Joining King’s Worcester in Year 7 (11+) is a fantastic time to start the Senior School journey and is the point at which most of our Senior School pupils join us. As well as taking children from our own Junior Schools, we also welcome around forty children each year from local state and independent schools.
Choosing the right school for your child is a big step and is very much a two-way process between you and your family, and the school. Our admissions process is not just about entrance testing and assessments. It has been designed to provide plenty of opportunity for prospective pupils and their families to spend time at the school and experience everything that we have to offer before deciding to apply for a place.
How to Join the Senior School at 11+ or 12+
The first step in the admissions process is to visit us during one of our Open Mornings. This provides a fantastic opportunity to view the school, meet key members of staff, talk to existing pupils, and get a real sense of the culture here at King’s Worcester. We can also arrange for an individual tour during the school day by appointment. Find out more about our Open Mornings.
We usually also welcome visitors for a private tour during a normal school day at any point throughout the year. Due to the current lockdown restrictions, we are unable to offer private tours, however we would love to arrange for you to virtually meet our Headmaster, Mr Gareth Doodes and also share with you our wonderful Virtual Experience Hub. To arrange a Virtual Private Visit, please click the link below.
If, after visiting the school, you decide that you would like your son or daughter to be considered for a place, we will ask you to complete a registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £40. Visit our registration page for more information.
As well as taking children from our own Junior Schools, we also welcome around forty children each year from local state and independent schools.
At this stage we will be inviting prospective 11+ pupils into school for a Taster Morning. This is a really exciting and enjoyable morning that enables children to spend time with existing pupils and staff, and participate in a range of fun and engaging activities so they can really experience the unique atmosphere and character of King’s.
If you are joining at 12+ we will arrange specific Taster Mornings at a time that is convenient to you.
All candidates are required to sit an entrance test before being offered a place at the Senior School. At 11+, prospective pupils take papers in English, Mathematics, and verbal reasoning; there will also be a short interview. The exams take place in one of our classrooms and children will stay with us for the school day so they can participate in some group activities and enjoy a lunch with their peers.
Formal offers are made to successful candidates following the entrance testing.
Once you have notified us that you would like to accept a place, we start the induction process to ensure that all children are well supported as they start their Senior School journey.
During the induction process you will have the opportunity to meet with our Head of Lower Years and our Head of Pastoral Care who will work with you to ensure that your child makes a successful transition into the school.
Pupils in the Lower Years benefit from a pastoral Form structure, which acts as a close-knit community, which helps them to settle into life at King’s Worcester. Your child will have a Form Tutor who will oversee their pastoral care and will be the first point of contact for any queries relating to life at school.
Our Lower Years Handbook is full of useful information and advice.
Although most pupils join us in September, it is often possible to consider late or in-year applications. Please contact us for details.
11+ Dates for September 2021 Entry
- Virtual Open Mornings: 26th September 2020 and 23rd January 2021
- 11+ Taster Mornings: To be confirmed
- 11+ Registration closing date: 26th January 2021
- 11+ Scholarships and bursaries application deadline: 26th January 2021
- 11+ Music scholarship auditions: 4th and 5th February 2021
- 11+ Entrance Testing: 6th February 2021
- 11+ Offers: letters sent by 11th February 2021
- 11+ acceptance deadline: 8th March 2021