Senior school curriculum overview

Senior school curriculum overview

Academic achievement is our core activity

King's boys work hard and get good results. A positive work ethic, talented teachers and small classes combine with high expectations from parents and staff to produce success from year to year. We take care to ensure good links with a boy's previous schooling and experience, and we help him set targets and give him support if necessary. All our boys are bright but they have different academic needs: some are gifted mathematicians and go on to distinguish themselves in national competitions; others are talented linguists. Many love science and go on to become doctors or engineers; others love reading and writing, expressing themselves elegantly in poems and essays. Some like the cut and thrust of debate in politics and history, whilst others like to work creatively or collaboratively in art, music and drama.

One of the key aims of scholastic attainment is to customise the School's curriculum to boys' needs and interests. Our aim is to produce well-educated young men. Whilst the curriculum is broad, it also offers the chance to study subjects in depth and the creative subjects have room to breathe. We expect students to work hard, believing a good education is a voyage of discovery to be enjoyed. Our boys are stretched but not stressed. Above all, the relationship between boys and staff is friendly and professional. In combining their academic pursuits with community, cultural and sporting endeavours, our students continue to engage with the world at large. We seek to prepare students to be leaders and strong contributors to society for decades to come.

The King's School transforms boys into men, offering students an all-round education, pastoral care, the opportunity for true self-discovery, awakening their sense of duty and a thirst for excellence in all that they do, especially in the classroom. Our aim is to bring out the best in every boy, enabling him to achieve the highest grades possible and to proceed from Year 12 and the HSC, to the university of his choice. Above all, we create an environment where the boys will dream the dreams that will shape their lives, make lasting friends and leave King's equipped to be citizens of a constantly evolving modern global village, with a strong sense of who they are and what they can contribute. Finally, we want them to have fun doing it, for the happy child is a successful child.

Over the last ten years, we have seen improved results at the HSC, being in the ‘Top 50’ Schools four times - an impressive result for a comprehensive school. The outcome is a splendid set of examination results and admission for nearly all of our students to highly regarded universities. Year 12 students leave with good paper qualifications but they need more than those to equip them for university and beyond: we want them to have a well-developed mind and to be able to think. Effective intelligence is the measure of a good all-round education.