King Edward VI High School for Girls

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King Edward VI High School for Girls

King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS) is a high performing independent school for pupils aged 11 to 18.

The school has pioneered girls’ education in Birmingham for 130 years, shaping some of the brightest young minds in Britain.

Its inspirational teaching encourages pupils to follow their passions, academic, artistic, musical and sporting, well beyond the confines of the syllabus.

It regularly tops the Midlands league tables and ranks among the top schools in the country for its academic success, attracting intellectually curious girls from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, many receiving generous financial help to attend.

A happy, close-knit school, set in glorious grounds, its caring, supportive environment and emphasis on well-being encourage girls to build resilience and take risks.

Thanks to its strength in STEM disciplines, as well as the more traditional Humanities, numerous Edwardians excel in national Science and Maths Olympiads and go on to study subjects like Engineering, Medicine and Physics at major universities, as well as Finance, Languages and Creative Arts.

Just under 20% of girls have gained offers to study at Oxbridge for the third year running. Its distinguished alumnae include top scientists, broadcasters, actors, businesswomen, journalists, financiers, philanthropists, sportswomen and academics. But success is only part of the story. Kindness, compassion and a strong sense of fairness are essential elements in the school’s DNA.


  • Head Kirsty von Malaisé
  • Kirsty von Malaisé
  • Age range 11 - 18
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation Non-denominational
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term) September 2019 - August 2020
  • Senior School
    • £4,446 per term
  • Sixth Form
    • £4,446 per term
  • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

KEHS offers academic scholarships to the most able girls at 11+ and 16+ at the discretion of the Principal. Academic Scholarships are available each year and there is no separate scholarship examination.

Scholarships are not available to girls joining the school during Thirds, Lower or Upper Fourth years (Years 7, 8 or 9).
A Music Scholarship is available to girls joining the school at 11+. Girls who achieve very highly in our entrance examinations, and who are also Grade 6 or above in their musical instrument, will be invited to audition.

An application for the Music Scholarship must be submitted with the registration form.

Assisted Places
Our school aims to offer an exceptional education to the brightest girls in the Birmingham area, irrespective of their parents’ ability to pay fees.

Funding for Assisted Places is provided thanks to a substantial grant from the Governors of the King Edward VI Foundation and generous donations from Old Edwardians.

An Assisted Place is awarded on academic merit based on the school’s own entrance examination at 11+ and academic interview at 16+. Assisted Places are means-tested, based on family income and assets.

Demand for Assisted Places far exceeds the funds currently available, so unfortunately not all girls who perform well in the examination and apply for an Assisted Place can be funded.

Parents must indicate interest in an Assisted Place on the Registration Form.

Please see the for more information.

What is the difference between an Assisted Place and a Scholarship?
An Assisted Place is awarded on academic merit based on the School’s own 11+ Admissions Examination in January. It is means tested and is based on family income and assets.

Families with income below £20,000 will pay no fees, and there is a sliding scale which provides a fee reduction for families with income up to £72,000. The scale is included with the school prospectus and is available on the website.

Demand for Assisted Places far exceeds the funds currently available; we will not be able to offer Assisted Places to all eligible girls.

Parents should indicate on their application form, that they wish their daughter to be considered for an Assisted Place. A scholarship is awarded for academic merit, based on the school’s own 11+ entrance examination in October.

Scholarships are not means tested and range in size from 10% to a maximum of 50%. It is possible to receive a joint award of a scholarship and an Assisted Place.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Music scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Sixth Form scholarships

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.

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