Continue their education at top university

We are dedicated to helping every student maximise their potential.

The strong provision of careers and higher education advice at King’s is firmly based on a combination of technical expertise and pastoral care. Virtually all sixth form pupils at King’s expect to continue their education at university.

It is school policy that all sixth formers should complete the university entrance procedures in the upper sixth, even if a ‘gap’ year is contemplated, unless there are very compelling reasons to the contrary. Information about universities and about particular courses is widely available from the higher education team of advisers, online from the UCAS and university websites, and within individual subject departments. As always, advice on these important decisions will be coordinated by tutors.

In addition to tailored higher education advice, all pupils are invited to make use of extensive careers expertise, such as the careers evening in the summer term of the lower sixth. The school also encourages pupils to undertake good quality work experience.

King’s is very proud of its outstanding record of achieving university success for its pupils in an ever-changing and increasingly competitive environment, and students should be confident of the quality and care of the guidance they will receive.

Pupils typically leave King’s with an examination profile enabling them to attend top universities in the UK or the US, the highest proportion going on to Oxford and Cambridge - over 25% of the upper sixth in each of the last five years. But they also leave King’s with a respect for learning, for the world beyond the school, and for each other. They can look forward to the rest of their lives knowing that they have had extraordinary opportunities to explore and develop their talents at one of the world’s leading schools.

World-class Universities

In the constantly shifting and unpredictable climate of higher education, King’s is rightly proud of its excellent record in guiding its students to successful applications to Oxbridge and leading universities from the Russell Group & the former 1994 group, as well as to top North American universities.

  • In the past six years 300 pupils have won places at Oxford and Cambridge universities
  • Over 50 King’s students has been accepted into prestigious US universities in recent years, including Standford, Harvard, and Princeton
  • Five pupils were offered merit scholarships to North American universities in the 2017-18 college admissions cycle
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World University Rank
Numbers of King’s
Pupils in the Last 6 Years
1 Oxford (UK) 176
2 Cambridge (UK) 124
3 Stanford (USA) 2
6 Harvard (USA) 6
7 Princeton (USA) 3
9 Imperial (UK) 42
10 University of Chicago (USA) 2
12 University of Pennsylvania (USA) 3
14 University College London (UK) 70
16 Columbia (USA) 2

UCAS & Careers Advice

We aim to ensure that careers and higher education advice is tailored for the individual student to help give them the best possible chance of succeeding in their ambitions. Subject specialists provide individual and group advice for university choices so that our pupils receive up-to-date, accurate information.

Support includes an introductory UCAS evening; an Oxbridge applications event; a dedicated four-day UCAS forum in June; and a final interview for all pupils by either the head of careers or another senior member of staff. Pupils are also encouraged to attend the careers evening and to undertake good quality work experience.

Careers advice in the middle school (years 9-11) is primarily delivered with great success through the PSHE programme and a dedicated careers suite in the sixth form centre. All pupils benefit from the Futurewise assessments in years 10 and 11 which suggest career possibilities and pathways including the crucial subject choices to be made for the sixth form. Significant provision is made to ensure that subject choices in the sixth form do not restrict future degree and employment opportunities including a careers fair, a dedicated subject choices evening, and an individual interview for all year 11 pupils.