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King’s College School Wimbledon: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 2:06 PM

King's College School Wimbledon: a parents' guide to Year 7 entry

Are you considering KCS Wimbledon for your son? We've collated everything you need to know about applying for a place in Year 7. Learn about key dates, what's covered on the entrance exam, and how to help your son prepare.


About King's College School

King’s College School Wimbledon, known as both KCS and King's, is a private day school for boys aged 11–18 and girls aged 16–18 in Wimbledon, southwest London. It's often listed as the top boys' or co-educational school in the country based on pupils' outstanding exam results.

Pupils at King’s enjoy a fulfilling co-curricular programme. Extended lunch breaks on Tuesdays and Thursdays and no timetabled subjects on Friday afternoons allow pupils to nurture existing interests and enjoy new challenges. There is a significant investment in music, sport and drama, with outdoor pursuits including the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Duke of Edinburgh Award. King's also has an extensive outreach programme – there are partnerships with over 20 state schools and pupils get involved in weekly projects within the local community.

King's has an excellent record of achieving university success. In the last seven years, almost 25% of leavers have secured places at Oxford and Cambridge universities and many more on to study at top destinations in North America, including Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and Yale.

  • Headteacher: Dr Anne Cotton

  • Address: King’s College School, Southside, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4TT

  • London borough: Merton

  • Age range and gender: 11–18 (boys 11–18, girls 16–18)

  • Number of pupils: 1,100+

  • National league table rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 3

  • A level results: 99.3% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 97.7% 9–7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

King’s College School term dates

The term dates at King's College School in 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 14th December 2023

  • Half term: 16th–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 9th January – 26th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 17th April – 3rd July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

King's College School fees & financial assistance

The termly fees at King's College School in 2023–2024 are £7,805 for pupils in Years 7–8, and £8,630 for pupils in Year 9 and above. Lunch is charged separately and usually starts at £300 per term (charges are higher for longer school terms).

### Financial assistance

The school is able to provide means-tested financial assistance, known as bursaries, to bright boys whose families would not otherwise be able to afford the school fees. Bursaries can provide up to 100% discount on tuition fees and may also include provision for extras such as school trips and uniform. Find out more on the school website.

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King's College School admissions process

If you're thinking about registering your son for a place at King's, it's a good idea to visit the school in person first at an open event. This is a great way to familiarise yourself with the school, see the facilities available, talk to current staff and pupils, and find out more about the admissions process.

We also recommend talking to your child's current teacher first before beginning an application. King's is a highly selective and competitive school, with around 10 applicants per place. Children who are offered places are normally working at the very top ability range in their year group.

1. Register for Year 7 entry

To begin your child's application for entry at 11 plus, complete the online registration form before 31st October when they are in Year 6.

You will also need to upload scans of your son's passport, a photograph of your son, his end of Year 5 report and a brief outline of his academic and co-curricular interests and achievements. A non-refundable registration payment of £150 is required.

2. Entrance exam

Your son will be invited to the King's College School 11 plus entrance exam in December when he is in Year 6. We've outlined more details about the entrance exam below.

3. Interview

Boys who perform well in the entrance exam will be shortlisted and invited back for an interview in January. Interviewers will be looking at your son's academic nature, personal qualities, and ability to make an all-round contribution to life at the school. This is a great opportunity for your child to discuss his interests and ask any questions he might have about King's.

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4. Offers

King's will email you in mid-February to let you know whether your son has been offered a place. You will then have until early March to accept.

All boys who are offered places in Year 7 will be invited to an induction day in the summer term so that they can meet their teachers and other pupils in their year group before starting in September.

King’s College School 11 plus entrance exam

The 11 plus entrance exam for King's College School takes place in early December when your son is in Year 6. Children take three written papers:


The English exam lasts 50 minutes. The first section is a reading comprehension task – boys will need to spend around 30 minutes reading the text and answering questions to demonstrate their understanding.

The second section tests creative writing ability. Your child should spend around 20 minutes continuing the passage of text. Examiners will be looking for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar and imaginative ability.


The maths test also lasts 50 minutes. Children will be tested on their understanding and application of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum, with questions assessing their ability with numbers, mathematical operations, measurement, geometry and basic algebra.

Verbal reasoning

The verbal reasoning test uses similar questions to the papers set by major exam boards (such as GL Assessment). Children will be tested on their understanding and ability to solve word-based problems.

How to prepare for entry to King's College School

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Engage with their progress: celebrate their improvements in their areas of challenge together! An accurate, ongoing assessment of your child’s strengths and development areas is instrumental for preparing efficiently. Atom's Parent Portal gives you data-driven insights into your child’s areas of strength and development.

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