Sunday Times London Independent Secondary School of the Year

King’s College School, Wimbledon scored the best sixth form results in the capital in 2017 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 King’s 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.”

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. 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.

Pupils at King’s flourish and excel beyond the curriculum. Year 8 pupil Dean Chaumoo is currently filming for upcoming Hollywood blockbuster The Kid Who Would Be King, based on an original script by writer/director Joe Cornish.

In 2017, four sixth form students were awarded prestigious violin diplomas from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, while a further two sixth form students took gold medals in international Linguistics and Physics Olympiads respectively.

Three OKs competed in the Oxford/Cambridge 2017 Varsity Match. Jake Hennessey (OK 2017), former vice captain of school and 1st XV captain, started in the centre for Cambridge, opposing Oxford replacement Ollie Adams (OK 2015). Georgina McCoig (OK 2015) played for Cambridge in the women’s Varsity.

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.