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King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details

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Introduction

 

Basic information: The King’s School is an English independent day school in Worcester. Boasting numerous academic and non-academic successes, it amalgamated with King’s St Alban’s in 1943, which currently caters for approximately 215 pupils. [1]

 

Curriculum: King’s St Alban’s provides a broad curriculum to develop pupils’ love of learning, featuring an array of disciplines including humanities, DT, mathematics, PSHE and languages. Lessons feature an interactive quality, allowing children to grow in intellectual curiosity and independence as they progress through this key stage of their education. 

 

Co-curricular: The school also offers a rich selection of after-class activities, nurturing pupils’ innate talents alongside their passion for learning new things. Some of the pursuits on offer include gymnastics, board games, Science Club and swimming, which, coupled with residential trips, ensure that children expand their social skills, physical agility and understanding of the world. [2] [3]

 

Pastoral care: King’s St Alban’s maintains strong links with parents, ensuring that they are fully aware of their child’s progress. Prioritising the happiness of pupils as a rule, pastoral staff employ a dedicated approach to addressing their needs, constructively and methodically dealing with setbacks and problems. [4]

 

Boasting a 25-metre swimming pool, specialist classrooms, two libraries and Forest School facilities, King’s St Alban’s offers a top-notch learning experience. Its fantastic location near Worcester Cathedral ensures exemplary provision across all areas, underpinning the one-of-a-kind educational journey that keeps children happy, busy and fulfilled.

 

King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) Exam Information

 

Address: Mill Street, Worcester WR1 2NJ

County: Worcestershire

Admissions info: ksa@ksw.org.uk or 01905 363592

School type: Independent day school

Open events: October and January

8+ Exam date: February of Year 3

 

Open Events for King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) Entry

 

Open Mornings are the best way for prospective families to familiarise themselves with everything on offer. Meetings with staff members and tours of facilities will be held, typically commencing with an address from the Head. Please click here to learn more. 

 

King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) Admissions

  

The first thing you need to do in order to start the admissions process is to register your child with the school. The registration fee of £40 is non-refundable. 

 

Following the submission of the form and the payment of the fee, your child will be invited to attend a Taster session. Entrance tests are typically held in February prior to the September entry, assessing your child’s skills across three areas. 

 

Please note that, to accept an offer of a place, you will be asked to pay an acceptance deposit, refunded when your child leaves the school. 

 

King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) Scholarships and Bursaries

 

Scholarships and bursaries may be available to 8+ applicants. Please reach out to the school to learn more. 

 

King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) Exam Format

 

The King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) exam consists of the following assessments:

 

  • English (multiple-choice)
  • Mathematics (multiple-choice)
  • Verbal Reasoning (multiple-choice)

 

The English assessment is in the multiple-choice format, examining comprehension skills, including inference and grammar.

 

The multiple-choice Maths exam assesses problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including your child’s knowledge of times tables.

 

The Verbal Reasoning section is designed to test and assess logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.

 

Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus entrance examination.

 

How to Prepare for the King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) Entrance Assessment 

 

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 will help boost your child’s confidence.

 

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

 

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

 

The majority of our 8+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a word-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!

  

Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.

 

Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus entrance exam can be found below.

 

King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus (8+) Exam Practice Papers

 

Note: Although most of the below recommendations are in standard format, not multiple-choice, they are still a relevant source of material for practice ahead of the King’s St Alban’s 8+ exam.

 

English

 

We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus English assessment. They will help improve your child’s comprehension skills:

 

Full Practice Tests

 

8+ English Pack 4

8+ English Pack 5

 

Comprehension Skills

 

8+ Reading Workbook

8+ English: Inference Skills

8+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

 

The Complete Guide to 8+ Comprehension

 

Mathematics

 

We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus maths test:

 

Full Practice Tests

 

8+ Mathematics Pack 1

8+ Mathematics Pack 2

8+ Mathematics Pack 3

8+ Mathematics Pack 4

8+ Mathematics Pack 5

 

Targeted Skill Development

 

8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

 

Verbal Reasoning (VR)

 

The following packs will significantly boost your child’s abilities ahead of the King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus Verbal Reasoning test:

 

8+ Reasoning Pack 1 (VR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 2 (VR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 3 (VR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 4 (VR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 5 (VR sections only)

 

Listening

 

The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the King’s St Alban’s 8 Plus entrance exam, helping your child learn how to follow instructions carefully:

 

8+ Listening Pack 1

 

 

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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in King’s St Alban’s 8+ past papers. The information provided about King’s St Alban’s 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 The King’s School, Worcester:

 

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

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

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