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King's College School

King's College School

Southside, Wimbledon Common, London, SW19 4TT, UK

020 8255 5300



King's College School
School type Boys' Day Preparatory & Senior, Co-ed Sixth Form
Founded 1829
Status Private
Head Dr Anne Cotton
Date Appointed September 2021
Language of Instruction English
Girls Age Range 16-18 years
Boys Age Range 7-18 years
Number of pupils 1,478
Number of Junior School pupils 284
Number of Senior School pupils 1,195
Fees Please see website
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Paul Lloyd
Associations HMC, IB

"An inclusive, friendly and friendly environment" (year 9 pupil 2021)

King's College School is an outstanding, independent day school for boys aged 7-18 and girls aged 16-18 located in one of the most attractive and peaceful parts of London, on the south side of Wimbledon Common.

King's has been rated the top boys' and co-educational independent school in London since 2017 by The Sunday Times Parent Power. Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, stated: "KCS is the embodiment of everything you could want in a school". The Good Schools Guide Review (2020) reports: "Intellectually exhilarating yet principled, this is selective education at its very best… a real golden ticket".

The curriculum is designed to offer a broad range of options and the quality of teaching is excellent. Lessons are fun, exhilarating, and purposeful, creating the best possible foundation for the future. We prepare sixth formers for both the IB and A Levels. In the last six years, almost 300 leavers have won places to study at Oxford or Cambridge.

The culture of King's is one of kindness, openness and support, and the wellbeing of pupils is paramount. Our pastoral system supports pupils' personal and social development, enabling them to excel in all areas of school life. It encompasses the day to day work of the tutor; the support and guidance of heads of house, the chaplain and heads of section; and the expertise of the head of mental health and wellbeing, school nurses and counsellors.

Our approach at all levels encourages pupils to look beyond academic excellence, as the vibrant success of our drama, music and games departments indicates. We are fully committed to the CCF, the DofE Award Scheme, community service and our partnerships with 30 local maintained schools. To enable so much to occur, Friday afternoons for year 9 and above are made over entirely to these, and other, activities.

King's prides itself on its combination of innovation and tradition. In 2010, the sixth form became co-educational and this has been an outstanding success; we admit over 100 girls each year. Since September 2016, King's has admitted boys aged 11 directly into the senior school which has increased access for a wider range of parental backgrounds.

In 2019, King's completed its ambitious masterplan for the renewal of the school site. Highlights included a new state-of-the-art music school and a new sports centre with a six-lane swimming pool.


King's has a long history of enabling bright young people from all backgrounds to access the school. We offer means-tested bursaries at 11+, 13+ and 16+ of up to 100% of tuition fees, as well as additional funding for extras such as school trips and uniform. Visit our Help With Fees page for further details.