King Edward VI School, Southampton
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|Motto||Dieu et mon droit
(God and my right)
|Type||Independent public school (UK) day school|
|Headteacher||A. J. Thould|
|DfE URN||116580 Tables|
|Former pupils||Old Edwardians|
The school was founded at the request of William Capon, who bequeathed money in his will for a grammar school for the poor. King Edward VI signed the necessary Royal Charter in 1553 and the school opened in 1554. King Edward's became an independent school in 1978 and accepted girls into the sixth form in 1983. It became a fully co-educational school in 1994. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, and is a registered charity. The school roll is approximately 950 pupils in the school.
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King Edward's was founded in 1553 when King Edward VI signed the necessary Royal Charter for a school to be built out of the proceeds of the will of William Capon, who had died in 1550 and bequeathed money for a grammar school for the poor. The school opened in 1554; it became an independent school in 1978, and accepted girls into the sixth form in 1983. It became a fully co-educational school in 1994. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.
Traditions and day-to-day life
The school is divided up into 6 houses all bearing the name of ex pupils or founders: William Capon, Thomas Lake, Thomas Lawrence, Edward Reynolds, Joshua Sylvester and Isaac Watts. Each year the houses compete for points in order to win the Allen Grant Trophy.
The school motto is Dieu et mon droit (French for God and my right, referring to the monarch's divine right to govern) and is generally used as the motto of the British monarch. Originally it was spelled Dieut et mon droict, the Early Modern French spelling, but later the 't' in "Dieut" was dropped in accordance with present French orthography. The 'c' in droict was also dropped. In the 1970s the motto was 'Pax Huic Domui', 'Peace to this House' (traditionally the words a priest says when visiting a sick person). The school hymn is Our God, Our Help in Ages Past, written by a famous former pupil, Isaac Watts. The clock tower at the Civic Centre, Southampton plays the same tune at 4, 8, and 12 o'clock, after it has chimed the hour.
The school reviews its curriculum regularly and over the past five years has introduced new subjects such as psychology, business studies, photography, Mandarin and Italian. The school does not participate in media league tables in August, waiting instead until all challenges to grades are complete. These results are published each year on the school website, and as part of the Department for Education's league tables. In 2011, 100% of pupils achieved 5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths, with 85% achieving all English Baccalaureate subjects. The average fifth year student was entered for 11.2 qualifications. Over the past five years over 80% of students have gone on to study at Russell Group universities, with 11% of all students going to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
A newsletter, KonnEctionS, is published each term and stresses the highlights and achievements of the school and its members that have occurred in the previous four months. An online bulletin is also sent to parents using the e-portal on a regular basis through each term to ensure that events are publicised. The website also publishes news about achievements and events and is updated weekly. The school publishes two formal reports. The Annual Review provides a detailed summary of the achievements of the school. A copy is given to all parents in September after Speech Day. Sotoniensis is an annual publication of the school's main social, charitable and arts events. Published in October, it aims to provide a record of all that has taken place in the previous year, and has articles covering trips, expeditions, sports results, theatre productions, etc. The Edwardian is a biannual publication for and about alumni of King Edward's (known as Edwardians, or OEs).
As well as a main playing field, and an area of artificial turf large enough to accommodate 12 tennis courts, King Edward's owns 33 acres (130,000 m2) of sports grounds called Wellington on the edge of Southampton, where there is a water based astro pitch, along with netball courts, tennis courts, and a large number of grass pitches.
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- Edward Penley Abraham, biochemist
- Alan F. Alford, author
- Thomas George Adames Baker, clergyman
- Iain Brunnschweiler, cricketer
- William Capon, rector and master of Jesus College, Cambridge
- Alec Campbell (footballer)
- James Cobban, educator
- George Bernard Cronshaw, clergyman
- Justin Edwards, actor
- John Francis (cricketer)
- Simon Francis (cricketer)
- Chris Grigg, chief executive of British Land 
- Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon
- Henry Robinson Hartley, philanthropist
- John Heath, entomologist
- Roger Helmer, UK Independence Party MEP
- James Henry Hurdis, artist
- Arthur Lake, Bishop of Bath and Wells
- Thomas Lake, politician
- Michael Langrish, bishop
- Michael Lewis (bishop)
- Eric Meadus, painter
- Nick Middleton, geographer
- Basil Mitchell (academic)
- Hugh Mitchell, actor
- Rob Moore (field hockey player)
- John Muddiman, scholar
- Stephen Hammond, politician
- Darren Naish, palaeontologist
- Dennis Nineham, scholar
- George Penny, 1st Viscount Marchwood, politician
- Iain Percy, Olympic sailor
- Paul O'Prey, scholar
- Joshua Sylvester, poet
- Isaac Watts, minister and hymnist
- Hugh Whitemore, playwright/screenwriter
- Gilbert Whitley, zoologist
- Charity Commission. King Edward VI School, Southampton, registered charity no. 1088030.
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