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The school rightly prides itself on its pastoral care. Bonding trips and activities for new groups in year 7 start a process of building a cohesive and supportive community in which pupils feel confident enough to take any concerns for themselves or others to staff. Exceptionally good collaboration between academic and pastoral staff ensures that needs are identified and supported. Oodles of teams, particularly in rugby, netball and girls’ and boys’ hockey, in fact, in just about everything except lacrosse. Sport is taken seriously...

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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 (40s), a French and German Cambridge graduate. After his PGCE he was invited back to teach at his old school, Bolton School, progressing from there to head of German at Cheadle Hulme School, then head of modern languages at Bradford Grammar, from which he came to King Edward’s as director of studies. Appointed as an exceptionally young head, he has brought the school a stability and capacity for development with his clear vision and strong sense of ethos. Academic standards have become even stronger due, according to Mr Boden and to the ISI inspectorate, to unrivalled outstanding pastoral care underpinning really good teaching. Parents definitely agree. Meanwhile, the sporting reputation of the school remains undiminished, whilst art, drama and music have flourished under his regime.


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Special Education Needs

No specific provision is made for SEN, although individual help and support is given through an outside agency

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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