Coronavirus FAQs

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government closed all schools from the end of the day on Friday 20 March until further notice. We moved to providing distance learning for all pupils from Monday 23 March and will continue to do so until schools are allowed to reopen.

We would like to thank the whole King Edward’s School community for its ongoing support and understanding in these most challenging of times.

When will King Edward’s School reopen?

King Edward’s School campus is currently closed to all pupils, except those who are the children of key workers. The majority of our staff are still working and we are fully prepared to continue the provision of distance learning for all of our pupils as long as the government restrictions remain.

The government has not yet indicated how long schools will remain closed for. We will continue to monitor the latest government advice and will keep parents informed.

How is the school timetable being delivered?

The school timetable has been adjusted to run over a two-week period, with boys being taught four lessons per day. The length of lessons has been doubled to improve the quality of lessons and learning, and to make work easier to manage for boys and staff. There is a break in between each lesson to enable boys to have regular rests and prepare for their next lesson. All boys have received a new timetable and the timings for lessons are as follows:




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The majority of lessons are being delivered via Zoom and boys are also set work to complete within specified timeframes. There is regular contact with teachers and Form Tutors and boys are receiving feedback on work submitted.

What is happening with GCSE and IB Diploma exams?

All public examinations have been cancelled this year. King Edward’s School has submitted all the information requested to the awarding bodies and we will continue to regularly update boys in Fifths and Sixths, and their parents/guardians.

My son is anxious about missing school, who can I discuss this with?

In the first instance, please contact your son’s Form Tutor or Head of Year via email.

Will instrumental music lessons still take place?

Instrumental lessons are taking place via video link.

Have all school trips, events and sports fixtures been cancelled?

All school trips, events and sports fixtures have been cancelled up until 31 May 2020. We will continue to act upon the latest government advice as we monitor the situation going forward.

Can I still make an application for my son to join the school?

Applications to King Edward’s School for entry in September 2021 are still open. Although it is not possible to visit the school at the moment, the Director of Admissions, Mrs Nicole Phillips, is happy to answer any queries about the school and the application process via email at:

Find out more about making an application to King Edward’s School.

How can I contact the school?

The school remains fully contactable throughout this period. Parents and pupils will be receiving regular updates via email. General enquiries can be made by telephone: 0121 472 1672 or via email:

Where can I find further information on Covid-19 and the precautions I can take?

The latest information and advice is available on the NHS website

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