Our policy throughout the admissions process is to allocate the appropriate placement for the candidate so that they may benefit fully from the education we offer.
The procedure for admission to the school varies according to the age of the candidate:
Infant Department (age 3 to 7)
Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception (age 3 to 5)
Pupils applying for entry to the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) are required to come to the first visit with their parents and to bring past school reports (if applicable). Children applying for Nursery and Reception places are not required to have any prior knowledge of English.
Key Stage 1, Years 1-2 (age 5 to 7)
For entry into Year 1 and Year 2, pupils are assessed by the Head of Primary. For entry into Year 3, children will take tests in Non Verbal Reasoning, Maths and Writing. Applicants for both year groups will be asked to provide past school reports. At this age they will be expected to know how to read and write in English.
Junior Department (age 7 to 11)
Key Stage 2, Years 3-6
New pupils applying for entry to the school for KS2 take entrance tests in Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Non Verbal Reasoning. Parents will be asked to provide past school reports for the previous two academic years. At this age they will be expected to know how to read and write in English.
Secondary Department (age 11 to 16)
Key Stage 3, Years 7-9 (age 11 to 14)
For entry to KS3, candidates take entrance examinations in Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Non Verbal Reasoning. Parents will be asked to provide past school reports for the previous two academic years.
Key Stage 4, Years 10-11 (age 14 to 16)
Pupils applying for entry to Year 10 take entrance examinations in Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Non Verbal Reasoning. Parents will be asked to provide past school reports for the previous two academic years. Pupils applying for admission to Year 11 must have studied the first year of the (I)GCSE course (Year 10) in the British system the year prior to their entry to King’s College. The (I)GCSE examination boards in their current school must coincide with the examination boards used at King’s College. Pupils are also required to take entrance exams and a Non Verbal Reasoning test.
It is not possible for children to join Year 11 if they have not studied Year 10 in the British education system. In these circumstances King’s College would study each case individually and recommend the best option for the applicant.
Check list of Important Documents
|√ Official Documentation (all applicants)|
|√ Online or paper application form (this will be provided by the Admissions Department)|
|√ A photocopy of the birth certificate and identity card or passport of the child|
|√ A photocopy of the identity document of both parents|
|√ A photocopy of the identity document of the account holder who will be accountable for school fees if this is not the child’s parent|
|√ An official medical certificate indicating the child has no infectious or contagious diseases|
|√ Two passport size photographs|
|√ End of year school reports for the last two years (where appropriate)|
|√ Letter of recommendation from the previous school and teacher|
|√ Letter of financial proof that previous school fees have been paid|
VALIDATING INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS/REPORT CARDS
The Panamanian Ministry of Education (MEDUCA), the legal entity that oversees academic institutions in Panama, requires that all students entering 2nd to 12th grade (Year 3 to Year 13 in the British system) from a school abroad, carry out a validation process. All transcripts/report cards issued outside of Panama must be apostilled in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or in an Embassy of the country that issued the transcript, to later be validated through MEDUCA. This procedure is a requirement to officially enroll the student in Panama into the correct grade level.
Please also note that in cases where the documentation is issued in a language other than Spanish, the documents must be translated by an authorised public translator who will provide their official stamp/seal onto such translation.