Welcome to our Senior School


Welcome to our Senior School

Our Senior School is about opening minds to the love of learning. This is a time of adventure and challenge during which pupils discover themselves and their world, growing in knowledge and self-confidence along the way. Our role is to provide them with every opportunity to find out what they like and want to do in life and to encourage their curiosity.

Our focus is on scholarship and academic excellence, as it has been for King’s for centuries. We also embrace new ideas and new technologies, wherever they enhance learning and give a winning edge. We’ve been around for 475 years, but our Senior School never stands still. It is an exciting, energising and empowering community of learning.

In 2019, 26% of GCSE results were grade 9, with 48% at 9/8 and 84% 9/6. Students achieved 69% of grades at A*-A or 9-7 placing King’s as the top performing school in Cheshire for GCSEs.

A fantastic, vibrant and friendly environment in which your child can attain high academic goals while nurturing their interests and passions, whatever they may be.
The Good Schools Guide, 2019

Learning to Learn Programme

As we continue to celebrate each individual student at King’s, we want to help them achieve the very best that they are capable of in a supportive and caring environment. Academically, we want to maintain our strong tradition of scholarship and examination success, whilst also keeping in mind the well-being of the students and developing highly effective learning skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We are delighted to launch our new Learning to Learn Programme for Removes from September 2018 and Shells from September 2019. This exciting initiative is designed to improve learning and outcomes for students in a sustainable, embedded way.

  • A new innovative and integrated programme of study skills, including revision techniques, from J3 to Upper Sixth
  • Regular assessments through the year to replace end of year exams for Removes (from Sept 2018) and Shells (from Sept 2019)
  • A greater emphasis on comment-based feedback to support individual learning
  • A new grading system focused on individual progress and attitude to learning

In this short video, our Deputy Head (Academic) Mr Millard explains these changes in more detail.

A broad and balanced curriculum provides our Senior School students with the perfect foundation for their first three years. Sciences are taught separately and a choice of two from three modern languages together with Latin support the core subjects. Once students reach Fourth Year (Year 10) they make their 10 subject choices for GCSE including Maths, English Language and English Literature and games/rowing and seven further choices with at least one modern language and at least two sciences.

Our teaching is lively and challenging and we have passionate and committed teachers who are skilled at stimulating and stretching minds. In small groups of no more than 13 or 14 students, the tutors really get to know their students.

The focus in Removes (Year 7) is on supporting the transition of students into the Senior School. They then become members of Houses in Shells (Year 8) and remain with the same tutor for the rest of their time at King’s. This gives a strong rapport; encouraging, guiding and supporting them as they grow up. In the classroom the emphasis is on discussion, debate, research and critical thinking. 

A Typical Day

  • Clubs and activities start from 7.45am
  • The library opens at 8.00am
  • The school day starts at 9.00am with registration
  • Tutor period is used for assemblies on some days which might be spiritual, business or year group assemblies
  • Clubs and activities continue for at least another hour after school
  • The library remains open until 5.30pm

Here is an example of a two-week timetable for a Remove student.

Week AMondayTuesdayWednesday ThursdayFriday
9.10 - 10.05HistoryBiologyLatinGermanEnglish
10.10 - 11.05Physical EducationPersonal and Social Education PhysicsGeographyMathematics
11.25 - 11.50Tutor PeriodTutor PeriodTutor PeriodTutor PeriodTutor Period
11.50 - 12.45GermanMathematicsDesign TechnologyEnglishGames
12.45 - 13.50LunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
13.50 - 14.50MusicDramaMathematicsChemistryDesign Technology
14.55 - 15.50EnglishComputer SciencePhilosophy and TheologyArt and DesignPhilosophy and Theology
Week BMonday TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9.10 - 10.05GermanEnglishGeographyHistoryLatin
10.10 - 11.05LatinHistoryDramaGermanGeography
11.25 - 11.50Tutor PeriodTutor PeriodTutor PeriodTutor PeriodTutor Period
11.50 - 12.45Computer ScienceMathematicsEnglishPhysicsGames
12.45 - 13.50LunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
13.50 - 14.50ChemistryPhysical EducationPhilosophy and TheologyEnglishMathematics
14.55 - 15.50MusicArt and DesignMathematicsBiologyEnrichment








Clubs and Activities

There’s a constant air of busy excitement in and around the School, with a huge range of activities happening at lunchtimes and after school, enthusiastically organised and embraced  by pupils and teachers alike. Over 130 clubs and activities provide exciting and interesting options for each pupil to chose from in the Seniors. Most clubs and activities are open for anyone to dip into and see if they like what’s going on. Some are team based, some provide a platform for individual expression and many lead to performances , presentations and displays which are enjoyed and embraced by the whole school. All our clubs add to the fun and vitality of school life and are an important part of developing well rounded and fulfilled young people. Not just by stimulating new interests, but also by socialising, sharing and problem solving together. From tackling a philosophical problem to getting stuck into a sporting challenge, a chess game or a craft competition, there’s always plenty to get involved with here at King’s.

Sport ActivitiesExtra Curricular ActivitiesMusic Activities
RowingOpen BadmintonDance
TennisTae Kwon DoFootball
CricketGym ClubBadminton
AthleticsCross CountryWater Polo
Gifted and Talented sessions
Book ClubFilm Club The Salon
Chemistry OlympiadDot to Dot ComFrench Club
Drama ClubMaths Support SessionMap Art
Dance Club Don't be Board Games ClubGeog Soc
Chemistry ClinicSenior DebatingOrigami Club
The AcademyBook Crafts Archery
Royal Society of Chemistry Young Analyst Senior Biology ClubGerman Penpal Club
Model United Nations Spanish ClubHistory of Art Club
Past MastersChess ClubIsms
The Business SocietyPhysics and Engineering ClubChemistry Club
Dungeons and Dragons Socratic DialogueiNK
Animal and Biodiversity Club Spanish Film ClubD&T Club
CCFECFLIX Horticulture Club
Sixth Form MFL book club Random Acts of Kindness Pudding lectures
Cambridge Chemistry Challenge Bridge Club Charities Club
Senior Science Journal Club Chemical ConversionSociety for Equality
PULSE Christian Union Modern Ink Mock the Week
Polyglots Enterprise Challenge IFS Student Investor Challenge
CodingF1 in Schools Recycled Jewellery Club
Art Club: Experimental textiles Art Club: Stop Frame AnimationArt Club: Sketchbook and Journalling
MFL Club Algorithms Society BBC News Club
Colouring Club Lingualogic
Troubadours IConcert BandSixth Form Choir
Troubadours IISoul CatsSong Writing Club
School ChoirSax GroupWind Band
Lower School BrassSenior String QuartetAdvanced Aural Skills Club
Theory & Composition ClubMadrigal ChoirSenior Piano Trio
Senior String OrchestraJazz CatsKing's Brass Consort
King's StringsAural Skills ClubSchola Cantorum
Clarinet ChoirBig BandConcert Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra

Our Enrichment Programme

Our Enrichment Programme enriches and enlivens the curriculum for all our Senior School students, broadening their experience and setting it in the wider context of the world outside school and home. Our Seniors regularly explore areas outside of the traditional academic core subjects. Over their time here, each student will have explored all four aspects of the programme: academic, creative, skills and community. Our aim is to nurture and develop some of the qualities which will help our young people throughout their careers and lives. As well as broadening horizons and adding to a well-rounded education, Enrichment gives our Seniors the extra knowledge and ability that can make all the difference to their success. The programme also encourages teamwork and a community spirit, bringing extra colour and vitality to the curriculum. Above all, it enriches their lives. Our Enrichment Options offered include:

AcademicSkillsCreativeCommunity Action
Chemistry ClubCodes, Ciphers & Logical Puzzles
EngineeringYoung Scientist
ElectronicsThinking Skills
Biology & MedicineUniversity Extension
Chemistry & MedicineEconomics
A Level PsychologyScholarship Speech & Debating
Business ManagementEnglish
Expedition SkillsResearch Skills
Life SavingFootball Coaching
Theatre Tech
Pre GCSE DramaAnimation
F1 in SchoolsRadio Blog
PrintmakingMaths Roadshow
Riding for the DisabledCharity Shops
Care HomesMusic & Performance Care Homes
Primary & Junior SchoolsMaths Roadshow

The Wickson Library

Our library is a wonderful asset to the School. It offers a calm, comfortable and welcoming place for study and reading within the School. With a class-sized ICT suite, it also has plenty of study space and comfortable seating areas for reading.

Our library aims to foster a love of life-long learning outside of the confines of the curriculum and to promote and support reading for pleasure.
Ros Harding, Head Librarian & Archivist
The library is open from 8:00am until 5:30pm every school day and all students are welcome to come and use the library for homework or quiet reading outside of lesson times.

It is used throughout the school day not just for lessons and private study time, but also for many fun activities to promote reading for pleasure. The library runs a very popular reading award scheme, promoting reading throughout the term and also through the holidays, something many of our pupils embrace with excitement. We also organise a number of author visits each year and work closely with the very popular author, Non Pratt, as our Patron of Reading. The library holds around 11,000 books, of which around 4,000 are fiction. The non-fiction collection enables students to read around their subjects and supports recreational interests. We also subscribe to many academic journals, daily newspapers and some recreational magazines. We also subscribe to many online resources, including JSTOR, which provide useful and reliable information on various subjects. These can all be accessed on the school network and outside of school through Firefly. Alongside our books we embrace technology. We have a Reading Cloud which pupils can access any time at home or in school and an e-book lending service which allows pupils to borrow books on their own personal devices. We enter a team into the Cheshire Schools’ Book Quiz every year and we also reached the National final of the Kids’ Lit Quiz in December 2014 and 2016. Our Head Librarian and Archivist, Mrs Ros Harding, has received The School Librarian of the Year Award for 2019. Please see the video below which highlights why our staff and students are so fond of Mrs Harding. 

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