KENSINGTON PARK SCHOOL

Campus: London

Language: English

Age: 11-18

Programs: Lower School (years 7-11) and Sixth Form (years 12-13)

Kensington Park School is a co-educational day and boarding school in the heart of London offering a broad British curriculum in a dynamic and stimulating environment.

KPS offers a broad and balanced curriculum, delivered in small class sizes, in a modern, dynamic, and technology-rich environment, leading to GCSE and A-Level qualifications. Every student is encouraged to develop skills that will enrich their lives and equipped with the tools they need to succeed in a fast-paced and ever-changing world.

As well as having teachers who are outstanding in their field, KPS provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in many sports and co-curricular activities, developing in them a wide range of social and cultural interests through a broad and enhancing educational experience.

Facilities

  • Catering & dining room in Princess Beatrice House (PBH)
  • Communal recreation space to be uses for both socializing and studying. It includes a table tennis table, several board games and extensive film library for students to use.
  • Filtered Wi-Fi throughout PBH
  • Strong links with renowned sports facilities in and around West London: Will-To-Win sports center in Hyde Park, with its all-weather sports surfaces, the Porchester center with its gym and swimming pool facilities, used in PE classes and co-curricular clubs; and the Westway Centre, an important local center of excellence for climbing, and a central London home for the fast and furious sport of Eton Fives.

 

Accommodation

The school has two campuses, either side of Kensington Gardens:

KPS Lower School is in Bark Place on the north side of Kensington Gardens, and is suitable for pupils aged 11 to 16

KPS Sixth Form for students aged 16 to 18 is just south of the park in Queen’s Gate, opposite the Natural History Museum

Students from Year 10 and up have the option of boarding at Princess Beatrice House, our state of the art, centrally located boarding house, with an excellent pastoral team ensuring the safety and support of our students.

The boarding house is carefully managed 24 hours per day, and professional boarding staff work alongside the KPS academic team to ensure that every student is nurtured and supported. Daily registration, house meetings, and strict curfews ensure that KPS students have the right balance between enjoying London and staying safe.

KPS offers exceptional rooms. Each student is allocated to a single gendered floor in en-suite quad, triple, double, or single rooms.
All our rooms have en-suite bathrooms and kitchenettes which supplement an outstanding catering provision. The in-house catering team provide two meals a day with a variety of cuisines and all dietary needs accounted for. The dining room is a bright, open, and sociable space for students to eat, relax, build friendships with fellow boarders and study together or independently. The common room is another comfortable space for students to spend time with each other, take part in film nights, house activities and experience the unique offering that boarding can provide.

Programs

LOWER SCHOOL

Kensington Park School Lower School, delivers a modern curriculum for students aged 11 to 16. The students benefit from a dynamic and holistic approach to learning, making use of the latest technology to maximise learning outcomes.

Students joining the Lower School in Years 7, 8 or 9 study a broad curriculum including English, mathematics, sciences, modern foreign languages (including Mandarin Chinese), geography, history, classical civilisation and religious studies as well as art, design & technology, computing, PE, Games, drama and music.

In Year 9, GCSE subjects are selected for study in Years 10 and 11. Students will typically study 9 or 10 subjects at GCSE level. Alongside a core curriculum of English, mathematics, and science, students select from a broad range of subjects.

After completing their GCSEs, students continue to study in our Sixth Form where they further narrow down their subject choices on the A-Level programme.

The broad-ranging and modern curriculum is complemented by an innovative co-curricular programme and tech-rich learning environment. All students in KPS Lower School have access to a personal device which allows them to engage, interact with, and connect to the wider learning community. KPS has a purpose-built theatre with state-of-the-art lighting and sound facilities, as well as fully equipped music and computer science rooms. Students and parents are also able to access a multitude of learning and co-curricular resources via Firefly, a collaborative online platform which can be accessed at home as well as on-site.

SIXTH FORM

Kensington Park School Sixth Form provision is amongst the best in Central London. KPS prepares the students for A-Level exam success and university entry in a specialist A-Level teaching environment.

Kensington Park School benefits from having its own dedicated Sixth Form where students are prepared for A Level exam success and university entry in a specialist teaching environment. Situated to the south of Kensington Gardens, a short walk away from the Lower School, KPS Sixth Form students enjoy all the advantages of being part of the wider school community.  Sixth Form students receive the same level of personal and pastoral support as the younger pupils and can choose to take part in the many co-curricular activities on offer at the Lower School or get involved with mentoring opportunities. They benefit, however, from lessons taking place on a separate site, with specialist A-Level teachers and their own personalised timetables.

KPS approach combines the best elements of established Sixth Form schooling with the characteristics of a college environment to help bridge the gap between school and university. Small class sizes help focus students’ learning in lessons that are delivered by some of the finest teachers in London, many of whom have gained considerable experience from time spent in some of the country’s most prestigious schools. Our unique links with Imperial College give our pupils access to the university’s restaurants and cafes, as well as lecture series and other recreational opportunities.

Sixth Form students are expected to dress in smart, business attire. Whilst they do not wear an official KPS uniform, they do represent the senior arm of the school, and so are expected to dress maturely. This prepares students for life after KPS, be that at university or in the workplace.

Admission

Admission requirements

Before applying to Kensington Park School, we warmly invite you to visit the school, so you and your family can explore this refreshing and dynamic school first-hand.

To make an application to join Kensington Park School, the following documents should be submitted:

  • Completed Registration Form
  • Scanned copy of child’s passport
  • Scanned copy of child’s most recent school report
  • Any specialist report/ educational psychology report 
  • £250 non-refundable registration fee

  • When your application pack is submitted, the school invites your child for an assessment and interview. (This can also be conducted online).

The assessment for the Lower School (Years 7 – 10) include:

  • English and Mathematics assessment paper
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning paper
  • A one-to-one interview

 

 

The criteria for Sixth Form entry (Year 12) include:

  • 6 x GCSEs at Grade 9 – 6, or an equivalent if the student is at a school not sitting GCSEs or is not being educated within the UK (or associated) education system.
  • A minimum Grade 7 at GCSE in subjects they hope to study at A Level (Grade 8 Mathematics GCSE is required for Further Mathematics)
  • Other requirements: 5 at GCSE Mathematics and English for students from UK schools
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning tests
  • A one-to-one interview by a subject specialist
  • A reference from current school
  • A personal statement (maximum 500- 700 words). This should highlight your academic achievements to date, any co-curricular interests and hobbies, your future university and career aspirations, and why you would make a good addition to Kensington Park School

 Tuition fees 2021-22

TUITION

Years 7 – 11: from £24,750/year
Sixth form (progression from lower school): from £24,750

BOARDING
Year 10 and Year 11: from £19,500
Sixth Form: from £21,000

Location

Located in the heart of London, Kensington Park School is a perfect place for academic and cultural enrichment.

KPS Lower School is in Bark Place on the north side of Kensington Gardens, and is suitable for pupils aged 11 to 16

KPS Sixth Form for students aged 16 to 18 is just south of the park in Queen’s Gate, opposite the Natural History Museum

Students at both KPS Lower School and Sixth Form are surrounded by some of the capital’s most notable landmarks. Kensington Gardens is just a few minutes’ walk away from the Lower School, offering a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of urban life. It is the perfect place for an active break from studies and, on fair-weather days, the ideal venue for lunchtime football. The Sixth Form is situated just south of the park on Queen’s Gate, opposite the Natural History Museum.

Imperial College London, one of the top ten universities in the world, is a close neighbor of KPS Sixth Form. Sixth Formers eat lunch every day in the university dining rooms and have complimentary access to Imperials’ modern fitness center with 25m pool, Ethos Sports Centre.

All schools are well connected to transport links, and with bus and tube connections on our doorstep, London’s world-class museums, galleries, theatres, and sporting venues are within easy reach of our schools. Field trips and excursions outside of the classroom are a fundamental and frequent, part of life at KPS.

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