What are the hours of the school day?
9.25 am to 4.30 pm
How many pupils are there at King’s College?
1350 of over 45 nationalities.
How many pupils are there in each class?
On average there are 25 pupils per class and four classes per year group. Setting (across five sets) is used in some subjects to allow for more personalised learning and smaller groups.
What is the ratio of international students at the school?
80% of our students are Spanish and 20% international, of whom approximately half are British and the rest are from all over the world. There are currently 48 nationalities in the school.
Which curriculum does the school follow?
The English National Curriculum.
Are the teachers British?
All academic staff teaching the English National Curriculum are qualified British teachers, with the exception of some of the language teachers, who are native speakers. Those teaching Spanish language, Spanish validation and Bachillerato are qualified native Spanish teachers.
What language do the children speak in the playground?
On the whole most of our students speak Spanish in the playground, and so new children joining the school with little or no knowledge of the language generally pick it up very quickly. English is the language of the classroom.
Will my child learn Spanish at King’s College?
All students at King’s College study Spanish. Spanish pupils are required to take a minimum number of Spanish classes per week, the frequency and number depending on their age. Non-Spanish speakers are taught Spanish as a foreign language at all ages.
What other languages are available?
French to GCSE and GCE A Level. Chinese is available as an optional class.
Is religion part of the curriculum?
Our Religious Studies programme is based on Christianity and the Christian heritage. The Secondary curriculum is in line with the Religious curriculum in England.
What sports are available?
Located as it is in the countryside outside Madrid, the main school offers a wide range of sporting activities including; swimming (25metre indoor heated swimming pool),football (11 and 5-a-side pitches), basketball, volleyball, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, athletics.
There are also optional classes which take place during the school day, (usually at lunch time) and include amongst others horse-riding, ballet and judo.
How much homework is set ?
This depends on the age of the pupil.
As a general rule, in the Infant Department no homework is set but pupils are expected to take reading books home to share with their parents.
In the Junior Department, from Year 3 onwards pupils use a homework diary to note down any homework tasks they need to remember. Depending on their age they are expected to carry out between 1.5 hours of homework per week in Year 3, to half an hour per day plus written work at the weekends in Year 6. In addition to this they are encouraged to read in both English and Spanish.
In the Secondary Department pupils are set purposeful, relevant homework tasks on a regular basis.
In Years 7, 8 & 9 the time allocated varies from one hour per night to one and a half hours, with four homework assignments at the weekend.
In Years 10 and 11 students receive approximately 2 hours homework per night with assignments at the weekend.
What examinations do students take at the school?
I)GCSE (Cambridge), GCE A Level (Edexcel). Spanish university entrance examinations.
Where do students go after finishing their studies at King’s College ?
Students who finish their education at King’s College enter universities all over the world. In the past, the majority of ex-students have entered British universities and a considerable number have been admitted to top institutions such as, Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and LSE, amongst others. Other prestigious universities our students have entered include Durham, St. Andrew’s, Edinburgh, York and numerous colleges belonging to the University of London.
Some students have prefered to attend Spanish universities (UAM, Complutense, ICADE-ICAI, etc.) and many others have decided to continue their higher education in other parts of the world and have gained entry to universities in the USA (Boston College, Harvard, MIT, New York, Princeton and Rutgers), Canada (McGill, Dalhousie, University of Toronto and Waterloo), France (Sorbonne) and Japan (Aoyama, ICU, Keio, Sofia, Tokio, Tsukubu and Waseda), as well as in Australia, Chile, Korea,Turkey, Venezuela, etc.
Is it possible to study at King’s College for one term only ?
The minimum time we can normally accept students is for one whole academic year.
However, for certain courses the minimum stay is two full academic years. This is true of the(I)GCSE course in Years 10 & 11 and the A Level (AS & A2) courses in Years 12 and 13, which are integral 2 years programmes.
How well do new international students adapt to the school?
Students at King’s College are used to welcoming newcomers and on the whole are very friendly and helpful. The Heads of the different departments make sure that “buddies” are always on hand to show newcomers the ropes at first.
However, much depends on the attitude of the new student and how willing he/she is to make new friends and join in with the rest.
How do I go about applying for a place for my child?
The first step in the admissions process is to send in an application form which may be obtained from our web page or by contacting the Admissions Department directly.
The procedures for admission vary slightly according to the age of the candidate (please see Admissions).
Infants are required to provide reports from the school of origen whilst Juniors and Seniors must take entrance examinations in Mathematics and English. School reports for the two years prior to entry are also taken into consideration.
Does King’s College accept students with little or no English?
We take children with no English between the ages of 2 and 4.
For a limited number of Primary pupils between the ages of 7 and 9, we offer an “Induction English” programme. This is a special course for non-English speaking newcomers of proven academic ability, whose entry to King’s College would not otherwise be possible.
They receive intensive English classes in very small groups and individual support is provided in mainstream lessons.
From the age of 10 onwards new pupils must have a high level of English to enter the school.
How many students choose to follow the Spanish system at the age of 16?
This varies greatly from year to year depending on where they intend to study after leaving King’s College (i.e. in Spain or abroad). The split is usually 50% GCE A Levels and 50% Spanish system.
However, the advantage our students have is that, whether they choose the British or Spanish system for their final two years at King’s College, because they have studied in the British system up to the age of 16, they are well prepared to study at universities abroad. Every year students from the Spanish system are accepted at British universities and likewise students who have completed their GCE A Levels enter Spanish universities.
What is the difference between the schools in Chamartín and Soto de Viñuelas?
The new school in Chamartín is a second, purpose-built Infant School for 200 pupils between the ages of 2 and 6 years, which follows exactly the same curriculum as the main school in Soto de Viñuelas (2 to 18 years).
At the age of 7 (Year 3), children automatically transfer to the amin school in Soto de Viñuelas or to King’s College School in La Moraleja.
Which Exam Boards do pupils follow at each level?
King’s College I/GCSE Exam Boards and Course Numbers:
English Literature – CIE 0486
English 1st Language – CIE 0500
English 2nd Language – CIE 0510
Art – CIE 0400
Mathematics – CIE 0580
Coordinated Science – CIE 0654
History – CIE 0470
French – CIE 0520
Spanish Literature – CIE 0488
Business Studies – CIE 0450
ICT – CIE 0418
Geography – AQA 3031
Media Studies – AQA 3571
King’s College AS Exam Boards and Course Numbers:
English Literature & Language – Edexcel 8179
Mathematics – Edexcel 8371
Economics & Business Studies – Edexcel 8128
Chemistry – Edexcel 8080
Physics – Edexcel 8540
Biology – Edexcel 8040
History – Edexcel 8264
Geography – Edexcel 8214
French – Edexcel 8190
Spanish – Edexcel 8590
Art – CIE 9704
ICT – AQA
Media Studies – WJEC