King’s High, Warwick

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King’s High is an independent GSA girls’ school comprising around 600 pupils, aged 11 to 18 years. Awarded ‘West Midlands Independent School of the Year 2019’ by The Sunday Times and ranked first in Warwickshire for A Level results, King’s High has an enviable academic reputation coupled with an unusually wide range of extracurricular activities. The school delivers an outstanding education to girls by offering them the best of all worlds; single-sex teaching in the classroom and, as part of the family of schools which make up the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, a constantly evolving programme of collaborative and extracurricular activities with Warwick School and Warwick Preparatory School.

King’s High is an unashamedly academic school, welcoming girls of a relatively wide range of academic ability at age 11 and proudly adding significant value to their achievements by the time they reach 18. The 2018 results saw King’s ranked nationally 21st of all Independent Girls’ Schools and 49th of all Independent Schools for A Levels and 31st of all Independent Girls’ Schools for GCSEs. Girls go on to a wide range of top universities, reading a great range of subjects. Girls divide 50-50 between going on to study science subjects and the arts at university.

The School aims to help each girl to develop as an individual in the heart of a caring and supportive community. Our School motto, “Aspire, Achieve, Enjoy,” recognises the enjoyment and fun to be had at King’s. The standard of music, drama, sport and art is exceptionally high. We encourage and motivate each girl to discover and develop to the full the talents, interests and abilities that will play such an important part in ensuring that she is equipped to live a fulfilling life, at school and throughout her future. We aim to nurture independent, capable, confident and spirited young women, intellectually equipped to make a real contribution to 21st century life.

Gifted & Talented

Our Gifted and Talented programme is coordinated by our Gifted and Talented Coordinator. The programme, which consists of specific enrichment activities such as lectures and visits, as well as extension and open-ended activities in the classroom, provides opportunities for all girls to work beyond the curriculum.

Our approach to stretch and challenge has always been inclusive, our aim being to maximise the number of ways in which we can personalise the curriculum for the specific needs of each student. Strategies used vary from department to department, but include setting, for example in Mathematics, offering additional or higher levels of qualifications, specific trips and visits, research tasks and opportunities for independent study.

We also offer the Level 2 Project in Year 9 and the Extended Project Qualification in Year 12. Our highly qualified and experienced staff are always willing to talk to girls and offer them further ideas for gaining more from their studies and interests.


The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation Schools aim to provide for all their pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, recognising the fact that all pupils are individual learners and some pupils may have particular Special Educational Needs, requiring appropriate support to enable them to access the curriculum and realise their potential. This policy is supported by the individual SEN procedures of the three schools within the Foundation. There is a named Governor from the King’s High Governing Body who takes on responsibility for all pastoral matters including Special Educational Needs.

King’s High School is pleased to be able to accommodate a wide range of Special Educational Needs. Our aim is that a girl’s individual needs should not stand in the way of her achieving her potential and, to this end, our Special Educational Needs Coordinator meets regularly with the girls concerned and their parents to discuss and agree individual education plans. Our SENCO also advises staff on appropriate strategies to use with individual girls. Extra time, or other access arrangements in examinations, are implemented as laid down by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations and specified by the government.

Our SENCO, Mrs Marie Herbert (SpLD APC, AMBDA, Pg Cert SpLD, PGCE, BA(Hons), National SENCO Award) works closely with Mrs Renton, Deputy Head (Pastoral), who initiated the Special Educational Needs department at King’s High School for Girls in September 2004.

Dr Pickup, a member of the Biology department, runs the study skills course. She has a postgraduate diploma in dyslexia and literacy from University of York (March 2008)

EAL Policy
If a girl, who is accepted at King’s High School, does not have English as her first language (EAL), it is our expectation that the entrance process (exam, school report, interview) will have given assurance that she will be able to cope with confidence with a curriculum delivered in English. Staff will be made aware of the position so they can show understanding and offer appropriate support. Should a pupil require more support than the subject teacher can reasonably be asked to give, the matter will be discussed with parents by the Head of Key Stage and SENCO with a view to them arranging additional support on a private basis.

Bursaries & Scholarships

We offer Bursaries and Scholarships at Year 7 for Years 7-13 and at Year 12 for Sixth Form.

Financial assistance is available, in the form of Foundation Awards or Bursaries, through the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation. One in five pupils at King’s High benefits from some level of financial assistance.

Our aim is to encourage academic excellence, whilst offering financial assistance to those who need it within the parameters of our means tested criteria and the funds available. Please contact our Registrar ( for further information.

Governors’ Academic Scholarships (Year 7)
These are awarded for overall academic excellence up to the value of 20% of fees, based on the results of the entrance examinations and interview. All girls who sit our initial entrance examination for each Year 7 entry year are eligible for these awards.

Subject Scholarships (Year 7)
Scholarships up to the value of 10% of fees are available for Mathematics, English, Art & Design, Drama, Music and Physical Education. These are awarded based on ability and potential, as indicated in the entrance examination for Mathematics and English, and through specifically designed tasks or auditions for shortlisted candidates for the other subjects. All candidates are automatically entered for Mathematics and English and separate Subject Scholarship Applications are accepted for Art & Design, Drama, Music and Physical Education.

Sixth Form Scholarships and Performance Awards (Year 12)
These are awarded on a competitive basis through examination and interview of internal and external candidates up to the value of 20% of fees. All scholarships may be enhanced, after means testing, with a bursary of up to 100% of fees, if the funds are available. Please contact our Registrar ( for further information.

Download our Scholarship booklet

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