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Reaching out to local primary schools

30 May 2012

As most Old Edwardians are aware, King Edward's is committed to ensuring the school remains accessible to all boys of ability, regardless of their background and financial situation. Of course, thanks to the increased number of Assisted Places funded by alumni and supporters, the school is more accessible now than it has been in the last 15 years.

However former pupils may be less aware of the outreach work that the school is also undertaking to ensure that the very brightest boys in Birmingham are made aware of King Edward's and our Assisted Places scheme. In this academic year the school has engaged with over 2,000 children from over 20 state primary schools and it aims to double this number in 2012/13.

Outreach activities provide access to facilities, expertise and experiences that would not normally be available. Over 100 masterclasses, workshops and events have been delivered by both staff and pupils, ranging from science masterclasses and workshops in Greek mythology, to debating workshops and specialist sports events.

The response from primary schools has been overwhelming and the pupils thoroughly enjoy the activities on offer. Following a recent event, one child wrote: "Thanks so much for including us. We had a brilliant time, especially on the inflatable castle! Please can you invite us next year as we had such a great time."

More information about the school's outreach work can be found at:  If you think you may be able to assist with any of the outreach activities, please contact Tom Arbuthnott at