King Edward’s School offers a diverse and balanced curriculum for pupils of all ages in a supportive and caring environment. The range of facilities available enhances the learning provision and there is an additional range of extra curricular activities to stimulate and broaden horizons.
In all year groups, the curriculum is both challenging and engaging providing an excellent basis upon which to pupils can develop a passion for learning and fulfil their true potential.
In the Lower School
In the Lower School pupils in Years 7 and 8 have a stimulating programme of study consisting of English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Latin, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art, CDT, IT, Music, PE, Religious Studies, PSHE, Drama and Games, and two of French, Spanish and German.
In the Middle School
In Year 9 an element of choice is introduced. Two subjects are chosen from: German, Business & Information Technology, Latin and Spanish
Years 10 and 11
All pupils take nine or ten GCSEs. Pupils continue to study English Language, English Literature, a modern foreign language*, Mathematics, Religious Studies (non-examined), Science, ICT, PHSE, PE and Games. They have a guided choice of five subjects, taking one from each of the horizontal lines.
An example of how the guided choice system would appear:
1. Geography, History, Art, D&T, PE, Religious Studies
2. French, German, Spanish
3. Art, Business Studies, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Drama
4. Business Studies & Economics, D&T, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies
5. Triple Science, Double Science
King Edward’s Junior School is a selective, day, independent school for boys and girls at Key Stage 2 (ie 7 – 11). The school roll is 180.
The school moved to its present site in September 1990; it enjoys excellent purpose-built premises and benefits from shared facilities with the Senior School (Theatre, Sports Hall, Information Technology, playing fields, all weather pitch etc.) The Nursery and Pre-prep department is located across the city.
The school is self-sufficient both in terms of staff and facilities but profits from some periods being taught by staff from the Senior School, particularly Art and Physical Education.
Years 3 and 4 are taught predominantly by form teachers with specialists for French, PE, Information Technology and Music, while Years 5 and 6 are taught exclusively by subject specialists. Approximately 95% of our Year 6 pupils are successful in passing the entrance examination to the Senior School.
The School prides itself on its atmosphere, and many visitors comment on its purposeful, friendly, confident, polite and enthusiastic pupils. The staff are highly professional in their approach, dedicated to the task of educating their charges and give freely of their time after school, at weekends and during the holidays.
The School enjoys considerable success on the sports field and is determined to provide as many youngsters as possible with opportunities to play representative sport and also to cater for those who enjoy sport purely as a recreational activity. The extra-curricular programme offers a wide range of opportunities including fencing, golf, street dance, chess, stitchcraft and cookery amongst many others.
Music, art and drama feature strongly in both our curricular and extra-curricular programmes, with all Year 3 children learning to play recorder and all Year 4 children learning to play violin as part of their music class lessons. Over 100 youngsters either sing in our choir or play in our musical ensembles. In recent years the School has staged its first drama in French and had 140 children taking part in a production of ‘HONK’. Last year we staged an ambitious production entitled ‘Images of Christmas’ which involved children from the Pre Prep, Junior and Senior schools. This summer we look forward to staging the musical ‘Shake, Ripple and Roll’.
After an excellent Inspection Report in October 2002, the school is not content to rest on its laurels and will continue to develop, providing an excellent education for the children.
The Reception Class
The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage provides a secure, friendly and stimulating environment in which children develop independence and skills at their own pace. Learning is accessed through the provision of a wide range of investigative opportunities and experiences using both the indoor and outdoor environment.
Ine the Foundation Stage we use the stepping stones and Early Learning Goals laid out in the Foundation Stage Document to plan our children's learning. We implement these learning objectives through termly topics.
The Foundation Stage Document is divided into six area:
1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
2. Language, Literacy and Communication
3. Mathematical Development
4. Knowledge and Understanding of the World
5. Creative Development
6. Physical Development
In the Nursery we provide an environment that enables children to explore and challenge their understanding of the world they live in through a mixture of targeted and free play activities.
The Reception Class aims to build upon and develop the teaching and learning programme established in the Nursery. The diverse needs of the children will continue to be addressed through the Early Learning Goals of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. There will then be a gradual transition of focus to the National Curriculum, preparing children for the challenges and experiences of Year 1.
Prospective pupils and parents are encouraged to visit the School and find out what King Edward’s School can offer each pupil as an individual.
We would warmly encourage you to see the school in action and we would be pleased to arrange an individual tour of the school with a pupil on a normal working day. This will give you an excellent opportunity to see the School in action, a chance to ask any questions you may have about the curriculum and the school in general and an opportunity to appreciate the unique character of King Edward’s School. Your tour will end with a meeting with the Headmaster.