Founded in 1528, The King’s School, Grantham is a boys’ grammar school with academy status. Teaching over 1,000 boys, the school is located in the Lincolnshire market town of Grantham.
Students are split across six houses and while the school is clear about placing significant emphasis on academic achievement, it does offer various extracurricular opportunities. These include music, sport, the Combined Cadet Force and a selection of trips across the world.
How to Apply for Entry to The King’s School, Grantham
Choosing a grammar school can be difficult. To ensure The King’s School, Grantham is the right learning environment, parents are advised to visit the school before applying for a Year 7 place. The school also hosts an annual open evening for those considering The King’s School. Booking is not usually required for this event. If parents are unable to attend the open evening, they can contact Louise Wood from Admissions on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss booking a private appointment.
The King’s School is a member of the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools. Parents who would like their son to attend The King’s School must apply via their home Local Authority (LA). For those that live in Lincolnshire, this is Lincolnshire County Council.
The King’s School recommends applying for a Year 7 place at least a year before the Year 7 date of entry. While late applications are considered, the school is heavily oversubscribed and so parents/guardians are advised to meet the registration deadline.
The school’s admission policy provides further information regarding the application process for Year 7 places.
The King’s School, Grantham Late Entry CAT Assessment
The King’s School, Grantham uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) for late entry from Years 8-11.
This test covers Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning.
The King’s School, Grantham Admissions Criteria
To be eligible for a place at The King’s School, candidates must achieve at least the minimum standard for entry. However, attaining this minimum standard does not guarantee an offer of a place at the school. Students must fit the following admissions criteria:
- A preference for The King’s School must have been expressed on the application sent to the candidate’s home LA.
- A candidate must achieve at least the minimum standardised qualifying score for entry in the examination to be eligible for a place at The King’s School.
- The allocation of places for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan will take place first.
For a more detailed explanation of The King’s School admission policy, visit the school’s website.
How to Prepare for The King’s School, Grantham CAT Assessment, Late Entry Years 8-11
One of our ambitions at Pretest Plus is to help students become more confident ahead of their entrance exams. The more confident they are heading into the test, the more likely they will be to perform well and gain a place at their chosen school.
We have a selection of useful articles that will help parents to better understand the CAT and how to help their child in the build-up to the test:
Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know
Study Skills for the Cognitive Abilities Test in Primary School
How to Improve CAT Scores
We currently have four CAT practice tests that can help students prepare for The King’s School late entrance assessment. Each practice test contains eight modules that cover Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning. The tests replicate the exam format, style and content that your child will be required to tackle on the actual exam day. As answers and explanations are provided for every question, these practice CAT tests are a great opportunity for your child to recognise their strengths and weaknesses.
All our CAT practice tests are of a similar difficulty level but each contains unique content. Therefore, taking each practice test provides an excellent opportunity for your child to implement the feedback they receive from the first test.
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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.
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