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King Edward VI School is a state-funded Academy Trust selective school for boys with a co-educational Sixth Form, which draws from a wide catchment across Warwickshire and neighbouring counties. Selection is by ability so attainment on entry is very high and significantly above the national average.
A much lower proportion than is typical nationally have SEN and/or disabilities or are entitled to Free School Meals, though the school’s Admissions Policy prioritises places from disadvantaged backgrounds.
There are approximately 330 students in the heavily over-subscribed Sixth Form. Students are required to meet the published entry criteria of 54 points from their best eight GCSE subjects. Approximately 50% of students join the Sixth Form from other schools from across a wide area of the West Midlands. Female students typically make up one third of the Sixth Form cohort.
All subjects are taught by specialist teachers in discrete departmental areas. Students choose three A Level subjects in the Sixth Form which they study for two years prior to sitting final examinations at the end of Year 13. The students do not take AS Level examinations at the end of Year 12.
Students wishing to take Further Mathematics as a fourth A Level option are permitted to do so if they achieve a Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics. Students can study for four A Levels in four separate subjects if they achieve a minimum of 64 points from their best eight GCSEs. Approximately 25% of the cohort choose to do so.
A Level subjects offered are:
Drama & Theatre Studies
Latin & Greek
Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Core Mathematics
Extra-Curricular and Enrichment Activities
All Year 12 students are given the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and approximately 20% of students choose to do so.
All students choose an Enrichment option from an extensive list that includes Young Enterprise, The Engineering Education Scheme, Young Leaders in Service Award, The LAMDA Speaking in Public Qualification. All students are expected to complete a minimum of 50 hours volunteering/work experience.
Sixth Form students participate in fortnightly Careers sessions, weekly Sixth Form Games and attend the fortnightly Sixth Form Lecture. All students are encouraged to participate in extensive extra-curricular activities including Sport, Music, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh award schemes, or one of the many clubs and societies on offer.
Of the Sixth Form leavers last year (2021) 94% secured places in Higher Education or Degree Apprenticeships, whilst the remaining students have taken Gap Years.