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King’s College School (KCS) Wimbledon 16 Plus (16+) Entrance Exam Information


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King’s College School, also known as KCS, King’s and KCS Wimbledon, is an independent school in Wimbledon, London. Operational since 1829, it is one of the best schools in the UK and beyond, featuring an impressive notable alumni list that includes politicians, architects, an Olympic gold medallist and five Victoria Cross holders. [1]


In Sixth Form, students follow either the A level or the International Baccalaureate Diploma  Programme. The curriculum for both options broadly reflects King’s aims to provide top-notch education, featuring relevant disciplines that underpin its strong reputation and effective offering. 


King’s further supports learning through extensive extracurriculars and a well-integrated Personal Development Programme, which allows students to explore their social intelligence and deepen their cultural understanding. Music, drama and sporting facilities ensure the acquisition of non-academic skills, additionally enhanced through the provision of club activities such as chess, Philosophy Film Society, engineering and Music Theory Club. [2] [3]


In line with the motto Sancte Et Sapienter (With holiness and wisdom), KCS encourages rigorous learning that encompasses personal growth as vital to academic confidence. Throughout their education, students develop a strong sense of responsibility for their actions and succeed at identifying their role in society’s changing landscape early on, approaching interactions with a commitment to moral excellence. 


King’s College School, Wimbledon, 16 Plus (16+) Exam Information


Address: Southside, Wimbledon Common, SW19 4TT

County: Greater London

Admissions info: or 020 8255 5320

School type: Independent day school

Open day: June 

16+ Exam date: Autumn Term of Year 11

16+ Exam type / Board: School’s own


Open Events for King’s College School, Wimbledon, 16 Plus (16+) Entry


King’s hosts Open Evening in June, allowing prospective families to learn more about the admissions procedure through discussion with teachers and other members of the senior staff. Guided tours of the campus will be arranged, and there will also be an address from the Head. Please click here to learn more. 


King’s College School, Wimbledon, 16 Plus (16+) Admissions


All 16+ applicants should be registered with the school prior to sitting the entrance exams. The registration deadline is in October of the year preceding entry and the fee of £150 is non-refundable. 


The exams are paper-based, assessing students’ skills across three areas. A review of current-school reports and references is also included in the admissions process. Please note that top-performing candidates in the exams will be invited for an interview, typically lasting 35 minutes.


Offers of places are posted in December, to be accepted by the deadline later the same month with a payment of a deposit.  


King’s College School, Wimbledon, 16 Plus (16+) Scholarships and Bursaries


KCS offers a number of scholarships to 16+ applicants who succeed at satisfying its academic criteria. Art, Music, Drama and Sports Scholarships carry a fee reduction of £400 per annum, while Academic awards, also known as Rossetti and Fawcett Academic Scholarships, carry a £3000 and £1500 annual fee reduction, respectively. 


All awards, with the exception of Academic Scholarships, are offered on the basis of practical assessments. Academic Scholarships are awarded to top-performing applicants in the 16+ selection process. 


Successful 16+ candidates can also be considered for a means-tested bursary, if it’s determined that their household is in need of financial assistance. A bursary can cover up to 100% of fees and is subject to annual means testing. 


The evaluation process will include a home visit, conducted by the independent company Bursary Administration Ltd. For more details, please follow this link


King’s College School, Wimbledon, 16 Plus (16+) Exam Format


The KCS Wimbledon 16+ exam consists of the following papers:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • General Paper


The English paper examines both comprehension and writing skills. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The Maths exam assesses problem-solving abilities and key skills at an age appropriate level.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the KCS Wimbledon 16+ entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the King’s College School, Wimbledon, 16 Plus (16+) Exam


One of the best ways to prepare for a competitive entrance exam is to use our practice tests. Getting to know the types of questions and the format of the actual exam significantly boosts exam confidence.


Aside from becoming familiarised with the exam format, our practice tests will ensure that students respond to the questions in an efficient and effective manner. 


They also provide an excellent opportunity to practise working under time pressure. Whilst doing the tests under timed conditions, students can get used to answering questions quickly, with a close attention to detail.


Reflecting the demands of a competitive entrance exam, our recommendations to help students prepare for the KCS Wimbledon 16 plus entrance examination can be found below.


King’s College School, Wimbledon, 16 Plus (16+) Practice Exam Papers


Recommendations for each section of the KCS Wimbledon 16 Plus exam can be found below:




To prepare for the KCS Wimbledon 16+ English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


16+ English Pack 1


16+ English Pack 2




The following packs help develop arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the KCS Wimbledon 16+ maths paper:


16+ Mathematics Pack 1


16+ Mathematics Pack 2



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in King’s College School, Wimbledon, 16+ past papers. The information provided about KCS Wimbledon 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, Wimbledon:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

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

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 9 entry via the 13 Plus (13+) Exam

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