Entry at 16+
The two years of the Sixth Form each have about 125 pupils of whom the vast majority have been in the school since entry at 11+. However, we welcome applications for admission from boys from other schools in and around Birmingham. On average, between six and ten boys join the school in the Sixth Form each year.
Since 2010 we have taught the International Baccalaureate Diploma instead of A-levels. The IB embodies an entirely different educational philosophy. The A-level system tends towards specialisation whereas the IB Diploma has at its heart a more holistic approach. It believes in pupils experiencing a wider range of different subjects - boys will continue to study six subjects and must study English, Mathematics, a science, a language (possibly from scratch) and a humanities subject. It is equally important that these subjects are bound together into a coherent whole through a common core. This common core is composed of a course on the Theory of Knowledge (ToK), an extended essay on any subject and the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme, whereby a student gets credit for extra-curricular activity. The school believes that this programme provides not only a broader, more interesting and exciting curriculum in the Sixth Form, but will be a better preparation for university and adult life.
The application process
For 16+ entry in September 2018 candidates should have been born between 1 September 2001 and 31 August 2002.
The entry procedure at 16+ consists of interviews, predicted GCSE results and a Headteacher's report.
The deadline to receive applications by is Friday, 2 February 2018.
Please note that applications for 16+ arriving after the closing date will still be considered up until the beginning of September 2018, but candidates should be aware that places may no longer be available and any financial assistance will already have been allocated.
16+ Information Evening
On Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm there will be a 16+ Information Evening for prospective pupils and their parents to see what life is like at King Edward's School. Find out more and register to attend.