King's School, Chester

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Coordinates: 53°10′01″N 2°54′00″W / 53.167°N 2.900°W / 53.167; -2.900

King's School, Chester
King's School Chester Logo.svg
Motto Rex dedit, benedicat Deus
(The King gave it, may God bless it)
Established 1541
Type Independent day school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mr George Hartley[1]
Chairman of the Governors Mrs E M Johnson
Founder King Henry VIII
Location Wrexham Road
Local authority Cheshire West and Chester
Students 1045 (approx.)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 4–18
Houses 8[2]

Green, blue and white

Former pupils Old King's Scholars
Affiliation HMC

The King's School, Chester is a British co-educational independent school for children, established in 1541. It is situated outside the city of Chester, England. The school is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The school comprises an Infant school (years 4-7), a Junior school (years 7–11), a Senior school (years 11–16) and a Sixth form (years 16-18) in which the students choose their A-level subjects.[3]

Motto and the school badge[edit]

The school motto is "The King gave it, may God bless it", which was given by John Saul Howson, D.D., Dean of Chester. John Saul Howson was the chief instrument in the building and endowing of the King's School, and in its reorganization on a broader basis.[4]

Traditions and student activities[edit]


In September 2011, King's adopted a new curriculum alongside its shift from an eight-period to a five-period day. This involved substantial changes, introducing 'enrichment' lessons and replacing the GCSE courses with IGCSE.[5]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

The school's pupils engage the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. The King's School's Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a voluntary contingent within the CCF. It consists of the mandatory Army Section, with an additional RAF Section.[6]


The Herald is the school's magazine and is published on a termly basis for parents and pupils. Its articles are about current pupils, teachers and former pupils.[7]


King's School Chester Rowing Club
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Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location The Groves, Chester
Coordinates 53°11′20″N 2°52′52″W / 53.189°N 2.881°W / 53.189; -2.881
Home water River Dee
Founded 1887 (1887)
Affiliations British Rowing
Notable members


In 2011 King's appointed hockey coach, Simon Egerton, who is a member of the England hockey team.[8]


The school's boat house is situated on the River Dee in the centre of Chester.

Facilities and development[edit]

Since 1960, The King’s School has been based at its Wrexham Road site on the outskirts of Chester. It has a Sixth Form Centre, a library (the Wickson Library) and a music school (the Tim Turvey Music School). Sports facilities include a swimming pool, all-weather sports pitches, grass sports pitches, a cricket pavilion, and a boat house on the River Dee.[citation needed]


The school's headmaster (since 2017) is George Hartley. He has an undergraduate degree in Geography and an postgraduate degree in Environmental Sciences. He has previously been the headmaster/principal of two other British schools.[9]

Previous headmasters[edit]

  • 2007–2017 - Chris Ramsey, linguist
  • 2000–2007 - Tim Turvey, biologist
  • 1981–2000 - Roger Wickson, historian

A full list of previous headmasters are engraved on a board displayed in the school.[9][10]

Notable alumni[edit]



The Chester Association of Old King's Scholars (CAOKS), founded in 1866, exists to maintain links between former students. It is one of the longest established alumni associations in the country. The school has recently established OAKS (Organization of Alumni of The King's School) to maintain relations with former pupils. OAKS is free to join and open to all alumni.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Us". The King's School Chester. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
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  3. ^ "The King's School Chester - Junior School". 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  4. ^ Wikisource:Howson, John Saul (DNB00)
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  7. ^ "The King's School Chester Herald, Spring 2012". Archived from the original on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "King's hockey coach wins European Indoor Gold Medal with national team". The King's School Chester. 1 February 2010. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Staff and Governors". January 3, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Headmasters of the King's School". January 3, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as "Inspirational Alumni Members". The King's School Chester. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  12. ^ The Steel Construction Institute (2012). Owens, Graham W.; Davison, Buick, eds. Steel Designers' Manual (7th ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. xix. ISBN 978-1-4051-8940-8. 
  13. ^ Gummer, John (4 December 2002). "Obituary: George Guest". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Members of Parliament | Matthew Hancock MP". The Conservative Party. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Profile: Tom James". BBC Sport. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  16. ^ Paul Taylor (21 February 2007). "Mr Supersaver's on a mission". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Obituary: Hugh Lloyd". The Daily Telegraph. London. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Profile: Patrick Mercer". BBC News. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  19. ^ Wheelock, Paul (30 April 2009). "Chester City FC: Mike Parry's on a mission". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  20. ^ Dickinson, P. L.; Ireland, G. K. (12 January 1994). "Obituary: George Squibb". The Independent. London. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "The King's School Chester - news archive". Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  22. ^ Watson, Raymond C. (2009). Radar Origins Worldwide:History of Its Evolution in 13 Nations Through World War II. Victoria BC, Canada: Trafford Publishing. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-4269-2110-0. 
  23. ^ Helps, Arthur (2005) [1888]. Life and Labours of Thomas Brassey, 1805–1870. Elibron Classics. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-4021-0563-0. 
  24. ^ "The King's School website". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 

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