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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.

First-rate facilities

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.

Friday afternoons

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

KES Leadership.

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.”

Parental survey