King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Boys
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

Handsworth Grammar School (HGS) is voluntary aided, selective grammar school in Handsworth, Birmingham. The school admits boys from the age of 11-18 and, since 1997, girls into its sixth form. Founded in 1862, it the oldest surviving selective school in Birmingham. 

Lessons focus on both learning habits as well as learning the content of courses and topics. The ten learning habits Handsworth Grammar School aims to build include collaborating, questioning, listening, planning and distillation. 

A new £1.6 million sixth form centre, offering students their own bespoke area, is linked to the Lodge, where there is a one-stop shop for careers advice and guidance and examinations advice and guidance. 


Dr S N Bird

Values and vision

Handsworth Grammar School aims to be centre of excellence, taking a creative, innovative and forward thinking approach to learning while both retaining the traditional values of its foundation and embracing the opportunities offered by the technological developments of the modern world. 

The school has designed a balanced curriculum and endeavours to challenge its students to give of their best in all areas and support them in their efforts, as well as to help them develop self-respect, independence and initiative. 

A climate of trust, openness and co-operation is promoted and a commitment made to developing a sense of community at the school and beyond.


“Relationships are excellent. Pupils respect their teachers and value their support. They are equally respectful of each other. Pupils are studious and classrooms are places of high-quality learning.” 

View Handsworth Grammar School’s latest Ofsted report

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Address: Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B21 9ET, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 121 554 2794