The Kings London Difference

Kings London provides a contemporary alternative for ambitious students who are looking for a mature yet supportive learning environment and community in which they can express their own identity and explore their interests.

We are an independent sixth form college, located in Beckenham in the London Borough of Bromley.

We support students in their development to become responsible and independent learners and young adults, based on a mutual respect between staff and students.

Teachers and students work together in partnership, on a first name basis without uniforms and assemblies, exploring the subject areas to gain an in-depth understanding of the course content, and to develop and apply transferable skills. Examination structure and techniques are assessed in detail, and personal strategies developed to maximise the results achieved.

Learning is contextualised to facilitate understanding and provide inspiration for students in their choices for further studies and potential careers. This is augmented by a range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities to add to our students' experience and university applications.

Our team of personal tutors, welfare support team and UCAS advisors monitor every aspect of our students' personal and academic development. Students are guided through their exploration of the opportunities available to them at university; identifying the most relevant options for their individual interests, learning styles and ambitions, and ensuring they are fully prepared for the application process. This includes guidance and coaching for any additional assessment or interview requirements.

We provide a range of GCSE, A-level and Art Foundation programmes to enable ambitious students to achieve their full potential and aspirations.

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1. Student-centred ethos

  • Highly personalised approach to learning and pastoral development
  • Friendly and empowering college community — on a human scale

2. Exceptionally small classes and individual attention

  • Just 4 – 10 in a class at GCSE and A-level
  • Maximum contact time with subject specialists

3. Outstanding examination results

  • Consistently in the top 10% of schools in England

Kings 2018 A-level results:

  • A* pass rate 75% above the national average
  • A*A pass rate 38% above the national average
  • 39% exceeded predictions by two or more grades

Kings 2018 GCSE results include:

  • 81% A* – B (9 – 6)
  • 86% A* – C (9 – 4)
  • 48% Grades 9 – 7 in Maths

4. Support and personal development

  • Extensive personal tutor and pastoral care team
  • Wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities
  • Engagement in work experience projects and research

5. Leading university destinations

  • Extensive and individually tailored support for university degree selection and application
  • Full UCAS guidance
  • Specialist preparation for additional university assessments: UKCAT, BMAT, TSA, LNAT, Personal Statements and Interviews
  • Making the most of your talents and achievements whatever your ambitions may be: Oxbridge, Medicine, Law, Art and Design, and more

Go to Next step: University for more information about university destinations and range of subjects.

6. Global Perspective and Opportunities

  • Develop a global outlook for your future
  • Assess opportunities for further study in the UK or overseas
  • Share ideas and concepts with students from across the globe

"Students and staff from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds get on very well together."
— Extract from the most recent UK Government Department for Education Ofsted inspection report of Kings London, January 2018.

7. Experienced academic and pastoral team

Kings London is a modern independent college with a highly experienced and professional staff and academic and pastoral leadership team.

Between them, they have well over 100 years' experience of providing academic and personal support to young people at the most important time of their lives. 

Adam Whitbread, Principal at Kings London

Adam Whitbread, BA, Dip Ed, MBA

MBA University of Queensland
BA La Trobe University, Melbourne

Adam has over 10 years' experience as a College Head, Director and Consultant. Throughout his career he has specialised in preparing students for successful application and completion of degrees at leading universities.

"I feel very fortunate to have had a rich and varied career in education and that my path has led me to Kings London. It is an honour to be part of this extraordinary organisation and I look forward very much to working with everyone and playing a part in its ongoing development."


Emma Carlile, Academic Director of Studies at Kings London.

Emma Carlile
Academic Director of Studies

BA (Hons) French and Russian (University of Exeter); MA TESOL (IOE, University College London); PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education; CELTA; L7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Emma has extensive experience as a teacher and senior academic. She has been at Kings London for over 10 years during which time she has, with colleagues, enabled students to realise their full potential and gain their place on their target degrees.


8. Credentials you can trust

Loughborough University logo."When I reflect upon the achievements of Kings students at Loughborough University, they stand out by virtue of their generally above-average degree results and their willingness and ability to immerse themselves in the life of our vibrant student community… I can assuredly put these successes down in large part to the sound preparation for university life that Kings students receive."

— Loughborough University

Newcastle University logo."I have always been extremely impressed by the quality of students, the professionalism of the Kings staff and the wonderful commitment that is shown to their students."

— Newcastle University

"The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding. Excellent relationships at all levels and a high degree of trust make the college a stimulating and pleasant place for everyone to work." 

"The Principal and senior leaders strongly promote an ethos of high expectations and high standards which is shared by staff."

"Excellent guidance helps students to make suitable choices for their next stage of education or employment."

— Extracts from the latest Ofsted inspection report of Kings London, January 2018.

You can read full inspection reports on our Kings Education website.


9. A history of success

Kings Education: over 60 years of global success

Kings has been at the forefront of international educational success since 1957, when the first college was opened in Bournemouth.

Today we teach thousands of students across our 10 worldwide campus locations. They come to us each year from over 80 countries.

Kings London is one of our four leading independent colleges in the UK, our others being Kings Bournemouth, Kings Brighton and Kings Oxford.

In the US, we operate successful pre-university colleges in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and New Jersey.

We also run pre-university operations in China and Malaysia.

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10. Kings Social Responsibility

One of the schools we helped build in Cambodia

Sustainability at Kings   Community at Kings   Education at Kings

Sustainability – Community – Education

We aim to make a difference across these three main areas as part of our social responsibility initiatives and we encourage our students and staff to organise and take part in them.

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We are proud to partner with United World Schools, a charity that builds and sustains new schools in some of the world's most disadvantaged regions.

We have committed to support the work of UWS by funding the building and resourcing of at least one new school each year, which we do through student and staff fundraising.

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Kings London, 25 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, BR3 4PR.

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