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Welcome to The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham

The charity, The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, is involved in education at ten schools across the City and we are able to assist our two independent schools, six free grammar schools and our two multi-ability schools via the management of historic land assets which were passed on to us from as long ago as 1552. Our schools represent the multi-cultural and diverse population of the City and we want to ensure that all children from all backgrounds can attempt to access our schools.

FEE PAYING SCHOOLS – Whilst our Independent Schools, King Edward’s and King Edward VI High School for Girls are fee paying they do offer free and assisted places for able boys and girls, regardless of the financial circumstances of their families. Money is made available through the Assisted Places Scheme to provide support with fees which ensures that both schools are accessible to all boys and girls.

FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS VIA AN ENTRANCE TEST – Our six Grammar Schools are free but children have to sit an Entrance Test (sometimes known as the 11+). Our admissions policies were changed in 2014 with the creation of a separate qualifying score by which priority was given to admit high attaining children on free school meals. There are no fees. There is no discrimination on religious, racial, or social grounds. There are no reserved places for pupils from junior schools, state or private.

Only a sufficient score in the entrance test gives entry. Visit our Academy pages for more information.

FREE NON-SELECTIVE SCHOOLS WITHOUT AN ENTRANCE TEST – Entry to our multi-ability schools at Sheldon Heath Academy, (which is mixed) and Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy is also free but children do not have to pass an entrance test. Where there are more applications than there are places available at these schools the following criteria will be used to determine which children will be allocated places:

Looked after children (in public care).

Children who have a brother or sister already at Sheldon Heath Academy or

Children who have a sister at Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy and who will be in attendance in September 2018.

Children who live nearest to the schools.

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