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Raising the bar for education across the region

23 October 2013

King Edward's School has been taking great strides to raise the aspirations of young people across the region and has just signed up its 100th partner primary school.

The school has worked with 7,000 junior school children in the last academic year alone. Activities range across many different areas, from historical re-enactments to sports coaching, science competitions to author visits, and drama performances to ancient Greek, involving primary schools across Birmingham and as far away as Coventry.

"Since the school began in 1552, its purpose has been to serve the children of the city of Birmingham" said John Claughton, the Chief Master. "The collaboration with state schools reflects our deep commitment to the local community: we are keen to collaborate with junior schools to widen the pupils' experience and raise their aspirations. 

"So, we have worked hard in recent times to develop our outreach programme and are very pleased that 28 of the boys we have worked with have come here on Assisted Places. In doing this we believe that we are fulfilling our charitable function as Birmingham's oldest educational institution."

The school's outreach programme has also been recognised by the Independent Schools Awards 2013 and is shortlisted in the ‘Best Independent-Maintained School Collaboration' category. The school is also shortlisted for the ‘Education Initiative of the Year' for the switch from A-level to the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2010. The winners of the Independent School Awards will be announced on Thursday, 14 November 2013.