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King Edward VI Handsworth School

King Edward VI Handsworth School

Established in 1911 with an initial enrollment of 450 girls, King Edward VI Handsworth School is located in Birmingham's central district, offering convenient access to public transportation.

The school provides a challenging and inclusive curriculum, placing a strong emphasis on academic excellence. Students have the opportunity to explore various subjects, including computing, mathematics, chemistry, history & politics, psychology, and more.

In addition to its academic offerings, the school presents a diverse array of extracurricular activities such as drama, cricket, capoeira, and Mandarin. Students, with parental consent, can choose to stay on campus for activities that enhance well-being and extend the curriculum or venture off-site for work experience, volunteering, and independent study opportunities.

King Edward VI High School for Girls is dedicated to the holistic development of its students, aiming to inspire them to reach their full potential. The school values the transformative power of education, fostering a love for learning and intellectual curiosity. A core objective is to nurture students with empathy, understanding, and an appreciation for different perspectives. The school encourages the formation of lasting friendships and empowers students to become independent, strong women with the confidence and moral courage to navigate the challenges of the modern world.

Proud of its rich academic history and consistent high-level performance, King Edward VI School holds a prominent position among the country's leading schools. Graduates from the school are highly sought after by universities and employers. Ofsted has recognized the school's exceptional performance, awarding it an "Outstanding" rating.

County / Area:
Girls Grammar

For King Edward VI Handsworth School, the priority catchment area is determined by residential addresses within the following electoral wards:

In Birmingham: Alum Rock, Aston, Birchfield, Bromford & Hodge Hill, Castle Vale, Edgbaston, Erdington, Garretts Green, Glebe Farm & Tile Cross, Gravelly Hill, Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Heartlands, Holyhead, Kingstanding, Ladywood, Lozells, Nechells, Newtown, North Edgbaston, Oscott, Perry Barr, Perry Common, Pype Hayes, Shard End, Sheldon, Soho & Jewellery Quarter, Stockland Green, Sutton Four Oaks, Sutton Mere Green, Sutton Reddicap, Sutton Roughley, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey, Sutton Walmley & Minworth, Sutton Wylde Green, Ward End, Yardley East, Yardley West & Stechford.

In Sandwell: Smethwick, Soho & Victoria, St Pauls, West Bromwich.

In Solihull: Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Kingshurst & Fordbridge, Smith’s Wood.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
5+ applicants for every place
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, Rose Hill Road, Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, UK
11+ Exam Details:
Exam Board/Format:
Birmingham 11+ Exam consists of two GL papers comprising English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

The Birmingham 11 Plus exam is composed of two GL test papers, each lasting around 60 minutes. These papers consist of individually timed sections that encompass:

1. English Comprehension, which evaluates comprehension skills, including inference, without a writing component.

2. Verbal Reasoning, assessing logical thinking, proficiency in the English language, and vocabulary.

3. Mathematics, measuring problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, covering topics such as number, measurement, geometry, algebra, and statistics.

4. Non-Verbal + Spatial Reasoning, both testing logical reasoning and intelligence.

The exam is designed to comprehensively evaluate students' abilities in these key areas.

Exam Date:
Registration Starts:
Registration Closes:
September 2024
May 2024
June 2024

Parents can access the results of the 11 Plus online in October, while the final allocations of Year 7 places will be published in March of the subsequent year.

How to prepare:

We run specialist 11+ online courses focussing on the GL Assessment (English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning) . The sessions are online and highly interactive. Speak to us about how we can help your child.

Mock Exams: Our mock exams are designed to reflect the real exam in complexity and format. Click here to view the mock exam schedule.

Practice Papers: Practice packs designed to help your child master the entire syllabus.

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