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King's Scholars

The King's Scholars Scheme works with  under-represented year 7-9 pupils and their parents in Lambeth Southwark and Westminster, aiming to send these pupils to highly selective universities. 


Who are we working with?

Founded in July 2015, the King’s Scholars Scheme works with year 7-9 pupils from 13 local schools in Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster. Around 300 pupils are selected in each year, all of whom are above expected standard in reading, maths and spag and are either pupil premium or live in an Acorn 4/5 postcode. 

What does the scheme involve?

The programme aims to encourage pupils from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply to, and succeed at, top universities. Accordingly, much of the scheme is focused on raising the attainment of these pupils, providing information, guidance, and reassurance on how to progress to higher education, and engaging parents in pupils’ education.

More precisely, the programme is split into three years. Year 7 provides an introduction to university.  A Campus Activity day is followed by a 6 week course of in-school study skills sessions, delivered by King’s students. The year then concludes with our King’s Scholars Family Day, which welcomes King’s Scholars and their families to our Strand Campus for a day of pupil subject workshops and parental training sessions.

Year 8 offers pupils the opportunity to explore and enjoy a vast array of subjects. Through our Design a University day in October, the Subject Love Letter competition in January, our Spring Up 3 day subject exploration school in May, followed by the completion of an Independent Learning Project, King’s Scholars have the chance to immerse themselves in new, exciting and engaging university subjects. Simultaneously, they are equipped with our recently developed ‘King’s Scholar’ skills, a set of metacognitive skills which are proven to raise attainment.

Once this subject exploration is complete, Year 9 offers careers and qualification guidance, alongside sessions that will prepare pupils for GCSEs. 


Launched in conjunction with the King's Scholars Scheme in 2017 is a new online educational resource, Gameplan. 

Gameplan.ac.uk is a free games-based website that allows 10-14 year olds and their parents to explore university. Using games, videos and animations, the site offers pupils interactive advice and guidance on how to access top universities. Designed to be used either in short sessions as a stand-alone site, or in a more structured lesson based format with accompanying lesson plans, the site can be accessed both at home and at school. Parents too are be provided with a wide range of information, expert advice and crucial hints and tips, enabling them to effectively support their child.

For more information and to explore the site, vist gameplan.ac.uk. 


For more information on the King's Scholars Scheme contact joseph.collin@kcl.ac.uk


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