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King Edward VI College, Stourbridge

King Edward VI College is a highly recognised selective state sixth form college, located in Stourbridge, England, in the West Midlands area.

King Edward VI College
Lower High Street

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Coordinates52°27′31″N 2°08′49″W / 52.45856°N 2.14699°W / 52.45856; -2.14699Coordinates: 52°27′31″N 2°08′49″W / 52.45856°N 2.14699°W / 52.45856; -2.14699
TypeSelective Sixth Form College
MottoFrench: Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame on him who thinks evil of it)
FounderKing Edward VI
Local authorityDudley
Department for Education URN130478 Tables
PrincipalRemley Mann
Age16 to 19
Enrolmentc. 1,600
Former nameKing Edward VI Grammar School

It is situated in the centre of Stourbridge, to the north of the town centre, on the side of the ring road (A491). In 2017, the college was listed as 'good' following an inspection by Ofsted.[1]

The college's motto is the same motto as that of the Order of the Garter. Translated from Old French it meant "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it".



The original school was founded on 21 May 1430 and was known as the Chantry School of Holy Trinity. The charter for the grammar school was granted on 17 June 1552 by King Edward VI. It became a selective sixth form college in September 1976 due to the introduction of comprehensive education in the Dudley borough, which Stourbridge had been incorporated into 2 years earlier and most of the rest of the borough had followed suit with a year earlier.[2]


Pupils are generally from within the West Midlands, coming from as far afield as Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Worcester. Background education of most pupils is usually from state secondary schools, though there are many independent institutions in the area. For example, some pupils come from Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School, which does not have a sixth form whereas some come from Old Swinford Hospital. As such, some pupils attend the college between the ages of 17 and 19, instead of the usual 16 and 18.


The college buildings are all on one site, on Lower High Street in Stourbridge. The campus is bound by the Ring Road, Coventry Street, adjacent shops on Lower High Street and the street itself, and a new housing development. All lessons take place on college grounds.

In 2014, the college opened the new Frank Foley Building, situated near Duke Street, at a cost of £3.5 million. This provides a new canteen for students, dance studio, drama suite and Computer Science and graphic design facilities.

The library at King Edward's originated in 1665, but little more in known about the history until a fire in 1812. The college library today offers three floors of traditional and modern quiet space with over 100 work stations, PCs and tablets, thousands of books, magazines, newspapers, and free access to online academic journals.

A-Level & AS SubjectsEdit

AS- and A-level examinations are for pupils generally aged 16–18. Since the year 2000, A-Levels have been modular with exams taken in the first the second year of the course. The first AS year has contributed 50% of the marks to the overall A-Level grade, and the second A2 year has contributed the other 50%. Students starting their A-Level subjects in September 2016 will follow linear courses for many subjects taught, meaning that all the exams in these subjects will be taken at the end of two years. Pupils are accepted only on the condition of achieving A*-C grades on average at GCSE level.[3] Students choose 3 or 4 subjects to study in the first year, Year 12. At the end of Year 12, students who studied 3 subjects carry all of these through to the second year, Year 13, whilst most students studying 4 subjects in Year 12 drop a subject. Students following a 3 subject programme have more time for enrichment activities and time to focus on the chosen courses in depth, whilst those students studying 4 subjects have flexibility when deciding which subject to drop. These are the courses taught at Kings Edward's, as of September 2016.

Old EdwardiansEdit


King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys, StourbridgeEdit


  1. ^ "Find an inspection report". 5 November 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  2. ^ "A History of Dudley". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2011-08-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Criminology > Level 3 Certificate Criminology > Courses | King Edward VI College, Stourbridge". Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  5. ^ "RFU - England". Archived from the original on 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2017-08-24.

Further readingEdit

  • Chambers, RL (1988). Story of a School: King Edward VI School, Stourbridge. Mark and Moody Ltd. ISBN 0-9506-4396-3.

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