King Edward's School, Bath 爱德华国王学校
Bath, North Somerset BA2 6HU
Tel: 01225 464313 Fax: 01225 481363
• CO-ED, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 990, Upper sixth 115
• Termly fees £1694–£2832
• Enquiries/applications to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1552 by royal charter of Edward VI. In 1971 the senior school moved
to its present premises, which lie on a fine site of 14 acres on the southern
slope of the city, just below the university. The Old Building (c1830) houses
part of the school, but there are many new buildings and good modern facilities.
The modern purpose-built junior school is on North Road, whilst the pre-prep is
based in an elegant Victorian building on the west side of the city. The school
moved to co-education from 1997, completing the process in 2001; the first
female head was appointed in 2002. Continuous education is now offered to girls
and boys from the age of 3. There is a high standard of teaching and academic
achievement, and examination results are very good. The sports, art and drama
departments are very strong and a good range of sports, games and outdoor
pursuits is on offer.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 990 day pupils (770 boys, 220
girls). Senior department 11–18, 670 pupils (530 boys, 140 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used. For
sixth-form entry, 48 points at GCSE including passes in English and maths (grade
B in sixth-form subjects). 45% of senior entry from state schools (plus 50% of
new sixth-form entrants); 45% from own junior department.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships at 11 (up to £500 pa),
academic or special talent awards; 10 sixth-form scholarships (£50 pa). Entrance
bursaries according to need at 11 and 16; bursary help for existing pupils and
external applicants. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; lunch, music
tuition, optional extras.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Caroline Thompson, appointed 2002. Educated at Royal
Holloway College, London (history) and Exeter University. Previously
Headmistress at Bury Grammar (Girls), Deputy Headmistress at Portsmouth Grammar
and Head of History at Parkstone Grammar School.
Teaching staff: 72 full time, 26 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 87 pupils in fifth: 99% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (63 over 5 years).
A-levels: 115 in upper sixth: 20% passed in 4+ subjects; 80% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 390.
University & college entrance 98% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree or art foundation course, 10% to Oxbridge. 18% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 30% in science & engineering, 47% in
humanities, law and social sciences, 5% in art & design. Others typically go on
to non-degree courses eg art, music colleges.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
AS and A-level general studies additional option. 30% take science A-levels; 40%
arts/humanities; 30% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Support arranged for dyslexic pupils.
Languages: French, German, Spanish and Latin offered to GCSE and A-level;
Russian and Greek to GCSE. Regular exchanges (France, Germany and Spain).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons/week) and across the
curriculum. 200+ computers for pupil use (10 hours a day), all networked and
with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Around 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental
exams can be taken. Some 12 musical groups including orchestras, wind band,
swing band, early music group, brass, choirs.
Drama: Drama offered at GCSE and A-level (strong tradition). Many pupils
are involved in school and other productions. Annual arts festival involving a
large number of pupils.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 16–20 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, photography also offered. Students go on to art foundation courses
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, basketball, netball, rounders,
tennis compulsory. Optional: fencing, judo, lifesaving, table tennis,
volleyball, badminton, soccer, personal health and fitness training. Sixth form
only: swimming, squash, climbing, golf, aerobics. Regular county athletes,
rugby, hockey, cricket and netball players; sometimes national players.
Activities: CCF optional at age 13, community service at 16. Over 30
clubs, eg chess, computing, Amnesty International, astronomical, Christian
Union, mountain walking, ski club. Environmental Action Group, Duke of Edinburgh
Uniform: School uniform worn; sixth form wear a suit of their choice.
Houses & prefects: Prefects elected by staff after poll of school; head
prefects appointed by the Head. School Council.
Religion: Morning assembly (non-denominational) compulsory; voluntary
communion services twice a term.
Social: Pupils belong to various sixth-form societies (eg economics,
science). Exchange visits, ski trips, music and sports tours abroad (eg
rugby/netball to New Zealand and Fiji, cricket to Barbados, hockey to South
Africa). Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline The ethos is liberal and humane, but there are clear
guidelines as to behaviour. The school actively promotes a healthy lifestyle and
seeks to educate its pupils on a range of personal and health issues.
Alumni association is run by the Development Office, c/o the school.
Former pupils Viscount Simon (former Lord Chancellor), Lt General
John Deverell (second i/c NATO Land Forces).