King's school

Admissions to the Kings is by examination held each January. Your child must be over 11 and under 12 years of age on 1st September following the examination, and most children will join in Year 7.  There will sometimes be available places in other year groups throughout the year, please contact the Admissions Manager on 01244 689553 for more information. Senior School assessments consist of :

  • Non-verbal reasoning paper

  • Verbal reasoning paper

  • Mathematics paper

  • English paper

  • Interview with a senior teacher

The standard of questions is based on Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum for England (MathematicsEnglish). There will also be a few questions on the Maths and English papers at a ‘working towards greater depth’ level. Children who have not yet reached ‘working towards’ or ‘working at greater depth’ should not be deterred from entering.

Practice papers available by clicking below.



Paper 1

Maths Paper 2




Exam Text

Queens School

There are three parts to this examination.


Mathematics: A 45 minutes non-calculator paper based on skills from the National Curriculum.

  • the ability to manipulate straightforward arithmetic – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (although not long division) of whole numbers

  • multiplication tables

  • simple negative numbers and the equivalence and calculations of fractions, decimals and percentages

  • understanding of the 24 hour clock, money and simple timetables;

  • simple sequences

  • the metric system, estimation of length, area, and mass (in metric and common imperial units)

  • knowledge of simple plane (2D) and solid (3D) shapes and calculation of perimeters, areas and volumes of simple shapes

  • basic graph work 

  • knowledge of angles at a point, on a straight line and in a triangle.

  • Formal knowledge of algebra is not required although questions may use or require informal use of simple algebra.

  • Please note that marks can be given for working out.

English is a 60 minute paper looking at comprehension and imagination.

  • There will be a short prose extract with questions to test reading.

  • There will be a mixture of short-answer questions and questions which demand a longer response.

  • There will also be an imaginative writing task.

  • A planning sheet will be available for this task, but does not have to be used.


Verbal Reasoning


The Verbal Reasoning paper is 60 minutes long.  It will be preceeded by a 15 minute practice session.

Non-verbal Reasoning

Candidates will sit a nonverbal reasoning paper.  This is designed to test the ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge.