King’s College makes a limited number of awards to candidates who are about to enter the School in Year 9 (13+) or into the Sixth Form (16+). These awards recognise excellence and potential in a range of areas of importance to the School. All awards are made on the basis of open competition. All awards carry clear expectations of involvement and achievement and all are subject to annual review.
Scholarships offered include: Academic; Music; Sport; Art; Drama (including Performing Arts); and Design Technology.
All 13+ scholarship testing takes place during the second half of the Lent Term (Spring). All 16+ scholarship testing takes place in the November preceding entry. Exact dates are obtainable from the Director of Admissions and Marketing.
In all the testing, the emphasis is on allowing the candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their strengths. We hope very much that they find the experience enjoyable. All scholarship testing involves interviews with members of staff and the Headmaster. Again, the emphasis is on putting candidates at ease and allowing them an opportunity to talk about their enthusiasms. Credit will be given to those who seem genuinely interested in their subjects, have read widely and can apply their knowledge to new situations and problems.
The School will seek references from the candidate’s present school and it is therefore essential that the candidate’s present Head be informed of the intention to apply for a scholarship.
Many prep schools will have copies of entry forms available. Forms may also be obtained from the Admissions Office, or downloaded from the School’s website. Application must be by signed hard copy and may not be submitted electronically.
The Headmaster will inform parents of the results of the scholarship tests and examinations soon after these are taken.
Academic Entry Requirements
Candidates who enter for academic awards and who are successful will have satisfied the academic requirements for entry into the School. If unsuccessful the School may or may not waive the need for them to fulfill usual entry requirements (such as Common Entrance).
Candidates for all other scholarships will be required to meet the usual academic entry standards for the School, whether they are successful in their scholarships or not. In brief these standards are:
- At 13+, a pass at Common Entrance or in the School’s own entrance tests
- At 16+, three B grade passes and two C grade passes at GCSE or an equivalent standard in other examinations.
- For sports scholarships, candidates will also be required to sit a verbal reasoning paper.
- In addition, applicants for whom English is not a first language will be required to pass language proficiency tests.
We hold a Familiarisation Day for prospective Third Form pupils each Michaelmas Term. This usually take place in mid November. ‘Save the Date’ cards will be sent during the summer. Boarders arrive in the afternoon of the Saturday and day pupils attend on the Sunday.
Somerset Scholarships at 16+
This scholarship was established in 2007 to benefit academically able pupils from the maintained sector in Somerset who wished to pursue their Sixth Form studies at King’s College.
Somerset Scholarships (cont)
The scholarship complements the various other 16+ awards available. The number of Somerset Scholarships available is limited and will depend on the number and quality of applicants each year.
The Scholarship itself can carry a fee remission of up to 50% of the day fees. This amount can be enhanced through means-tested bursarial assistance up to 100% of the day fee if necessary.
Candidates for the Scholarship will be interviewed and will sit the school’s own scholarship papers, and a verbal reasoning test. Great emphasis will be placed on academic promise and intellectual curiosity.
The Headmaster is very happy to discuss the details of the Somerset Scholarship and opportunities for studying at King’s College with parents and their children at any time. Please contact the College to make an appointment.
1 October 2018
25-27 February 2019
Music/Art/DT/Drama (including Performing Arts)
28 February 2019
28 February 2019
Closing date for entries: 1 February 201913+ Scholarship Entry Form
19 January 2019
19 January 2019
19 January 2019
Closing date for entries: 28 November 2018
For September 2019 entry, bursary applications need to be received by 31 December 2018.11+ Scholarship Entry Form
The Maddie Hinch Scholarship
Following the continued success of our former pupil and Olympic gold medalist Maddie Hinch, King's College is continuing to celebrate her outstanding achievements with this scholarship.
It will be awarded to a pupil joining the school in Year 9 in September 2019, who demonstrates a passion for hockey.
The scholarship complements the various other 13+ and 16+ awards available and attracts a remission of up to 50% of the day fees.
Register Your Interest
If you would like to register your interest in the Maddie Hinch Scholarship, please fill out and submit this form.
Maddie recently visited King's and delivered two goalkeeping workshops. Here she is commenting on her career, and her time at King's.