King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

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King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
KE VI sch logo.jpg
Vicarage Road

Kings Heath, Birmingham
West Midlands
B14 7QJ

Coordinates52°25′47″N 1°54′10″W / 52.42964°N 1.90289°W / 52.42964; -1.90289Coordinates: 52°25′47″N 1°54′10″W / 52.42964°N 1.90289°W / 52.42964; -1.90289
TypeGrammar school
Motto"Spartam nactus es, hanc exorna"
Established1883 (1883)[1]
FounderKing Edward VI Foundation[1]
SpecialistScience, Humanities, Applied Learning
Department for Education URN137045 Tables
Chair of Governors (Foundation)B Matthews
HeadteacherMartin Garrod
Age11 to 18
HousesTudor (Green), Howard (Blue), Seymour (Old Gold), and Beaufort (Red)

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys is a highly selective Grammar School in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It is one of the most academically successful schools in the United Kingdom,[2] currently ranked 4th among state schools.[3] The name is retained from the previous location at Camp Hill in central Birmingham from where the school moved to the Vicarage Road in the suburb of Kings Heath in 1956, sharing a campus with its sister school, also formerly located in Camp Hill. It is a school which specializes in Science, Mathematics, and Applied Learning. In 2006, the school was assessed by The Sunday Times as state school of the year.[4] A Year 9 student was 2011 winner of The Guardian Children's Fiction Page[5] and the Gold Award in the British Physics Olympiad was won by a King Edward VI student in September 2011.[6]

Ofsted inspections classify Camp Hill as an Outstanding Provider.[7]


As with the other grammar schools in Birmingham, including those of the King Edwards Foundation, admission is selective based on performance in the Eleven plus exam,[8] with around 1000 competing for around 120 places as of 2014 (the number of places available for Year 7 increased from ~90 following the many cuts of the coalition government of 2010-2015 that were made to schools). This number often changes or varies according to the number of candidates who originally sit the 11+ examination.[9]

Shared features[edit]

The school shares a campus with King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls and some major music events such as concerts, occasional drama activities, plays and musicals, are jointly held. A two-week timetable synchronises the two schools, allowing for shares lessons for A-level subjects of Music, German and Computer Science. The fields, tennis courts, schoolyards and the main school buildings are not shared. There is a shared swimming pool used separately by boys and girls. The sixth form block is a shared facility in which the top floor is occupied by girls, and the ground floor is used by the boys' school. A joint sports hall is used by both boys and girls with a separation barrier. The dining room has a folding dividing partition. A new food technology room is located between the Girls and Boys schools and is also shared.


The school has computer rooms, a library, many science labs, and art and design rooms; it also features a lecture theatre, a large assembly hall, a sports hall, as well as specialized classrooms for subjects such as Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages and the Humanities. The old gym has been redeveloped to create the school library, the wing where the English department is placed, and a Sixth Form study area.

Sports Hall[edit]

In October 2006, a new sports hall was officially opened and is shared by students attending both schools. The hall includes two gyms, a dance/drama studio, a mini-cafeteria, two classrooms, and a fitness room. The building includes a lift for the disabled, as does the library.

New Extension[edit]

In the new 2016/2017 term, a new extension was opened, providing new classrooms and science laboratories. The extra classrooms were necessitated by the change from 3 forms per year to 4, resulting in approximately 30 extra students per year.

Sixth Form Block[edit]

The start of the 2018/19 term saw a new renovation of the sixth form block featuring a shared common room area with the girls school and a dining area which serves hot/cold food and drinks.


The school was founded in January 1883 and operated for two terms on the New Street site of King Edward's School. This was the school location which JRR Tolkien thoroughly disliked, after the idyllic country life in Sarehole Mill (now a Birmingham suburb). It opened at its intended site at Camp Hill in Birmingham, near the city centre in September 1883, and moved to its current location, adjacent to Kings Heath Park, in 1956. Camp Hill Boys celebrated its 50-year jubilee in 2007 with a concert at Symphony Hall and the burial of a time capsule to be opened in another 50 years' time. It celebrated its House Centenary in 2007-8, with special events throughout the year that are not normally part of the house competition e.g. 5-a-side football.

Specialist status[edit]

The school has been granted Specialist College status in three specialisms: Science (including Maths), Humanities and Applied Learning.


Students follow a curriculum of traditional core subjects, rather than the modern curriculum.[clarification needed]

KS3 (Years 7-9)[edit]

From years 7 to 9, all students study and take internal exams in Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ICT, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art, Religious Studies, PSHE and French or German in Year 7 followed by both French and German in Years 8 and 9. Students can choose to drop one of these languages for GCSE.

GCSE (Years 10 and 11)[edit]

In year 9, students must pick four options from History, Geography, RS, Art, Music, DT (Electronic Products or Resistant Materials), French and German, one of which must be a language. These four subjects are studied in addition to the school's core Maths, English, English Literature, Chemistry, Physics and Biology for GCSE, as well as non-exam PSHE, Careers and Philosophy and Ethics.

A-Level (Sixth Form Years 12 and 13)[edit]

If students achieve the school minimum GCSE requirements, they may continue into Sixth Form. Students select three or four subjects to take from the ones they have done at GCSE, as well as Further Maths, Computing, Economics, and Business Studies. Further Maths can only be taken by students also studying Maths. General Studies is a compulsory A level for all sixth form students, and is taught for one hour a week, although these 1 hour sessions are sometimes used for other events such as careers afternoons.


The sports played at Camp Hill are seasonal: rugby and hockey in the Winter term and Spring term; in the Summer term: cricket and athletics are the main sports. Other sports include basketball, fitness, gymnastics, and tennis. Sixth form students may play football during games periods, and seniors (Years 11–13) especially the sixth form have the opportunity to play a wide variety of sports, including football, hockey, rugby, cricket, athletics, basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, swimming, squash and tennis. All students are required to take part in certain house events (known as Standards) - cross-country, swimming and athletics. Other off-curriculum sports include fencing, swimming, and rugby and cricket training after school.

School song[edit]

At the end of each school term the school song (similar to the song at King Edward's School) is sung. It is also not unusual for the rugby teams to sing this song after a rugby match victory, especially if the win is over a rival school.


Four houses are named after families who fought in the Wars of the Roses, Beaufort (Red), Howard (Blue), Seymour (Gold), and Tudor (Green). Students wear different ties corresponding to the house in which they are in. All students are required to be members of a house and a member of staff is head of a house. Events such as House Rugby, House Football, and others, enable students to earn points for their house.

House events are played in four age groups; juniors (years 7 and 8) play in individual years, and intermediates (years 9 and 10) and seniors (years 11-13) play as two groups. The house events begin in the Autumn with house rugby for all ages, rugby 7's for seniors, 11-a-side football for seniors, and house indoor 5-a-side football for all age groups. The house quiz also takes place over the course of the year, again split into junior, intermediate and senior. In early November, the house table tennis championship is held for all years, whilst cross country standards are run by boys from years 7 to 10. The house cross country finals are then held in December, along with house badminton for the seniors. Traditionally, house swimming standards are held in January, with the swimming finals after the winter A-Level exams. House chess is generally held in early spring, and house tennis at the end of spring. Both house cricket and house athletics are held in the summer, with Sports Day generally being held the week before the end of term.

In 2008, the school celebrated 100 years of the house system by hosting a day of house competitions in all subjects and extracurricular activities as well as additional competitions including scrabble, darts and film-making. The House Festival is celebrated every 4 years, to enable all students to take part in at least one during their attendance at the school. The second House Festival occurred on 3 October 2012, and the third in October 2017 on the 11th of October.[10]

Student Volunteering[edit]

Students have many opportunities to help the school through many positions, and these require students to give up some of their in-school free time.


Every year, 40-55 new Year 12 prefects are voted in by teachers and the Year 12 students (a large proportion of the year nominate themselves). Students that gain 20 or more votes become prefects, however they may be vetoed by teachers as was seen in the 2017 elections. If you are voted in as a prefect, you may then nominate yourself to be a head boy (one available position) or deputy head boy (2-4 available positions), to go through a selection process that includes interviews for the final candidates.

The duties of a prefect include controlling the lunch queue, patrolling the library and enforcing basic rules such as uniform regulations in the corridor.

Temporary prefects are also assigned through a random selection process (everyone who signs up has the same chance to become a prefect) in Year 11 while the Year 12s and 13s are on exam leave.


The school's librarian makes positions available for those in Years 8-13, to help manage functions of the library including shelving books and manning the main desk to scan books to be borrowed by students.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Schools of the King Edward the Sixth Foundation in Birmingham". King Edward VI Foundation. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
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  4. ^ O'Reilly, Judith (19 November 2006). "The Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Year 2006". The Times. London.
  5. ^ The Guardian, Saturday 12 November, Reviews: Stanton, Andy Mr Gum and the Secret Hideout,
  6. ^ "News". King Edward VI Camp Hill School For Boys. 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Outstanding Providers". Ofsted. 2014.
  8. ^ "The Schools of the King Edward the Sixth Foundation in Birmingham". King Edward VI Foundation. Archived from the original on 20 September 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Admissions". King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys. 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  10. ^ King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys calendar:
  11. ^ "Professor Andrew Crawford". University of Cambridge. 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Prof. F.D.R. Hobbs, General Practitioner". SHAPE. 2003. Retrieved 27 November 2011.

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