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'We like the school for its "ballsy" attitude,’ was said by one parent, with many commenting on the relaxed, but focused atmosphere. The choristers are an important part of the school, famous throughout the world, but are treated like any other pupils within lessons. Pupils are bright and teaching is excellent, with some well-loved, gregarious characters amongst the staff. The special needs department, one of the first to be set up in the country, is very proactive. ‘The school…

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King's College School was originally founded to educate the 16 Choristers of the world famous King's College Choir and moved to its present site in West Road in 1878. As well as the Choristers, the School now educates a total of 420 boys and girls aged 4 -13. The children enjoy a rich academic curriculum with many opportunities to excel musically, on the sports field or on stage, and there is a full programme of extra curricular activities. All talent is fostered and encouraged with pastoral care a major strength of the School. ...Read more

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Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

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Since January 2018, Yvette Day, previously head of the Chorister School, Durham. She is also master over the choristers, in charge of the education and care of the boys who have sung in the college choir since the college's foundation by King Henry VI. Mrs Day was educated in South Africa and in England, holds an MMus degree in historical musicology from the University of London and more recently completed a law conversion course with the College of Law. Her husband, Andrew, is also a headteacher.


Some children registered at birth, or before. All 4 year olds spend over an hour with the pre-prep department, so ‘we can get the feel of the child.’ Be warned, they’re looking for bright bunnies. Siblings, past pupils and fellows of King’s given priority. Parents also have a chat...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Centre (formerly the Dyslexia Centre) has approximately 40 pupils who attend the Centre on a daily or weekly basis. Some pupils receive help in groups of 2 or 3 but most have individual tuition if it is thought that they can take part in the full curriculum. Teaching programmes are highly effective in boosting reading, writing, spelling and study skills. Careful attention is given to helping children's self-esteem. The Learning Support Centre works closely with teaching staff, parents and outside specialists to achieve the best possible progress with the children.

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 Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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