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An established


Intellectual life

The School provides an education that is

not only academically challenging but also

intellectually exciting. In the first three years

boys study a broad curriculum alongside the

core academic subjects and a great deal of

time is set aside for the creative subjects: Art,

Music, Design, Drama, and for sport and PE.

Latin is compulsory for three years and there

is the chance to study Ancient Greek, German

and Spanish.

Boys take 10 subjects at GCSE because 10

is enough. It is compulsory to study English

and English Literature, Maths, one language

and at least two sciences, and there are

10 additional subjects to accompany the

compulsory subjects.

In the Sixth Form boys study the International

Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, an internationally

recognised education that is designed

to provide an intellectual challenge and

preparation for a global future. Boys study

six subjects and they must study English,

maths, a language, a science and a humanities

subject along with a core element comprising

a course in the Theory of Knowledge and an

Extended Essay.


Founded by King Edward VI in 1552,

for nearly 400 years the School stood

in New Street at the heart of the city.

From 1836 to 1936 it occupied an iconic

building designed by Charles Barry and

Augustus Pugin, the architects of the

Houses of Parliament.

In 1936 the School moved to its present

50-acre site, shared with King Edward

VI High School for Girls, which provides

extensive space and facilities matched

by few day schools in the country.

The School reflects the changing face of

the city and is one of the most ethnically

diverse independent schools in the

country. King Edward’s School is proud

of its great history but is also conscious

of its role in the modern city and has

made substantial investments in state-

of-the-art facilities.

Results and beyond

Boys at King Edward’s School enjoy

considerable academic success, notable

achievements in extra-curricular activities and

go on to the very best universities.

In a typical year, around 70% of GCSE results

will be graded A* and 90% will be A* or A

grades. In the IB Diploma around 40% of boys

achieve a score of 40 points or above, higher

than the equivalent of four A*s at A-level. On

average, 20 boys each year gain places at

Oxford or Cambridge, the vast majority of boys

go on to the very best universities, and there is

a balance between scientific and mathematical

subjects and humanities subjects.

Alumni enjoy careers in a range of disciplines

and include Lord Hall, Director-General of the

BBC; Peter Williams, founder of Jack Wills;

David Willetts, former politician; and Lee Child,

international bestselling author.

King Edward’s School has been at the heart of Birmingham life since it was founded in 1552. As the city grew

so did the success of the School and for over a century it has been one of the country’s leading schools; the

school of Burne-Jones and Tolkien, Nobel Prize-winners Wilkins and Vane, Field Marshall Slim, Bill Oddie,

Jonathan Coe and Lee Child. Today it provides an exceptional education that is rich and varied where boys

excel academically and develop the qualities to succeed.