Year 7 and 8 at King’s House
Many of our pupils choose to stay on until 13+ for Years 7 and 8, before going on to Senior School. The last two years provide the opportunity for pupils to develop confidence in small class sizes taught by subject specialists, taking on roles of responsibility such as House Captain.
Pupils remain in 3 forms, with between 10 and 15 pupils in each; small class sizes allow staff to really know each child. The Heads of Year 7 and 8 work alongside form teachers to support pupils, supported by the Head of Pastoral Care and wider staff team.
All of Year 8 are buddies to Year 4, meeting regularly over the year and ensuring the younger pupils have a familiar face in the Senior Department. Year 8 pupils also have a responsibility role, such as Head Boy, Football Captain, or Young Enterprise Leader. They lead the School Council, ensuring the pupil voice is well represented to staff. The whole year tour parents around the school on Visitor’s Morning, and the Head Boy team work closely with Senior Management to assist at events throughout the year.
Workshops run by guest speakers are held throughout the year on various topics including gender equality, race, inclusion, and mental health & vulnerabilities.
Before and after school clubs are led by a combination of internal and external providers, whilst break and lunchtime clubs are led by students’ interests. Year 7 and 8 often choose to lead lunchtime clubs for younger pupils, and this year this includes a STEM Club for Year 4. Year 8 pupils have the chance to mentor the Year 7 Young Enterprise team, assisting with the organisation of fundraising events throughout the year.
Each year group from Year 3 upwards enjoys a residential trip in the Summer Term, and there are often additional subject-led residentials. Year 7 visit Belgium and Year 8 France during their residential trips. In October 2023 the PE Department led a football tour to Barcelona for Year 7 and 8, and previous trips have included an English & Drama visit to New York. Year 7 visit Rocks Lane in Barnes for a survival day, developing their team building skills.
Common Entrance & the Curriculum
Years 7 and 8 following the ISEB Common Entrance, with a small group of pupils taking scholarship exams. The curriculum is wide ranging, and all subjects continue to be timetabled each week:
- French, Geography, Music, Art, Design Technology, Latin, RS, PSHE, Computing, Drama, PE, Games, History, English, Maths and Science
In Years 7 and 8 pupils are streamed into three forms for most subjects, with two mixed ability parallel sets and a higher group. Within the parallel classes, pupils are usually in sets for Latin and Maths.
Following the Common Entrance exams, all of Year 8 take part in the ‘ACE’ programme – ‘After Common Entrance’. To celebrate the end of their time at King’s House, pupils enjoy a wide range of trips, guest speakers, and activities. In the past this has included:
- Residential trip to France
- Thorpe Park trip
- ACE Fair – organised by Year 8 pupils, fundraising for a local charity
- Design Technology sustainability project with Reception
- Workshops led by external speakers on a wide range of topics in preparation for senior school
- Talks from King’s House alumni
- Writing and producing their own Year 8 Cabaret Show
The ACE programme is a wonderful end to pupils’ time at King’s House, providing many memories that last a lifetime.
A team of form teachers is supported by key staff, including:
Ms Bella Kirk
Head of Year 7 / Head of History
BA MA PGCE QTS
Mr Andy Austin
Head of Year 8 / PE & Games Teacher
BSc GTP QTS
Mr Alex Churcher
Head of Pastoral Care
BSc PGCE QTS
Mrs Rebecca Lane
Head of Learning Development
BSc PGCE QTS NASENCO
Mr Martin Shore
Mr Mark Turner
BA PGCE NPQH
Staff work with families to find the right senior school for each child, and we are proud of the wide range of day, boarding, single-sex and co-ed schools our pupils go on to. Pupils have also received scholarships in a wide range of subjects, including academics, sport, music, and arts.
We are really excited to be welcoming girls into the school for the first time in September 2024, starting with Reception and Year 1. Over time, we hope to also provide a 13+ option for girls in the local area, including those who may be considering 13+ boarding. Our preparations for girls to join KHS including developing relationships with girls’ senior schools, finalising plans for sport, and ensuring changes to buildings and facilities are made. If you’d like to find out more, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.