King Edward VI College, Stourbridge
|Motto||Great Students, Great Staff, Great College|
|Type||Selective Sixth Form College|
|Founder||Edward VI of England|
Lower High Street|
West Midlands (former Worcestershire)
Coordinates: 52°27′31″N 2°08′49″W / 52.45856°N 2.14699°W
|DfE URN||130478 Tables|
|Former name||King Edward VI Grammar School|
King Edward VI College is a highly recognised selective state sixth form college, located in Stourbridge, England, in the West Midlands area. It is situated in the centre of Stourbridge, to the north of the town centre, on the side of the ring road (A491).
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. 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.
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 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.
In 2008, the college was listed as 'outstanding' following an inspection by Ofsted. 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 several private institutions in the area. For example, some pupils come from Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School, which does not have a sixth form. As such, some pupils attend the college between the ages of 17 and 19, instead of the usual 16 and 18.
The college's motto is Great Students, Great Staff, Great College. The college's previous motto was 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 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.
These are the courses taught at Kings Edward's, as of September 2016.
- Art & Design
- History of Art
- Graphic Design
- Drama & Theatre Studies
- Music Technology
- Physical Education
- PE - Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport
- Finance Baccalaureate
- English Literature
- English Language & Literature
- Communication & Culture
- Film Studies
- History, Politics & Religion
- Classical Civilisation
- Government & Politics
- Modern History
- Early Modern History
- Religious Studies
- Mathematics with Statistics
- Mathematics with Further Mathematics
- Mathematics with Mechanics
- Mathematical Studies
- Statistical Problem Solving Using Software
- Maths for Physics
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science
- Computer Science
- Social Sciences
- Rob Hawthorne sports commentator for Sky Sports
- Richard Jones
- Dan O'Hagan sports commentator for BBC's Match of the Day
- Kenton Allen, Multi-award winning programme maker with programmes such as the BAFTA award winning The Royle Family (2000) and the Oscar award winning film Six Shooter (2006).
- Clint Mansell, English musician, composer, and former lead singer and guitarist of the band Pop Will Eat Itself.
- James Hand, breakfast presenter and sports reporter for BBC Radio Jersey.
King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys, Stourbridge
- 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
- 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 since 1995
- 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