From the refounding of our school by Henry VIII in order to provide education for ‘forty boys, poor and destitute…’, to the way our teachers nurture and support every pupil today, the evolution of the King’s Foundation has been driven by one simple vision, shared by the three schools: a passion for excellent all-round education, involving wonderful pastoral care, academic excellence, and enriching character development in life beyond the classroom.
From our teacher-led Nurseries at our Prep Schools, right through to our highly qualified subject-specialist teachers at Sixth Form, we offer a dynamic and supportive community.
Our supportive and meaningful Form and House system, which is powered by a strong focus on well-being and pastoral care, is also referred to internally as “The King’s Warmth”. Not just a complementary practice, it is a caring approach, which is fully integrated and interwoven into the fabric of teaching and learning, the school’s organisation, and its engagement with the world beyond the school gates.
Our focus on the development of each individual means we provide a genuinely caring environment where pupils thrive and develop as inquisitive, confident, and engaged members both of the King’s community and in the wider society. The schools’ ethos emphasises mutual respect, openness, and warmth. It is the quality of the relationships within our schools that the pupils and parents value most, and which makes the pastoral care here at King’s so special.
We are proud that pupils who come to King’s do outstandingly well academically; our Senior School, King’s Worcester, is not only the highest-ranking school in Worcestershire, but is amongst the top ten schools in the West Midlands, and our Prep School pupils regularly receive scholarships to the Senior School. Our pupils do well because they enjoy what is on offer and throw themselves into the opportunities which school life presents, pushing themselves to give their best in everything they do.
Pupils enthuse about the wealth of opportunities here at King’s, and discovering new experiences and getting involved in activities that stretch both mind and body are what make their time here so special. In addition to music, drama, and sporting activities, there are over 150 clubs that are enjoyed by pupils across the Foundation, plus an exciting calendar of educational trips and visits. At King’s Worcester, our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Combined Cadet Force are thriving and rapidly growing in popularity. At King’s Hawford, whole-school productions and outdoor learning are enthusing pupils, and at King’s St Alban’s, pupils immerse themselves in the arts, trying their hands at music, dance, drama, and art; all of which culminate in a magnificent celebration of the arts, which we call Creative ConneXions.
The cathedral provides an awe-inspiring backdrop to our city centre schools, which themselves have a stunning blend of contemporary architecture and ancient history. Historic buildings sit alongside sophisticated architecture and purpose-built facilities: a purpose-built modern Pre-Prep building, a state-of-the-art sports complex, a three-storey indoor climbing wall, an iconic boat house, a theatre that regularly welcomes an audience of 300 people, purpose-built dance and drama studios, an indoor, heated swimming pool, a magnificent Art School, and a dedicated Sixth Form centre. King’s Hawford’s location also provides enviable facilities, including a tipi, Forest School, a swimming pool, a double-decker library bus, and even a menagerie of birds.
We offer strong support for life after King’s and have a very strong network of alumni, who are called Old Vigornians. Our Careers Department is well regarded, and our university and careers advice is excellent, supported and informed through close links with a number of Higher Education establishments as well as business and commerce institutions.
King’s provides a world of opportunity. Our mission is to provide excellence in all areas of school life, encouraging pupils to be their best possible selves, to contribute to school life via co-curricular activities, to grow in confidence and resilience, and, most importantly, to gain a love of learning, providing the foundations for an exciting future.
There's no better way to experience what King's has to offer than to visit our schools. Meeting our teachers, talking to our pupils, and seeing our fantastic facilities will give you a real insight to the vibrancy of our schools. We look forward to welcoming you.