Edgbaston High School
|Motto||Fideliter, Fortiter, Feliciter
(Latin: " Faithfully, bravely, successfully"
|Headmistress||Dr Ruth Weeks|
The school was founded in 1876 making it the oldest girls' secondary school open to the public in Birmingham. The first headmistress was Ms Alice Cooper. The school used to be a boarding school in a different location.
Cooper strongly encouraged the teaching of science and made sure that like other schools for girls they had science equipment. She encouraged her teachers to not teach by rote and she preferred to have no external examinations until the age of 17. She encouraged sensible clothing and physical exercise. In 1881, the school staged a cricket match against another school, to which a local newspaper reacted with hostility. It produced a cartoon and wrote a passage of its opinions towards the upcoming match.
In 1882 the school paid for her to visit a large number of American schools. She returned and reported on their better equipment and she saw some advantage in co-education.
Westbourne is the Pre-Preparatory Department of the school. It is split into three stages, organised by the age of the child. The Octagon Nursery is available for children from the age of 2½ and above. The nursery opened in September 2004. Following this is the Kindergarten for children of the age of three. In the September following the child's fourth birthday, they can move into Reception.
The Preparatory Department is the second department in the school. It consists of years one to six. Each year is split into four houses; Curie, Frank, Johnson and Nightingale. In Years One, Two and Three forms are primarily taught by their form teacher with specialist teaching in French, music and physical education. More specialist teaching is introduced as pupils move from Year Four through to Year Six. These two departments form the Lower School.
The Senior School is third department in the school. It consists of Years Seven to Eleven, preparing the students for GCSEs and A-levels. Following this the students may move on into the sixth form centre, the fourth department. Sixth Form students are required to wear a suit which is conservative in style. There are five houses: St Patrick, St David, St Andrew, St George and St Francis with many House Events available such as the House Quiz or Sports Day.
Notable current pupil
Notable former pupils
- Mary Sturge, second woman doctor in Birmingham
- Verily Anderson, late British television and play writer
- Sally Davies, medical doctor and first woman to be appointed as Chief Medical Officer for England
- Molly Dineen, Canadian-born British documentary director, producer and cinematographer
- Elinor Wight Gardner, late British university lecturer, geologist, and archeologist
- Julia Lloyd, Educationalist and pioneer of kindergartens
- Sue Lloyd, late British model, television and film actress
- Helen George, television and film actress
- Kate Williams (historian), historian, author and television presenter
- Ruth Watts, ‘Cooper, Alice Jane (1846–1917)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2005 accessed 22 Jan 2017
- Ruth Watts (13 May 2013). Women in Science: A Social and Cultural History. Routledge. pp. 183–. ISBN 1-134-52651-2.
- Stephen Walker; Len Barton (5 November 2013). Gender, Class and Education (Routledge Revivals). Routledge. pp. 101–2. ISBN 978-1-136-15606-9.
- BBC league tables: Schools in Birmingham sorted by GCSE
- BBC league tables: Schools in Birmingham sorted by A/AS
- Ruth Watts, ‘Lloyd, Julia (1867–1955)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2013 accessed 1 August 2015
- Janet Whitcut (1976). Edgbaston High School, 1876-1976. Governors of Edgbaston High School. ISBN 0-9504315-0-8.