Academic life

King Edward’s School has for many years been one of the leading academic schools in the country and, since moving to the IB Diploma in 2010, it is now amongst the best schools in the world.

Boys at King Edward’s are talented academically, but they are also encouraged to be intellectually curious and questioning. Results are important but we want our boys to develop a love of learning that will stay with them for life.

Our teaching staff are passionate about their subjects and focused on supporting boys to succeed to the best of their abilities. They teach above and beyond the curriculum to ensure boys are challenged and stimulated, and are always available to provide encouragement and support.

Lower school

In the first three years boys study a broad curriculum alongside the core academic subjects and a great deal of time is set aside for the creative subjects: art, music, design, drama, and for sport and PE. Latin is compulsory for three years and in Year 9 boys can take up Spanish, German or Ancient Greek.


Boys take 10 subjects at GCSE and we firmly believe there is no need to take more than this. English language, English literature, maths, one language and at least two sciences are compulsory and boys can choose three or four subjects from the following: art, Ancient Greek, design and technology, drama, geography, German, history, Latin, music, religious studies and Spanish.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form all pupils study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, an internationally recognised education that is designed to provide an intellectual challenge and preparation for a global future.

Learn more about the IB

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