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The King’s School, Canterbury | 13+, Year 9 Entry » Key Details

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The King’s School is an independent co-educational day and boarding school in Canterbury, Kent. Arguably the oldest continuously operating school in the world, King’s was a boys-only establishment for nearly 400 years, before becoming co-educational in 1990. [1]


The broad curriculum, friendly staff and dedicated pastoral team ensure a complete educational experience, grounded in ambition and high levels of discipline. The subject options on offer range from mathematics, science and languages to DT, Classics and PSHE, providing for pupils’ needs to develop across a multitude of areas. 


The extensive co-curricular provision underpins a lively school atmosphere. Students enthusiastically engage in everything from fencing, debating and photography to DofE, charity fundraising and CCF, growing in skills, consideration and character through both individual and collaborative effort. [2]


A number of leavers continue their education at some of the country’s best universities, pursuing their passions with intellectual rigour and grit. Equipped with relevant all-round knowledge, they tend to use this momentum to improve the quality of their lives, approaching interactions with strong academic and personal integrity. 


13 Plus (13+) Admissions Information | The King’s School, Canterbury


Approximately 150 places are available in Year 9. Prior to applying for one, you are advised to visit the school during the Open Day events and meet members of the staff, as well as tour facilities. 


Registering for places includes a payment of a £200 fee, which is non-refundable. Offers are made on the basis of a quality reference from your child’s current school, their exam performance and their conduct during an interview. 


For candidates entering the school from September 2024 onwards, the entrance exam will consist of an online (computer-based) assessment, taken in the Autumn Term of Year 6. Please note that, if your child is offered a place, you will be asked to accept it with a payment of a £2000 deposit.


13 Plus (13+) Exam Information | The King’s School, Canterbury


Address: Canterbury, CT1 2ES

County: Kent

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01227 595579

School type: Independent co-ed day and boarding school 

Open days: June and October

Exam type / Board: ISEB Common Pretest 


To join in Year 9, your child will be asked to complete an online assessment called the ISEB Common Pretest, which assesses skills in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The test provides a universal and standardised measure of attainment, ability and potential.


13 Plus (13+) Exam Format | The King’s School, Canterbury


The ISEB Pretest assessment will cover the following areas:


  • English – covers comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.
  • Maths – measures mathematical ability relative to the national curriculum stage.
  • Verbal Reasoning – tests thinking and problem solving with words.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning – assesses thinking with shapes, space, diagrams and pictures.


In total, the four parts of the ISEB Common Pre-test take approximately 2.5 hours to administer and complete. There is no audio component to any of the tests.


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of the ISEB Common Pre-test or any other Pre-test publisher.

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