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  • King Edward VI Aston School
    Frederick Road
    Aston
    Birmingham
    West Midlands
    B6 6DJ
  • Head: Mr Colin Parker
  • T 0121 327 1130
  • F 01213 287020
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.keaston.bham.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Birmingham
  • Pupils: 915; sixth formers: 275
  • Religion: Christian
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th March 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

What is particularly striking about Aston is the way it has moved on from traditional stereotype of boys’ schools. To start with, we never heard anyone talk about ‘boys’, it is always ‘students’ or ‘the young people’. The boys are a delight. Serious and earnest, deeply loyal to the school, they are aware of the privilege of being at a King Edward’s school.  They appear to genuinely care for each other. Teachers say the boys don’t have to…

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations consist of: 11 1st test - verbal and numerical reasoning. 2nd test - non-verbal reasoning. No interview.

Sample papers available commercially.

Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Music Performance: Group at an English Grammar School (Grade 4 Music or Dance)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2004, Colin Parker (50s). History degree from Liverpool and higher degrees from Leicester and Warwick. Spent three years working in insurance before starting teaching in a large comprehensive and then moved to the selective sector. We were very impressed to see him in the play area at lunch time and the boys tell us that he is out there every day ‘noticing things’. They regard him as approachable, down to earth, informed and caring about everybody; positive and with an incredibly clear vision for the school. Parents tell us he is out in the playground at the end of school too, and they also find him friendly and easy to talk to – ‘he is a brilliant role model for younger teachers’, one parent told us.

Colin describes Aston as...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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