Introduction From The Headmaster

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Page 2:    Welcome to King’s
           Before You Come to King’s
           Buying Your Uniform, The Second Hand Shop, Marking your
Page 3:    Other Things You May Need To Buy
           Forms You Will Need to Complete
           Your First Days at King’s
           In September, The Daily Routine
Page 4:    Lunches
Page 5:    Snacks
           Leaving School at Lunch Times/ In the School Day
Page 6:    Games Lessons
           Prep or Homework
           Extra Curricular Activities, Clubs & Societies
           Extra Music Lessons
Page 7:    Speech & Drama Tuition

           Who’s Who?
Page 8:    Pupils With Special Responsibilities

Page 9:    Schoolwork at King’s: Expectations
           Coursework & Exams
Page 10:   Schoolwork at King’s: the Library & Computer Rooms
           Reports and Grades; Praise & Prizes
Page 11:   The Sixth Form at King’s
           Games Options
Page 12:   Rules & Sanctions
           Communication at King’s
           The Different Houses at King’s
Page 14:   The Different Year Groups at King’s
           Christianity at King’s
           ‘Extra’ Days When You Must Attend School
Page 15    What To Do If You Have Problems
Page 16:   Contacting the School
Page 17:   Keeping in Touch & Useful Telephone Numbers

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A very warm welcome to King’s! You will shortly be joining one of the eight
Houses at King’s. Your House Tutor will be the person who looks after you on a
daily basis, helped by one of a team of Assistant Tutors. You will go to the
House to register each day and the House room will be your base, where you
can spend time in between lessons. You will receive separate information
about the House you are in, but this booklet is designed to give you details
about the School as a whole. We hope that you will find it helpful, but if you
have any further questions, you might find the answer on the website
( or you could ask someone already at King’s.

                         Before You Come To King’s

Buying Your School Uniform

A School Uniform booklet is enclosed with this guide, and this includes general
guidance on rules governing Dress and Appearance for all pupils at the School.
Remember to look at the section for the Lower/Upper Remove! You can buy
your uniform at ‘Schooltogs’, 31 New Street, Worcester. The shop is open from
9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. There is a small car park at the back, which
can be reached from the City Walls Road. The telephone/ fax number is 01905
28658. The King’s uniforms are located upstairs in separate boys’ and girls’

The Second Hand Shop

The second hand shop for the senior school and St Alban’s is run by King’s
parents. The opening times are published separately and are on the website.
The shop is situated on the ground floor of 5 Castle Place. You can buy items
from the shop by cash or cheque. When items are sold to the shop, they will be
credited to your bill at the end of the term.

Marking Your Possessions

Before you come to King’s, do make sure that you put your name on your
uniform, bag, games kit and other possessions (such as your watch, books,
shoes, calculator and – especially- your mobile phone and mp 3 player) if you
are bringing them to school.

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Other Things You May Need To Buy (including Essential Equipment List)

There is a list of kit items which you may need to buy in the Uniform Handbook.

You should also have the following equipment with you: A pencil case, blue or
black pen (either roller ball or fountain pen), pencil, 30 cm ruler, eraser,
sharpener, glue stick, highlighter pen, memory stick (2GB), compass,
protractor, coloured pencils.

You may also want to buy a calculator. You should wait to ask a member of the
Maths Department which version they would prefer you to buy.

Stationery and Text Books are provided by the School, including a rough book,
which you will get from your Maths or English teacher. Finally, you will need to
bring a small padlock and key for your locker (below).

Forms You Will Need To Complete

Before coming to the School, your parents will need to fill in the Data check
form and return it to the Registrar.

                           Your First Days At King’s

In September

At the beginning of the School year, you should go to your House room when
you first arrive. If you have not yet visited the School and do not know where
the House room is, please head for the School office and someone will help
you. You will spend quite a large part of the first morning with your House
group, getting to know the Tutors and the other pupils. You will be given a
locker in which to store your belongings, as well as your new timetable and a
Pupil Planner (Prep diary). Lessons will begin half way through the morning.
There will also be an opportunity for you to meet the Headmaster and, if you
are in the Lower Remove (Year 9), Mr Sharp, the Lower Remove Coordinator.

The Daily Routine

You must organise your journey so that you arrive in School before 8.30 am
each day, in time for Registration in House. Afternoon Registration takes place
at 2.25pm in House, except on Games afternoons. During the ‘Winter
timetable’, it is at 2.05pm on Mondays and Thursdays. If you arrive after
8.35am in the morning or after 2.25pm in the afternoon, you will be marked

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late in the Register. We will alert parents after four lates except for those
people who have a genuine reason and your House Tutor will impose sanctions
if you are frequently late without a good explanation. If you arrive after the
Register has closed, you must sign the Late Book in the Office, or you will be
marked as absent.

For most of the year, there is an Assembly for all pupils in the Lower Remove
and above in College Hall on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. You will go with
your House to the Hall. If you are late on a College Hall day, you should go to
stand at the back of the Hall, where you will sign a register with the monitors.
On other days, there may be a House assembly or Year assembly in the Theatre
or Cathedral. An assembly rota is published on your House board each term.

The first lesson begins at 9.05 am. Each lesson lasts thirty five minutes and
there is a five minute break between each lesson. Be careful- there are no bells,
so you must make sure you get to your lessons on time. You would be well-
advised to wear a watch!

The times of the lessons are as follows:
Period.       Normal Time.               Winter Time (Second Half of Autumn
                                         Term to Spring Half Term), Mondays
                                         & Thursdays.
Registration 8.30                        8.30
1             9.05 to 9.40               9.05 to 9.40
2             9.45 to 10.20              9.45 to 10.20
Break         10.20 to 10.40             10.20 to 10.40
3             10.40 to 11.15             10.40 to 11.15
4             11.20 to 11.55             11.20 to 11.55
5             12.05 to 12.40             12.05 to 12.40
6             12.45 to 1.20              12.45 to 1.20
Registration 2.25                        2.05
7             2.35 to 3.10               2.15 to 2.50
8             3.15 to 3.50               2.55 to 3.30


The School offers an excellent lunch with choices of soup, hot main courses,
salads, baguettes/ wraps, jacket potatoes, pasta dishes, desserts and fruit.
There are, of course, vegetarian options. If you are a vegetarian and you want a
main vegetarian meal reserved for you each day (as opposed to a jacket or
wrap), you can get a green card from Mrs Mead, which means that the Dining

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Hall staff will reserve a vegetarian main meal for you. You can help yourself to
any two courses (including fruit) when you present your lunch pass at the
Dining Room door. Please note that it is assumed that you will be having a
school lunch unless your parents write in before the start of term to say that
you will bring a packed lunch and you return your lunch pass. If you forget your
lunch pass, you will need to go to the Bursary (upstairs above the school office)
to speak to Mrs Maggie Roberts who can give you a temporary pass.

The times when each year group has lunch varies from day to day. You can
check the lunch rota in your House room, outside the Dining Hall or in your
Pupil Planner. If you have a lunch time commitment, such as a Music practice
or a Club, you will need to get an early lunch card from the member of staff
who organises the activity or from a member of your House staff. If you have
an early lunch card, you must turn up at the Dining Hall between 1.20pm and
1.25pm and you will be allowed in before the first year group on the lunch rota.

             Mon           Tues          Wed           Thurs         Fri
1.20-1.25                      Early lunch for those with cards
1.25-1.32    LR            Fifth         U6            UR            L6
1.32-1.39    Fifth         UR            L6            Fifth         LR
1.39-1.46    UR            LR            Fifth         L6            U6
1.46-1.53    U6            L6            LR            LR            UR
1.53-2.00    L6            U6            UR            U6            Fifth

If you have allergies or special dietary requirements, you should ask your
parents to contact your House staff or the Catering Manager, Lawrence Brewer
(telephone 721793/ to inform the School about your
needs. Items containing nuts are clearly marked in the Dining Hall and the
School is used to catering for special diets. Lunch time is a formal occasion –
don’t wear games kit in the Dining Hall, unless it is covered by a tracksuit.


Hot and cold snacks (including a cooked breakfast) may be purchased from the
Dining Hall before school, at morning break and (on most days) after school.
There are vending machines in the Dining Hall, although these are switched off
for part of the lunch break.

Leaving School at Lunch Times or Throughout the School Day

Lower Sixth, Fifth Formers and Removes may only go into town during School
time (the hours of set teaching periods and morning break) if they have written

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permission from their Tutor. During lunch times in their Summer term, pupils
in the Lower Remove may go into town if their parents give their written
approval and if they have satisfied the School that they will be good
ambassadors in town. This privilege remains thereafter (ie for all members of
the Upper Remove and Fifth Form throughout the year), though may be
withdrawn at any time in the case of any individual pupil if it is thought
appropriate. Before going into town at lunch time, you must sign out with the
School monitors outside Castle Place (near the playground). They will give you
a permission slip, which you return to them once you have returned from town
(making sure, of course, that you have enough time to get to the start of
Afternoon Registration.)

Games Lessons

The Games Fields lie across the river beyond the County Cricket Ground. You
enter via Slingpool Walk, off Bromwich Road. If you come by car, there is
parking at the bottom of the lane, by the athletics track.

Each year group has its own Games afternoon. You must remember your kit on
these days. For the Lower Remove it is a Monday, Upper Removes are on a
Thursday and the Fifth and Sixth Forms are on a Wednesday. You will be able to
read more about your Games options below.

Prep or Homework

During the course of the School day, you will be issued with Preps, according to
a Prep timetable. You will need to record this work in your Pupil Planner and
complete it in the evening. A prep timetable for each year is published at the
beginning of the Autumn Term. Each subject normally has one or two preps per
week allocated to it. They should take 30 to 35 minutes each.

                  Extra Curricular Activities, Clubs & Societies

One of the main advantages of being at King’s is the number of activities which
are on offer. Your Tutors will encourage you to get involved as much as
possible. Activities and Societies take place at lunch times, after School or at
the weekend. At the start of the Autumn term, you will be able to attend the
Activities Fayre in College Hall so that you can learn what activities are on offer
and who is in charge. There is also an Activities Handbook which you can
obtain at the Fayre. Included in the list of activities are the Choir (Tuesday
lunchtimes), First Orchestra (Friday lunchtime) and CCF (Fridays after School).

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Extra Music Lessons

If you wish to learn an instrument or to have singing tuition, your parents will
need to write to the Director of Music, Mr David Brookshaw, by the beginning
of term. Lessons will usually take place in lesson time on a rotational basis so
that you do not miss the same lesson each week. You should obtain permission
from subject teachers at least a day in advance of a music lesson by presenting
the blue lesson card, which your peripatetic teacher will give you. The School’s
peripatetic teachers are self-employed and will bill your parents directly at the
end of each term. If you wish to give up your music lessons, your parents must
give half a term’s notice in writing to your teacher.

Speech & Drama Tuition

Individual lessons can be organised at lunch times, after School or at weekends.
If you wish, you can be entered for LAMDA examinations in either Acting or
Verse and Prose. Please see Mr Atkins (Head of Drama) for details.

                                 Who’s Who?

The Headmaster, Mr Tim Keyes, will be pleased to see you or your parents if
you have anything which you need to discuss with him. You can make an
appointment with him through his secretary, Mrs Christina Swainston, in her
office. Her telephone number is 01905 721740 and her email address is

The Senior Deputy, Miss Sue Hincks, stands in for the Headmaster if he is away.
She is also responsible for Child Protection in the School, if you have a concern
about your own or another pupil’s welfare. Her office is in the glass building at
the back of the Music School. Her office telephone number is 01905 721779
and her email address is The Deputy Heads’ secretary,
Mrs Mead, is in the office next door to Miss Hincks.

The Second Deputy, Mr Richard Chapman, supports the Headmaster and the
Senior Deputy. His office is next door to the Bursary. His telephone number is
01905 721708 and his email address is

The Director of Studies, Mr Russ Baum, is responsible for curriculum matters.
You can talk to him if you have concerns about the subjects which you are
studying. His telephone number is 01905 721728 and his email address is

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The House Tutors each look after a House at King’s. They are: Mr Steve Bain
(School House), Mrs Christine Battrum (Oswald House), Mr Richard Davis
(Kittermaster House), Mrs Loraine Guy (Creighton House), Mrs Monica Longley
(Choir House), Dr Mark Poole (Bright House), Mrs Sue Stone (Chappel House)
and Mr John Wheeler (Wulstan House).

The Head of Fourth Forms, Mr Andrew Longley, looks after Years Seven and
Eight (the Lower Fourth and Upper Fourth), along with his Deputy, Mrs Rachel

The Head of Sixth Form is Mrs Sarah Le Marchand. She leads Sixth Form
assemblies and is in charge of the UCAS process of applying to Universities.

The Lower Remove Coordinator is Mr Tom Sharp. He leads Lower Remove
assemblies and helps organize the forms in the Lower Remove.

The Chaplain, The Reverend Dr Mark Dorsett, conducts regular services in the
Cathedral and is a trained counsellor. You can talk to him in confidence if you
have any problems. Revd Jones (Head of PSHE) is also ordained.

The School Nurses, Mrs Claire Furber (Tuesday to Friday) and Mrs Pam
Jefferson-Loveday (Mondays) work in the Health Centre. You can visit them if
you feel ill. They are both trained nurses and so you can talk to them in
confidence if you have worries or problems.

If you need to speak to a member of the teaching staff, you can wait for him/
her outside the Common Room at break times. Bear in mind that there are staff
notices on a Tuesday, so this is not the best day to see a member of staff. If you
have work or a letter to hand in for a member of staff, you can give it to a
member of the office staff who will deliver it for you.

                      Pupils With Special Responsibilities

The Head of School is the senior pupil who, with the Deputy Heads of School,
leads the team of School Monitors. The monitors, who are appointed by the
Headmaster, help the teaching staff with administrative and disciplinary tasks
around the School. Male monitors have a special tie: a navy background with
thin white stripes and shields. Girls have a brooch with an oval shield and a red
stripe on white.

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The Heads of House, along with the House Prefects, help the House Tutors run
the Houses. Prefects have a special tie: a navy background with shields. Girls
have a navy brooch with two silver stripes.

The School Council meets four to six times a year. It is chaired by the Head of
School. There are two representatives from each House (normally one
representing the Sixth Form and one from the years below) and
representatives from the Fourth Forms. There are three staff representatives:
the Senior Deputy, the Second Deputy and the Bursar. The Food Committee
also meets regularly to discuss the Dining Room provision. It is attended by the
Catering Manager.

                      Schoolwork at King’s: Expectations

When you get to King’s, you will receive your timetable of lessons and your
homework timetable. When you are set work in your lessons, make sure that
you write down your Prep in the Pupil Planner. If you have problems with the
work which you are set, speak to your teacher before the deadline for handing
in work. Preps should last 30-35 minutes for each subject. If you are spending a
lot more time than this, speak to your member of staff. Ideally, you should do
your Prep in a quiet place at home or in the Library. Try not to have music
playing or your phone/ MSN on as these interrupt your work. Use your
homework diary to check for common mistakes.


Extended writing should be completed in blue or black fountain pen/ roller ball,
rather than biro. When you begin a piece of work, write the date in the top,
right-hand corner of the work and underline it once. Write the title in the
centre and underline it once. If you are working on loose sheets of paper, put
your name in the top left hand corner. If you are working in an exercise book,
draw a line under the previous piece of work before you begin the next piece. If
you are producing your work on the computer, put your name in the header
and put the page number in the footer.

Coursework & Exams

When you begin your GCSEs, you may find that you have longer pieces of
Coursework to complete. Stick to the deadlines which you are given- they are
meant to help you plan your work carefully. Talk to your teachers if you are in
danger of missing a deadline. Make sure that the work which you submit is
completely your own.

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You will have internal exams in the Summer term if you are in the Lower or
Upper Remove. The Upper Remove also takes Science GCSE modules in the
Summer term. In the Fifth Form, there are mock exams at the start of the
Spring term.

          Schoolwork at King’s: The Library & the Computer Rooms

You can go to the Library before or after lessons as well as in break and lunch
times. The librarians are Mrs Pauline Baum, Mrs Pauline Wright and Mrs Dani
Broderick and you can ask them for help whenever you need it. The Library
stocks books, videos, DVDs and CDs for you to borrow. There are also
magazines and newspapers on the bottom floor. There is a pupil Library
committee if you want to express an opinion about the Library and there are
events throughout the year.

There are, of course, plenty of computers in the Library for you to use.
Alternatively, you can use the computers in the Computer rooms at
lunchtimes. Mrs Vivian can give you details. When you use a School computer,
make sure that you are familiar with and obey the Acceptable Use Policy for
ICT. This is displayed in the Computer rooms. You are responsible for
everything which happens in your area so make sure that you keep your
password secret and never disclose it to other users. If you have any doubt
that your password may have been seen by someone else, inform a member of
the ICT staff at once. Never log on to the network using anyone else’s
password, even with their permission, unless specifically directed by a member
of staff.

The School uses a commercial Internet Content Filtering Service, which
prevents access to web sites deemed unsuitable. You should not use chat
rooms or MSN in School. You must never install software onto any School

                     Reports and Grades; Praise & Prizes

If you do a particularly good piece of work, you will receive a Blue Paper or
Merit. Your teacher will hand your Merit to your House Tutor, who will
congratulate you on your work and put the Paper in your file or give it to you to
take home.

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Your parents will receive a copy of your Grades at the end of the first half term
from all your teachers. These will tell you how hard the teachers think that you
are working and will indicate how well you are achieving in relation to your
potential. You will probably record these in a booklet in your House. At the end
of the first term, your parents will be given a School report. In the second term,
there is a Parents’ Evening plus a further set of Grades. In the final term, you
will receive a report in the Remove years.

If you excel in a sport or other activity, you may be awarded Colours. There is a
special tie for those awarded Colours: navy and silver equal stripes. You might
also be awarded Half Colours- silver tie with thin navy stripes.

                            The Sixth Form at King’s

The majority of King’s pupils stay on to do AS and A2s in the Sixth Form. In
order to stay on, you will normally need at least five ‘B’ grades and two ‘C’
grades at GCSE, including Maths and English. If your teachers think that you are
unlikely to gain these grades, they will warn you and your parents so that you
can think about other options.

                                Games Options

You will have a Games lesson one afternoon a week, when you will probably
need to walk to the fields across the river. You will register at school and then
walk to the fields with the other pupils. For your own safety, make sure that
you keep up with the group and hide any valuables- don’t use your phone en
route, for example, except in an emergency.

Lower Remove Games is on a Monday, Upper Remove on Thursday and Fifth
Form (along with the Sixth Form) on a Wednesday.

Girls play hockey in the Autumn and netball in the Spring term and do tennis,
athletics or rounders in the Summer. Boys play rugby in the Autumn, football in
the Spring and do cricket or athletics in the Summer. From the Lower Remove,
both boys and girls may opt for rowing as their major sport. Girls have the
choice from the Autumn term onwards and boys may choose rowing from the
Spring term onwards. Many other sports, including basketball, gymnastics and
swimming, occur during PE lessons and outside lesssons. You can find a list of
the kit which you will need in the Uniform Booklet.

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Normally, if you are well enough to be in School, you are well enough to do
Games. If you are not well enough to attend Games, you must have a note
from a parent or guardian, which you will need to get signed by a member of
the Games staff. If you are not able to walk, you must go to roll call at 2.25pm
(unless you are in the Health Centre) and then on to the Library, where you will
be in supervised study. If you are able to walk to the fields, you will be
expected to attend and watch the others. In this case, you should report to the
member of staff in charge of your activity once you get to the Fields.

If you are picked for a team, you will find details of matches and practices on
the notice boards. Fixtures are also listed in the School Calendar for the
information of pupils and parents; calendars are issued termly for you to take
home. If your match is cancelled because of bad weather on the morning of a
Saturday fixture, your captain will let the team know. Please note that, if you
are picked for a school team, you are expected to play. If you have difficulty in
attending a match, it is your responsibility to inform the team’s coach as well in
advance as possible.

                              Rules and Sanctions

A complete set of rules can be found outside the Senior Deputy’s office, in
House rooms and in the Pupil Planner. They apply on the way to and from
School and in School. All the rules are based on the following expectations:
    That you will have pride in your membership of the School community.
    That you will respect the rights and needs of others.
    That you will use your common sense and think before acting.
Among the rules, it is stated that gambling, cigarettes, tobacco, drugs and
alcohol are forbidden. You must attend every School period. If you are ill, you
must go to the Health Centre. You must not eat or drink by College Green. You
must not eat chewing gum in School. You must not ride a bike without a
helmet. You may not ride in the School grounds. You must report breakages to
a member of staff. You must switch off your mobile phone in lessons. You may
not distribute magazines or pamphlets without permission. You may not collect
money in School without permission. If you commit grave or repeated offences,
or are disobedient, you are liable to suspension or exclusion by the

If you have any pastoral issues during a lesson, are late with a Prep or if your
behaviour disrupts others’ learning, your teacher may well send a Red Paper to
your House staff. This is to alert them to the fact that you are not thriving as

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well as you might be. Your Tutor or Assistant Tutor will speak to you about the
Paper and will put it on your file.

You may also be given a Departmental Detention, for example if you are
regularly late for a lesson or if you have produced poor work. The member of
staff will tell you when to report to him/ her, normally during a lunchtime.
There are also hour-long Tuesday and Thursday Detentions, after School on
the appropriate day. If you are given an after-school Detention, your parents
will receive notification of the details at least twenty four hours beforehand.
You should go to F1 in plenty of time. Finally, Saturday Detentions may be
given by your House Tutor, a Head of Department or by one of the Deputies.
These take place from 9.30am to 11.30am on a Saturday morning in Miss
Hincks’s office or in F1. They are the most severe punishment which you can
get at King’s, barring suspension or permanent exclusion. You will receive
advance warning if you are required to attend a Saturday morning Detention.

If poor behaviour or poor work persists, you may be given a Report Book. At
the start of each lesson, you must give this book to the member of staff for him
or her to make a comment about your work in class. Your House Tutor or
Assistant Tutor will check this book regularly.

                           Communication at King’s

Items of daily interest are posted on the ‘pink sheet’ which is sent to every
House each morning. There are Senior School notice boards on the outside
walls of the Biology block and Headmaster’s house. Make sure that you keep
up to date with what is posted. Other items are featured on the plasma screen
in the Long Gallery.

                        The Different Houses at King’s

When you join King’s, you are put into one of eight Houses. Each House has its
own House room and is led by a House Tutor and the Assistant Tutors. You can
see which House somebody is in from the House tie.

House                     House Tutor                 House Tie
Bright                    Dr Poole                    Orange stripe
Chappel                   Mrs Stone                   Yellow stripe
Choir                     Mrs Longley                 Two white thin stripes
Creighton                 Mrs Guy                     Pink stripe
Kittermaster              Mr Davis                    Thin blue & yellow stripes

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Oswald                    Mrs Battrum                  Thin red & white stripes
School                    Mr Bain                      Sky blue stripe
Wulstan                   Mr Wheeler                   Purple stripe

You will go to your House room twice a day and it is a good idea to get to know
the others in your House group as quickly as possible as you are going to spend
a lot of time with them! At the start of the Lower Remove, there will be a
House bonding session out of school. At the end of the Lower Remove, you all
go on Lower Remove camp together. In both the Lower and Upper Removes,
you have PSHE days with the other members of your House- this is when you
spend a day looking at ‘Study Skills’, ‘First Aid’, ‘Sex Education’ and other
important issues which don’t always fit into the normal curriculum.

                      The Different Year Groups at King’s

National Curriculum Years     How The Year Is Known At King’s
Years 7 & 8                   The Lower and Upper Fourth (The Fourth Forms)
Year 9                        The Lower Remove
Year 10                       The Upper Remove
Year 11                       The Fifth Form
Years 12 & 13                 The Lower and Upper Sixth (The Sixth Form)

                              Christianity at King’s

The King's School is a Church of England Foundation and the policy both for
collective worship and religious education is within the principles of the Church
of England but also shows sympathy to those of other faiths or none. You are
welcome to talk to the School Chaplain if you have issues of concern. The
Chaplaincy Centre, in Number 12, is a place where you can go if you wish to be
quiet and get away from it all.

There is a voluntary Communion Service in the Cathedral Crypt on Wednesdays
at 8.30 am. There are also Cathedral Services for the whole School at the
beginning and end of every term and on major Church festival days. Seating
arrangements are posted on House noticeboards.

                  ‘Extra’ Days When You Must Attend School

Open Mornings for the Senior School are held on Saturdays at 10.00am; there
are two Open Mornings in the Autumn term, the second for potential Sixth
form entrants (including our own Fifth form) and one at the start of the Spring

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term. You will be expected to be available, in case you are needed to help out
at these events. The dates for 2010/11 are: 9th October, 13th November (16+)
and 22nd January.

The School is anxious to help charitable organisations whenever possible. Every
year, there is either a sponsored walk or a School Fete on the first Bank Holiday
in May, when we try to raise as much money as possible. These are compulsory
events for all pupils.

                      What To Do If You Have Problems

If you feel ill before School, your parents should ring the Absence line (01905
721704) or email the School ( before 9am so that your House
Tutor knows where you are. If you feel ill during the School day, you should go
to the Health Centre, from where the duty nurse will be able to telephone your
parents- you must never sign out of School without reporting first to the Health
Centre. When you return to School, you must bring your Tutor an Absence
Note or your parents must email your Tutor giving the dates of, and reason for,
your absence.

If you have a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment, which you are unable to
attend outside School hours, you should give your House staff and teachers
advance warning in a letter/ email from your parents. If you leave School in the
course of the day to attend an appointment, you will need to sign out in the
School Office. Don’t forget to sign back in again on your return!

Prior permission for absence from School must be requested from the
Headmaster or the Senior Deputy unless it is (for instance) for a doctor's or
dentist's appointment, in which case your pastoral staff may use their
discretion. It is expected that your family holidays will not be arranged during
term time. If your parents wish to take you out of school for this reason, they
must write directly to the Headmaster. He will usually advise strongly against
such absences on academic grounds. When he grants permission, it will always
be on the understanding that any work missed should be caught up, and that
you should take some work with you if the absence is to be for more than a few

If you want to talk about problems which you or someone you know might be
having, you are welcome to speak to your House Tutor, Assistant Tutor or any
other teacher. You may well have a close friend or an older pupil, such as a
Monitor or House Prefect, with whom you can talk. If you need someone with
whom you can speak in confidence, you can go to the Chaplain (telephone

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01905 25837) or one of the nurses (telephone 01905 721711). Alternatively,
the School can help you to make an appointment with ‘Relate’ or another
organisation which supports young people. You can also ask to ‘phone
‘Childline’ on a School ‘phone. The Childline telephone number is 0800 1111,
and their address Freepost 1111, London N1 0BR.

If someone is behaving towards you in a way that is upsetting you, do please
tell someone. You should expect to feel safe from physical and emotional
upsets at School. If that is not the case, please tell someone that you trust as
soon as possible. We will always try to help you.

If you lose something, check to make sure that you have not left it at the
Games fields, in the Locker area or the House room. All personal property lost
around the School is taken to 6 Castle Place, unless it is a small, valuable item
such as a mobile ‘phone- in which case, check with the School Office. To gain
access to the Lost Property Office, report to Ms Tracey Hundley next door. If
you lose something valuable, particularly if you are worried that it has been
stolen, please report your loss to Mrs Mead.

If you want to make a complaint about something, for example about the way
you are being treated, the first thing you should do is speak to any member of
staff you trust (e.g. your House Tutor). You can take a friend with you if you
wish - another pupil, an older pupil or another member of staff. It is particularly
important for you to realise that if you are in trouble over something you can
have a member of staff or a friend with you when you are talking with your
House Tutor, the Second Deputy or Senior Deputy, or the Headmaster.

                             Contacting The School

The School Office is in Hostel House, 5 College Green, and is open from 8.00am
to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday. The telephone number is 01905 721700. The
email addresses are or The number of
the fax machine is 01905 721710.

The Bursary is upstairs in Hostel House and is the financial administrative
centre of the School. The Bursar’s Secretary, Mrs Caroline Neil can be
contacted on 01905 721720.

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                               Keeping In Touch

Every half term, your parents will receive the ‘Bulletin’ and, at the end of each
term, the Headmaster’s letter. Once a year, you will receive the School
magazine, ‘The Vigornian.’ You can find out more about the School on the

                         Useful Telephone Numbers
      Absence Line: 01905 721704          Health Centre: 01905 721711
         Bursary: 01905 721721         School Office: 01905 721700


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