The School & Boarding
The Choristers are all educated here at King’s College School, located across the river and just a few minutes’ walk from King’s College.
We are a leading independent co-educational prep school with 400 boys and girls aged 4 – 13. Receiving excellent reports in recent inspections, most recently November 2014, we have a wide range of modern facilities which provide for an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities, from sport to theatre to music. Despite these excellent resources, King’s College School retains the intimate 'family feel' of a small school where teachers are able to get to know each child individually.
The Choristers undertake a rigorous but rewarding course of study and activities. Many go on to win music awards to leading secondary schools at the end of their time here.
The school fees for Choristers are supported in large part by King’s College: the current Chorister fees stand at £2,580 per term, for the year 2017 - 2018, this is roughly one-third of the full boarding fee. However, King’s makes every effort to ensure that choristerships are open to any boy of the right musical ability regardless of financial circumstances.
All of the Choristers are full-boarders in term-time, living in the boarding house here alongside a few non-chorister weekly-boarders.
During a boy’s first two years in the Choir, he is called a Probationer and receives training to become a full Chorister. He is eased gently into full-boarding: first year Probationers can go home every weekend, while second years gradually remain at School for longer periods of time.
Boys come from across the country, and even from across the world, to become Choristers at Kings; boarding very soon helps to create a strong group identity as boys grow up and work together in a warm, supportive environment.
Although the Choristers have to combine their busy Choir schedule with school work, the boarding house staff ensure that they have plenty of down-time. At the end of each day, activities are available to allow the boys to let off some steam if they want to, or they can relax in one of the well-equipped, comfortable common rooms. At all times, but in particular at the weekends, the Choristers have full use of the excellent facilities here.
In the School's most recent full inspection (November 2014), the report described the quality of boarding as "excellent":
The excellent outcomes achieved for boarders are strengthened by the sensitive but practical approach adopted by the boarding staff team, which has a positive impact on the development of the boarders' integrity and independence.
Academia, extra-curricular and sports
The Choristers take part fully in the curriculum, rated by our most recent inspection as 'outstanding'. The Choristers also make full use of all the extra-curricular and sports facilities. Find out more in the Academic, Extra-curricular Activities and School Life sections.