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King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School
Vicarage Road, Birmingham,B14 7QJ
0121-444 3188

Headmaster's Message

The original school opened at Camp Hill, close to the city centre, in 1883 and moved to Kings Heath in 1956 because the original site was proving too small for a growing school. Now, Camp Hill Boys shares a beautiful campus with our sister school and can genuinely claim to be one of the highest achieving and best equipped schools in the country.

Every year, Camp Hill Boys features at the very top of national league tables for examination results and value added statistics which clearly measure the progress and success of the boys. However, for most of the boys, most of the time, priorities usually lie elsewhere - in sport, music, drama, chess and the breathtaking range of activities and opportunities available at Camp Hill.

We are a relatively small community of 700 boys, who get on well together. Inspired by excellent, well qualified teachers and supported by parents, Governors and Old Boys, Camp Hill is a very happy school.

These views of the school were supported by Ofsted reports in 2000 and 2006 which judged the school to be outstanding. More importantly, the Inspectors found that Camp Hill was committed to go on improving and the school's exciting building programme is a clear indication of this commitment.

The 2006 Ofsted report concluded that "this is an outstanding school, not simply as a result of the high standards it achieves, but because of the well rounded educational experience it offers to all its pupils".

Hopefully, this website will give you a flavour of our busy, happy and successful school.

School Admissions

Admission at 11

All places at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys are FREE and admission to the school is solely on the basis of selection tests organised by the King Edward Foundation and held each November in the year prior to entry to the school, i.e. usually when boys are in Year 6, the final year, of their primary school. Details of the tests and test registration form are available from the school or the Foundation Office. Camp Hill draws its pupils from a wide geographical area and applications are very welcome from pupils who live outside Birmingham. The number of boys who applied for 2005 entry with King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys as first choice was 1143. Number of appeals 14. Number of successful appeals 1.

How to Apply

Parents who wish their son to apply for a place at the King Edward VI grammar schools in Birmingham must complete two forms.

  • The test registration form for entry to the King Edward VI grammar schools in Birmingham (details given below). Please put the King Edward's grammar school you most want your son to go to first on this form and then return it to the Foundation Office (address provided on form) by Friday 30 September 2005 at the latest.

  • You must also complete the form which should have been sent to you by your Local Education Authority (LEA). It is especially important for parents who live outside Birmingham to note that if they are applying to King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, they must name our school on the form they send to their Local Authority.

Whether your son lives inside or outside Birmingham he will be allocated a place by the LEA at the school whose admission criteria (e.g. entrance test for Camp Hill) he meets first. If he isn't offered his first choice he will be considered by his next choice and so on down the list. Please note that apart from Dudley and Worcestershire, schools do not know where they appear on your son's list of priorities so do not feel pressurised to put a school as first choice for tactical reasons. Simply put the school you most want your son to go to first on the list. So, if you want your son to go to King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, then put our school first choice. If your son does well enough in the test (i.e. he meets our entrance criteria) he will be offered a place. If not, his second choice school becomes his first choice and, providing he meets their entrance criteria, he will be offered a place at that school. Please contact your LEA (Birmingham 303 4213/3330) if you require further clarification. A child will only be eligible for entry to the school if BOTH forms have been completed and returned to the correct addresses by the published deadline.

Admission to the Sixth Form

The basic entry requirement to the Sixth Form is a minimum of five GCSE passes (including English Language and Mathematics) at grade B or above. Grade A is expected for those subjects to be studied at A Level; however, grade B will be considered. For Mathematics grade A is compulsory. Economics requires grade B or better at the higher tier in Mathematics. Where candidates have taken Dual Award Science, AA is essential to pursue a Science A Level.

Admission other than at 11 or 16

Very occasionally there are vacancies in Years 8, 9 and 10. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, candidates will be admitted in order of merit.

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