King’s College Lower School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information >> 2021/2022 Entry




King’s College School, also known as KCS, King’s and KCS Wimbledon, is a boys’ independent school in Wimbledon, southwest London. It was founded in 1829 and has been recognised for its progressive curriculum very early on. Both historically and in recent years, KCS is frequently featured among the top-performing schools nationally. [1]


Flourishing at all levels, students acquire strong qualifications across a range of disciplines, mainly thanks to the varied curriculum, delivered in an effective and engaging manner by highly-qualified staff. Subject areas range from English, PSHE and computer science to MFL, design and Latin, enabling children to familiarise themselves with the natural and social processes that shape life.


King’s co-curricular programme includes a number of intellectually, physically and aesthetically stimulating activities, mainly delivered through a variety of clubs and societies such as rowing, Greek club, art, Philosophy Society, tennis, Artificial Intelligence and Japanese Club. These and many other pursuits on offer encourage learning beyond the classroom environment and maximise each boy’s leadership, time management and organisation skills for the benefit of their current (and future) academic and non-academic development. [2]


Pastorally, the school’s educational philosophy is rooted in individualised and personalised care for each member of the vibrant community. In this way, KCS aims to boost the moral awareness and sense of responsibility of all students, comprehensively preparing them for the unpredictable nature of life’s events. [3]


Committed to ensuring that the learning environment is pervaded by a spirit of friendliness and acceptance, KCS has developed an equality and diversity action plan which aims encourage the abolishment of all types of discrimination. Accordingly, the school’s enrichment programme now features Afro-Caribbean Society, which provides black students with a safe space where they can discuss their racial experience and the impact of biocultural differences, as well as celebrate the richness of their background. [4]


King’s College School, Wimbledon, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information


Address: Southside, Wimbledon Common, SW19 4TT

County: Greater London

Admissions info: or 020 8255 5329

School type: Boys’ independent day school

Number of students: 850 (approx.)

Open Day date: In the Spring and Autumn terms

King’s College 11+ Exam date: 3 and 4 December 2021


Open Events for King’s College School, Wimbledon, 11 Plus (11+) Entry


KCS hosts Open Events, School Tours and 11+ Forums, allowing prospective families to learn more about the school’s offering through meetings with staff and current pupils. Tours of facilities will familiarise your child with the wealth of the available curricular and co-curricular activities. Please click here to learn more.


King’s College School, Wimbledon, 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


Boys will need to be registered for the entrance examinations by the deadline in early November, when they are in Year 6 at their current school. The registration fee is £150.


They will sit entrance examinations in December of the year preceding entry. Candidates who perform successfully will then be invited to interviews (in January). Following the interviews, some candidates will be offered places for entry in September. Offers are made in mid-February.


Please note that acceptance of places includes a payment of a £2000 deposit.


King’s College School, Wimbledon, 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries


The school offers Rogers and Cayley Academic Scholarships to applicants who perform exceptionally well in the entrance examinations. Separate applications for these awards are not required. 


Music Scholarships are also available. They are valued at £400 of the school fees and include free instrumental tuition on two instruments.


Sports Scholarships are worth £400 per annum and Sport exhibitions are worth £200. The deadline for applications is in mid-November of the year preceding entry.


Means-tested bursaries are offered to families in financial need. Under certain circumstances, these can be worth 100% of fees. 


Bursaries are reassessed annually and may vary in value, depending on any changes in your financial circumstances. Please note that the evaluation process will include a home visit. More details are available here.


King’s College Lower School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


English comprises:


  • Comprehension paper – 35 minutes
  • Grammar paper – 10 minutes
  • Essay paper – 30 minutes, choice of 4 questions


Maths comprises:


  • Section A & B, total 50 minutes


Verbal Reasoning measures:


  • understanding, awareness and aptitude with word-based problems, along with logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.


Following the tests, boys who have shown promise and potential will be invited back for interviews in January.


10+ Deferred Entry


There are approximately four places available for 10+ deferred entry to Year 7 for boys of exceptional ability, currently at primary schools, although the number of places offered will depend on the calibre of candidates.


The assessment for 10+ deferred entry is through written tests in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning that are taken in December of Year 5.


Take a look at this article which has more information about the 10+ deferred entry route.


King’s College Lower School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers


Recommendations for each section of the King’s College Lower School 11 Plus exam can be found below:




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the King’s College Lower School 11+ English paper. They will help improve your son’s comprehension skills, such as inference, and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and punctuation:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


Mark Schemes


King’s College School 11+ English 2015 Sample Paper


King’s College School 11+ English 2019 Sample Paper




We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your son’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the King’s College Lower School 11+ maths test:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Money


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics


Mark Schemes


King’s College School 11+ Mathematics 2013 Sample Paper


Verbal Reasoning


Practice Tests


To prepare for the 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam at King’s College Lower School, we highly recommend the following practice papers:


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Skill specific practice


The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in the King’s College Lower School 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam:


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in King’s College Lower School 11+ exam past papers. The information provided about King’s College Lower School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Other entry points for King’s College Lower School:


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Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 5 entry via the 9 Plus (9+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 6 entry via the 10 Plus (10+) Exam

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