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King Edward VI Handsworth Girls School
Rose Hill Road, Birmingham,B21 9AR
0121-554 2342

Foundation Crest

Welcome message from the Head

Dear Reader

A very warm welcome to the King Edward VI Handsworth school website! I hope you will absorb some of our school's special atmosphere. May I extend an invitation to visit us in person; we are always happy to show you around.

Are you looking for a school for your daughter? There is much evidence to suggest that single sex schools enable girls to realise their full academic potential and achieve excellent results. This is certainly true of our school.

In an 11-18 school such as ours, Sixth-Formers are an important asset, they attract some of the most able teachers. Equally important is their role in helping and guiding the younger girls, who, in turn, develop leadership skills as they mature. We offer a number of places in our sixth form each year.

We want our pupils to be active members of the school community. We provide many opportunities for involvement in extra-curricular activities including music, sport, fund raising for charity and a variety of subject related activities. There are also opportunities for travel abroad and for day visits in the West Midlands and beyond.

Above all, I believe that we develop well-educated young women who are capable of independent thought. By exercising integrity and respect for others, I hope that they are able to influence the ever-changing world in which we live.

Yours sincerely,

Signature of the Headmistress
E V Insch OBE

General Information

King Edward VI Handsworth School is a Voluntary Aided Grammar School for girls aged 11-18. Of applications made to King Edwards Schools in 2001. 1,199 girls named Handsworth as their first choice.

There are 932 girls on roll, including 248 in the Sixth Form.
There are a maximum of 32 girls in each form.

The School Day
Registration 8.35am
Lunch 12.20pm - 1.30pm
School ends 3.35pm

The school operated a fortnightly timetable in which there are 50 periods of one hour, 3 periods in the morning with a 20-minute break and 2 periods in the afternoon. The total teaching hours per week including Religious Education but excluding the statutory daily act of worship, registration and breaks are 25 hours.

School Uniform

In years 7-11 girls are expected to wear school uniform purchased from the school shop. Sixth Form students do not wear uniform. Parents receiving Income Support or Working Families Tax Credit may obtain a Governors’ uniform grant each year. The prices given below are approximate and vary according to size and quality of the items.

To be purchased from the shop

Compulsory Items:
Blouse £9.00 - £11.00
Skirt £35.00
Jumper £18.50 - £24.30
Blazer £62.00 - £70.00
Tie £4.00
Optional Items:
Scarf £19.70
Widely Available:
Craft Apron
Laboratory Coat
Navy Socks
Navy Tights
Black Shoes
Navy Coat/Anorak
Both compulsory and optional Physical Education clothing can be purchased from Gogna Sports and Uniform.

School Meals

Lunches are cooked on the premises in our self-service cafeteria. The daily includes a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian options, fresh fruit and vegetables. Healthy eating is emphasised. The dining room is also open at morning break. Hot and cold drinks are available throughout the day. A “smart card” system operates rather than cash purchase.

Availability of information

Parents requiring further information not contained here should contact the Headmistress. The latest OFSTED report on our school can be found at

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