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  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
    Vicarage Road
    Kings Heath
    B14 7QJ
  • Head: Mr R Bowen MA NPQH
  • T 0121 444 3188
  • F 01214 412796
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Birmingham
  • Pupils: 946 ; sixth formers: 317
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Open days: Open Evening: September
  • 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 Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 22nd November 2023
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

An academic powerhouse, as you’d expect. But a superabundant extracurricular programme, which you might not. Of the masses of clubs (most of which are offshoots of academic subjects), many are started up and run by the boys themselves. Includes choral soc, music tech, Christian Union, Islamic Society, French film club, medsoc and debating. Asked their favourite thing about the school, most boys cited the Olympiads and other national subject competitions, and they really don’t like coming second. Barely anyone leaves after GCSEs…

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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.

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State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2021, Russell Bowen MA (Cantab) NPQH, previously deputy head at Bishop Vesey Grammar School. A grammar boy himself (Marling Grammar in Stroud), he studied engineering at Cambridge. A relative latecomer to teaching, he was a systems engineer at IBM for five years, then ran his own business in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms design for nine years. ‘But the pull was always teaching – training my staff was always the best bit and so I decided to swap training big people for little people.’ Says he also wanted ‘to save as many people as possible from that awful phrase, “Oh I can’t do maths”.’ Gained PGCE from Warwick, then worked in several high performing comps, followed by Pate’s Grammar, Cheltenham. Still teaches maths, currently year 13.

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