7 plus (7+) Exam – King’s College, Wimbledon – What you need to know
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School Name: King’s College Junior School
Description: Boys; day school
Age range: 7-13
Size: 465 approx. 54 pupils are taken in at Year 3 for seven plus entry
Fees: £5,530 – £6,125 per term
Address: Southside, Wimbledon Common, London, SW19 4TT
Telephone (general enquiries): +44 (0)20 8255 5300
Admissions Telephone: +44 (0)20 8255 5336
King’s College Junior School (KCJS) is based in Wimbledon, greater London. It provides a ‘stimulating and challenging education for boys who are bright and curious’. Nearly all boys move on to the senior school at 13+. The junior school has its own 17-acre site, but shares some facilities with the senior school.
Boys enter at 7+, 8+, 9+, 10+ and 11+ by competitive examination and assessment. Means tested bursaries are available at all points of entry. The vast majority of boys go from KCJS to King’s College Senior School (KCS). The senior school is co-ed in the sixth form.
The first entry point is in Year 3, via the 7 plus exam. Strategically, entry in Year 3 via the seven plus exam makes most sense, as it can get even more competitive at higher age groups. There are roughly 55 places available at 7+ whilst only 10 are available at 8+.
Admissions Process for King’s College Junior School Seven Plus
Applications: Boys should be registered at least 12 months in advance of the date of entry.
Registration: To register, click here.
When submitting your form you will be required to submit a copy of your child’s passport and pay the registration fee online. The deadline is in September. Boys are admitted into the junior school on the understanding that parents intend for them to move up to the senior school at 13.
Registration fee: £150.
The school contacts parents of all registered candidates early in the autumn term of the year prior to entry, to ask for confirmation that their son/s be entered as candidates for the entrance examination. A separate fee is then payable by confirmed candidates. The deadline for the return of the exam form is in October.
Open Days/Visits: a general open morning is held early in September. In addition to this, there is a group tour for registered seven plus candidates. This is an opportunity for parents and boys to meet the Head, staff and current pupils, and to get a flavour of daily life at King’s College Junior School.
Interviews: unlike many schools, King’s interviews prior to the examination process. Parents of all 7+ candidates will be contacted to arrange a time for their sons to come to the school for an interview. A report will also be sought from their current school. 7 plus interviews take place in November.
Activity Mornings: children are also asked to attend an activity morning just before the written exam in November.
Entrance Exams: the seven plus exam will be held in November. Examinations are designed to provide an understanding of current levels and to gauge potential. About 300 boys will take this exam. Whilst they do not have a set or guaranteed pass mark, boys are advised to be aiming for 70% or above in each paper; and scores should be relatively consistent across all papers.
All candidates sit papers in mathematics, English and reasoning and there is also a listening test.
- The seven plus listening test is 25 minutes long. Candidates are asked to listen to a recording and then follow a set of instructions based on what they have heard. Last year’s listening test comprised of some instructional questions about a hippo – eg underline the picture of the hippo with three spots.
- The maths paper is 45 minutes long and gets progressively harder. Areas that are covered include: Number and the Number System (counting, place value, ordering, estimating, rounding and fractions); Money, Measures, Shape and Space (this year children were asked to draw pictures of hexagons); Basic Calculations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing two digit numbers); and Problem Solving (two and three step questions using a variety of techniques to show a child’s application of knowledge.)
- The English paper is 45 minutes and comprises of both a comprehension and creative writing section. A previous King’s seven plus English paper asked candidates to write a story based on a picture cue of a girl with a scooter.
- The reasoning paper asks both verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions. This year children were asked to look at a picture and answer questions about it.
7 plus English practice papers, ideal for King’s College Junior School 7+ exam preparation:
7 plus Maths practice papers, ideal for King’s College Junior School 7+ exam preparation:
7 plus Reasoning practice papers, ideal for King’s College Junior School 7+ exam preparation:
7 plus Listening practice papers, ideal for King’s College Junior School 7+ exam preparation:
Destination Schools at 13+
In most cases boys move on to King’s College Senior School. However a small minority may transfer to other schools.
King’s offers bursaries at all entry points, including seven plus. Not every school will offer financial support at such a young age as a child’s potential is still relatively unknown.
Bursaries are means-tested and full details of income and capital resources will be requested. Each application is assessed on its own individual merit. Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the governors and managed by the head and bursar.
Bursaries are means-tested each year and may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates.
A detailed document on King’s College School bursaries can be accessed here.