King Edward VI School, Southampton
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|Motto||Dieu et mon droit
(God and my right)
|Type||Independent public school (UK) day school|
|Headteacher||A. J. Thould|
|DfE URN||116580 Tables|
|Former pupils||Old Edwardians|
'King Edward VI School, often referred to as King Edward's, or simply KES, is a selective co-educational independent day School sometimes referred to as a public school (UK) located in Southampton, United Kingdom, and is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. It was founded in 1553, after the death of William Capon (in 1550), who left money in his will for a grammar school for the poor. King Edward VI signed the necessary Royal Charter in 1553 and the School opened in 1554. It is a registered charity.
King Edward's became an independent school in 1978 and accepted girls into the Sixth Form in 1983. It became a fully coeducational school in 1994.
There are approximately 950 pupils in the school, spread throughout 6 houses.
Traditions and day-to-day life 
School houses 
The School is divided up into 6 houses: Capon (yellow), Lake (dark blue), Lawrence (red), Reynolds (green), Sylvester (light blue), and Watts (white), all bearing the name of ex pupils or founders: William Capon, Thomas Lake, Thomas Lawrence, Edward Reynolds, Joshua Sylvester and Isaac Watts. Each year the houses compete for points in order to win the Allen Grant Trophy.
School motto 
The School motto is Dieu et mon droit (French for God and my right, referring to the monarch's divine right to govern) and is generally used as the motto of the British monarch. Originally it was spelled Dieut et mon droict, the Early Modern French spelling, but later the 't' in "Dieut" was dropped in accordance with present French orthography. The 'c' in droict was also dropped.
School hymn 
The School hymn is O God, Our Help in Ages Past, written by a famous former pupil, Isaac Watts. The clock tower at the Civic Centre, Southampton plays the same tune at 4, 8, and 12 o'clock, after it has chimed the hour.
Academic curriculum, results and progression 
The school reviews its curriculum regularly and over the past five years has introduced new subjects such as psychology, business studies, photography, Mandarin and Italian.
The school does not participate in media league tables in August, waiting instead until all challenges to grades are complete. These results are published each year on the school website, and as part of the Department for Education's league tables. In 2011, 100% of pupils achieved 5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths, with 85% achieving all English Baccalaureate subjects. The average fifth year student was entered for 11.2 qualifications.
King Edward's encourages pupils to become heavily involved with sports activities. The time of the year dictates which sport is currently being played competitively - be it rugby union, hockey, cricket or tennis for boys, and hockey, netball, rounders, or tennis for girls. As well as a main field, the school has an area of artificial turf large enough to accommodate 12 tennis courts. King Edward's also owns 33 acres (130,000 m2) of sports grounds called Wellington on the edge of Southampton, where there is a water based astro pitch, along with netball courts, tennis courts, and a large number of grass pitches.
In addition to the major sports, pupils also have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of other sports including badminton, table tennis, fencing, basketball, kayaking, sailing and squash.
Transport to and from the school 
The School provides an extensive transport system for its pupils who come to the school from many parts of the county. Currently the school transports, on a daily basis, over 700 students who travel on one of the large number of school coaches. The school also organises late buses for pupils who stay behind after the normal school day for activities.
School events and opportunities 
The School contributes to the local (and international) community. There is a thriving Charities Commission that raises around £20,000 a year for worthy causes.
The School also runs a number of international expeditions. Recently these trips have been to India, Brazil, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Morocco, Indonesia, Norway and Honduras. In 2011 there was an expedition to Alaska.
Summer Camp 
The Summer Camp team organise a number of events throughout the year, a charity jumble sale, a disco and a barbecue, all to raise money for the Summer Camp that they host at the end of the year. The camp is for less privileged children around Southampton who are taken on an activities week in Swanage.
This is a project that involves a number of sixth formers. The Goedgedacht Trust is a development programme which helps farm workers in the local area north of Cape Town and their families escape from the continuous cycles of poverty which have trapped them for so many generations. This is realised through the Olive Farm and the Youth in Construction Programme, the after school club, and the Preschool. Students spend part of their summer holidays working with the local people and supporting local initiatives.
Ski Trip 
Each year 60-100 pupils from a range of year groups travel with staff to a ski resort (normally in France).
New York Art Trip 
The New York trip is for the Sixth Form only and takes place once every two years during the October half-term break. Sixth Form pupils travel with staff to New York City, where they are able to visit various locations in the city noteworthy for their association with art, including museums such as The Guggenheim in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, The Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, the Brooklyn Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, as well as to visit other locations in New York.
Classics Trips 
Every other year the Classics Department organises a trip to either Greece or Italy. The 2009 trip involved 4 teachers and roughly 40 students with eight days spent between Rome and Napoli. The most recent trip to Greece occurred in 2011 and involved 5 teachers and roughly 40 students with eight days split between Athens, Delphi, Olympia and Tolon.
Exchange Programme 
Along with the usual foreign exchange visits to Le Havre in France, Spain and Mutterstadt in Germany, the school maintains a student exchange programme with Charlotte Country Day School, North Carolina USA. There are opportunities for pupils in both the 3rd year and lower sixth to take part. The school has also recently started a yearly exchange with students from Qindao in China.
School publications 
KonnEctionS Newsletter and other regular communications 
This newsletter is published each term and stresses the highlights and achievements of the school and its members that have occurred in the previous 4 months. An on-line bulletin is also sent to parents using the e-portal on a regular basis through each term to ensure that events are publicised. The website also publishes news about achievements and events and is up-dated each week.
The Annual Review and Sotoniensis 
The school publishes two formal reports. The Annual Review provides a detailed summary of the achievements of the school. A copy is given to all parents in September after Speech Day. Sotoniensis is an annual publication of the school's main social, charitable and arts events with the aim to provide a record of all that has taken place in the previous year, with articles covering trips, expeditions, sports results, theatre productions, etc. This is published in October each year.
The Edwardian 
The Edwardian is a bi-annual publication for alumni of King Edward's (known as Edwardians, or OEs). It is full of information regarding OEs.
Recent developments 
Under the current Head Master's stewardship, the School has undertaken a number of projects designed to improve the facilities for both academic and non-academic subjects. The main development was originally planned to be the science and technology block, though in recent years there has been significant refurbishment to the Humanities, Modern Languages, English and Mathematics departments, along with new cricket nets, and relaid astro pitches on both sites. Significant funding for the science projects and bursaries has come from the Sir Edward Abraham Foundation.
- A complete overhaul of the Science and Design-and-Technology blocks.
- Constant expansion of the School's ICT capacity, wifi and security.
- A new area for the Sixth Form to spend study periods and breaks in to augment the current concourse together with a study area and research facility for Sixth form students
- The purchase of off-site property, including the Wellington Sports Grounds and a centre at Lovaton on Dartmoor where the School carries out some of its Duke of Edinburgh Award training as well as other activities.
- 2010-11 Complete refurbishment of the Mathematics, English, Humanities and Modern Languages facilities.
- 2009-11 Extensive landscaping of the main school site including the creation of an 'Eco garden' funded by parents through the KESSoc, the school's PTA.
- A new servery opened in September 2010 following the construction of a new dining hall in 2004
- A expansion of the music department is planned for 2012. This will include a new recording studio, an enhanced recital area and additional practice rooms.
- Plans are being developed for an enlarged art department to include a gallery space. The Dobson Theatre will also be extended and refurbished.
- 2013-13 Netball courts resurfaced.
- 2009-10 Astro-turf resurfaced.
Notable Old Edwardians 
- Edward Penley Abraham, biochemist
- Alan F. Alford, author
- Thomas George Adames Baker, Clergyman
- (Lord) Michael Bichard, Civil Servant
- Iain Brunnschweiler, cricketer
- William Capon, rector and master of Jesus College, Cambridge
- Alec Campbell (footballer)
- James Cobban, educator
- George Bernard Cronshaw, Clergyman
- Justin Edwards, actor
- John Francis (cricketer)
- Simon Francis (cricketer)
- Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon
- Henry Robertson Hartley, philanthropist
- John Heath, entomologist
- Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP
- James Henry Hurdis, Artist
- Arthur Lake, Bishop of Bath and Wells
- Thomas Lake, statesman
- Michael Langrish, bishop
- Michael Lewis (bishop)
- Eric Meadus, painter
- Basil Mitchell (academic)
- Hugh Mitchell, actor
- Rob Moore (field hockey player)
- John Muddiman, scholar
- Stephen Hammond, Politician
- Dennis Nineham, scholar
- George Penny, 1st Viscount Marchwood, Politician
- Iain Percy, (Olympic Sailor)
- Paul O'Prey, scholar
- Joshua Sylvester, poet
- Isaac Watts, minister and hymnist
- Hugh Whitemore, playwright/screenwriter
- Gilbert Whitley, Zoologist
- Nick Middleton,(Presenter, Writer,Teacher)