King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS) is one of the most successful girls’ schools in this country with outstanding academic results and a large programme of extra-curricular activity. The school was founded in 1883 and counts the actress Lindsay Duncan and the BBC Correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti amongst its alumnae. The school is an independent day school with 560 girls aged 11-18 and is part of the King Edward VI Foundation, which has eight schools in Birmingham. It is situated on a beautiful 50 acre campus in Edgbaston, which it shares with King Edward’s School. It is only three miles from Birmingham city centre and has excellent transport access by road and rail (the University train station is only a 10 minute walk).
The school reflects very closely the diverse racial mix of the city itself and attracts pupils from beyond Birmingham. Academic standards in the school are extremely high – this year’s GCSE results saw a record 74% A* grades and 92% A*/A; at A Level 91% of grades were at A*-B and 31% at A*. The school has a long history of sending girls to the very best universities including Oxford and Cambridge and this year 11 girls have gained places at Oxford and Cambridge. The school was rated ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate in 2010.
AT KEHS we aim to offer an outstanding education for able girls who like original ideas and new challenges; staff are passionate about their subjects and seek to inspire a love of learning for its own sake. Pastoral care is important to us as we seek to educate girls, supporting them to become confident, resilient young women. Girls combine a rigorous academic education with a huge range of high quality extra-curricular activities. The school produces music and drama of an exceptional quality, performing each year in the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. These activities were enhanced still further by the construction of the Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, a joint £10 million facility with King Edward’s School, which opened in 2012. There is also a large range of sporting opportunities. The school has its own sports hall and swimming pool which have been refurbished this summer with hockey and netball pitches on site.
The school’s purpose is undoubtedly the pursuit of excellence in all that it does, but it is of equal significance that this excellence should be accessible to able pupils, whatever their family background or financial situation. At the moment, 20% of pupils have some kind of financial support and almost 10% pay no fees at all. The funds for this are provided by the King Edward VI Foundation and through the donations of alumni and other organisations.