King Alfred School 阿尔弗雷德国王中学
North End Road,
London NW11 7HY
Tel: 020 8457 5200 Fax: 020 8457 5249
• CO-ED, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 541, Upper sixth 29
• Termly fees £2525–£3395
• Enquiries/application to the Admission Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1898 as a co-educational school. It is situated on a single urban
site, on the edge of Hampstead Garden Suburb, surrounded by 6 acres of woodland
gardens. A nearby site, Ivy Wood, has been purchased to extend the facilities.
From the beginning, it has been strictly secular, with no religious
affiliations. It is not easily categorised, being neither a traditional school
nor a progressive one, in the sense that classes have never been optional.
Pupils and teachers are on first-name terms and relations between them are kept
as relaxed as possible. It is kept deliberately small, believing children need
to feel at ease in their environment, and enjoys a very good staff:pupil ratio
of about 1:9. A sound academic education is provided and examination results are
very good. Music and drama are particularly strong and there is a large GCSE
drama contingent. Many pupils are involved in both drama and art. The school
makes no apology for giving children as much freedom as is compatible with a
sound education. Alumni include some distinguished musicians and actors.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 541 day pupils (280 boys, 261
girls). Senior department 11–18, 298 pupils (155 boys, 143 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 4 and 16 (a few at 11). Diagnostic tests, 2 day
visit and interview used; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade
B in sixth-form subjects). Parents expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Head: Dawn Moore, appointed 2003. Educated in Warwickshire and at
University College London and Kings College London. Previously teacher at the
school since 1986.
Teaching staff: 65 full time, 11 part time. Annual turnover 5%.
GCSE: In 2003, 41 pupils in fifth form: 85% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects; 15% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 56 (49 over 5 years).
A-levels: 29 in upper sixth: 6% passed in 4+ subjects; 78% in 3; and 6%
in 2 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 332.
University & college entrance 75% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 8% to Oxbridge. 5% took courses in science & engineering,
80% in humanities & social sciences, 3% in art & design, 12 in other subjects.
Others typically go straight in to work.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 17 exam subjects (including
technology, photography, computing, theatre studies, music technology).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
own general studies course taught but not examined. 25% take a mixture of
science and arts A-levels.
Languages: French (taught from age 9) and Spanish offered to GCSE and
ICT: Taught across the curriculum. 16 computers for pupil use (8 hours a
day), all networked and with e-mail and internet access.
The arts 30% of pupils learn musical instruments or take singing
lessons. Many musical groups including a large jazz group, baroque strings, a
choir, various ensembles, and a number of rock and jazz groups.
Drama: Drama offered. 35% of pupils take GCSE; A-level theatre studies
Art & design: 50% of pupils take GCSE art. Pottery also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Football, basketball, hockey, tennis, cricket and rounders
available for boys and girls. Other activities include cross-country,
volleyball, gymnastics, circuit-training, step aerobics, body conditioning and
badminton. 4th and 5th year choices include golf, handball, squash, rugby and
weight-training. GCSE PE also offered.
Activities: Dance, aerobics, squash, computing, CDT, art and craft,
music, drama, French, the Bulletin (termly paper), sixth-form magazine. Some
sports clubs after school.
Uniform: No school uniform.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. No prefects but School Six,
elected by school from among lower sixth. Pupil’s Council (for school to speak
to School Six).
Religion: No compulsory religious worship.
Social: Trips to France; art trips; ski trips. Pupils allowed to bring
own car or bike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Punishment is not a feature of the school, though very
disruptive students are sent immediately to the deputies or head. Civilised,
relaxed behaviour is encouraged. Sanctions will be invoked where drugs are
Alumni association is run by the Bursary, c/o the school.
Former pupils Anthony Pleeth, Janet Craxton, Pamela Moisewitch,
Solomon (Musicians); Maggie Norden (radio); Zoe Wanamaker, Stacey Tendeter,
Catherine Harrison (actresses); Mamoun Hassan (films); Professor Richard Gregory
(psychology); Gaby Roslin (TV presenter).