Each September the junior school admits about 15 boys into year 7 at 11+.
A boy’s year group is strictly determined by his age on 1st September in the year of admission; thus a boy born on 31st August will be the youngest in his year group and a boy born on 1st September will be the oldest in the following year group.
Boys are admitted from both independent and maintained schools.
Early in the autumn term the headmaster writes to the parents of all boys who are registered for entry the following September to ask for confirmation that they wish their sons to be entered as candidates for the entrance examination in the spring term. A separate fee is payable at this point for confirmed candidates in all groups. Full details of the forthcoming entry procedure will be included. Parents of candidates with disabilities and/or specific learning needs are asked to make this known to the school when they apply for their son to sit entry examinations. Special provisions will be made available in accordance with the school’s learning enrichment policy.
There will be a deadline for return of the examination confirmation form and fee (usually around the end of October). No boy can be considered for entry after this date, whether or not they have already been registered.
Candidates’ group tours
In addition to the general open morning held each September, parents of boys who are confirmed as candidates for the entrance assessments will also be invited to a candidates’ open afternoon which is just for their son’s age group. These candidates’ tours are generally held on a choice of weekday afternoons during the second half of the autumn term or a weekday afternoon in January.
At the beginning of December, the headmaster writes to the head teacher of each candidate’s school asking for a general report on the boy’s career there.
The entrance examinations take place on a Saturday morning in January. The examination consists of: a listening test, an English test, a mathematics test and a reasoning test. The examination papers for all admissions groups are graded according to age.
It is not necessary for a boy to have started Latin, French or formal science before admission.
There will be a short listening test of about 25 minutes. This will be played through the school's IT network speakers. All candidates, therefore, will hear the same recording. This recording may comprise mental maths questions, a short listening comprehension and a final section based on following the instructions heard in the recording.
The English paper is in two parts.
Section A is a test of reading. Pupils should expect to answer questions on an unseen passage of prose. The questions will invite pupils to recall information, respond to the writer's use of language and reflect on the passage as a whole.
Section B is a test of writing. Pupils will be given a choice of tasks. One will offer the pupils the chance to continue the passage in a similar style; the other will invite a more open-ended response. Credit will be given for good spelling, punctuation and paragraphing as well as imaginative and exciting use of vocabulary.
The examination questions will be based mainly on the topics covered in the national curriculum year 6 teaching programme. In any year group knowledge of the previous year's work is pre-supposed. Each paper is constructed to be of increasing difficulty as the later questions are reached, making greater use of applications rather than just basic techniques.
Harder questions from group B (8+),group C (9+) and group D (10+) plus the following:
- long multiplication of hundreds/tens/units by tens/units
- division of hundreds/tens/units by tens/units (whole number answers)
- negative numbers
- extend number sequences
- fractions, decimals and percentage equivalence
- percentage of quantities
- ratio and proportion
- area and perimeter of compound shapes
- reflective symmetry in 2D shapes
- metric units (length, mass & capacity)
- volume of a cuboid
- nets of 3D shapes
- use appropriate operations to solve word problems
This might comprise verbal or non-verbal reasoning questions or a combination of the two.
Candidates for 11+ entry will be interviewed if their performance in the written papers suggests that they could benefit from the education which we offer. Parents of those boys required for interviews will be contacted by telephone shortly after the written examinations.
Offer of places
In awarding places the headmaster will take into account all information which has been gathered during the selection process. Each year more boys qualify by their performance than the junior school has places to admit. Applications for all year groups are consistently high and inevitably we have to turn down many extremely able children.
King’s College Junior School does not have a sibling policy; each boy gains his place on individual merit.