Welcome to King's School
King’s is an ecumenical Christian school, which actively encourages an understanding of Anglican and other mainstream Christian traditions.
Our four core Christian values are
King’s School is committed to high academic standards. Every student at King’s is taught and supported so that they make excellent academic progress from day one.
Broad and balanced
We offer an expertly-delivered, high quality ‘traditional but current’ curriculum, drawing on best practice from independent and state schools nationally. We support all students to achieve their greatest potential both academically and as creative, caring and responsible future adults. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, meeting the needs of the full range of our students; developing them intellectually, socially, culturally, spiritually and morally.
We have a common core curriculum, differentiated curriculum pathways, and cross-curricular ICT. All paths will develop our students’ critical thinking skills and empower them as citizens, employees and individuals.
The vast majority of students who are able to achieve the English Baccalaureate will follow a pathway that enables them to achieve this but there will always be flexibility to adapt this for individuals with particular talents, gifts or progression routes.
For the minority of students where an English Baccalaureate or equivalent pathway is an unrealistic aspiration we will provide an alternative range of courses and options, enabling every student to gain a sense of self-worth and achievement.
Skills for life
Our teachers are trained to make the most of every possible opportunity to develop students’ literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills to support them in their studies and prepare them for the world of work. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development are embedded throughout the curriculum.
Our wide curriculum of enrichment and extra-curricular activities will broaden further as the school grows and local partnerships are developed.
When we first proposed the school, our preferred site was the King Alfred’s leisure centre in central south Hove, which is the least served area in the city in terms of secondary schools. Hove is also one of the areas which will face a shortage of school places in the near future.
It became apparent, however, that this site would not become available in the time frame needed for the school’s opening. The path to securing the site would also be difficult. We therefore began looking at other sites for King’s.
Temporary site, 2013 - 2016:
The council offered us the Sixth Form Centre in Portslade Old Village, and that is where our school opened in September 2013. The school will be based on this site for the first three years of its life.
It is a beautiful site with an impressive sea view to the south and St Nicolas’ church to the east. It has its own playing fields and is served by regular buses (1, 1A, 2 and 2A). The bus takes around 10-15 minutes from a central New Church Road location.
Our current address is: High Street, Portslade, BN41 2PG.
The Education Funding Agency are working in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council to search for a permanent site for the school in the BN3 postcode. We will update our website when we have more details on the searches.
Tutors play a central role in the academic success of every student, through their daily contact with their tutor group and the cycle of personal target setting and review sessions. The school's pastoral system is tightly linked to the academic monitoring systems; providing a robust and reliable approach to the individual tracking of students' achievements during their time at the school.
The school's tutorial programme enables students to develop study skills, social responsibility and an awareness of their place in the community, both within school and beyond. Students participate in all areas of school life, from leading briefings and assemblies, to running the School Council.
Being a new school provides students with an opportunity not afforded to those in established institutions. This means that the students help us shape the school from its physical environment to the extra-curricular programme. Student feedback is a formal part of teachers' lesson planning, and reviews of the quality of our teaching and learning directly involve the voices of the students.
It is the ambition of the school to secure outstanding attendance, not only during our formal curriculum but also in our wide range of after school and out-of-hours activities.
All students are encouraged to participate in a programme of enrichment and extra-curricular activities.
Promoting healthy eating is a priority for us both in the curriculum and in the food we provide.
More able pupils
are those whose academic performance is significantly above age expectations in two core subjects.Gifted pupils
are those who demonstrate significant attainment in a specific subject or prodigious performance in the arts/sports.Talented pupils
are those who demonstrate exceptional performance in one or more of the following although a pupil may be considered to have all three.
- the arts or design (grade 4 or higher in one or more musical instruments, recognised excellence, published or public performance in art, literature or drama)
- sports (local, regional, county or national representation)
- a high level skill in a particular field outside the curriculum.
We recognise that our More Able, Gifted and Talented students (MAGT) need access to broad, balanced and challenging curriculum opportunities to enable them to reach their true potential. With this in mind, we aim to develop the curriculum for them. We will achieve this by offering activities that extend and enrich their learning and promote high attainment and good progress.
Where appropriate, students will move through their learning at a faster rate than their peers. Particularly able students may be able to take mathematics, further mathematics and three sciences before Year 11. Students will also have the opportunity to study specialist subjects such as electronics and control technology.
Students on the MAGT register, alongside other higher attaining students, will be supported to reach their full potential through high-calibre, differentiated tasks and activities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact King's School directly.