A school for
The School community
From the moment boys join the School, if not
before, they are supported through the strong
system of pastoral care, which relies upon the
careful attention of all members of staff and
their constant communication.
Forms consist of 25 boys and Form Tutors
work closely with boys and teaching staff to
monitor their progress. If a boy does need
support, there are several ways in which it can
be provided, through subject help lessons,
Mentoring provided by senior boys, and
Learning Support, and every pupil is carefully
watched over. A dedicated Study Centre
opened in September 2014 to extend the
facilities for Learning Support and Mentoring.
A thriving part of school life is the House
system and boys are allocated a House
through which they can form friendships
with boys from different forms and years.
Most inter-school competitions, ranging from
sport to music to drama to mathematics, are
based on the Houses, so it provides another
opportunity for boys to get involved.
The central aim of King Edward’s School is to
provide education for able boys, regardless of
the financial circumstances of their families.
The School spends almost £2m per year on
Assisted Places and the number available has
grown by 50% in recent years through the
generosity of alumni.
At 11+ Assisted Places are available to
approximately 35 pupils, about 15 of which are
free places and some financial support is also
available at 16+. Assisted Places are means-
tested up to a total family income of about
£72,000. An income of less than £20,000 could
entitle a boy to a free place and it is then a
sliding scale to the income threshold.
There are approximately 25 academic
scholarships available at 11+ ranging in value
from 15% to 50% and a number of music
scholarships. Outstanding candidates at 16+
may also receive an academic scholarship.
King Edward’s is probably the most socially and ethnically diverse independent school in the country. The boys are
individuals, diverse in their backgrounds and interests, but all have an overwhelming desire to learn. We celebrate
this diversity and the individuality of our pupils and spend almost £2m per year to ensure we fulfil our central aim to
provide education for able boys, regardless of the financial circumstances of their families.
“It was really easy to settle
in. I knew one boy from
my junior school but by
the end of the first day
it felt as if I knew all my
class well. The older boys
and the staff were really
supportive when I got
lost and turned up to the
Year 8 pupil