King Edward VII Academy

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King Edward VII Academy
Type Academy

Mr Craig Morrison

Mr Lloyd Brown
Location Gaywood Road
King's Lynn
PE30 2QB
52°45′24″N 0°24′49″E / 52.75676°N 0.41359°E / 52.75676; 0.41359Coordinates: 52°45′24″N 0°24′49″E / 52.75676°N 0.41359°E / 52.75676; 0.41359
Local authority Norfolk
DfE URN 121187 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 278
Students 1,344 pupils (2012)[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses 4 (Gloucester/Windsor, Keene/Thorseby, Edinburgh/York, Lancaster/School)
Colours red + white

King Edward VII Academy (known as KES Academy) is a large, mixed comprehensive secondary school in Gaywood Road (A148), King's Lynn, Norfolk, England with around 1,300 pupils, including about 300 in sixth form education.[1] Prior to the school year beginning in September 1979, KES was an all-boys state grammar school. The school became an academy, sponsored by the College of West Anglia's CWA Academy Trust in September 2014.


The history of the school dates to 1510 when former Lord Mayor of Lynn Thomas Thoresby (who began in his lifetime Thoresby College for thirteen chantry priests) established a provision in his will for a priest to teach six children ‘in grammar and song’.[2]

In 1543 his eponymous son agreed to grant the four pieces of pasture in Gaywood, referred to in his father’s will, to the corporation on condition that it appointed a suitably qualified priest as school master to teach six children who would pray daily for his father’s soul. The academy's name was changed to King Edward VII Grammar School in 1903, when it was amalgamated with the King’s Lynn Technical School.[3]

The current academy building was opened in 1906 by King Edward VII.[3] In 2007 the school was visited by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the centenary celebrations of the building. The school became an academy on 1 September 2014, sponsored by the CWA Academy Trust, and changed its name to King Edward VII Academy. King Edward VII Academy has a sister school in Chongqing, China.

Notable former pupils[edit]

The alumni association, the Old Lennensians, was revived in 2006 in association with the centenary of the new buildings donated by Sir William Lancaster.

Former pupils of the academy and its predecessor, the Lynn Grammar School, include: Captain George Vancouver; Captain Manby, whose rocket apparatus for ship-to-shore rescues was used by HM Coastguard until recently; the Rev Somerset Walpole (later a bishop), England cricketer and former Captain of Middlesex Peter Parfitt; Dr Dominic Luckett, Headmaster of Mill Hill School and, from 2016, of Sherborne School; field hockey coach Danny Kerry, Performance Director for UK & GB Men's & Women's Hockey at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[4] The infamous 18th century murderer Eugene Aram was an usher (teacher) at the school, and was arrested there in the staff room.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "King Edward VII School". Norfolk County Council. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Norfolk Record Office Information Leaflet 64 - Grammar and Independent Schools in Norfolk". Norfolk County Council. 
  3. ^ a b "School History". KES. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Andrew Stephen. "Latest News & Information". Old Lennensians Association. Retrieved March 14, 2013.