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King Edwards School, Birmingham

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Results are a given – these are, as one parent pointed out, ‘abnormally smart boys’. But the approach to learning is far from rote or exam oriented, and it’s not about everyone getting A*s or excelling at everything. Rather, the school stands out for academic breadth, enrichment and breeding a culture of intellectual curiosity. The boys need no persuading to spend breaks and lunchtimes enhancing their learning, and they are highly aspirational. No wonder many teachers consider this...

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What the school says...

One of the key aims of King Edward's School is to ensure that it is accessible to all pupils of ability, whatever their background. We do all we can to ensure that we get the boys who have the greatest potential to succeed here. To that end, as well as our entrance examinations we make use of other information to choose pupils: school reports are very important and we interview a very high proportion of applicants. Also, the school makes an exceptionally large number of awards of means-tested Assisted Places, based on family income and academic performance, and Scholarships, based on academic performance alone. Around 40% of boys have some form of financial support and over 10% are here for free. Our long-term intention is to increase that proportion to an even higher level.

The school normally accepts boys at 11+, 13+ and 16+, although boys are admitted into other year groups in exceptional circumstances, for example when a family moves into the area.

11+ and 13+ entrance exam consists of English, Mathematics and verbal reasoning. 16+ offers are based on an interview, predicted GCSE grades and headteacher's report.
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Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Sports

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Chief master

Since 2019, Katy Ricks. Educated at Camden School for Girls, English degree from Oxford. The school’s first female head, and not for the first time either – she was the first female head of Sevenoaks School before this. The big question on everyone’s lips was whether she’d still be called chief master, she laughs. ‘But why wouldn’t you? It’s the best title there is!’ Turned to teaching shortly after marrying her academic husband: ‘I decided one of us better get a job!’ she quips. Career choice clinched by first teaching role at St Paul’s School for Girls where ‘talking about literature turned out to be just as enjoyable as studying it.' Aspirations to be a head soon followed: ‘It was seeing Heather Brigstocke in action - I thought, “I want to do that!”’...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

By the definition of 'Gifted and Talented', virtually all pupils at King Edward's School would qualify. Therefore our curriculum provision incorporates teaching strategies to stimulate and stretch the most able as a matter of course. Within the school however, we take Special Educational Needs very seriously and to that end we employ both a SENCO and a part-time support teacher as well.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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