Skip to main content
King Edwards School, Birmingham
  • King Edward's School, Birmingham
    Edgbaston Park Road
    B15 2UA
  • Head: Dr Katy Ricks
  • T 01214 721672
  • F 01214 154327
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Birmingham
  • Pupils: 881; sixth formers: 217
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £14,655 pa
  • Open days: Saturday 12 March 2022, 10am-12.30pm Monday 20 June 2022, 6-7.45pm
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

That such a diversity of backgrounds and religions can rub along as happily as they do is both a marvellous thing and very much a Birmingham thing. We quizzed students and parents about this. ‘The culture and ethos of the school is that everyone gets involved.' ‘Everyone wants to be the best’ but also ‘community is important’, ‘All opinions are valid.’ ‘It’s not all about exams,’ says the school, and means it. These boys’ brains ought to look after them well enough in the classroom; the important thing is that they learn also to make the most of themselves as people by finding out what else they can do - and can’t, for there are valuable lessons in falling short...

Read review »

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.
...Read more

Do you know this school?

The schools we choose, and what we say about them, are founded on parents’ views. If you know this school, please share your views with us.

Please login to post a comment.


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



What The Good Schools Guide says

Chief master

Since September 2019, Katy Ricks, the first female head in the school's 466 year history, previously head of Sevenoaks School (where she was also the first female head). First class English degree from Oxford; spent three years here teaching English in the early part of her career. Career choice clinched by first teaching role at St Paul’s School for Girls where became clear that that ‘talking to young people about literature’ was going to give her more satisfaction than research. Has also taught at St Edward's Oxford, Latymer Upper and Highgate (deputy head). 'Elegant with penchant for vivid colours...engaging and charming...a very smiley head' we said of her in her previous role.


Most at age 11, some at 13+. Own entrance exam in maths, English and verbal reasoning. Interviews for some. Whole experience designed...

Subscribe now for instant access to read The Good Schools Guide review.

Already subscribed? Login here.

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.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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
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

Who came from where

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

☑ 30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
☑ Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
☑ Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools
☑ Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

Buy Now

GSG Blog >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.