The life of the mind
Boys at King Edward’s are talented in
academic terms, but they are also encouraged
to be intellectually curious and questioning.
There is more in heaven and earth than
examinations and the intellectual life
stretches far beyond lessons. The School has
outstanding success in national competitions
such as the Junior and Senior National Maths
Challenge, Maths and Science Olympiads,
Target 2.0 in Economics, and the Arkwright
Scholarships in Design and Technology. All of
this is achieved by boys who are very active in
all kinds of extra-curricular activities, such as,
music, sport, drama and outdoor pursuits.
Teachers at the School are passionate about
their subjects and focused on supporting boys
to succeed to the best of their abilities. They
teach above and beyond the curriculum, to
ensure boys are challenged and stimulated,
and are always available to provide
encouragement and support.
To complement learning, a number of
university academics and specialist authors
provide visiting lectures and boys and parents
are also invited to attend the annual Tolkien
Lecture, a series of academic lectures given
by eminent speakers.
The School’s original 1930s buildings provide
outstanding spaces: a hammer-beamed
assembly hall called Big School, an extensive
library, large laboratories, and impressive and
extensive grounds. The School has eight rugby
pitches, four cricket pitches, the use of three
astro hockey pitches, five tennis courts, a rifle
range, an athletics track and seven artificial
surfaced cricket nets.
However, in recent times there has been
substantial investment in new developments.
In 2012 the Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock
Performing Arts Centre opened, which
provides a 400-seater concert hall, 120-seater
drama studio, and a dance studio. The Andrew
Brode Wing opened in 2013 and has provided
new laboratories for Physics and Chemistry,
a new Modern Languages Department and a
bright and spacious Sixth Form Centre.
The School has also extended its sporting
provision. The Southall Pavilion, a new
development comprising an astro hockey pitch
and pavilion, opened in 2015 and the final
phase of the School’s building programme
will be a new sports hall, gym and additional
indoor recreational space.
There are no academic lessons on Friday
afternoons, which enables boys to try all
sorts of different activities from additional
sports coaching, learning to cook or trying
out a new language to outreach activities
with local schools, joining the Combined
Cadet Force and developing their skills in
The School is fortunate in its pupils, staff and space and the way in which they combine to create a unique
atmosphere and culture which enables boys to flourish individually. There is also great respect for, and
celebration of, variety and difference. This is a place where boys are encouraged to be inquisitive, active
and ambitious and where talented boys, whatever their gifts, gain due regard.
“We are very pleased with
the education our son is
receiving at King Edward’s.
We believe his individual
talents both in the classroom
and outside are being
encouraged and developed
to his full potential,
building him into a
confident young adult.”