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New structure at King’s
May 21, 2019
The junior school has, for many years, taught boys aged 7 to 13. These boys would then join the senior school at 13. Today’s decision means that boys in the junior school will, from 2021, move across to the senior school at the start of year 7, not at the start of year 9 as has historically been the case. The new structure is one shared by almost all day schools in the UK.
King’s already has a lower school that takes an entry of about 60 boys from local primary and prep schools at the age of eleven, and these will be joined, from September 2021, by their peers from the junior school, creating an expanded lower school of about 280 boys aged eleven to thirteen in years 7 and 8. King’s will continue to accept about thirty boys every year from prep schools at the age of 13, so the 13+ entry remains a key feature of the school’s admissions.
Head master, Andrew Halls, said: “I think we have one of the very best junior schools I have ever seen. Teaching is bright, imaginative and compassionate. The same is true for the teaching of boys in our parallel lower school. Now is the time to bring the two cohorts together.”
Duel Day Dinner 2019
March 21, 2019
Members of the Old King’s Club met at the King Harald V room at the Naval and Military (In & Out) Club to commemorate the anniversary of the duel fought in March 1829 between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea. SEE FACEBOOK
King’s Crowned League Champions
February 22, 2019
Having re-established their place back in London 2SW at the culmination of the 2013-14 season King’s have enjoyed a solid four seasons back at Level 7 finishing 5th, 6th, 8th most recently 4th.
Whilst the side finished last season impressively with 21pts from 25, this campaign has been better again as the team started well and has gone from strength to strength recording a series a victories, each one with a four try bonus point. This culminated in win number seventeen last weekend over Farnham and with a maximum 85pts achieved it meant that King’s were confirmed as league champions and were promoted to London 1 South. This achievement was made all the more special by virtue of being the first side in the English rugby pyramid to achieve this double honour and having done it at the very earliest opportunity in mid-February.
Coached by Sam Richards (OK 2005) and captained by Tom Dugarin (OK 2007) with able support from on-field captains Will Slater (OK 2008) and Joe Mason (OK 2009) the success has been built on a core of players whose association with the club goes back many years and several of whom have played together through the Mini, Junior and U21s sections. Allied with some wise heads who have been involved in senior rugby for a number of seasons, the formula has proved to be a winning one.
Level 6 is the highest the club will have competed at and will come with the added mileage associated with travel not just to Surrey and Hampshire but also E & W Sussex, Kent and even Essex. It is a 14 team league so there will also be 4 more fixtures to fit in to the season calendar. Still, all these challenges shall be embraced and hopefully overcome of course.
Before then though there remain five games left to play – Twickenham (A), Old Emanuel (H), Old Reigatian (H), Old Cranleighan (A) & Old Alleynian (H) – and the team will have to maintain the high standards set to this point if the umblemished record is to be maintained!
Regardless of what remains in 2018-19 this has aleady been a season to be proud of, we hope you’ve enjoyed what you have seen and will continue to lend your support in the next couple of months and the years to come.
Old King’s Club vs School
February 5, 2019
On Saturday, 5th of January, three old boys teams, including circa 40 old boys took on the School first, second and third XIs at West Barnes Lane at 11am. This was the first time that the old boys have managed to get three teams together for this fixture and we were very much looking forward to the event!
Kevin Hawney Cup Race
December 8, 2018
On Saturday 8th December, members of the Old King’s Club, the King’s College School staff and the King’s College School pupils gathered for the 11th consecutive Kevin Hawney Cup race on Wimbledon Common.
It was a good mixed turnout and a competitive race. Despite an unfortunate wrong turn on the course, all runners finished and Hector Revill, representing his brother in the 4th form, won the race in a very good time of 15:10 over the 2.7 mile course. He was closely followed by Morgan Rennie in the L5th.
The race was a great opportunity for OKs to catch up and to have a cup of tea afterwards and we look forward to hosting the 12th race next December.
2018 Annual Dinner
November 23, 2018
This year’s Annual Dinner took place at the East India, Devonshire, Sports and Public Schools’ Club. The black tie event, in the presence of KCJS Headmaster – Dr Gerard Silverlock, turned out to be an enjoyable evening. We look forward to 2019’s.