King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls is an 11-18 selective girls’ school, forming part of the King Edward Foundation. The King Edward’s Foundation is responsible for the running of the five grammar schools (all of which converted to academy status on the 1st August 2011), two independent schools and the King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy in the City of Birmingham. We currently have 901 pupils, 261 in the Sixth Form. We are very popular and have approximately nine applicants for every place given. We are a Performing Arts specialist college and gained High Performing School Status in 2010, as a result our second specialism is Science.
Our five Ofsted inspections have been outstanding, nonetheless we are not complacent and review and plan for further development to strengthen our school.
We are an ambitious and forward thinking school, we are firm believers in Building Learning Power, a strategy pioneered by Guy Claxton, and we have spoken at national and local conferences promoting the approach. The vast majority of our lessons are graded outstanding or good.
Our facilities are excellent and provide a 21st century learning environment. Our school is built on a pleasant, enclosed campus, close to the centre of Birmingham. The main building was constructed in 1911 and contains some excellent specialist teaching rooms and a beautiful Hall.
Building Learning Habits is at the heart of Learning and Teaching at King Edward VI Handsworth School. We want learners who are:
Lessons have a dual focus on Learning Habits as well as learning the content of courses and topics. Learning habits are the routine ways in which we think when are faced with life’s experiences and challenges. As a school, we have focused upon building the habits of Collaborating, Questioning, Listening, Noticing and Planning and Revising. We want our girls to know what to do when they don’t know what to do by referring to the habits of mind that they have acquired.
Dual learning objectives, engaging starter activities, a balance between collaborative and independent learning, activities to assess understanding and progress, creative use of resources and ICT, feedback and reflective activities are all common features of lessons at King Edward VI Handsworth.