The King’s School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 321 (Boys) 296 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1541

General Information

Founded in 1541 by Henry VIII, The King’s School Gloucester is an independent day school for girls and boys age 3 to 18.  With small classes and inspiring teachers, King’s offers a vibrant culture of endeavour and achievement in the historic setting of Gloucester Cathedral.  The school is small enough for us to know each child and to value them as an individual, yet large enough to offer a very wide range of academic subjects and a spectacular array of co-curricular opportunities.

Our subject teachers are specialists in their field and are therefore skilled at helping every pupil fulfil their academic potential. Our results each year are exceptional and our pupils develop the confidence, resilience and skills to prepare them for the rapidly changing world ahead.


On arrival at The King’s School, visitors always comment on our stunning campus of historic buildings and tranquil gardens set against the backdrop of glorious Gloucester Cathedral.

Little King's, our kindergarten, caters for children from age 3 to 5. It is located within the main King’s Junior School, making the move at age 5 from the Reception class into Year 1, a less daunting experience. Little King’s offers plenty of hands-on, learning opportunities to inspire and motivate the children and we have our own Forest School within the grounds of the school to provide them with outdoor learning experiences.

Music has been at the centre of our School ever since we began to provide choristers for the Cathedral over 500 years ago. Today, the Chapel Choir leads major services, such as the Remembrance Service and Carol Service, in the Cathedral throughout the school year. There are also many other highly accomplished choirs and singing groups, as well as a full orchestra and chamber orchestra, swing and rock band, which perform regularly at concerts and community events. So whether a pupil is just starting on their musical journey or refining exceptional talent, our aim is to help each student fulfil their potential and ensure their musical experience at King’s will continue to enrich their lives.

Performing Arts at King’s is inclusive, diverse and unashamedly ambitious. Our Performing Arts space in the newly refurbished Ivor Gurney Hall, gives our pupils the space, with the necessary excellent acoustics, in which to develop their talents. Our drama programme immerses pupils in a wealth of dramatic experience – from the classics to the best of contemporary theatre and the opportunities to become involved in performance and production are exceptional – either on stage or behind the scenes. Taught by our drama specialists in small groups, drama brings big benefits to personal development; giving pupils confidence, team building skills and, for some, the opportunity to ‘find their voice’ and to learn to express themselves. Some of our pupils have gone on the build successful careers in the professional theatre.

Sport is genuinely for all at King’s and we are proud of the pupils’ achievements – whether it is representing their Country, County, School or House. Over 75% of our pupils regularly participate in school teams. At Archdeacon Meadow our traditional cricket pavilion overlooks the cricket and rugby pitches and a state-of-the-art Sports Centre hosts badminton, netball, tennis and squash courts. Expert PE staff and coaches, who are specialists in their fields, teach all our students and their aim is to instil a positive and lifelong interest in health and physical activity. Sport, whether at a competitive or social level, plays an important part in achieving this. For high-achievers in sport, we offer pupils our Gifted and Talented programme. This provides professional coaching and a range of opportunities for individuals to develop their prowess. We also arrange major sports tours overseas. In recent years, these have included trips to Malaysia and Singapore, Barbados, Portugal and South Africa, all of which gave our students a superb sporting and cultural experience.

Beyond the curriculum we offer an extensive array of academic enrichment activities. Pupils have the opportunity to explore such topics as architecture, law and palaeography, forensic archaeology, the science of pandemics and chaos theory or similarly mind-stretching topics. Students are invited to after-school lectures given by staff or visiting speakers where medical ethics, epistemology or censorship are typical subjects. Workshops have included a Women in Engineering Day and a Maths Olympiad Challenge. The range of clubs includes: Mandarin, Introduction to Arabic, Tap Dancing, Cookery, Meditation, Java Programming, Knitting and Ultimate Frisbee. From Friday Philosophers to Quidditch – students are certain to discover something to capture their interest and stimulate their imagination.


We offer Scholarships at:

9+(entry into Year 5): Sport

11+ (entry into Year 7): Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Performing Arts, Sport

13+ (entry into Year 9) and 16+ (entry into Year 12): Academic, Art, Design and Technology, Drama, Music, Performing Arts, Sport

A Chorister scholarship is also offered to boys between the ages of 6 and 9.

Open Days

2020. Whole School Open Mornings: Sat. 16th May, 9.30am - 12.30pm and Sat. 3rd October


2019/2020. Reception: £2535 per term. Years 1 - 6: £3015 - £4830 per term. Years 7 - 11: £5625 - £6620 per term. Sixth Form: £6620 per term. Sibling discount is offered.


ISI Inspection 2018

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr David Morton

The King’s School

[t]: General Enquiries: 01452 337 337

Location Description

King's is situated in the heart of the city of Gloucester, next to the Cathedral.

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School News

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Gloucester Cathedral and The King’s School, Gloucester are set to make history by offering choral scholarships to girls for the first

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For 478 years boy choristers have been educated exclusively at King’s, with each boy receiving a choral scholarship towards their school fees. This development is a significant step in the Cathedral’s rich choral history and will ensure equal opportunity for both girls and boys.

The Girl Choristers were established in 2016 and have played an important part in Cathedral worship, singing weekly at Evensong and contributing to other services across the year. Gloucester Cathedral Choir is rightly regarded as one of the best in the country and these new arrangements will strengthen and enhance its reputation.

From 2021, all 16 Girl Choristers will be offered a choral scholarship by the School and the Cathedral. Additional bursary support may also be available. Chorister duties will be shared equally between boys and girls, ensuring both play a full role in the musical life of the Cathedral.

Singing audition dates for aspiring choristers have been set for Wednesday 26 February 2020 (girls) and Friday 28 February 2020 (boys). The Cathedral and the King’s School will also hold a “Chorister Experience” Open Day on Saturday 26 September 2020 to which all are welcome.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester Cathedral, said:

We are delighted to be working in partnership with The King’s School to achieve equality. The Girl Choristers have been a huge success and we are determined to offer the girls the same opportunities the boys have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

Our ambition is to ensure that talented girls and boys from a wide range of backgrounds can access the world-class choral training we provide at the Cathedral, as well as the outstanding, rounded education that King’s has to offer”.

The Headmaster of The King’s School, David Morton, said:

“I am delighted to join the Dean and Chapter in announcing a historic new partnership between the School and Cathedral.

 2019 sees the celebration of 50 years of co-education at King’s, so it is fitting that we will this year announce total equality of opportunity for both boys and girls in the Cathedral Choir. King’s has always been rooted at the heart of the City of Gloucester and it is my aim to ensure that more children than ever before from the local area are able to access a King’s education.

The new scholarships and bursaries will mean that gifted young singers from the local area will be able to join King’s and make the most of the opportunities that the school presents to its pupils.”

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His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO attended a special service at the King’s School yesterday to celebrate 50 years of teaching both

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boys and girls.

The Duke was welcomed by Mr David Morton, Headmaster and Mrs Anne Haas, Head of Junior School and the Kindergarten children wearing crowns and waving flags.  He then met some of the first girls to attend the school and visited the oldest classroom in the country, which is still in  daily use, before attending a commemorative service held in Gloucester Cathedral.

The service was also attended by the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, The Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucester, Mayor and Mayoress of Gloucester, Governors and other members of the King’s community as well as staff and pupils.

Headmaster, David Morton, thanked the Duke for visiting the school and said, “In 1969, the Headmaster Mr Geoffrey Lucas made the significant decision to welcome girls, making King’s one of the first independent boys’ schools in the country to do so. This forward-thinking approach is still evident today. We are proud of our history, but we are also very much focussed on the future and preparing all our pupils for the rapidly changing world ahead.”

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On the evening of 10th July the Senior School hosted a wonderful evening of dance, drama and music – showcasing the work of our talented

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First to the stage was a short, original play written and directed by two of our Lower Sixth pupils, Beth and Seb. The play told the well-known story of Red Riding Hood – but not as we know it!  When the stories get muddled up, Red had to find her way back to her own story with the help of several other beloved fairy-tale characters, whilst battling through various villains. The cast of over 26 performers included members of the First to Third Form.

This was followed by music from the Chamber Choir, King’s String Ensemble and the King’s Swing Band as well as individual performances and individual and group dance performances from eight talented dancers.

It was a truly wonderful evening, celebrating the magic of dance, drama and music all of which have a vital and important place in the heart of the King’s community – our pupil’s enthusiasm and dedication to their performances is outstanding and was very much appreciated by the audience on this special evening.

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On Wednesday 26th June two teams of four Fourth Form pupils attended the annual Rotary Club Technology Tournament, hosted at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls

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This year, there were twenty teams from a dozen schools around the county.  The two King’s teams worked together well to attempt the difficult challenge of creating a crane that could manoeuvre underneath an archway and then remove a weight from a container, and return it to the starting point successfully.  The challenge gave the participants hands-on experience with applying theoretical principles to the design of their crane, and technology skills to realise it, in a practical context.  The nature of the competition was such that the teams had the chance to test and improve their designs and so gain an insight into the type of iterative problem solving regularly undertaken by engineers.

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On Friday 28th June 2019 members of the Oxford University Alumni Network were treated to an evening of Baroque music provided by pupils from the

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King’s School.

The venue was the marvellous Baroque building of Worcester Lodge which is set three miles north of the Badminton Estate.  The building was designed by William Kent and dates back to 1746.  The recital took place in the Dining Room overlooking the fairway which leads directly to Badminton House. Pupils, George (cello), Ed (baritone), Becky (oboe), Stanley (baritone) and Izzy (soprano) produced a varied programme of baroque vocal and instrumental music which was in keeping with the age of the building, accompanied by Miss Susan Honeywill and Mr John Pennington.

“It was a glorious setting to enjoy a pre-concert picnic followed by a superb recital by our young musicians.  Performing baroque music in this appropriate setting added to the occasion, and all our musicians performed to a very high standard. The invited guests were thrilled with the whole evening which was enhanced by the glorious sunshine” (John Pennington)

The purpose of the Oxford Alumni event was to raise money to provide events for young, prospective Oxford candidates. The evening was organised by the Gloucestershire organisers (and King’s Parent) Mr Andrew Mitchell and his wife, Sam Tolley.

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The King’s School, Gloucester have become the new tenant in the old Probate Offices on the corner of Pitt Street in Gloucester.  The grade II

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listed building, dating back to 1858, was vacated by the Edward Jenner School at Christmas and, following a major refurbishment, the King’s School Music Department moved in at the end of February.

The School has a long musical tradition, first providing choristers for Gloucester Cathedral around 500 years ago – so the addition of six spacious practice rooms, three teaching rooms, a suite for Music Technology and a large rehearsal space will transform the quality of music education for all pupils.

Parents, pupils, alumni and the wider school community were invited to the official launch event on 1st March.  The guest of honour was Professor Mark Wildman, who was a pupil at the school between 1963 and 1972 and also a Gloucester Cathedral Chorister, before travelling the world with the BBC Singers and, most recently, becoming Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music.

Headmaster David Morton commented, “As an academic subject, King’s continue to offer Music at both GCSE and A Level, despite the real threat to the subject on the national curriculum, and we are pleased to be able to offer all pupils the opportunity to be inspired by music and to discover and develop their musical talents.”

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Staff, pupils, invited guests and wider members of the Community came together on Saturday to celebrate the opening of the much anticipated All Weather Pitch

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at The King’s School, Gloucester.

Six hockey matches were held throughout the day including games against Rendcomb and Christ College, Brecon as well as Junior School games and the Boys’ 1st XV vs a Headmaster’s Invitation Side which consisted of Alumni, former King’s teachers, Gloucester Hockey Club and Cheltenham Hockey Club players and England players.

The Guest of Honour was Gloucester City MP Richard Graham, who played in a very competitive match between pupils, parents, staff and guests before officially saying a few words and cutting the ribbon to declare the new pitch open.

The Headmaster, David Morton, spoke of King’s rich sporting history which spans 96 years, and went on to say “the addition of the new All Weather Pitch, together with warm up area and floodlighting, will allow pupils to reach the next level of success in hockey and many other sports besides. It’s about health, fitness and friendship – key qualities which will last children for life.”

This £1 million investment also meets the School’s aims of increasing their outreach programme to the wider community, enabling other local schools and sports clubs to benefit from King’s resources.  The pitch will be available to external groups for up to 50% of each year, helping children to develop a love of sport, and a Community Use Agreement has been drawn up.

Gloucester City Hockey Club are planning to use the pitch next season and Chairman Anton de Leeuw, commented: “The opening of the new King’s School All Weather Pitch fills me with great excitement for the future of Hockey within the wider community of Gloucestershire. The commitment in the new facility provides both a wonderfully appropriate and sustainable facility to not only connect, but also develop strong community connections by providing different ways to meet Hockey players’ needs, in a County where much focus is often on the success of other sports.”

Cheryl Stennett, Hockey Development for Gloucester City Primary Schools, is also planning to use the new pitch.  She commented, “During the past 10 years I have been involved with the development of hockey across the local Gloucester City Schools. We hold an annual festival which attracts over 15 local schools and have recently established a summer hockey league. One of our major challenges has been pitch time/ space and with this in mind the new King’s pitch will be a great support. We are planning to run a new development festival aimed at ‘B’ team players and plan to host this at the school.”

Philip Dancey, Chair of Governors at the King’s School, thanked the South West companies that helped to build the new pitch, including Keyway Excavation, Allstones Aggregates, Verde Recreo and renowned Gloucester Architects, Roberts Limbrick.

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Pupils at King’s School Gloucester are celebrating the best GCSE results in the School’s history with 54% of pupils gaining Grades 9 – 7 (A*

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/ A) and 100% of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at Grades 9 – 4 (A*- C). Results were equally strong for both boys and girls, proving, yet again, that a co-educational schooling produces great academic results and well-rounded individuals.

The Headmaster, David Morton, commented, “The whole school community is incredibly proud of this superb year group of talented Year 11 pupils who have reached historic high standards by achieving the best ever 9 – 7 (A*/A) grades at GCSE level. The support also of our teachers and parents has been invaluable. In a summer where the school celebrates its highest ever number of pupils and the start of exciting new building projects, there is much to celebrate. The new GCSE specifications and numbers replacing grades have caused considerable controversy nationally, but our hard-working staff and pupils have worked tirelessly to achieve these excellent results.”

As is typical at King’s, these pupils have also been incredibly hard-working both in and out of the classroom. Several took part in the musical production of ‘Joseph’ in July whilst also sitting GCSE exams and others also joined the School’s prestigious sports tour to Malaysia and Singapore.

Among the top achievers were:

Charlotte Sprason: Six A* grades, four grade 9s and one short-course A* grade

Lois John: Three A* grades, three A grades and four grade 9s

Owen Brook: Three A* grades, two A grades, four grade 9s and one grade 8

Sam Lewis: Five A* grades, one A grade and four grade 9s

Eliza Davies: Four A* grades, four grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade 7

Aman Khan: Three A* grades, four grade 9s, two A grades and one short-course A* grade

Florrie Philipson-Stow: Two A* grades, three A grades, four grade 9s and one grade 8


Photo: King’s pupils celebrate GCSE results success

King's School Independent Gloucestershire A new sports pitch for the City and for The King’s School

The King’s School, Gloucester, saw an exciting new chapter in its rich sporting history this week as work commenced on a new Multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA) at

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its Archdeacon Meadow sports ground. Following several years of planning and liaison with the city authorities, construction of the new sports pitch is now under way.

The million-pound investment in the city’s sports facilities will see a first class astro turf pitch together with warm up area and floodlighting. This will add to the facilities already present at Archdeacon Meadow: a superb Sports Hall, five tennis courts, cricket and rugby pitches, as well as the facilities of the Riverside Sports Centre. It is hoped that the new pitch will be ready by the start of 2019.

Headmaster David Morton explained that the pitch is specifically designed to meet The School’s key aims of increasing public access and enabling other local schools and sports clubs to benefit from King’s resources. ‘We already undertake huge amounts of work with our local community each year, including welcoming local primary children into the school for sports and science activities, raising money for local charitable causes such as the Gloucester Foodbank and Cathedral Breakfast Club. At a time when the health and wellbeing of young people is under such pressure, we are delighted to be able to announce that our new and existing facilities can be shared with local schools and sports clubs. Discussions are already under way with Gloucester Hockey Club to explore their interest and we have drawn up a Community Use Agreement to ensure that the new astro turf is available to external groups for up to 50% of each year.’

King’s has employed the services of companies based in the South West to build the new pitch, including Keyway Excavation, Allstones Aggregates, Verde Recreo and renowned Gloucester Architects Roberts Limbrick.

Sport has thrived at King’s in recent years. Several boys play at Gloucester RFC Academy, many of the girls and boys play for Gloucester County Cricket, girls have played in local netball satellite academies, boys play for Cheltenham FC and Forest Green Rovers Academies and two senior boys have played hockey for England. The senior pupils have just returned from a sports tour to Malaysia and Singapore where they enjoyed netball and hockey fixtures against strong local competition. At an individual level, the school boasts strong sports men and women in disciplines as diverse as archery, equestrian events, quad-biking, gymnastics, athletics and swimming. Director of Sport, Mr Andy Phillips, stated,’This is a very exciting time for Sport at King’s. We have a strong reputation for sport in many areas and our boys and girls compete to a high level, both in and out of school. This new astro turf pitch will allow us to reach the next level of performance in hockey and many other sports besides’.

Any enquiries about the sports facilities at The King’s School should be addressed to the Headmaster at the school.

Pictured are David Morton, Headmaster, and Philip Dancey, Chair of Governors, at King’s.

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The King’s School, Gloucester is celebrating the success of their Year 13 pupils today, with a 99 per cent pass rate at A Level and

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BTEC courses and 9 out of 10 pupils receiving Grades A* to C in their A Levels, ensuring that all who applied to University have been offered a place.

David Morton, Headmaster, commented, “We are very proud of all our pupils who have performed exceptionally well in this year’s A Levels and BTEC courses – this is a reflection of their determination and commitment over the last two years.

We are particularly delighted that 12 per cent of all grades were A* and over a fifth of our pupils achieved an A* or A in all of the A Levels they took. We wish these wonderful pupils every success as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.”

There were strong individual performances from Miao Xu (A*, A*, A, A, A), Leon Klee (A*, A*, A*, A), Sunny Memon (A, A, A) and Anne Naybour, Conor Horlock and Joseph Freeman achieved D*, D*, D* in their Sports Science BTEC course, equivalent to 3 A*s at A Level.

The King’s School offers BTEC Sports Studies alongside its vast range of over 20 A Levels. In the BTEC, 75% of pupils achieved the highest level of three starred Distinctions, which is equivalent to three A* grades at A Level.

We are particularly delighted that all pupils who applied to University have secured places, with 80% getting their first choice. The Leavers’ destinations this year include Queen Mary’s University to study History and Politics, Birmingham University to study History, London School of Economics to study Government and Politics and Exeter University to study Law.

The excellent A level results this year demonstrates King’s tradition of academic success. However, King’s is renowned also for developing well-rounded individuals.

Alongside their academic studies many of the Year 13 pupils also took part in co-curricular activities, such as the musical Joseph, the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, or are members of the squad who have just returned from a thrilling sports tour of Malaysia and Singapore

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Mr Simon Weston, CBE, Falkland War veteran, author and charity fundraiser was guest speaker at the School Speech Day this year.

Held in Gloucester Cathedral, and

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attended by over 1,000 parents, pupils and staff, Speech Day celebrates the academic and non-academic achievements of all Senior School pupils over the previous academic year.  Simon presented the prizes and shared his personal story of resilience, friendship, courage and community.

Headmaster, David Morton commented, “Simon Weston was a wonderful Guest of Honour at our Speech Day. His poignant, inspiring and humorous speech was greatly enjoyed by pupils, staff and parents. The standing ovation which he received was a fitting tribute to his personal warmth and empathy for our leavers. Simon Weston characterises everything that we hope our pupils will be at King’s: kind, resilient, supportive and courageous.”

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Several of our pupils in the Junior and Senior School took part in the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts with some impressive results.  We had

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many individual successes taking home bronze, silver and gold medals in Music, Drama and Dance as well as our Junior School King’s Voices Choir who won the ‘mixed choir, aged 11 and under’ category against several other Schools, singing ‘Earth, Sea and Sky’ by Lin Marsh and ‘Make me a Light’ by Philip Wilby.  Well done to everyone who took part and a huge ‘thank you’ to all the teachers who helped prepare the pupils.

The provision of Music, Drama, Dance at King’s is excellent and the opportunities to become involved in performances – from major productions to services in the Cathedral – are exceptional, encouraging our Performing Arts pupils to flourish and inspire the whole school community. We take pride in providing the spark that has led a number of our pupils to pursue their chosen art at higher level and to build successful careers on the stage.

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