There is no King’s School song.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Harrow’s ‘Forty Years On’ was often used. It was sung at concerts and penny readings. In 1914, two OKS – Henry Morice and Bertram Latter – composed their own offering entitled ‘The School of Theodore’. This concentrated on the School’s antiquity. Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury (668-90), was widely regarded as the founder of the King’s School’s ancestor school. The song was popular for a short time. The final verse reads:

Now a thousand years have passed away!

Untouched by impious hands,

Firm as a rock, unchanged to-day,

Our brave old school yet stands,

And bears on its unsullied roll

The name of many a noble soul.

No rule will we own but of Church and Throne!

As in the days of yore,

Our school shall stand in the fair Kent land

For a thousand year and more!

Today ‘Jerusalem’, sung on the final day of term, is the closest to a modern school song.