Fostering Intellectual Curiosity
At King’s Worcester we seek to create an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, and a lifetime’s love of learning for every pupil. The school nurtures a desire to learn, enabling pupils to achieve remarkable academic success, and this is evident in outstanding public examination results which place King’s as one of the leading independent schools in the region.
Our passion is for excellent all-round education - one which encourages a love of learning, a curiosity about the world, and a desire to know more about it.
Worcester’s highest-ranked independent school
In 2019 King’s Worcester was named in Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2019, as one of the top 150 performing independent secondary schools in the country. We were the only Worcester school to be named in the top 150 out of 900 independent and state schools and placed an inspiring 124th in the national table; an impressive 39 places higher than last year and beaten by just six other schools in the West Midlands top 20.
Lower and Middle Years Curriculum
All pupils study a broad academic curriculum in Years 7 and 8 and then have the opportunity to shape elements of their curriculum in Year 9. In Years 10 and 11, King’s pupils study for ten I/GCSE qualifications including three optional subjects and a core of English Literature and English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and a modern foreign language.
In the Sixth Form, pupils can choose to study a wide range of subjects at A-level including subjects not offered at I/GCSE, such as Economics, Business, Computing, PE, and Politics. Sixth Form pupils also benefit from the Key Skills programme under which they are able to complete the very popular EPQ or Gold Arts Award qualifications.
The pupils achieve very highly in public examinations. Our pupils achieve exceptional results within a caring, vibrant, and diverse environment which encourages mutual respect and integration.
Good results are achieved by our small class sizes, teachers who are well qualified and passionate about their subjects, and by ensuring that pupils are well challenged and given the best opportunity to achieve their very best.
At I/GCSE in 2019, 66% of entries were graded 9-7 (or equivalent), with 42% A*/9-8 grades and over 97% 9-4 grades (or equivalent). There were outstanding results in creative subjects, with 9-7 grades achieved by 100% of pupils in Art, 86% of pupils in DT and 72% of pupils in Music. In addition, King’s pupils also excelled in STEM subjects, where well over 300 9-7 grades were awarded.
At A-level in 2019 over 40% of results were graded at A*-A and close to 70% were graded A*-B. Over 25 pupils achieved three or more A*/A grades. The Sixth Form achieved their highest results to date for the Extended Project Qualification: 24 pupils took part, with 63% receiving A* and close to 90% A*/A.
In addition to the timetabled curriculum, pupils benefit from a wide range of super-curricular academic opportunities, including weekly morning enrichment sessions, debating, Model United Nations, and subject-based societies to develop their ability to understand complex ideas.
The vast majority of leavers go on to Higher Education including a large proportion who go to Russell Group universities. Over the past four years, 33 pupils have received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge and every year a significant number receive offers to study Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Science. The school has also seen a growing interest from pupils in applying for degree apprenticeship programmes, and in 2019 one leaver secured a highly sought-after degree apprenticeship with Unilever.