Pupils usually enter the Preparatory School at the age of 8 but candidates of other ages may apply to join in any year as long as places are available.
There is a large intake into Year 7 at age 11, both from other independent Preparatory Schools and local maintained Junior schools.
Every year we hear from our new Year 7 parents that King’s is a great place to get used to being at Senior School. They feel that their children have the best of both worlds – Preparatory and Senior - because, rather than starting life at the bottom of a huge secondary school alongside pupils who already seem like adults, they enjoy life at the top end of the Preparatory School, along with our Year 8 pupils and this gives them the early opportunity to hold positions of responsibility. In Years 7 and 8, many subjects are taught by specialist Senior School teachers in Senior classrooms and labs, but the pupils still have their base within the smaller Preparatory School. This arrangement gives children the time to get used to new, more sophisticated methods of teaching and learning at Year 7 level, whilst still having the support and space to find their feet and grow in confidence as one of the top two years in the Preparatory School. In Years 4, 5 and 6, lessons all take place within the Preparatory School with the exception of Art and Design, Drama and Technology which are taught in the same specialist rooms/ spaces used by the Year 7 and 8 pupils.
All children who have registered an interest in joining the School will be invited to an assessment and interview with the Headmaster of the Preparatory School. The assessment will be in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning. We will also request consent to approach your child’s current school for a reference. Assessments for 11+ entry take place in the November or March prior to the September of entry. If children are unable to attend either of these Assessment Days, we will be happy to accommodate tests on alternative dates.
Experience shows that the general feel of a school is a major deciding factor in choosing the right school for your child. Please come and meet our engaging, articulate, well-mannered and quietly confident pupils. Come and see how we help each child flourish. The Headmaster of the Preparatory School will be pleased to show you around.
If, having seen the School, you decide that King’s is the right School for your child, please complete the Registration Form and return it to the School. A registration fee of £100 and copy of your child’s birth certificate must accompany the form. For more information on admissions, please see the Admissions section.