Class Act: Cutting-Edge Curriculum Fires a Passion for Academic Achievement; in the First of an Occasional Feature, We Take a Bird's Eye View of Birmingham Schools. This Week the Focus Is on King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston, Which Share the Same Site, and - in Their Own Words - Their History, Achievements and Ambitions

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Class Act: Cutting-Edge Curriculum Fires a Passion for Academic Achievement; in the First of an Occasional Feature, We Take a Bird's Eye View of Birmingham Schools. This Week the Focus Is on King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston, Which Share the Same Site, and - in Their Own Words - Their History, Achievements and Ambitions


THE PAST - King Edward's School, Birmingham, was founded in 1552. It took 331 years before the foundation governors established a sister school, in 1883. Initially taking over a spare hall at King Edward's School in New Street, the new girls' school - now King Edward VI High School for Girls - moved several times within central Birmingham before settling at its present home in Edgbaston in 1940 where it shared a site, but not buildings this time, with King Edward's School.

Trams and buses brought boys and girls from all over Birmingham and the West Midlands to the schools which, from their inception, were premier schools nationally, establishing the Midlands as an educational model to challenge the 19th century boys boarding schools. The Edgbaston site quickly established a cutting-edge curriculum with its science laboratories being the model for schools all over the country. THE PRESENT - The schools continue to attract children and teachers of a high academic calibre and provide a curriculum rich in depth and breadth. Funding has come from a variety of sources over the years and now the schools draw on fee income, Government and governors means-tested assisted places, educational trusts and business sponsorship.

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