School Life

King Edward’s believes passionately about a holistic approach to education and empowers a blend of heritage and traditional values with a stimulating and forward-thinking school life. While a boarding and day school we are very much one community with, as far as possible, pupils belonging to a House that includes day and boarding pupils, and a linked girls’ and boys’ House. Pupils can start life at King Edward’s aged 11 (1st Form). We aim to ensure the pastoral care is at the forefront of all we do, with academic and co-curricular choices to encourage pupils to stay with us through to Sixth Form after their GCSEs. King Edward’s is one of a few UK schools that offer both A-level and the globally-respected International Baccalaureate for Sixth Form.

All pupils who start at King Edward’s in the 1st or 2nd Form will join Queen Mary House, an ideal stepping stone from being the oldest in a smaller prep or primary school to the youngest, smaller pupil of a senior school.

From 3rd Form, all QMH and new pupils, will join one of the six senior Houses.

As a school with a strong community of boarding, day pupils benefit from the flexibility we provide to join their boarding peers from breakfast until 9pm. They may also participate in evening and weekend activities.

The co-curricular programme at King Edward’s is a vital and vibrant part of school life. There is emphasis on core co-curricular activities in sport, music, drama, design technology and art with a host of other activities to choose from within our clubs & societies.

Beyond the school grounds, within and beyond term time, pupils can challenge themselves further with superb educational trips and expeditions. A broad range of opportunities are on offer from local theatre and art gallery trips to the further afield European language trips; cultural visits to cities such as Berlin and New York; and more adventurous expeditions such as the most recent trips to Russia and India.

We feel privileged to be given the opportunity to educate your child and our commitment to the pastoral and education needs of the children we serve. Please do visit King Edward’s to feel for yourself the strength of pastoral care which makes the School a happy place to be.

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