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 2017 – 2018*
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. You can specify your preferred payment plan. Direct debits will be taken at the beginning of the Academic Year or Term, or on your specified payment date.
School Phase Annually Termly 12 x monthly D/D payments of; Foundation/Reception £8,100 £2,700 £675.00 Infant (Years 1 & 2) £8,400 £2,800 £700.00 Junior (Year 3 –6) £9,600 £3,200 £800.00 Senior (Year 7 –9) £11,250 £3,750 £937.50 Senior (Year 10 – 11) £11,550 £3,850 £962.50 Sixth Form (Year 12 – 13) £11,850 £3,950 £987.50
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, you must give one full terms written notice to the school office otherwise you will be liable to pay for one terms fees.
After School Club
Times strictly from 3.30pm – 6.00pm
Charged at £2.25 per half hour (or part)
Collection past 6pm will incur a penalty charge of £15 per 15 minutes (or part)
Mini Bus Fees
£250.00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire
What are your class sizes?
We aim to have no more than 15 pupils per class
Is there an entrance exam?
Pupils wishing to apply for bursaries and scholarships are required to sit an entrance exam, which take place annually in either January or February. Outside of this, we welcome pupils of all abilities and aptitudes and try to resist from making pupils sit entrance exams.
How much is the school uniform?
Prices for school uniform can be found in our parent handbooks here.
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 at 7+, 11+ and 13+
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 focussed attitude to study and school life.