Welcome to The King's Junior School
You couldn't wish for a better introduction to King's for your child. Here, in small classes under the caring eye of their teacher, your childwill be encouraged to explore and discover the world around them through imagination, creativity and fun. Our role is to help your children fulfil their potential and realise their talents in a friendly, open and respectful environment. They will leave the Junior school with all the skills and confidence to move seamlessly into Senior education and beyond. Alongside the traditional curriculum, we believe strongly that Drama, Music and Sport build skills of teamwork, character, fairplay and give all pupils an opportunity to perform and shine.
The King's School Junior School is situated on the main school campus in a separate self-contained school. King's specialises in junior education with pupils joining the school from the age of seven through to eleven years old.
The Junior School boasts its own excellent facilities -Library, Sports Hall, 4 Sports Fields, Cricket Pavilion, Music, I.T., Design Technology and Art classrooms. The School was purpose-built and has sunny, bright classrooms. The Junior School is able to access some of the Senior School facilities such as the Swimming Pool, Athletics tracks, Astro-turf, Tennis/Netball Courts, Music School for individual musical instrument tuition, and the new Vanbrugh Theatre for Drama and Music performances.
There are either two or three classes per year. Class sizes start at 15 -20 at J1 (Year 3), rising to typically 24 by J4 (Year 6). The vast majority of our juniors move up to the Senior School and our J4s do not have to take the Senior School entrance examination as offers of senior school places will be based on the continuous assessment of their Junior School years.
The teacher/pupil ratio in the Junior School is 1:13. All pupils learn Spanish from 7 years of age, with the addition of French and German at age 10. Mandarin Chinese is offered as an after-school club.
You will not find King's on any junior school league tables. In common with the majority of the top HMC and Independent schools, we do not do the Government's SAT papers on which these league tables are based. King's sees no role for SATs as the vast majority of our children go on to the Senior School. King's follows an alternative externally-moderated testing system which better assesses our bright children for their future education. The league tables at junior level, therefore, are extremely misleading as they ignore many of the top schools.
Clubs and Activities
There are over 25 lunchtime and after-school activities on offer, including 5 music groups such as Orchestra and Choir. The Junior School has a fine reputation for excellence in drama and music, with at least 2 major drama productions and 2 concerts annually. The Junior School regularly win cups at the Chester Festival of Performing Arts and have an annual Art and DT exhibition.
Sports is a key part of our curriculum and in recent years the Juniors have won Regional cups in Football, Tennis, Hockey, Swimming and Triathlon. Many of our pupils hold county honours in sports such as Hockey, Chess, Football, Cricket, Cross Country, Badminton, Table Tennis and we have National representation in Show Jumping and Cricket.
If you want to know more about joining the Junior School please contact the Admission Office. See the contacts page for contact information.
We have various events throughout the year when you can see for yourself what makes the Junior School special. See the "What's On" for further information about cultural events.
Pay a visit
We would encourage everyone to come and visit the Junior school and feel for themselves its unique and dynamic atmosphere. We organise an open morning and discovery days, admissions page.
The next open morning will be Saturday 12th October 2013 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Quotes from visitors
"This is my first visit and I feel wowed! The classrooms are buzzing and it is so friendly. Thank you for showing me your school. I know my daughters would thrive."
Mrs Williams, Upton, Chester
"Very impressive - warm, welcoming atmosphere. Thanks for an enjoyable visit."
Mr and Mrs Lally, Mold
"Everything you could want for and more. Lucky children."
Mrs Lloyd Willes, Middlesex
"Beautiful facilities and very impressive children."
Mr and Mrs Kingsley, Mold
"Beautiful school, excellent facilities, friendly atmosphere."
Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Hampshire