Congratulations to King Edward’s School in Birmingham which has won the TES Independent School Award 2015 in the category 'Best independent-maintained school collaboration.'
King Edward’s School aims to be the hub of aspiration and challenge for the city of Birmingham, fulfilling its historic purpose as then oldest and greatest school in Birmingham. Its aim is to improve teaching and learning for the pupils in local state junior schools. The school's outreach programme has doubled in size in each of the last three years so that the school is now in contact with over 11,000 state-educated children and over 450 teachers from 130 different junior schools. Particularly noteworthy new initiatives in 2014/5 have included a city-wide Maths competition for Years 4 and 6, entered by teams from 110 state primaries. Outreach is embedded into KES’ charitable identity, with over 50 staff and over 300 boys leading different aspects of the programme.
Talking about the school's nomination, Tom Arbuthnott, Director of Outreach at King Edward's School, said:
"Lots of my colleagues have been working really hard to establish KES as a 'magnet' school, raising aspirations and challenging kids from across the city of Birmingham, " said "This nomination is a testament to their efforts in working with over 12,000 kids, most from deprived areas of the city, and over 180 schools in the past year."