At King Edward’s School we are committed to offering an inclusive education to ensure the best possible progress for all our pupils, whatever their needs or abilities. We actively promote a whole school approach to meeting additional Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), in which all members of the School community have an understanding of their role. Pupils identified with specific learning needs are issued with an individual pupil profile and this is disseminated to their teachers.
There is no separate scholarship examination; scholarships may be awarded to pupils who excel in the entrance exams in January. Special Talent Awards may be offered to children who demonstrate outstanding talent in Art, Drama, Music or Sport. If you wish to apply for one of the Awards for your child, please read the criteria for each discipline and then complete the Special Talent Application Form (below) and return it to the Admissions office no later than 30 November 2020. Parents will also need to send one or more written endorsements from their current head teacher, tutor or coach confirming their child’s abilities and standards, again by 30 November 2020. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications received after this date. Pupils applying for a Special Talent Award will then be invited for interview and assessment. Academic Scholarships and Special Talent Awards are fixed sums, payable each year up to the end of GCSEs. A pupil may hold both an Academic Scholarship and a Special Talent Award and may also apply for bursary support. A limited number of Discretionary Headmaster’s Awards are also available for entry into the Sixth Form. Although these are aimed primarily at new entrants to the Sixth Form, they may also be awarded for entry into other year groups.
he School offers a number of means-tested bursaries at entry to Years 7 and 12. Once awarded, unless parental circumstances change, bursaries can usually continue to the end of Year 13. All bursaries are subject to an annual review and may be varied up or down if parents’ financial circumstances alter. Each year approximately ten Year 7 pupils are awarded Entrance Bursaries ranging from 10%-100% of school fees. In addition to the Entrance Bursaries awarded at Year 7, further awards may be offered to pupils entering the Sixth Form in Year 12. These awards are open to new and existing pupils joining from our School and are similarly means-tested.
The ethos of the School is one that encourages all pupils to play as hard as they work and to make the most of all the wonderful opportunities here, both in and out of the classroom, that enable them to grow and thrive within a supportive and caring framework. We set the bar high, but we also give our pupils all the tools that they need to reach those ambitious standards. We aim to foster talent in all its forms and to open doors to enquiry and discovery. Independent-mindedness and creative spirit are strong suits, but so too is the sense of community that seeks to respect and value all its members.
As a family of three schools, the Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior sections of King Edward’s offer an inspiring and supportive environment for children age 3 to 18. Some join us just for the Sixth Form; many stay for their entire school career. All pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be and all are nurtured along the pathway to leading happy, fulfilled and successful lives at school and beyond. There is so much more that I could tell you about King Edward’s – its history, traditions and values as well as the wonderfully engaging people who make the School the very special place that it is today – but it is far better, of course, for you to see and feel this for yourselves at first hand. Whilst I am sure that you will enjoy browsing the pages of our website and gaining insights into life at KES, I do hope that you will also come and visit in person; you can be assured of a very warm welcome.
Martin J Boden,