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Emphasis on integrity and honesty so, for example, under 13s who give false dates of birth to start a Facebook page are asked by school ‘what does that say about you as a human being and is that the sort...

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The King's School (Chester) is a high achieving school with a vibrant atmosphere. Kings students are articulate, confident and valued by the top universities. Our students are phenomenally successful, with virtually all going to university. The extra- curricular offering is extensive with 140 activities from Passion4 Poetry Club to 'isms club and we offer over 26 different sports!

Entrance assessment to The King's School (Chester) at age 4 consists of play-based assessments, At age 7 consists of: Arithmetic, Written English, Reading & Reasoning. At ages 8-10: English, Arithmetic & Reasoning. At age 11: Maths, English, verbal and non-verbal papers and a short interview. Sixth-form entry (aged16): 7 A*- Bs at GCSE including 4 at A/A* and A*- A in subjects to be studied and interview. Some past papers can be downloaded from the school website. Financial considerations should not deter you from applying as some bursaries are available for Senior and Sixth Form study. Several academic scholarships are also available.
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Music at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

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Since 2007, Mr Chris Ramsey MA (late 40s). Previously head of King's College, Taunton, deputy head at Cranleigh, head of languages at Wellington College. Educated Brighton College and Corpus Christi, Cambridge. Quick thinking, fast talking, intensely communicative in person and via his weekly blog. Rocked the boat initially with his energetic challenge to the status quo, but all seems plain sailing now. Not expecting further squalls from recent big changes to curriculum; ‘we’ve been two and a half years planning for them and by and...

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Special Education Needs

The King's School currently has 50 pupils on its SEN register. The majority of these have mild dyslexia, and a few have Irlen syndrome, mild dyspraxia or Asperger Syndrome. There is one visually impaired student with a statement, but he participates fully in school life with some help from a learning support assistant. In both the Junior School and the first two years of the Senior School, a basic screening programme takes place in September each year. This helps to identify particular learning needs and enables teachers to pick up on students whose progress has stalled and for whom there might be an underlying difficulty. Further diagnostic testing may then take place to provide a broader picture of strengths and weaknesses. Within the Junior School, a small number of children may receive one-to-one support, and there is in-class support for a number of lessons. In the Senior School, learning support is available from the SENCO for identified pupils, but there is an expectation that all pupils with SpLD will want to, and be able to, follow a full curriculum, with reasonable adjustments being made in the context of classroom teaching. A Sixth Mentoring scheme is in place where the older pupils are available to support younger students with learning needs. Our SEN students frequently achieve excellent results both academically and in a wide range of extra curricular activities. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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