London Independent Secondary School of the Year

Thursday 7 Dec 2017

King’s College School, Wimbledon has scored the best sixth form results in the capital with a mixture of A-level and International Baccalaureate examinations.  A staggering 97.8% of outcomes achieved A*, A or B grades or equivalent. These results helped KCS earn the title of The Sunday Times London Independent Secondary School of the Year.

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: “KCS is the embodiment of everything you could want in a school. Under the thoughtful, assured leadership of Andrew Halls, the school continues to go from strength to strength. A-levels were reintroduced very recently to the school and with only the third cohort of A-level leavers this year, KCS demonstrated its ability once again to excel in whatever sphere to which it turns its attention.”

The top performing schools in London are revealed in Parent Power, published in print and online in this Sunday, November 26th. The definitive guide, which can be found at covers the top 2,000 state and independent schools, fully searchable by postcode, town, local authority and name of school.

King’s continues to prove itself as one of the most coveted schools in the region, with approximately ten applicants for every place.

Exam results are outstanding; 88% of all sixth form grades in 2017 were A* at A level or 7 at IB higher level, where the average IB point score was 42.0 and 36 students achieved three or more A*s at A level. Meanwhile, an exceptional 97% of all grades at GCSE were A* or A.

Over 300 King’s pupils have won places at Oxford and Cambridge in the last six years.

In 2016, King’s opened a new lower school, admitting boys at the age of 11 directly into the senior school for the first time in nearly 200 years. The aim was to encourage pupils from local primary schools to apply and this has proved a great success. This has enabled the school to award many more 100% bursaries than previously.

King’s is also renowned for its partnership work. Every Friday afternoon, over 350 King’s pupils help out with children from nearly 30 local maintained schools. This scheme was referenced in the government’s Education Green Paper and in recent debates in the House of Lords.

Source: King’s College School website, 24th November 2017.