What are the school hours?
The daily timetable for King’s College, Murcia is from 9:15 am to 4:30 pm.
What do the fees include?
Our school fees include the cost of all academic tuition, stationery, school dinners, textbooks and educational visits. There is an additional cost for transport.
How many pupils are there at King’s College, Murcia?
Eventually there will be 750 pupils at the school, but currently classes run from Pre-Nursery up to Year 13. The current pupil roll is 530.
How many pupils are there in each class?
Eventually there will be two classes per year group, with around 25 per class.
How do I stay in touch with the school?
All parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s form tutor regularly, if they have any queries. E-mail addresses of all teachers are provided for parents to contact them directly. Also, all children from Year 1 upwards are given a Contact book (or Homework Diary for later years) within which the teacher may make comments and/or parents can make comments also. Of course, ‘our doors are always open’ and should you wish to see your child’s teacher, you may make an appointment on any day after school. Senior managers are also available by appointment through reception, although we would always recommend the class tutor as the first point of contact.
What is the ratio of international students at the school?
The current intake of pupils is approximately as follows: British 20%, Spanish 70%, Others 10% (up to 17 different nationalities).
Which curriculum does the school follow?
The National Curriculum for England and Wales. Please refer to the Curriculum section.
How often will I get a school report?
Full reports are sent out to parents twice a year, one at the end of the Autumn term, the other at the end of the Spring term. There are also, shorter interim reports, that are released halfway through the Autumn term and at the end of the Winter term.
What language do the children speak in the playground?
This will probably depend on the ratio of Spanish pupils to other nationalities at the school. Pupils use English in class and are encouraged to speak English at all other times, but this is not a hard and fast rule.
Will my child learn Spanish at King’s College?
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 from Reception upwards.
What other languages are available?
From Year 7 pupils will learn French and can take their studies up to (I)GCSE or as far as GCE A Level. German and Mandarin (Chinese) are also available.
Is religion part of the curriculum?
As a multicultural school we introduce our students to different religions and cultures and teach them moral values based on Western Christian tradition, but which tend to be common to all religions. Religious Education (RE) is taught in Primary and Secondary and has become a GCSE option.
What sports are available?
We offer a wide range of sports, including tennis, football, cricket, basket-ball, rock-climbing and many more. A full list of extracurricular activities will be published each term.
How much homework is set?
This depends on the age of the pupil.
As a general rule, in the Infant Department little or no homework will be 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. They are expected to carry out about 1 – 1½ hours of homework per week.
By Year 6 pupils will have around half an hour of homework per day plus written work at the weekends. 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 to 9, the time allocated varies from one hour to 1 and a half hours of homework per night, with four homework assignments at the weekend. In Years 10 onwards, pupils are given approximately 2 hours homework per night with assignments at the weekend.
What examinations do students take at the school?
(I) GCSE (Edexcel) and GCE A Level. Other external examinations include ABRSM, London College of Music and Cambridge exams, among others.
Can my child attend Spanish universities with IGCSE and A-level qualifications?Yes. The Selectividad is not required for students who have done A-Levels. The first compulsory phase of this, ‘The General Phase’, is not necessary for students studying A-levels, as the UCAS points gained for A-levels are translated into scores out of ten, to be used as their points score for entry into Spanish Universities.
Do you help students with their university applications?
Yes. There is a dedicated Head of Sixth Form, who will advise all university applicants about the process. They will also organise trips and other events regarding this issue.
Where do students go after finishing their studies at King’s College?
Typically, in the past, the majority of ex-pupils 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 entered include Durham, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, York and numerous colleges belonging to the University of London.
Some pupils have preferred 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), Canada (McGill, Dalhousie, University of Toronto), Japan (Aoyama, ICU, Keio, Tokyo), 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 pupils is for one whole academic year. Note also however that the (I) GCSE courses in Years 10 & 11 and the A Level (As 6 A2) in Years 12 & 13 are integral 2 year programmes. However, exceptions may be made to this.
How well do new international students adapt to the school?
Pupils at King’s Colllege are used to welcoming newcomers and on the whole are very friendly and helpful. The Heads of the different departments and form tutors make sure that “buddies” are always on hand to show newcomers the ‘ropes’ at first. However, much depends in the attitude of the new student and how willing s/he 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 (see Admissions).
Does King’s College accept students with little or no English?
We accept children with no English between the ages of 18 months and 4 years, as well as a number of children aged 5 or 6 during the initial years of the school’s opening. 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 otherwise not be possible. These pupils receive intensive English classes in very small groups and individual support is provided in mainstream lessons.
From age 10 onwards new pupils should have a very high level of English to enter the school.
Is school transport provided?
At an additional cost, transport will be arranged along routes that include the main towns in the area. A full and comprehensive list of routes and collection points is shown under the transport heading.
Are school meals provided?
All children eat lunch at school. In fact, as part of the King’s College philosophy of encouraging good manners and acquiring social skills, it is required that the pupils should eat together. For this reason, and for the sake of equality, the children do not bring in their own lunches. Healthy, nutritional school meals are provided, based on an international menu.
When can I visit?
Please feel free to contact Carlos Campos, our Head of Admissions, on 968032500 to arrange an appointment.