King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
|King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls|
Kings Heath, Birmingham,
|Motto||Dieu Et Mon Droit (God and my right)|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of England|
|Founder||King Edward Foundation|
|Specialist||Languages, Maths & Computing|
|Headteacher||Linda Johnson (2012-)|
|Age||11 to 18|
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls is a grammar school in Kings Heath, Birmingham for students aged 11 to 18 (Year 7 to Year 13), renowned for consistently achieving top positions in national performance tables of examination results. It is one of the 7 schools in Birmingham that are part of the King Edward VI Foundation. It shares a campus with King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, and in 1958 both schools moved from their original location in central Birmingham to the Vicarage Road in the Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath. The buildings are connected and some facilities and activities are shared, but they are separate establishments. The name has been retained from the school's former site at Camp Hill.
King Edward is a voluntary aided school, part of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI. As with other grammar schools in Birmingham, including those of the King Edwards Foundation, Camp Hill school admission is selective and is granted to students based on their performance in the Eleven plus exam - pupils are admitted on the basis of a combined score in two tests. On average over 1200 children sit the exam each year to compete for 150 places for Year 7 entry. Entry in other years is also available, this is done by entrance examination too. In addition, girls join the Sixth Form from a range of other schools. The school community numbers about 950 pupils and about 100 teachers and associate staff.
All National Curriculum subjects are studied, and the curriculum is enhanced to provide creative opportunities in drama and dance and support for all aspects of personal development in PSHE. From early on, the sciences are taught separately to support the large number of pupils who choose biology, chemistry and physics as A level options. Teaching groups are of the same age and, generally, of mixed ability. As in all secondary schools, pupils sit most of their GCSE Examinations in Year 11, although more flexible pathways enable early entry in some disciplines, for example Mathematics. Pupils currently take ten, eleven or twelve GCSEs, and up to five A levels in Year 13.
Education at the School has been enhanced by its specialisms in Mathematics, Computing and Languages. In addition, success in a variety of fields has been recognised through a number of other awards including a Gold Award for celebrating Cultural Diversity; a Gold Artsmark for the range of arts activities supported by the School; the International Schools Award; a Healthy Schools Award and a Basic 21 Award for encouraging sustainability.
The School benefits from excellent facilities, many of which have been built or refurbished in recent years, including the School Hall, the Library, the School Dining Room, the IT building, nine full-size science laboratories, an indoor swimming pool, and music performance and practice rooms. The Art and Design and Food Technology Centres provide specialist classrooms, improved facilities and an exciting modern environment. Since 2010 the Learning Hub has provided additional classrooms and a conference centre while a recently enlarged and refurbished Sixth Form Centre provides bespoke accommodation for senior students. A large Sports Hall is shared with Camp Hill School for Boys, offering separate facilities for each school and the flexibility to open the space for major school sporting events and community use. The building also includes classrooms and a dance/drama studio. Pupils are also able to take excellent advantage of the extensive grounds, not only for playing sports such as hockey, tennis, netball and athletics, but also for work in a range of subjects, particularly in art, English, geography and science.
The strong house system at Camp Hill allows girls to participate in a range of regular sporting, cultural and charitable activities and house points form part of the rewards system. The six houses; Cartland, Lichfield, Meriden, Priory, Stratford and Warwick, are related to the school's history. There are various house events throughout the year such has a house festival, house fair and seasonal house sports competitions. At the end of each academic year the House Cup is awarded to the house with the most points.
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