King Edward VI School CV37 6BE

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Description: School IntroductionK.E.S considers itself a forward-looking school with a long history, reputation for high standards academically, and prides itself on its extra-curricular opportunities. They are a ...

School Introduction

K.E.S considers itself a forward-looking school with a long history, reputation for high standards academically, and prides itself on its extra-curricular opportunities. They are a small school which aims to create a happy and purposeful environment for all students. 

Their teaching style: They pride themselves on having specialist teachers teaching every subject in small departments. Using both traditional teaching methods and innovating new learning methods which take in account all the changing and latest technologies. The curriculum has a large variety of activities, including field-trips, lectures, competitions, exchanges and work-related learning. They also specify that they have small sets and learning groups in examination classes, which allows them to achieve high academic results which puts them in the top portion of national achievers. 

The school’s specialties include Sport, Music and Drama. Students also benefit from the great chances of attending overseas tours and expeditions. Great for both student happiness and bonding, and a varied learning environment.  


Key Facts

Address: Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HB

County: Warwickshire

Type of School: Boys Grammar School, Mixed Gender Sixth Form.

Age of Attendance: 11-18

Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2006)

Number of Pupils: 768


School Performance - Key Figures at GCSE Results (2019): 

Percentage of 7 – 9 grades: 81.4%

Progress 8 - This score indicates the progress made by pupils at the school between the end of KS2 and the end of KS4. It’s averaged against the pupils across England and based on the results in 8 key qualifications including English, Maths Sciences, Humanities and Languages. Looking at the students achievements and progress from the end of primary school and throughout secondary school. This is therefore a useful comparison and can highlight schools in which students show large improvements or alternately in which students seem to underachieve after their time at the school. Out of the 5 degrees, the schools achieving ‘above average’ and ‘well above average’ scores make up just 31% of schools in the UK, the rest being average or below average. The score of 0 represents around the national average grade, hence a score of 0.66 means that students are achieving around 66% of a grade higher than the national average. With a score of 1 representing a whole grade higher than national average.

Attainment 8 score: 78.7 -  This score indicates the performance of students in 8 key qualifications - the same as progress 8, comparatively to the other schools in the local authority, then in England on average.

Percentage of pupils achieving grade 4 in English and maths at the end of KS4: 100%

Percentage of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths at GCSE: 100%

Percentage of pupils achieving English Baccalaureate: 91.5% 


Admission Information

Admission to K.E.S. in Year 7 is through a selective entrance test which is administered and organised by the Local Authority - Warwickshire Admissions. 

All students must take the 11+ exam and admission will be determined by the child’s performance in this entrance test. 

The key dates for admissions and registrations for Year 7 can be found here:


The priority circles or catchment zone for King Edward VI School are based on circles drawn from the Fountain in Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. The inner priority circle is 13 miles and the outer priority circle is 16.885 miles to the County boundary south of Long Compton.

Familiarisation Guides for the 11+ exam. 

11+ Familiarisation papers and guides can be found here for each of the 4 key subjects tested in the exams:


Key dates for 2021 entry - It is likely that 2022 entry will follow a similar pattern.

Monday 11th May 2020

Online admissions open on the website

Monday 29th June 2020 at Midnight

Closing date for 11+ registration forms.

Saturday 31st October 2020

Closing date for local authority secondary school application forms.

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2020

11+ Test examination sessions.

Monday 1st March 2021

National Offer Day

Friday 12th March 2021

Deadline for accepting offers.



Additional Information



The curriculum has the English Baccalaureate at its centre. They also prioritise the student’s own choices throughout the school years so that the students get the chance to pursue their particular interests. This also means they have a broad curriculum and smaller examination and set sizes than other state schools nationally. 

In Year 7 all students study a very broad curriculum of both national curriculum guided subjects like: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religion, Art, Design & Technology, ICT, Drama, Music, Physical Education and Games, Personal/Social/Health and Economic Education (PSHE). However, the school also supports a number of non-national curriculum subjects, both making their teaching unique, and broadening their students’ horizons, unique with Year 7 students also studying Mandarin, Classics (Latin, Greek and Ancient Civilization), Philosophy & Ethics, Computer Science.

In addition, in Year 8, all students will choose to study a third language from: French, German or Spanish. In year 9 the students can also choose to continue with their Classics studies by choosing to take Latin GCSE. At GCSE level students must take the EBacc classes which represent the traditional curriculum, they must all then choose one language, and then three option subjects from the other departments at the school. It should be noted that the school has one of the most expansive language departments in the country, offering GCSE/A-LEVEL classes in; French, German, Latin, Greek, Spanish and Mandarin, it’s unusual to encounter a school which can offer all of these subjects at this level. 

More information about the individual departments and classes offered can be found on their website through this link;

Life at the School

The school also has an extensive number of clubs and societies which all students are encouraged to take part in, this allows the students to experience both a casual and an academic education as they may join any which they are interested in and have the time to commit to. The current list of clubs is extensive and can be found here;


Within this list you will notice 19 musical clubs, and 13 sports related clubs, and on top of this some of the most unique and unusual clubs have been singled out below; 

3D Printing Club, Amnesty International, Ancient History, Animation Club (Years 7, 8 & 9), Art Club (Year 7 & 8), Astronomy Club (Winter only), Clarinet Quartet, Concert Band, Cricket (Lent/Summer),, Debating, El Classico, Epic Ensemble (Drama Club), Fencing, Guild of Economists, King Eddie’s Revival Big Band, King’s Brass, Leonardo Society, Magistrates' Court Mock Trial, Mathematical Challenge (Years 7, 8 & 9), Medical Society (Years 12 & 13), Orchestra (Lent Term), Pride Society, Robotics Club, School Choir, Science Journal Club, Triathlon Club. 

The school promotes social and mental wellbeing both through offering these extra activities but also in their pastoral support. The students, unlike most other schools, are put in mixed year tutor groups from years 8-13, this process is called ‘vertical’ grouping and will mean their tutor group will be consist of 2-5 students who’s wellbeing is looked after by their group tutor. They hope for this process to promote a family type experience for students and will also allow them to make connections with other students outside of their year group and normal classes.

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