting the Houses
On payment of a deposit, parents can revisit the School with their son and/or daughter to meet several Housemasters/Housemistresses at their respective Houses. A preference for a particular House may then be expressed, but the Admissions Department will always wish to provide each House with a balanced intake in terms of pupils’ talents and backgrounds.

 

Entrance Examinations
Academic Scholarship Examinations are held at the School early in the Summer term prior to September entry. Scholarship details – Academic, Music, ArtSport, Drama, Dance and Design Technology.

The Common Entrance Examination is taken at the pupils’ current schools in the middle part of the Summer term prior to September entry.

 

International & non Common Entrance

Visiting the School
Prospective parents are strongly encouraged to visit to the School. They will meet the Registrar and receive a tour of the School with a current pupil. Please contact the Admissions Office: admissions@kings-school.co.uk
Open Days are held on a Saturday morning in each of the three terms.

 

Registration
The first step in the admissions process is to Register. This can be completed for pupils of any age and parents will receive regular updates to keep them informed about the School.
UKiset results are not required to register.
The deadline for registration is 13th December 2019 for 2020 entry.

 

Examination and offer of a place
Examinations for 2020 entry are being held on Saturday January 11th 2020. Examinations can be taken either at The King’s School or, if overseas, at the nearest British Council Office.

The total length of the exam is 3 hours allowing for short breaks between each section.

The examinations will be using the online GL Assessment CAT4 which tests:

  • Part 1 (Spatial) 30 minutes
  • Part 2 (Verbal) 40 minutes
  • Part 3 (Numerical) 40 minutes
  • Part 4 (an English written paper consisting of a comprehension exercise and a creative writing task) 40 minutes

Examinations are accompanied by an interview with the Registrar, either at King’s or by Skype.

 

Confirmation of a Place
A place is confirmed through the payment of a deposit.

 

Visiting the Houses
On payment of a deposit, parents can revisit the School with their son and/or daughter to meet several Housemasters/Housemistresses at their respective Houses. A preference for a particular House may then be expressed, but the Admissions Department will always wish to provide each House with a balanced intake in terms of pupils’ talents and backgrounds.

 

Scholarship details – Academic, Music, ArtSport, Drama, Dance and Design Technology.