King Edward VII School, Sheffield

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about King Edward VII School (formerly Wesley College) in Sheffield, England.
For other King Edward Schools, see King Edward's School (disambiguation).
King Edward VII School
King Edward VII School copy.jpg
Motto fac recte, nil time
(Do right, fear nothing)
Established 1905
Headteacher Beverley Jackson
Chair of Governors Barbara Walsh
Location Glossop Road

South Yorkshire
S10 2PW
Coordinates: 53°22′34″N 1°29′45″W / 53.3762°N 1.4957°W / 53.3762; -1.4957
Local authority Sheffield City Council
DfE number 373/4259
DfE URN 107140 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1703
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–19

King Edward VII School (KES) is a co-educational secondary school and sixth form located in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.


KES, named after the reigning monarch, was formed in 1905 when Wesley College was merged with Sheffield Royal Grammar School (SRGS) on the site of the former on Glossop Road. The former buildings of Wesley College, now King Edward VII Upper School, designed and built by the Sheffield architect, William Flockton in 1838, were Grade II* listed in 1973.[1] The school's history is far older than its regal name suggests. It can be traced directly to a Royal Charter granted in 1604 for the "Free School of King James", the result of a legacy of Thomas Smith who had died the previous year. However there are traces of the school as far back as the thirteenth century, like a number in other towns of mediaeval England (see Old Edwardians website for more details).

The School supported a Junior School until the advent of the 11-plus examination entry that was a consequence of the Education Act 1944. The last boys left the Junior School in 1947 and the 1948 entry was the first entirely from the 11 plus examination. The School has been particularly successful in preparing boys for entry to the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.[citation needed] These reached a peak in 1961 (28 Oxbridge entries) and 1962 (26 Oxbridge entries) although after the latter, the headmaster N L Clapton in his 1962 Speech Day address observed that the figure was unlikely to be attained again. At the time the school had about 750 pupils, all boys, of whom around 250 were in the three-year sixth form. Comprehensive and accurate details of the school's academic successes in those years are to be found in the complete collection of Speechday Leaflets on the Old Edwardian's website.[2] By 1962 the school's alumni society at Oxford University, the Seventh Club (see Old Edwardian archives) had 82 members, about one percent of the university's male junior members. It is questionable whether even schools such as Eton or Manchester Grammar, despite being twice the size, could equal that. In particular, many boys went to the Queen's College, Oxford as the School was one of 20 Schools in Yorkshire, Westmoreland and Cumberland that were eligible for the Hastings Scholarships at that College. As recently as 2014 the school was successful in sending seven students to Oxford and Cambridge.

The final 11-plus examination entry was in 1968 and the School steadily became a co-educational Comprehensive School from September 1969, as each year group of grammar school entries gradually matured and left. Girls were admitted in 1969 to Crosspool Secondary Modern School which became the Lower School for King Edward VII School. In 2005, the school celebrated its 100th anniversary. During 2011-12 a major building programme of extension and refurbishment was undertaken.

Further details about the school's history are to be found on the Old Edwardians Website (see references below, Archive). This comprehensive site includes about 1150 relevant articles and photographs, with documents such as School magazines, Speechday Leaflets and official form photographs, plus a list of approximately 400 Old Edwardians. That list includes many in the "golden era" of admissions during the Clapton era, especially 1952-59, not included in the less widely-based Alumni list below, and concentrates on those it has been possible to trace of significant achievement after they left the school. Surprisingly, the school itself maintains no such records. The OE list reveals that a noteworthy proportion of Old Edwardians went on to become professors at universities around the world. Remarkably, there were substantially more Old Edwardian British ambassadors than Old Edwardian members of parliament. The school's historian has picked up on the fact that in 2000, the British ambassadors to Ukraine, Colombia and NATO were all Old Edwardians; all three of them had been 'soldiers' in a school performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in March 1956. As befits an industrial and engineering city such as Sheffield, the school also produced more than its fair share of prominent industrialists and world-class engineers.

The school today[edit]

The school is on two sites: The Lower School (KS3) on Darwin Lane, and the Upper School (KS4, Sixth Form and Language College).

The school is described in the 2006 OFSTED report of 13 September 2006 as a mixed Community Secondary School (11–19).[3] The school has 1,678 students in all, 524 of whom are in the 6th form.

Of the 6th form roughly 50% originate from the Lower School, the remainder coming from other schools in the Sheffield region (many of which are 11–16).

The Chair of Governors is Barbara Walsh and the Headteacher is Mrs Beverley Jackson.

The Upper School was recently refurbished, with the addition of a sports hall and science block, as part of the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) programme; work began in July 2010 and finished in May 2012.[4]

Headteachers of King Edward VII School[edit]

Notable former pupils of King Edward VII School[edit]

See List of Old Edwardians (Sheffield) and also Category:People educated at King Edward VII School, Sheffield.

Notable former staff of King Edward VII School[edit]



External links[edit]