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King’s College School, Wimbledon

By Coby F

2 years ago

Address: Southside, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon, London Area  SW19 4TT
Website: www.kcs.org.uk
Founded: 1829 
Number of Pupils: 1,474
Ages: Boys 7-18 years, girls 16-18 years
Fees: 2022/23 £6,799 – £8,085
Head Teacher: Dr Anne Cotton, appointed September 2022
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Contact: 020 8255 5300
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Various open events held throughout the school year, visit www.kcs.org.uk for forthcoming dates.

The Curriculum

A King’s education is focused on pupils’ adventure of learning and discovery both inside and outside the classroom. The school week is structured to enable pupils to have plenty of time to enjoy our phenomenal range of 150 extra-curricular activities, clubs and societies. There is a vast array of academic enrichment activities, including an inspiring lecture programme and weekly visiting speakers, all designed to broaden pupils’ minds and feed their intellectual inquisitiveness. In the Sixth Form, pupils can choose between the International Baccalaureate Diploma and A levels and they consistently achieve world-leading results in their examinations.

Games & the Arts

There is an abundance of opportunity in the creative arts and sport, alongside activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Combined Cadet Force, and volunteering to take part in our community projects – which are central to life at King’s. Pupils enjoy taking part in the wide range of opportunities on offer. They also excel in these areas, with considerable successes at national level; from pupils representing Great Britain in rowing, to reaching the finals of the BBC Young musician competition.

Pastoral Care

Outstanding pastoral care is central to the school’s success. All pupils are placed in a house, form and cross-year tutor group. Tutors remain with pupils throughout their time at school and pupils are also supported by our counsellors, chaplain, the learning enrichment department and equality, diversity and inclusivity mentors. 

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

King’s is a kind, inclusive and purposeful community. While pupils’ exceptional success in public examinations makes King’s one of the world’s leading schools, a true King’s education is so much more. Intellectual endeavour and a progressive spirit have been at the heart of life at King’s since it was founded by Royal Charter in 1829, as part of the university of King’s College London. The school motto, ‘sancte et sapienter’ (with holiness and with wisdom), encapsulates the importance placed on both the mind and the spirit of the whole person. King’s prepares pupils to forge their own path with the confidence and heart of our lion, guided by their learning and strong values.  

 Outstanding Characteristics

  • King’s enduring commitment to community partnership has been a defining feature for over 30 years. There are currently over 50 partnerships projects, involving circa 400 King’s pupils on a weekly basis. Every Friday afternoon pupils put others first and in doing so, develop kindness and learn immeasurable skills for life. Most importantly, pupils are prepared to lead lives where they make a positive contribution to their world, both now and beyond King’s.  
  • King’s is committed to widening access and can provide financial support to families whose only barrier to joining is the cost of school fees. Last year King’s awarded bursary support totalling more than £1.3 million. They offer free (100% bursaries) and subsidised places (partial bursaries) at the main entry points to the senior school, year 7 (11+), year 9 (13+) and lower sixth (16+).