Admissions & Visiting Us

 

Welcome to King’s Admissions

The King’s School is an independent, academically selective school taking girls and boys from ages 4-18 years old. Entry into the Willow Lodge (infants), Junior School and Senior School is by assessment days or examinations in January for the following September entry. Entry into the Sixth Form is based on GCSE results and an interview in December of the previous year of entry.

We do admit children into all sections of the school at other times of the year but this is dependent on spaces being available. For more information or if you wish to still apply for 2018, please contact the Admissions Manager by calling 01244 689 553 or email admissions@kingschester.co.uk

King’s Admissions – Our Five Step Guide

Download our Five Step Guide to joining The King’s School in Willow Lodge (infants), King’s Juniors, King’s Seniors or King’s Sixth Form by clicking on the area of the school you are interested in below:

 

             

               

 

Infant School, Willow Lodge

The majority of children will join Willow Lodge at 4 years of age in the Reception Class. There will sometimes be available places in other year groups throughout the year, please contact the Admissions Manager on 01244 689553 for more information.

You will be invited to come along with your child for a short visit to meet the teachers in Willow Lodge. This will take about 1 hour and will involve a number of play-based activities designed to assess your child’s potential in a relaxed environment.

  • Our Infant School Assessment Day will be on 18 January 2019.
  • Please apply by 11 January 2019

Alternatively, you can print out a Registration Form by clicking here and return by post to the address provided.  For further details, please call our Admissions Manager on 01244 689553

Junior School

The majority of children join the Junior School at 7 years of age in Year 3. There will sometimes be available places in other year groups throughout the year, please contact the Admissions Manager on 01244 689553 for more information.

Our Junior School assessments take place in small groups in the classrooms. Breaks with drinks and biscuits are provided, and they will also enjoy some fun activities as part as the assessment process. Children are supervised throughout by members of teaching staff. Children will finish their assessment at 12.30pm and a picnic lunch is then provided for them, with collection at 1pm.

  • Our Junior School Assessment Day will be on 18 January 2019, 8.30am to 1.00pm.
  • Please apply by 11 January 2019

Alternatively, you can print out a Registration Form by clicking here and return by post to the address provided.  For further details, please call our Admissions Manager on 01244 689553

Senior School

Admissions to the Senior School is by examination held each January. Your child must be over 11 and under 12 years of age on 1st September following the examination, and most children will join in Year 7.  There will sometimes be available places in other year groups throughout the year, please contact the Admissions Manager on 01244 689553 for more information.

Senior School assessments consist of :

  • Non-verbal reasoning paper
  • Verbal reasoning paper
  • Mathematics paper
  • English paper
  • Interview with a senior teacher

The standard of questions is based on Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum for England (Mathematics, English). There will also be a few questions on the Maths and English papers at a ‘working towards greater depth’ level. Children who have not yet reached ‘working towards’ or ‘working at greater depth’ should not be deterred from entering.

Download an information document about the examination and specimen papers:

Mathematics – paper 1 with Answer sheet,

Mathematics – paper 2 with Answer sheet

English 1(Question Paper), (Reading passages 1), 

English 2 (Question paper), (Reading passages 2)

  • Our Senior School Assessment Day will be on 18 January 2019, 8.40am to 2.15pm
  • Please apply by 11 January 2019

Alternatively, you can print out a Registration Form by clicking here and return by post to the address provided.  For further details, please call our Admissions Manager on 01244 689553

Sixth Form

Admission to the Sixth Form is by interview and a minimum entry requirement of 7 GCSEs are required, four of which need to be grade 7 (A) and three at grade 6 (B) or above. Grade 7 (A) GCSEs are required in the four subjects that will be studied at A Level. Grade 8 (A*) is needed for Further Maths. Students are required to have a minimum of grade 4 (C) in both GCSE Maths and English Language.

Students are able to join Sixth Form from our Senior School or from any other school.

Students are required to submit their subject choices for A Level, along with the most recent reports from their current school. A reference and predicted grades will also be requested before a decision is made to offer a place.

Prospective students are invited for an interview in December. The interview will cover the subjects the student is applying for, as well as offering the opportunity to discuss extra-curricular and career ambitions.

For all students, progression from Lower Sixth to Upper Sixth is dependent on reaching an expected level of achievement.

Please register online or call our Admissions Manager on 01244 689553

  • Please apply for Sixth Form entry by 23 November 2018

Alternatively, you can print out a Registration Form by clicking here and return by post to the address provided.  For further details, please call our Admissions Manager on 01244 689553

You are welcome to visit the Infant, Junior, Senior School or Sixth Form at any time and appointments can be made by calling 01244 689553 or emailing admissions@kingschester.co.uk

Open Events

We have several events on throughout the year, when you are warmly invited to come along and find out more about King’s. Please use the links below to reserve your place.

Willow Lodge Discovery Days – Friday 2 November & Thursday 15 November

You and your child are invited to join us for an afternoon at Willow Lodge and see for yourself why our pupils love coming to school every day. Experience their passion for adventurous learning, as they discover a world full of friendship, opportunity and challenge.

The next Willow Lodge Discovery Days are from 1.30-2.30pm on Friday 2 November and Thursday 15 November .

To reserve your place, please call our Admissions Manager on 01244 689 553 or email admissions@kingschester.co.uk

Winter Wonderland at Willow Lodge – Saturday 8 December 

Come and join us at our magical Winter Wonderland. The perfect opportunity for you and and your little ones to visit our Infant School and take part in a magical adventure. There will be Christmas crafts and cake decorating in our grotto. You’ll also be able to meet our elves, donkey and of course a very special surprise visitor!

To reserve your place, please call our Admissions Manager on 01244 689 553 or email admissions@kingschester.co.uk

 

If you have any queries or questions, please call 01244 689 553 or email admissions@kingschester.co.uk

Visit us

In addition to the Open Events scheduled throughout the year, our Admissions Team will be happy to make an appointment for you to have a tour of any part of the school. This tour can take place either with or without your child.

We find one of the most successful ways to see if King’s is the right choice for your child is for them to spend a Taster Day at the school, where they will take part in lessons and activities alongside our pupils. We will try out best to tailor these activities to best suit your child’s interests and hobbies.

You are also welcome to make an appointment to meet our Headmaster or other members of staff.

For further details, call the Admissions Manager on 01244 689 553 or email: admissions@kingschester.co.uk

 

Fees

It is our policy to keep fees to a minimum whilst maintaining the School’s standards and facilities. They are normally reviewed annually at Easter, with any change coming into effect from September. Parents normally receive a term’s notice of any change.

Infants

Tuition per term: £3,050
Lunches per term (compulsory): £237

We are registered for Early Years Funding with Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC). Parents are eligible to receive a grant for 15 hours free childcare, up to and including the term their child reaches the age of five. Parents must register with CWAC to receive the grant.

With effect from September 2017, parents of children under the age of five can also apply for an additional 15 hours per week.  To obtain the additional hours strict criteria must be met.  If you would like to check your eligibility please use the following link:

https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/applynow

Please note – when you use the link to make your application, please click on ‘No’ when it asks ‘have you been invited to make your application’.

Juniors

Tuition fees per term: £3,454*
Lunches per term (compulsory): £261

Seniors

Tuition fees per term: £4,505*
Lunches per term (compulsory): £271

Sixth Form

*Tuition fees per term: £4,505
Lunches (compulsory) £271

*includes all stationery, textbooks, and standard exam fees.

For more information please call our Admissions Manager on 01244 689553 or email admissions@kingschester.co.uk

Additional costs

Special Educational Needs

Children assessed and diagnosed with special educational needs will be supported in the classroom through high quality teaching and differentiation. For children who require more specialist intervention, one-to-one lessons may be offered at an additional charge of £12.50 for 30 minutes and £21 for 50 minutes.

Larks and Owls Club

Our aim is to provide breakfast and after-school care in a safe and stimulating environment for boys and girls in the Junior School and the first year of the Senior School.

The charge for Larks Club (breakfast) is £4 including breakfast. Places for Owls Club (after school), anytime between 3.30pm to 6pm will be £8.50, inclusive of a light tea. The cost for children joining Owls Club after an extra-curricular activity will be £7.

Child care vouchers from various providers can be used to pay towards Larks and Owls Club sessions. If you would like more information on child care vouchers, please telephone The Bursar’s Office on 01244 689539.

Private Instrument and Voice Lessons

The cost for lessons for the academic year 2018/2019 is £16.85 for 30 minutes. Please note there is usually a small increase in September at the start of the academic year.

Help with Fees

We don’t want anyone to be deterred from applying to King’s because of financial considerations. It is our policy to give whatever financial assistance we can where the need exists. If you wish to discuss the matter of financial assistance, or request a bursary application form, please contact our Admissions Manager on  01244 689553 or email admissions@kingschester.co.uk

Please read our “Helping With Fees” booklet for further information.

Bursaries are currently available for the Senior School and Sixth Form.

Please complete and return your bursary application by the following dates:

  • Senior School entry: 18 December 2018
  • Sixth Form entry: 23 November 2018

Additional costs

Special Educational Needs

Children assessed and diagnosed with special educational needs will be supported in the classroom through high quality teaching and differentiation. For children who require more specialist intervention, one-to-one lessons may be offered at an additional charge of £12.50 for 30 minutes and £21 for 50 minutes.

Larks and Owls Club

Charges for Larks Club (breakfast) is £4 including breakfast. Places for Owls Club (after school), anytime between 3.30pm to 6pm will be £8.50, inclusive of a light tea. The cost for children joining Owls Club after an extra-curricular activity will be £7.

Private Voice and Music Lessons 

The cost for lessons for the Academic Year 2018/2019 is £16.85 for 30 minutes. There is usually a small increase in the September at the start of the academic year.

Special Educational Needs and Disability provision at King’s

We have a good provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities and in compliance with the Equality Act 2010, we will not discriminate on the grounds of disability. It is important to note that without an EHC Plan or Statement The King’s School, as an independent provider of education, is not part of the Local Authority ‘local offer’. Consequently we are unable to access Local Authority run specialist support services in the School.

To understand more about the provision for children with SEND at The King’s School please ask to see our parent FAQ document from the Admission Manager and our SEND Policy  or contact Sarah Glass, Director of Learning Support: sarahglass@kingschester.co.uk