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  • King Edward VI Five Ways School
    Scotland Lane
    Bartley Green
    West Midlands
    B32 4BT
  • Head: Mrs Y L Wilkinson
  • T 01214 753535
  • F 01214 778555
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Birmingham
  • Pupils: 1,261: 861 boys, 384 girls ; sixth formers: 411
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • 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 27th November 2008
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 24th November 2005
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The grounds are immaculate - bravo, that delightful gardener - and the whole campus feels pleasantly contained and smartly arranged. Arriving at reception, and we did it more than once, is a delightful experience, not only because of the welcome given from behind the counter but also the smiling, friendly pupils. Head believes in trusting people, hence BYOD (bring your own device), a policy that is believed by many, though not all, to boost self-esteem. This vastly reduces time spent policing individual use of phones, tablets and laptops...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

School associations

State grammar school



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Since 2012, Yvonne Wilkinson BA PGCE NPQH. Read Geography at Northumbria University. She was the first ever female deputy and acting head at King Edward V Five Ways during an interregnum before joining Holy Trinity School Worcester as head. Then on as head to Gateways School in Leeds, a girls only senior school where she was responsible for introducing boys (up to age 11) before being invited back to Five Ways to become the first female head.

Mrs Wilkinson is, in more ways than one, the Real Thing, and is leading the school to new heights and breadth. While it's impossible to believe her career is the result of ruthless greasy pole climbing or excessive restlessness, it seems that King Edward VI Five Ways was always her Holy Grail. If...

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Special Education Needs

Every member of staff takes responsibility for the identification of pupils with Special Needs. Subject Staff identify individuals at both ends of the scale. Where Learning Support is needed pupils are referred to the school's Learning Support specialist where appropriate targets and strategies are then put into place. If difficulties are more specific then appropriate outside agencies are brought in. These might include Dyslexia screening, Hearing and Visual Impairment teams, and Inclusion and access agencies. Exceptionally able pupils are placed on the Able and Talented Register by Departments and Activity staff, from where they are included in the school's Able and Talented programme.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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