West Midlands Success Story 2001: Success in All Aspects

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FOR King Edward's School for Boys in Edgbaston, 2001 was a year of outstanding success in all aspects of school life and of exploration and discovery abroad in many different ways.

For staff and pupils alike, the first quarter of the year was dominated by inspection, in retrospect an exciting and rewarding experience and one from which the school emerged with remarkable distinction.

The inspection report described KES as ``an outstanding school'' which ``achieves excellence in many areas. `` Inspectors commented that ``the school is dedicated to educating the whole person: body, mind and spirit, and it does so exceptionally well.''

As ever, boys achieved some notable academic honours, not just in public exams, where over 80 per cent of pupils achieved grades A or B at A-level and in which nine boys gained Top A-level Candidate Awards.

Jonathan Friend, a sixth form design and technology student, was invited to represent Great Britain in San Jos, California, at the International Science and Engineering Fair, with his invention that allows music to be distributed over the Internet without the risk of illegal pirating.

The project was voted the best European entry.

Also flying across the Atlantic this year was David Tite, aged 16, to take part in the International Geography Olympiad in Vancouver during the summer.

Back at home, TV quiz show addicts will have spotted Patrick Finglass, a recent Old Edwardian, captaining St John's College Oxford in the final of University Challenge. …