King Edward's School
Birmingham, United Kingdom
About King Edward's School
King Edward’s School is an independent boys’ secondary school with sixth form, located in Edgbaston, Birmingham. There are approximately 850 pupils aged 11-18. The school shares its site with King Edward VI High School for Girls – the schools are separate but share extracurricular events in areas such as drama, societies and music.
Founded by King Edward VI in 1152, King Edward’s School has since become one of the most successful boys’ schools in the country. It was located in New Street until 1936, when it was moved to a 50-acre site in Edgbaston. Major building developments have further supported pupils’ talents in science, modern languages, music, drama and sport. The school was named International Baccalaureate School of the Year in 2015-16.
Dr Katy Ricks
Values and vision
The school strives to provide an environment that allows every child to enjoy school and the art of learning, whatever their background or chosen field. Teachers provide an academic education as well as ensuring extracurricular activities in a variety of interests. Sports vary from archery and sailing to rugby and fencing, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Combined Cadet Force and community service are all encouraged alongside students’ studies.
Although King Edward’s School specialises in maths and science, it’s known for sporting successes in rugby and cricket. The performing arts centre also fosters talents in theatre and music.
"The quality of the pupils’ achievements is excellent and fully in line with the school’s aims. The pupils display excellent knowledge, understanding and skills, are highly articulate, reason well and apply previous knowledge effectively, including their knowledge of mathematics. The most able pupils achieve levels which are, at times, equivalent to the standard of university work."