The Senior School is a warm, welcoming, busy and vibrant environment in which pupils are encouraged to aim for the highest standards in all that they do and to set the kind of example that they would also wish to follow. Whilst we are very proud of examination results that consistently rank King Edward’s amongst the highest performing schools in the south-west of England, we also understand that academic excellence is only one ingredient in the recipe for happiness and success. Children thrive most when they are given the opportunities to find their voice and to express themselves, be that through Sport, Music, Drama, Art, Debating, Creative Writing, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, CCF, Outdoor Pursuits or any of the dozens of clubs and societies that help our pupils grow into confident, engaging and well-rounded young men and women who are ready to throw themselves into the joys and challenges of life beyond school.
Whilst our pupils often fly high in a number of fields, they wear their talents lightly. Aspiration and ambition go hand in hand with a commitment to service, and KES boys and girls understand that they are only as strong as the community of which they form a vital part. The quality of relationships here is outstanding; all of the wonderful staff – teaching and support – strive to bring out the best in our pupils, and the children respond in ways which are a constant source of delight and pride. They are confident, but not arrogant, articulate, but not brash, loyal, but not partisan, keen to give of their best, but also delighted to see others thrive in their midst. The ethos of an organisation is not measurable, but it is tangible, and I am sure that a visit to King Edward’s will enable you to experience for yourselves why we think that the Senior School is a very special place indeed.
Martin J Boden
This is a school which achieves its exceptionally high standards by support and inspiration.
good schools guide 2015.