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An independent day school for boys aged 11 to 18

The characteristics of the school

  1. King Edward's School, an independent day school for boys, was founded in 1552 by King Edward VI. In the late nineteenth century, six other schools were opened within the single Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, comprising King Edward VI High School for Girls and the five King Edward grammar schools. The Foundation also sponsors an academy which opened in September 2010. The Foundation Board provides governance of all eight schools, with a further group, the Independent Schools Governing Body, overseeing the two independent schools.
  2. Situated on a spacious site of almost fifty acres, in close proximity to the main campus of Birmingham University, the school draws its pupils from over 100 different maintained and independent schools across Birmingham and the West Midlands. The school aims to make available to the widest possible range of able boys an educational experience that is the richest, most diverse, and most exciting possible in an atmosphere that provides support, encouragement and care for everyone, pupils and staff; for pupils to love coming to the school and to go from it prepared for all that human life has to offer; to reflect the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of the area and make the school accessible to all boys, whatever their background. It enjoys close links with the neighbouring King Edward VI High School for Girls, particularly in drama, music and societies.
  3. At the time of the inspection, 822 boys were attending the school, aged eleven to eighteen, including 227 in the sixth form. The school is academically selective, with admission to Year 7 dependent on its own entrance examinations and interview, and to the sixth form dependent on an examination and specified achievement in GCSE examinations. The analysis of standardised tests shows that the ability profile of pupils is far above the national average, with four-fifths being of far above average ability, and none being of less than average ability. The school has identified 102 pupils as having a learning difficulty and/or disability (LDD), of whom 60 receive specialist learning support. One hundred and forty-seven pupils have English as an additional language (EAL), of whom three receive additional support in English. None has a statement of special educational needs.
  4. National Curriculum nomenclature is used throughout this report to refer to year groups in the school. The year group nomenclature used by the school and its National Curriculum (NC) equivalence are shown in the following table.
School NC name
Shells Year 7
Removes Year 8
Upper Middles Year 9
Fourths Year 10
Fifths Year 11
Divisions Year 12
Sixths Year 13