Foundation children are assessed informally, usually when they spend a day at the school prior to joining.
Children from aged 7+ are sometimes required to sit an entrance test, normally in English, Maths and Reasoning, before a place is offered.
Senior school children looking for Scholarships are required to sit an exam which will usually take place in the Spring Term. The test normally comprises Reasoning, English and Maths.
School Fees 2018-19
School Fees 2018 – 2019*
The school fees are available from the Main Office on request. The fee structure is agreed by the Board of Governors and undergoes an Annual Review in consultation with the Parent Board.
Our preferred method of payment is via direct debit. Direct debits can be made annually, termly or monthly and specific payment plans can be agreed with our Admissions team, however all fees must be paid prior to the term to which they apply. Direct debits will be taken at the beginning of the Academic Year or Term, or on monthly prior to the 15th of each month.
School Phase Annually Termly Monthly Payment (over 9 academic months) Foundation/Reception £8,100 £2,700 £900.00 Infant (Years 1 & 2) £8,652 £2,884 £961.33 Junior (Year 3 –6) £9,888 £3,296 £1098.67 Senior (Year 7 –9) £11,587.50 £3,863 £1287.50 Senior (Year 10 – 11) £11,896.50 £3,996 £1321.83 Sixth Form (Year 12 – 13) £12,205.00 £4,068.00 £1356.11
A 3% discount is applied to the above fees if paid annually in advance
- In Foundation the cost of lunch, tea and after school care is included within the fee.
- From Reception upwards, lunches and after school care are charged separately.
The following sibling discounts apply per term:
- 10% discount for the second child
- 25% discount for the third child
- 50% discount for the fourth child
Scholarships, worth up to 20% of fees, are available at 7+, 11+ and 16+. Scholarships at 11+ are based on the school’s scholarship examination which is held in January each year; the 16+ scholarship is awarded on GCSE results and interview.
When your child leaves the school all fees due must be paid in full before departure. You must give one full terms written notice to the Principal otherwise you will be liable to pay for one terms fees.
After School Club
Times strictly from 3.30pm – 6.00pm
Charged at £2.50 per half hour (or part)
Collection past 6pm will incur a penalty charge of £15 per 15 minutes (or part)
Mini Bus Fees
£300.00 per term, per child
Do you take pupils of all ages?
Kings Monkton School is an independent school for pupils aged 3 to 18.
Do you have spaces currently available?
Yes, in some year groups. Please email email@example.com to enquire
What are your class sizes?
We aim to have no more than 18 pupils per class
Is there an entrance exam?
No, we are an inclusive school with no entrance exam.
How much is the school uniform?
Prices for school uniform can be found in our parent handbooks here and is sold online by School Blazer.
If my child has left one school mid-way through the term, how do you manage the transition?
We liaise closely with all previous schools and make sure that all coursework and results are sent to Kings Monkton. We also assess, subject by subject what the pupil’s specific needs are and what topics they may need extra help with. Our staff are always happy to give extra time to pupils who need more input to bring them up to date with the subjects we teach.
Do you cater for children with special educational needs?
Kings Monkton has a dedicated special educational needs coordinator and all staff are highly experienced in teaching young people with a range of needs.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, we offer annual scholarships for pupils entering Year 3; 7; 10 and 12 in the next academic year. An application form can be found here. Scholarship examinations take place in the last Saturday of January.
Is there a minibus service?
Yes, we have several minibus routes which serve a large area of Cardiff and the surrounds. Prices for minibus use are currently £18 per week, payable on invoice. Routes are flexible and may be subject to change to accommodate pupils.
What are the school’s opening hours?
The school opens at 8am and closes at 6pm
When can we visit?
We host several open days throughout the year, but are happy to organise individual visits at a mutually convenient time. We also offer taster days for children to attend before they start full time. If you’d like to arrange a visit please get in touch.
Kings Monkton School is a mainstream school that prides itself on its inclusive nature. We do not have an Admissions Examination as our belief and experience shows us that once children feel safe, secure and happy they will excel in education. However, we are a school with excellent academic success and recognise that we cannot always meet the educational needs of all children.
Admissions are made on an individual basis and at the Principal’s discretion. Criteria used to assess whether a child is admitted to our school includes:
- Whether the school can meet the needs of that individual pupil.
- The structure and make up of our current cohort and class which that pupil will enter.
- The applicant is of the appropriate age and sufficient maturity.
- The School is able to provide adequately for any special educational needs the applicant may have following an assessment of the pupil by the Additional Learning Needs Coordinator.
- The School, having made reasonable adjustment, has the capacity to cope with any disability the applicant may have.
- Fees (if applicable) at the present school have been paid.
General Guidance to Entrance
Prospective Pupils for entry into Foundation and Reception
Children entering Foundation generally join us in the September following their third birthday and enter Reception in the September following their fourth birthday. Children are invited in for a taster visit prior to entry to ensure that they are happy and settled.
Prospective Pupils for the Infant Department, Years 1 and 2
Pupils join the School in their chronological year group. This means that those aged 5 on 1st September in the year of entry enter Year 1, whilst those aged 6 on 1st September enter Year 2.
Pupils are invited for a taster session during which they will spend time in the classroom with the teacher and other pupils. To support the transition a report will be sought from the pupil’s current or previous school.
All children in the Primary School from Year 1 to Year 6 will sit a PIPS test throughout the year. This is not an entrance examination, but a means of measuring the children’s literacy, numeracy and non-verbal skills so that we can tailor our teaching to their learning needs.
Prospective Pupils for the Junior Section, Years 3-6
If a place is available (or, in the case of a waiting list, as soon as a place becomes available) prospective pupils are invited in for a taster session to meet the children and staff in their classroom.
Prospective Pupils for the Senior Section, Years 7-11
At Year 7, year groups expand from one to two tutor groups. Pupils again can have a taster day to settle into their class and meet the other pupils and staff. Children with additional learning needs will meet with the Additional Learning Needs Coordinator for Secondary School to assess how we can meet their learning needs and ensure a smooth transition into our school.
All children in the Secondary School from Year 7 to Year 11 will sit both a MidYis and YELLIS test at the start of the key stage. This is not an entrance examination, but a means of measuring the pupil’s literacy, numeracy and non-verbal skills so that we can tailor our teaching to their learning needs.
Prospective Students for GCSE Freshstart
There are no entry requirements for GCSE Freshstart and pupils can join Year 10 or Year 11 classes to have a tailor made curriculum to ensure they reach the GCSE grades they need to move on in their education.
Prospective Students for the Sixth Form, Years 12-13
Kings Monkton School does not set a sixth form entrance examination, but requires of applicants (whether internal or external) the following basic minimum for entry to the sixth form:
- Minimum 5 C grades at GCSE;
- A current school report which evidences that the student has a positive and focused attitude to study and school life.
Kings Monkton is only one of two mainstream independent schools in Wales who can accept pupils with SEN statements without requiring permission from Welsh Government. The school will carry out a careful analysis of the needs of the child before a place is offered in order to establish clearly that the school is able to meet those needs. Normal school fees apply and the school does not fund the cost of any extra support that the pupil may need. The school will work closely with parents and the Local Authority to assess the needs of the child and to ensure that we can meet those needs in Kings Monkton School.
The school will prepare and regularly review Individual Education Plans, carry out the Statutory Annual Review, and provide access to the normal mainstream curriculum. It will also ensure that careful arrangements are made for ongoing pastoral care and support by the Special Needs Coordinator, by teaching staff and by the Vice Principal or Principal.
Kings Monkton School recognises that some children and adults experience gender incongruence, where their gender identity, or inner feeling of self as a woman or a man, does not coincide with their biological sex or the gender norms attributed to their sex. This gender incongruence can lead, in some cases, to gender dysphoria, a distressing and debilitating condition that can cause profound mental health issues.
As such, Kings Monkton School supports children who experience forms of gender incongruence through the following ways:
- The privacy and confidentiality of pupil’s private information is of paramount importance and our focus is on the education and learning of the child.
- The school offers a gender neutral option for the uniform – trousers; shirt & tie; jumper and blazer. The PE kit has an option of the school PE top and blue Jogging pants.
- Although, by law, the pupils Unique Pupil Numbers cannot be changed, staff will use preferred names or initials of children in school.
- Equalities are embedded in our curriculum, within teaching and the structure of teaching groups and activities.
However, the school does not have the facilities or space for unisex toilets and changing rooms and parents should consider this when making a decision about applying to our school.
From time to time the school admits pupils for whom English is an additional language. Such pupils are required to meet the academic criteria for entry to the school, assessed either by entrance tests or by means of a recent satisfactory school report (e.g. for those coming from abroad with little or no English). Where appropriate, the school will arrange for extra lessons with an EAL teacher. These lessons will involve withdrawal from normal school lessons at agreed times. Normal school fees apply and the cost of extra lessons will be funded by the parents. The school will provide access to the normal mainstream curriculum, adapting teaching methods and resources as much as possible in the early stages until the pupil has achieved a good level of learning independence in English. The school will also ensure that careful arrangements are made for ongoing pastoral care and support by teaching staff and by the Vice Principal or Principal and the EAL coordinator.