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: 333 (Boys) 280 (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

2018. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2018/2019. Reception: £2450 per term. Years 1 - 6: £2915 - £4665 per term. Years 7 - 11: £5435 - £6395 per term. Sixth Form: £6395 per term. Sibling discount is offered.


ISI Inspection 2015

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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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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