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King Edward VI School Southampton

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Wilton Road Southampton Hampshire SO15 5UQ United Kingdom
7th to 9th


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King Edward VI School (KES) is strong all-round. It has particularly good science, language and design/technology facilities. The class sizes are small (~15), and the workload is reasonable (not too great if you work a sensible amount whilst in school). The school places an emphasis on giving students a well-rounded education - exams are a key part of this, but going beyond the syllabus is also encouraged.

College Counseling

The school is excellent at giving advice on university (college) applications. They have a dedicated....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The school interviews candidates, and also requires them to sit an admissions examination. This ensures....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Housing - not available - Dining facilities - these have been upgraded since I attended this school, and are now very good. The quality of food is average to above average. Neighbourhood - close to a "slightly dodgy" school, but I never experienced any problems. The school lets you leave the premises during breaks, which helps foster responsible behaviour Student body - multi-cultural, though predominantly English...

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