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Stunning results and consistent success at Oxbridge come from outstanding and rigorous teaching, not from narrowly selective admissions criteria. Students are put through their paces in all subjects at all stages, yet while everyone works hard, they do not seem to buckle under the pressure. Feared adversaries on the local, regional and national circuit in all the main sports of rugby, hockey, netball and cricket, the school does what it can within its own grounds. Those less keen on team games get some choice from year 10, such as jiu-jitsu and athletics, plus the all-ages lunchtime running club, but at least one mother felt ....

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As the city’s former grammar school, King Edward’s School has a very healthy tradition of nurturing academic excellence and ambition, reflected these days in the School’s consistently outstanding results which help to rank KES as one of the leading schools of its kind in the country and one of the top performing schools of any kind in the South West of England. Our pupils are bright, inquisitive and aspirational, but they also have their feet firmly on the ground and understand that individual excellence shines most brightly in the service of the collective team effort.
The ethos of the School is one that encourages all pupils to play as hard as they work and to make the most of all the wonderful opportunities here, both in and out of the classroom, that enable them to grow and thrive within a supportive and caring framework. We set the bar high, but we also give our pupils all the tools that they need to reach those ambitious standards. We aim to foster talent in all its forms and to open doors to enquiry and discovery. Independent-mindedness and creative spirit are strong suits, but so too is the sense of community that seeks to respect and value all its members.
As a family of three schools, the Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior sections of King Edward's offer an inspiring and supportive environment for children aged 3 to 18. Some join us just for the Sixth Form, many stay for their entire school career. All pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be and all are nurtured along the pathway to leading happy, fulfilled and successful lives at school and beyond.
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Since 2008, Martin Boden MA PGCE (early 50s). A product of the kind of seriously academic school he now heads, Mr Boden’s career has been entirely in education, starting as a teacher of modern languages at his alma mater, Bolton School, after Cambridge. Spells at Cheadle Hulme School and Bradford Grammar preceded his arrival at KES as director of studies in 2005, before taking over as head three years later.

His tenure has ensured KES remains at the top of the academic pops in Bath and beyond after an unsettled period, but this is far from all he has achieved: academics are a given, he explained, so his aim has been to raise the standard of the co-curricular offering to equal the academic. Some of this has been obvious, such as...

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Special Education Needs

King Edward’s School is an academically selective school which admits pupils on the basis of ability shown in an entrance test, school reports and interviews. Both at the application stage and also later in the admissions process parents are given the opportunity, and indeed urged, to notify the school of any special educational needs or disability affecting their child of which the School should be aware. The school is keenly aware that addressing individual learning needs is key to pupil success and the Learning Support Department is an integral part of the school. Screening tests are used to help identify any specific needs which are then monitored through Learning Support and the pastoral system. Specialist teaching provision can be provided to support a variety of individual needs. A triad of support featuring: parents, staff and professionals, together with, Individual Pupil Profiles, differentiation in class and regular staff training, ensures needs are met.

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

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