|King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford|
|Broomfield Road, CM1 3SX, UK Chelmsford|
+44 (0)1245 353510
Welcome to the KEGS website! I am privileged to be Headmaster of a really vibrant, exciting and caring community which is committed to the highest expectations and standards in all areas of life; which in spite of our standing at the top of national examination league tables is genuinely focussed on educating the whole person, and which values education outside the classroom as strongly as rigour and involvement in learning within it; and which is at the cutting edge of leading learning and developing new approaches to learning for life in a rapidly changing world. We are all immensely proud of our school; I hope this site reflects the range and richness of what we offer and something of the passion and engagement of our students.
KEGS is one of England’s leading state schools. It is a unique community, a blend of the traditional and the forward-looking. Founded in 1551, it has grown to be an international centre of learning. It offers a dynamic involvement in the process of education, a rich and exciting range of extra-curricular opportunities, and an emphasis on self-discipline, caring for others, and teamwork. We are proud of our 450 years of acknowledged excellence and service to others. The School Motto is: Quicquid agas sapiens age fortiter ex animoque: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
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High expectations and a culture of praise are, we believe, central to the success of our pupils. We make no apology for expecting our students to do well and we take every opportunity to congratulate and reward them, both individually and within groups. To this end we aim, in partnership with parents, to develop pupils’ abilities, moral judgement, self-awareness, wider spiritual awareness, and sensitivity to the full, so that they will:
Achieve personal fulfilment through self-discipline and strive critically for excellence in all they undertake
Acquire knowledge and skills appropriate to a rapidly changing world of work
Respect the achievements of others
Respond to others’ needs in the school, family and wider community.
The school prides itself on its outstanding provision for games, music and drama, and on the dedication of staff and support of parents who enable these and other extracurricular activities to flourish. There are orchestras and choirs, ensembles, concerts, musicals and plays. There are regular fixtures at local and national level against other schools for all age groups in the major team games (rugby, cricket, football, tennis, athletics, cycling, skiing, golf, basketball, badminton, squash and table-tennis). The School promotes a range of minority sports which have included in recent years rock climbing, orienteering and lawn bowls.
Diverse activities offered include a flourishing Combined Cadet Force (CCF), the KEGS Corps of Drums and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. There are numerous other clubs and societies, such as chess, Young Engineers Club, quiz teams, community service, fund raising for charity, local, national and international visits and trips and foreign exchanges. KEGS has Partner Schools around the world and it's close proximity to Europe means the School has a particularly strong programme of cultural and educational activities abroad.
Our mixed Sixth Form is a well developed and diverse community offering exciting and demanding new challenges that provide important steps in the process of preparing for University and future employment. Each year we welcome approximately 160 students into the Lower Sixth to pursue a wide variety of Advanced Level courses. Amongst this number there are usually around 50 new entrants to the school. It is a time for developing independence, more responsibility, many freedoms and broadening personal development in a challenging and supportive environment. As the accepted role models for the lower school, it is important for students to engage in a range of extra curricular activities to broaden their experience. Our students are our ambassadors.
Many aspects of life in our Sixth Form are never recorded in any Performance Tables, but contribute so much to the personal development of students and to their ability to progress successfully into higher education or employment. All students participate in our core enrichment programme – this includes Games and Community Service. Many Sixth Formers play leading roles in the school’s Prefect and House systems. Many students do much, much more! We expect every student to engage in meeting their own personal challenges, seeking to achieve what is within their extended grasp.
At the heart of the School’s identity is the distinctive ethos focused on Science and Mathematics. Kegs became a specialist Science College in September 2004 – this status has enabled us to promote our engagement with Science in an increasingly changing world. However, Science College status is more than just ‘doing more Science’. The emphasis has been on using our specialism as a catalyst for innovation and as a hub for collaborations across a range of subjects such as the Future Worlds and Frankenstein projects with the English Department, Rhapsody in Blue with Art and Global Warming with Geography.
Specialist status has afforded us opportunities to become a showcase for 21st Century Learning. The Director of Maths has summed up our vision in the phrase: “We want to bring the fun and beauty of Maths to as wide an audience as possible – the emphasis has long been on using our specialism as a catalyst for innovation and as a hub for collaborations across a range of subjects.” We have collaborated with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) to gain the distinction of becoming a ‘Lead ICT in Science School’ which will enable us to refine our own skills further in these areas as well as sharing expertise with other schools.
Our ambition is to establish ourselves as a high-quality brand in the field of staff development and we have made a splendid start on achieving this through our collaborations with the East of England ‘Science Learning Centre’ and other organisations by hosting a wide range of courses designed to train both teachers and technicians alike.
Science status has increased the range of opportunities we have to form partnerships with industry and we have been delighted to have worked with GlaxoSmithKline who have kindly sponsored events such as the Breath of Life Challenge (in association with the PE Department) and the Microbes and Disease workshop which formed the centrepiece of our recent Science Week. Our friends at the Sanger Institute have been similarly generous in sharing their time and resources with us. We have formed closer links with the scientific professional bodies and local Science, Engineering and Technology Organisations (SETPOINTs) and this has resulted in increased participation in Olympiads and Award schemes – as well as subsequent successes by our students! Our commitment to Science has been rewarded as we are now entitled to use the 'Ri’ logo of the Royal Institution.
As a Science college we work closely with the community; Science acts as a focus to share experiences, resources and expertise through joint collaborations with our partner schools and the wider community. A team of Sixth Form Science Mentors has enabled sixty Year 2 children from Hatfield Peverel Infants to gain their ‘British Association First Investigators’ award. Science status would be impossible without the involvement of this team, which forms the backbone of our ‘Outreach Team’ that regularly visits our partner institutions to share our passion for Science. Team members are actively involved in project work and field courses, and on all occasions make excellent role models for younger children.
A recently formed Science Focus Group (soon to be our Science Council) adds a similar student voice to our work and will shape the future of KEGS as a Science College. The Outreach part of the specialism has enabled us to open our doors to a wider, local audience, and through our dedicated Community Technician, Alison Hallam, we can enable our partner schools to be more creative and adventurous in their teaching styles. A dedicated resource and a range of Outreach providers have enabled students to be thrilled by events such as Mission to Mars, Big Bug days and Chocky Rocks. Our community ‘Science shows’ have enthralled children with Exploding Custard to name but one.
Science has developed through our specialism not just as a subject but as a hub through which other curricular areas have been enhanced and has allowed collaborations (with appropriate resources) well beyond our own school gates. Science College status has benefited our students, with more resources, an increased range of courses on offer, more support, and state-of-the-art technology. There have also been increased opportunities for staff to enhance their teaching styles and to deliver to a wider audience. Our status has allowed us to become ‘can do’, rather than ‘if only we could…’.
For more information go to the School's Science College Website - www.kegscommunity.org.uk
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