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King Edward's School Birmingham

School rating 4.8 / 5 by

Edgbaston Park Road Birmingham West Midlands B15 2UA United Kingdom
4th to 12th
Boys only


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Academic quality is high - especially of the core curricular subjects - maths, languages and science. Average work load is roughly 2 hours per night, with various coursworks and other projects in the term. There is a strong emphasis on academic excellence - with high calibre Oxbridge teachers. With specialities in science - a large cohort of the year group is directed toward science careers. For bright pupils teachers will push them further- with Advanced classes and streaming in some cases. In comparison to other schools, KES stands out due to its outstanding faculty, opportunities to excel, relatively small class size and good working environment. School facilities are excellent - digital language laboratories, science laboraties, computer rooms etc.

College Counseling

The school's college counselling programme is good. There is extensive support given to working out....

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

Pupils will enter the school at the age of 11 after sitting the common KES....

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

KES is a day time school. It is set in leafy Edgbaston - with a backdrop of the Birmingham University. The quality of life is excellent - with a great ethos to work hard and play hard. Dining facilities are good with both a large dining hall and snack shop. The neighbourhood is extremely safe - in one Birmingham's richest areas. There are frequent social events and times for students to enjoy themselves - whether it be friday afternoon activities or lunch time breaks playing football in the play ground. In sixth form - the ethos does change as students prepare for....

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