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Imposing grade 2 listed Victorian building on Brandon Hill. 'Looks intimidating from the outside,' one pupil observes. Hogwarts-style features inside too, with stone staircase leading to 'headmaster's landing'. But atmosphere is overwhelmingly friendly and respectful. Boys encouraged to take risks. 'They do allow them to do quite crazy things sometimes,' a parent says...

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QEH is a small school with only 600 boys in the Senior School and 100 in the Juniors. It is academically selective but not socially exclusive. Academic results for boys are second to none in Bristol and the South-west. A-level results generally put QEH amongst the top schools in the country. The school is well situated, in Clifton, close to city centre facilities. ...Read more

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Since April 2020, Rupert Heathcote who was second master at King Edward's School, Birmingham. With a geography degree from Nottingham, he began his career as a consultant for Accenture, heading north for his first teaching role at Fettes College. Then to Merchiston Castle, where he became a housemaster as well as head of geography, He joined King Edward's as deputy head pastoral in 2014.

He and his wife both grew up in the West Country; they have three children. He has coached rugby and cricket throughout his career, and enjoys running, cycling and outdoor pursuits.


About 150 applications a year for 75-100 places at 11. Entrance exams in verbal and non-verbal reasoning, maths and English. There's also an interview. A handful of pupils also admitted at 13+. Entrants to the sixth form...

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Special Education Needs

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

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