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  • King Edward VI Five Ways School
    Scotland Lane
    Bartley Green
    B32 4BT
  • Head: Dr S N Bird
  • T 01214 753535
  • F 01214 778555
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Birmingham
  • Pupils: 1,300; sixth formers: 400
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Whole School Open Evening 5-8pm. Early finish for students 2.35pm
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 28th November 2023
  • 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. KEFW is a cracking good school of its genre and, in terms of naked exam scores, out-punches many high profile independents. The pupils we met were universally articulate, natural and forthcoming. We returned the day after our visit to watch...

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State grammar school



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2023 Dr S N Bird.


Very competitive. For entry at 11, 1,800 pupils chase 180 places. Priority for up to 20 per cent of places is given to those on pupil premium and looked after children, as long as they achieve a ‘qualifying score’, otherwise anonymous pupils accepted by strict order of scores. No interviews, no concessions for siblings or proximity to the school. One boy told us of the examination, ‘I went in with a name and came out as a number…. But here I am.’

Sixth form applicants (including those from within the school) must apply formally. Minimum requirement is GCSE 9-7 in A level subjects plus at least grade 6 in English and maths. The school is hunting for new pupils and is shameless in its...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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

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.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
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sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where

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