Sep 18, 2023, 2:07 PM
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.
King’s College School Wimbledon, known as both KCS and King's, is a private day school in southwest London. Boys aged 11–18 are welcomed to the senior school, with girls accepted to the sixth form. KCS Wimbledon frequently tops national league tables for outsanding 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 join a myriad of activities. Music, sport and drama are all strong, and outdoor pursuits include the CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Award. Pupils get involved in weekly community projects and enjoy partnership activities with over 20 state schools.
King's has an excellent record of achieving university success. Popular destinations in the UK include Oxford, Cambridge, and Russell Group universities. Many students are also offered places at top North American destinations including Brown, Harvard, 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
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).
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.
Boys applying for 11 plus entry to KCS Wimbledon can also apply for a scholarship. These awards are based on talent in a particular subject, and not on financial income.
Academic scholarships: £400 per year (Rogers Scholarships), £200 per year (Cayley Scholarships)
Music scholarships: £400 per year plus free tuition on two instruments
Sports scholarships: £200–£400 per year
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
The term dates in 2024–2025 are:
Autumn term: 2nd September – 13th December 2024
Half term: 21st October – 1st November 2024
Spring term: 7th January – 28th March 2025
Half term: 17th–21st February 2025
Summer term: 22nd April – 2nd July 2025
Half term: 26th–30th May 2025
If you're thinking about applying for KCS Wimbledon, we recommend talking to your child's teacher first. 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.
It's always best to visit schools before submitting your child's application. King's College School holds regular open events, which are a great way to get a feel for school life.
Opportunities for parents interested in 11+ entry include whole school open mornings, 11+ open evenings, and 11+ forums. Find out more on the school website.
To begin your child's application for entry at 11 plus, complete the online registration form before 30th 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. You'll need to pay a registration payment of £150, which is non-refundable.
Your son will be invited to the King's College School 11 plus entrance exam in December when he is in Year 6. Children applying for 2024 entry will take the exam on 2nd December 2023.
There are 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.
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.
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.
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.
Trinity School is a popular choice for many parents, so entry is competitive. Here are our top tips to help your child prepare for the entrance exam and the interview.
It can be tempting to jump straight into practice papers to prepare for school exams. However, this is not an effective way to learn and can cause children to feel demotivated.
Your child should have a good understanding of the content they’ve been taught in Year 5 before testing their knowledge with practice papers. Using a ‘little and often’ approach when recapping content is key, as our brains encode new information more effectively when dealing with smaller ‘chunks’ of information. Experts recommend study sessions should last no longer than 30 minutes for children aged 10–11.
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We understand how important this next step is for them, and for you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have about applying to King's College School or other selective schools.