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Extenuating circumstances

King's was a founding participant in the creation of an additional form for candidates from disadvantaged or disrupted educational backgrounds. Admission to King's is strictly based on academic promise. For students who have had their education disadvantaged or disrupted in some way, however, the Extenuating Circumstances Form provides additional context against which we can consider a candidate's academic record or, where appropriate, interview performance.

Circumstances covered by this form include:

  • Serious, acute or chronic illness especially since the age of 14 leading to significant educational disruption
  • Significant caring responsibilities, recent bereavement or serious illness within the close family
  • Serious disruption to educational provision at school / college
  • Other circumstances where serious disruption has occured.

This form must be submitted by the applicant's school or college. Further enquiries about the Extenuating Circumstances Form are best initiated by teachers rather than by individual applicants or parents. In rare cases where the applicant's school is unaware of the circumstances, a doctor or social worker may validate the form on the applicant's behalf.

The submission of an Extenuating Circumstances Form will in no way disadvantage an application. If in doubt, we would accordingly encourage its submission.

Download the Extenuating Circumstances Form:

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