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How to get into King Edward's School, Bath
August 09, 2016
Junior, Senior and Sixth Form student’s one-stop-shop guide to get into King Edward’s School, Bath.
King Edward's School, Bath
Type: Independent co-educational day school, for ages 3 - 18
Years 3 - 6: £3,520, per term
Years 7 - 11: £4,455, per term
Years 12 and 13: £5,425, per term
For more details, please see KES Fees and Charges.
Current Head of Junior School: Greg Taylor
Current Head: Martin J. Bolden
About King Edward's School
Established in 1552 to replace Bath’s old grammar school, King Edward’s School was funded by its namesake and educated only 10 boys in its first year. As a fully coeducational school since 1997, KES has grown to accept over 950 students from all walks of life to thrive in its academically challenging curriculum.
KES strives to “provide a distinctive and stimulating environment for talented children from a variety of backgrounds, in which each individual is encouraged to strive for excellence and to acquire a lifelong passion for knowledge, discovery and adventure.”
How do I know if King Edward's School is right for me?
In addition to private visits, KES encourages parents and prospective students to attend one of their Open Events. Open Events are specific to your child’s entry level, and will allow your family to experience the culture of KES firsthand before deciding whether the school is right for you.
The next Junior School Open Event is on 24th September 2016, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. This event includes a Head Teacher talk and student activities, for which you can register here. The next Senior School Open Event is also on 24th September 2016, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, and you can register here. Lastly, the Open Event for Sixth Form is on 23rd September from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., and you can register here.
For prospective students entering at 7+, KES asks that you complete and return a registration form before 30th October, the year prior to entry. Your child will then attend their assessment day the following January, as well as interview with the Head of the Junior School.
If your child is entering at 11+, they should complete and return a registration form before 1st December, the year prior to entry. In the following January, they will meet with the current Head and a senior member of staff, as well as sit their entrance exams.
Finally, students entering at 16+, should complete and return a registration form before 31st October, the year prior to entry. Admission is based on a positive reference from your child’s current school, interviews with the current Head and Deputy Heads, Head of Sixth Form, or Senior School Form Tutors, and two interviews in the subject of their choice in mid-November.
What are King Edward's School interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
7+ students will sit four 40 minute assessments in English, Maths, Reading and Non-Verbal Reasoning that have been standardized according to their birth month. A teacher will read aloud the questions for the English and Maths papers, and the Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment is primarily pictures. While the English, Maths and Reading papers are meant to reflect your child’s current school curriculum, the Non-Verbal Reasoning section aims to measure innate ability, and therefore will most likely be material he or she has not encountered before.
11+ students will write two 50 minute assessments in Verbal Reasoning and Maths, and a 1 hour and 10 minute paper in English, including fiction comprehension, nonfiction comprehension, creative writing, and grammar. The Maths paper consists of both short and long answer questions that reflect your child’s current curriculum, and the Reasoning paper is standardized according to their age.
In addition to the requirements outlined in the section above, 16+ applicants will also be awarded 8 points for every A*, 7 for every A, 6 for every B, and 5 for every C. Their 9 best grades therefore must total a minimum of 54 points. They must also receive a GCSE grade (or A Level, if appropriate) of at least B in all subjects chosen for AS Level, and a pass in both English Language and Maths.
To stand out during your exams and interviews, make sure you are able to articulate why you will thrive at King Edward’s School. For example, it may help to be familiar with KES’s aims or history, and how you may contribute to either. You can also brush up on your current curriculum by revising with an online resource centre in preparation for your entrance exams,
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