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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...

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Music at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)

Curricula

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

Sports

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Acting chief master

Keith Phillips, second master, is holding the fort following the resignation in August 2018 of previous head Dr Mark Fenton. Educated at the University of Birmingham (modern languages), has taught at King Edward's School for 31 years, 20 as deputy head. Keen rugby player, cricketer, cyclist and music-lover.

Academic matters

A seriously brainy school where like-minded boys spark off each other and achieve extraordinary things. That’s as may be given the highly competitive selection process - these are, after all, some of the brightest boys in the UK’s second city. But there’s a pervasive culture of aspiration here and in general the boys set their own expectations of themselves as high as the school. Teaching is praised by both parents and students. One student told us, ‘They want you to understand the subject, not...

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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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