Type of school : Co-education
Age range : 11-18
Number of students : 430
Number of boarders : 260
Visitors often comment on the happy, relaxed yet purposeful and supportive atmosphere in School. Boys and girls, some of whom are brothers and sisters, mix naturally whatever their social or cultural backgrounds.
Any well-ordered community needs basic rules and leaders. We therefore try to develop leadership at all levels and an understanding of responsibility in every aspect of school life.
In senior years, pupils are encouraged to take on roles within the school community and to develop a sense of service to others.
1st to 3rd Form (Years 7-9) studies are based around the National Curriculum but go well beyond it. At the end of the 3rd Form, after consulting parents, teachers and House Staff, pupils select from a wide range of GCSE or IGCSE subjects. Most pupils take ten GCSEs, including Mathematics, English, Science and Modern Languages.
In the Sixth Form, King Edward’s offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP), regarded as the global gold standard in education. In addition, with the revised A-level curriculum showing a welcome return to ‘rigour and depth’ of study, the School now offers A-levels, thus providing pupils with a choice of exam routes. The School remains an advocate of the IB Diploma and believes that for most pupils it remains the best path to follow in terms of gaining entrance to a university of choice, as well as supplying the breadth of skills sought by global employers. All pupils are encouraged to be independent thinkers and learners, to be open minded and principled.
From 3rd Form (Year 9) upwards, day and boarding pupils belong to a Senior House, under the care of a Housemaster or Housemistress, Matron and other resident staff. The unique paired Houses, which share common rooms, a kitchen, television and music rooms, allow girls and boys to mix naturally. Within Senior Houses there are further opportunities for developing skills in pastoral care and leadership to Prefect level. Inter-House sports, music and drama competitions are regular features of the school year. At the end of lessons each day, pupils in both Lower School and Senior Houses are welcome to stay for tea, prep and social activities within their House. For boarders, weekend leave may be taken by arrangement. Girls and boys occupy light and spacious accommodation dedicated to the Lower School (1st and 2nd Form) in the historic Queen Mary House, known as ‘QMH’.
With modern facilities and experienced House Parents, matrons and other resident tutors, QMH provides a bright, cheerful and caring environment, with an emphasis on helping new pupils - day and boarders alike - to settle in happily. Girls and boys enjoy the privacy of separate boarding areas. On Saturday there are activities for boarders which are also available to day pupils. Our main aim is to achieve a happy, busy and purposeful House whilst preparing pupils for the senior school.
Sport and Culture:
Excellent facilities include an astro turf pitch, four badminton courts, two cricket nets, indoor netball, tennis, hockey and a basketball court. The Sports Centre has a fully fitted cardiovascular suite and weights room, swimming pool and there are also three squash courts, five netball courts and a dance studio. Pupils develop their interests in the major and minor sports within and outside the curriculum. Regular fixtures with other schools operate for boys in football, hockey and cricket and for girls in hockey, netball, rounders and tennis. The Inter-House games programme is extensive and includes major and minor sports - pupils can be involved either as players or organisers. In the Sports Centre there is the opportunity to develop skills away from the major team games. In recent years boys have also competed in athletics, badminton, cross country, basketball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, golf and rowing. Girls have also competed in badminton, swimming, football, athletics, basketball and rowing. In addition, a diverse programme of recreational activities includes aerobics, aquarobics, dance and gymnastics. Pupils are encouraged to make the most of our extensive facilities by running their own sports activities in the evenings and at weekends.