Entry at 16+
The two years of the Sixth Form each have about 125 pupils of whom the vast majority have been in the school since entry at 11+. However, we welcome applications for admission from boys from other schools in and around Birmingham. On average, between six and ten boys join the school in the Sixth Form each year.
Since 2010 we have taught the International Baccalaureate Diploma instead of A Levels. The IB embodies an entirely different educational philosophy. The A Level system tends towards specialisation whereas the IB Diploma has at its heart a more holistic approach. It believes in pupils experiencing a wider range of different subjects - boys will continue to study six subjects and must study English, Mathematics, a science, a language (possibly from scratch) and a humanities subject. It is equally important that these subjects are bound together into a coherent whole through a common core. This common core is composed of a course on the Theory of Knowledge (ToK), an extended essay on any subject and the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme, whereby a student gets credit for extra-curricular activity. The school believes that this programme provides not only a broader, more interesting and exciting curriculum in the Sixth Form, but will be a better preparation for university and adult life.
For 16+ entry in September 2016 candidates should have been born between 1 September 1999 and 31 August 2000.
The entry procedure at 16+ consists of interviews, predicted GCSE results and a Headteacher's report.
Application deadline: Friday, 5 February 2016
Please note that applications for 16+ arriving after the closing date will still be considered up until the beginning of September 2016, but candidates should be aware that places may no longer be available and any financial assistance will already have been allocated.
On Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at 7.00pm there will be a 16+ Information Evening for prospective pupils and their parents to see what life is like at King Edward's School (please note that this is a change of date).
The evening provides the opportunity to find out about the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the School itself and to view our new Sixth Form Centre in the Andrew Brode Wing, opened in 2013.
The Chief Master, the Academic Deputy Head and the Head of Year 12 will talk about what King Edward's School can offer in both academic terms and the vast range of extra-curricular activities available, and answer any questions you may have. Current pupils who joined us in the Sixth Form will also be on hand to welcome you and chat about life at the School.