The King's School/Canterbury国王学校
坎特伯雷, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2ES Tel:
01227 595501 Fax: 01227 595595
• CO-ED, 13–18, Day & Boarding
• Pupils 791, Upper sixth 151
• Termly fees £5420 (Day), £7320 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
The roots of the school go back to the beginnings of Christian education in
England with the arrival of St Augustine in Canterbury in 597 AD. Most of the
buildings are in the Cathedral Precincts or at St Augustine’s Abbey nearby – two
world heritage sites. Thus, the school is blessed with an unusually civilised
environment and some of the finest architecture in England. Modern facilities
are first-class and include exceptionally good libraries, well-equipped
laboratories and a modern recreation centre. Girls were first accepted into the
sixth form in 1971 and the school became fully co-educational in 1990. Religious
worship and education form a significant part of the curriculum. Very well run,
it reveals high standards in virtually every enterprise. Although the intake is
not narrowly selective, the school is academically high powered and achieves
excellent examination results. Many sixth-form leavers go on to Oxbridge each
year. The music is of outstanding quality and vigour. Drama is also very strong.
Each year the school presents its own festival of music and drama (King’s Week)
which is attended by thousands. A wide variety of sports and games is available
and standards are very high. There are regularly international representatives
in various sports and usually over 30 pupils gain county honours or equivalent
each year. Thirty or more clubs and societies cater for extra-curricular
activities and include the CCF and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 13–18; 791 pupils, 178 day (101 boys, 77 girls),
613 boarding (335 boys, 278 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own scholarship
and sixth-form entrance exam used; also for sixth-form entry, 7 GCSEs at least
grade B). No special skills or religious requirements. Intake from some 50
prep/junior schools; some 20% from own junior (enquiries to the Headmaster, The
Junior King’s School, Sturry, Canterbury, Kent CT2 2AY, tel 01227 714000).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Up to 34 pa scholarships, value
10%–50% fees: up to 20 academic, 3 art, 10 music (30 at 13 and 4 at 16).
Variable number of bursaries, based on financial need. Extras include account at
Head & staff
Headmaster: Keith Wilkinson, appointed 1996. Educated at Beaumont Leys
College, the Gateway School, Leicester, and at the universities of Hull and
Cambridge (English and theology). Previously Head Master of Berkhamsted; Senior
Tutor and Senior Chaplain at Malvern College; English Master and Chaplain at
Eton; and headed departments at Kelvin Hall High School and Bricknell High
Teaching staff: 91 full time, 9 part time. Annual turnover 6%.
GCSE: In 2003, 143 pupils in Year 11, 99% gained at least grade C in 9+
subjects. Average GCSE score 67 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 151 in upper sixth: 22% passed in 4+ subjects; 78% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 402.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (60% after a gap year), 15% to Oxbridge. 10% took courses in
medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, 30% in science & engineering, 50% in
humanities & social sciences, 5% in art, design or music, 5% in vocational
subjects eg business studies. Others typically go on to an art foundation
course, direct to employment or retake A-levels (eg to improve a grade for
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 27 AS-level subjects, 25 A-level.
Sixth form: Sixth formers take 4–5 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at A-level
(some take 5+); AS-level general studies an additional option. 40% take arts and
humanities A-levels ; 40% take science/engineering; 20% both. Key skills
highlighted throughout curriculum.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level;
also Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian in sixth form. Top linguists take
AS-level French in Year 11. Regular involvement in European trips, conferences
and exchanges (Versailles, Seville, Munich, Peru).
ICT: Taught both across the curriculum and as a discrete subject (1
lesson/week in Years 9–10). All work towards the ECDL. 200 computers for pupil
use (16 hours a day), fully networked throughout the school (including houses)
and all with e-mail and internet access. Many pupils use own laptops or
Music: Over half of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental
exams, GCSE, AS and A-level may be taken. Some 26 musical groups including
orchestras, choirs, concert band, jazz and big bands, chamber music, barbershop,
rock. 4 pupils in National Youth Choir; 2 in National Youth Orchestra; Oxbridge
choral and organ scholars; recent finalists Kent Young Musician, semi-finalist
BBC Young Musician of the Year. Choir tours to Europe and USA.
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE, AS and A-level drama and LAMDA exams
may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school and house/other
productions. During King’s Week at least 3 plays and some dance.
Art & design: On average, 60 take GCSE, 15 A-level; design, pottery and
textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Compulsory games for all; PE in Years 9–11; degree of choice
increases with age. Major sports: rugby, hockey, rowing, cricket (boys), hockey,
netball, tennis, rowing (girls). Others available: athletics, badminton,
canoeing, climbing, cross-country, fencing, golf, keep fit, lacrosse, sailing,
soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, yachting, basketball, dance, gymnastics, judo,
karate, rounders, volleyball and water polo. Recent internationals in fencing,
rugby, hockey, boys and girls rowing; large numbers of county reps and medal
winners in variety of sports; regular tournament and competition successes for
teams at county level and above.
Activities: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, CCF and community service
optional, but some commitment is expected. Over 30 clubs, eg King’s Parliament,
Caxton Society, Marlowe (literary), Harvey (science). Many sixth-form-led
Uniform: School uniform worn during school day throughout the school.
Houses & prefects: Prefects (school monitors), captain and vice-captain
of school, and house monitors – appointed by Headmaster and
Housemasters/mistresses. Various school committees.
Religion: Compulsory attendance at cathedral or other religious services
Social: Concerts, plays, debates, quiz programmes with other schools.
Many organised trips abroad. Pupils allowed to bring own bike to school. Meals
self-service. School shop and pupil social centre; restaurant at Recreation
Centre. No tobacco allowed. Alcohol available to pupils over 17 in JCR under
staff supervision, 4 evenings a week.
Boarding Single-sex houses of approximately 60 (6 boys, 5 girls).
Resident matrons. Central dining room. Pupils can provide and cook own food on a
small scale. Half-term plus 2–3 weekend exeats as required. Visits to local town
allowed; sixth form can book Saturday or Sunday supper leaves in town.
Discipline Clearly defined school rules, concerning bounds, absence
Alumni association is run by The Hon Sec, OKS Association, Mr G S
Allan, 76 Cout Avenue, Old Couldsen, Surrey CR5 1HE.