King Edward VI College, Stourbridge
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|King Edward VI College|
Lower High Street
|Type||Academy sixth form|
|Motto||French: Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame on him who thinks evil of it)|
|Founder||King Edward VI|
|Trust||Heart of Mercia Academy Trust|
|Department for Education URN||148142 Tables|
|Age||16 to 19|
|Former name||King Edward VI Grammar School|
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.
The College is selective and students are accepted only on the condition of achieving high grades at GCSE level.
Students 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 and Old Swinford Hospital.
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 2018 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. Additionally the new Henry Hickman Building at a cost of £1.8 million was completed in 2019, providing the college with a brand new Library and upstairs are new classrooms for Politics, History and Classical Civilisation.
A-Level & AS SubjectsEdit
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.
- History of Art
- Graphic Design
- Drama & Theatre Studies
- Music Technology
- Physical Education
- Finance Baccalaureate
- English Literature
- English Language & Literature
- Film Studies
- Classical Civilisation
- Government & Politics
- Modern History
- Early Modern History
- Media Studies
- Religious Studies
- Mathematics with Further Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Social Sciences
- Lydia Thompson plays Rugby Union for England
- Rob Hawthorne sports commentator for Sky Sports
- Richard Jones
- Dan O'Hagan sports commentator for BBC's Match of the Day
- Kenton Allen, Producer of the BAFTA award winning The Royle Family and the film "Six Shooter".
- Clint Mansell, English musician, composer, and former lead singer and guitarist of the band Pop Will Eat Itself.
- James Hand, BBC presenter and namer of Boaty McBoatface.
- Stephanie Peacock MP for Barnsley East
- Esther Smith Actress
- Nicola Richards MP for West Bromwich East
King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys, StourbridgeEdit
- Anthony Bate, actor
- Squadron Leader Mike Cooper-Slipper DFC, Battle of Britain pilot and later test pilot in Canada for Orenda Engines
- Sir Michael Davies, judge
- Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Labour MP for Bromsgrove from 1971-4, Birmingham Stechford from 1979–83 and Birmingham Hodge Hill from 1983-2004
- David Garrick, actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer.
- Samuel Johnson, writer
- Prof Alan Kennedy, Professor of Psychology from 1972-2006 at the University of Dundee
- Sir Ian Kennedy, Chairman of the Healthcare Commission from 2004-9
- Robin Morgan, Editor of the Sunday Times Magazine from 1995 to 2009
- Sir Harry Pitt, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading from 1964–79
- Robert Plant CBE, 1959 - 1965, Lead singer of Led Zeppelin
- Dr Richard Stanton-Jones, aeronautical engineer, rocket scientist, Managing Director of the British Hovercraft Corporation 1968-82.
- Prof David Trotman, mathematician
- Sir Maurice Wilkes, computer scientist
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