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King's is a successful co-educational independent day school offering academic excellence, small class sizes, outstanding pastoral care and a unique Keystones programme to identify and develop individual talents and skills.

Set in the Cathedral grounds, with 650 girls and boys aged three to eighteen, King's inspires achievement and provides a special sense of identity and powerful community unlike any other.

Monday to Friday a varied academic and extra-curricular programme including music, drama and art is presented with a vibrant culture of endeavour and scholarship, which has flourished since the foundation of the school in 1541.

Our results in 2020 were truly outstanding: in 2020, over 50% of GCSE and A Level grades were A*-A/9-7 - this is twice the national average. 21% of the grades were A* at A-level – again over twice the national average and these superb A Level results allowed 98% of our leavers to go to a University of their choice, 60% to a Russell Group University.

We celebrate the achievements of all our pupils across the academic spectrum and we have pupils who go on to study Apprenticeships, join the world of work, or specialise in colleges of Fine Art or Music. On average, our Value-Added score each year is around 0.5 in every single subject at GCSE.

These results demonstrate King’s tradition of academic success. However, the School’s ambition for its pupils does not begin and end with exam results; King’s prides itself on developing the well-rounded individual. Music, sport and drama play a very important role in school life and our pupils are actively encouraged to participate in the many extra-curricular activities on offer.

The school's dedicated bus services enables access countywide.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Our dedicated learning support department enables those pupils with specific learning difficulties to successfully access our academic curriculum. We welcome pupils with physical disabilities, provided that they are able to access all areas of the school site and our curriculum. Learning support is available in the junior and senior school and lessons are timetabled for pupils with specific learning needs. We request that parents discuss with us any specific learning needs and previous support the child has received at an early stage in the admissions process. Copies of any reports such as a specialist teacher assessment, educational psychologist’s report, or any medical reports are required well in advance. This will ensure that we are aware of the child’s background and allows us to assess our capacity and resources to meet their needs. The SENCo (special educational needs co-ordinator) is available to meet with parents and will arrange an informal discussion with the child and parents as necessary.

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