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King Edward's School Bath

Address: King Edward’s School, North Road, Bath BA2 6HU
Website: kesbath.com
Founded: 1552
Number of Pupils: 1,144
Fees: From £3,140 (Nursery full-time, per term) to £5,425 (Year 12 & 13 per term)
Ages:  3–18
Head Teacher: Mr Martin Boden MA
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Non-selective Pre-Prep (Nursery – Year 2) thereafter entry via assessment and interview. Entry to Junior School includes assessment of English, maths, reading and non-verbal reasoning. Entry to Senior School (Year 7) includes assessment in verbal reasoning, maths and English
Contact: Admissions 01225 820 399
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: School visits welcomed throughout the year, in addition there is a whole school Open Day in autumn and spring Open Mornings for our Junior and Pre-Prep Schools.

The Curriculum

A broad and engaging curriculum with the results to prove it as KES is consistently among the top five independent schools in the South West (based on A-level results), according to The Sunday Times Parent Power Survey.

Games & The Arts

The school’s eclectic and wide ranging co-curricular provision is ‘outstanding’ notes the ISI, and reflects the School’s stated aim to encourage pupils to acquire a lifelong passion for knowledge, discovery and adventure. From Lego robotics to esports and yoga to Model United Nations, there is something for everyone here at KES.

Pastoral Care

King Edward’s is a happy school, where the social and emotional well-being of our pupils is central to all that we do. We get to know our pupils well and build open and trusting relationships so that children can flourish, succeed and develop into spirited, thoughtful and confident young adults. We value tolerance and kindness, and work hard to develop resilience and independence. In our last ISI review pastoral care was noted as ‘a particular strength of the school’.

University Places

Last year 90 per cent of pupils secured the grades needed to gain entry to their first choice institution, including all those holding Oxbridge or Ivy League offer.  Other popular destinations for KES pupils this year include Manchester, Exeter, Leeds and Edinburgh.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

The ethos of the school is one that encourages all pupils to play as hard as they work and to make the most of all the wonderful opportunities here, both in and out of the classroom, that enable them to grow and thrive within a supportive and caring framework. We set the bar high, but we also give our pupils all the tools that they need to reach those ambitious standards. We aim to foster talent in all its forms and to open doors to enquiry and discovery. Independent-mindedness and creative spirit are strong suits, but so too is the sense of community that seeks to respect and value all its members.

Outstanding Characteristics

Six characteristics as noted by our most recent Good Schools Guide review:

  • ‘KES remains at the top of the academic pops in Bath and beyond.’
  • ‘KES has long since lost its reputation for being just about academics and sport. Its arts offer is right up there with the best of them.’
  • ‘Stunning results and consistent success at Oxbridge comes from outstanding and rigorous teaching, not from narrowly selective admissions criteria.’
  • ‘The Head of Pastoral and her team are widely praised, but students also rate their tutors’ ability to support them through the helter skelter of school life.’
  • ‘KES turns out young people who are not merely hard-working and well-educated but compassionate and thoughtful to boot.’
  • ‘In relation to the Junior School: “Intellectual rigour is underpinned by excellent pastoral care – these kids really seem to thrive.’