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Although famous the world over for the pure voices of the young choristers who make the exquisite traditional Christmas Eve ‘Carols from King’s’, you don’t have to sing like a lark to be a pupil here. King’s pupils - all under 13 - currently number a published author and a pianist who recently won a recital competition in Russia. ‘We teach our pupils that being a child is no barrier to...

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What the school says...

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 400 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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Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

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

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 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 King’s College Choir since the College’s foundation by King Henry VI. A musician herself, she holds an MMus in historical musicology from the University of London (more recently she also completed a law conversion course with the College of Law) – ‘There is something of the delight of the most magical sweet shop in being able to listen to King’s singing every day!’ she says.

Brought up in apartheid South Africa at a time when independent schools opened their doors to a multiracial community and sourced the bursaries needed to pay the fees – ‘a phenomenal change to...

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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
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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