King Edward VI School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
11 - 18
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
Top grades at GCSE (9-7)
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
Top grades at A level (A*/A)

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
From £7,098
Day Fees Per Term
Pupils with SEN support

Preparatory school

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Top Grades Compared With Other Schools

59% Independent Average King Edward VI School 68% GCSE
43% Independent Average King Edward VI School 57% A level

Top grades at GCSE (7-9) and top grades at A level (A*/A)

Wilton Road
SO15 5UQ
+44 (0)23 8070 4561

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School Description

King Edward’s is the leading private school in Southampton, with its own prep school and extensive facilities. It has been part of the educational fabric of Hampshire for over 460 years. It is renowned for academic excellence, breadth of extra-curricular opportunities, and a passion for sport and artistic endeavour.

King Edward VI School Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Highly Recommend”

"If I had to make the decision about where to send my children all over again, I'd choose KES without a moment's hesitation. It has got something for everybody"
“A huge Thank You!”

"I just wanted to thank all the teachers and school for all the hard work they put in with our children. My son is a different boy since he joined KES and that is for all good reasons. He has got so much confidence now. We are really happy with his overall learning and behaviour. He has truly made us proud and a big credit goes to the school. A big thank you to you and all the teachers!"
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News, Photos and Open Days from King Edward VI School

Last update: 04 July 2024


Visiting King Edward VI is an essential part of the admission process and we look forward to showing our school. Visit the website via the link to find out more and to book.

Upcoming Events

Open Evening | Friday 4 October 2024, 6pm-8.30pm - Open Evening - Register here

Taster Morning | Tuesday 17 September 2024,| 9.45am-12.45pm (for children currently in Year 6 & 8) - Register here

Taster Morning | Tuesday 12 November | 9.45am-12.45pm  (for children currently in Year 6 & 8) - Register here


Visit our Sixth Form

We would be delighted to invite families to come and experience our Sixth Form and School, to help decide if King Edward VI Sixth Form is right for you and your child. For the latest Sixth Form open events visit our website.

View our Sixth Form prospectus here.

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At King Edward VI school, we encourage our pupils to flourish in many ways: 

Flourish in achievement

- Laying down a foundation of wellbeing, so that every pupil will exceed their own expectations both in and outside the classroom.

- Providing a varied, rigorous, balanced and exciting curricular and co-curricular programme to inspire learning and engagement for all.

- Offering lessons and learning experiences that challenge assumptions, foster creativity and promote independence.


Flourish emotionally

- Recognise that all progress in education relies upon the good mental health of everyone within our community.

- Foster in every pupil a strong sense of self-worth, supported by an outstanding pastoral system.

- Nurture our pupils so that they engage positively with their emotions, developing emotional resilience.


Flourish with engagement

- Encourage all pupils to explore their potential in everything they do.

- Offer opportunities to pupils of all ages to develop their teamwork and leadership skills.

- Recognise the importance of co-curricular activities as a means of promoting positive engagement.


Flourish in relationships

- Put kindness at the very centre of our community.

- Understand that healthy relationships with others is key to happiness.

- Teach our pupils to empathise with each other.

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King Edward’s has an outstanding record of academic excellence and achievement.  It is amongst the top co-educational independent schools in the country. We encourage students to develop a life-long love of learning supported by a disciplined yet enjoyable approach to their studies.

The teachers are highly qualified, talented and dedicated. They give pupils the skills and confidence to fulfil their potential, focusing on the pursuit of excellence and individual achievement. Small teaching groups, supported by the very latest technology and modern facilities, make for a demanding and stimulating learning environment where everyone can thrive.

The curriculum follows the normal path to GCSEs in Year 11 and A-Levels in the Sixth Form, but every effort is made to teach according to pupils’ abilities, and to stretch our pupils beyond the demands of the syllabus.

The fee, as of Autumn Term 2024, is £21,294 per annum. This is paid via three termly payments of £7,098.

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King Edward VI School featured on BBC Morning Live in an insightful segment focusing on the pressing issue of vaping amongst young people. The school showcased its pioneering efforts in addressing this concern with the introduction of cutting-edge detection technology by Vape Guardian, and its proactive stance in environmental conservation by campaigning against the pollution caused by disposable vapes.

The segment aired amidst recent governmental plans to ban disposable vapes and impose restrictions on vape flavours due to alarming statistics highlighting their escalating usage amongst young people. King Edward VI School collaborated with BBC Morning Live to shed light on effective strategies in combating adolescent vaping.

Mr. Parker, Head at KES said “We are delighted to have been featured on BBC Morning Live as we introduced Vape Guardian technology to our school community. With the increasing prevalence of vaping amongst young people, it’s imperative for our school to adopt proactive measures to safeguard our students’ health and well-being.”

During the segment, Mr. Parker and Mr. Collison, Deputy Head Pastoral, provided insights into the school's initiatives in tackling vaping amongst its student body. Additionally, the dedication and engagement of the students were showcased as Tessa, Afjal, Adele, and Charlie shared their first-hand experiences and perspectives on vaping. Their voices highlighted the significance of the issue, shedding light on the health risks associated with vaping among young people and advocating for sustainability measures.

The featured segment on BBC Morning Live aligns with King Edwards VI School's overarching commitment to protect and support its students. By proactively addressing vaping concerns, the school reaffirms its dedication to fostering a safe and healthy learning environment.

The segment can be found on BBC iPlayer here. 

More news
Meet the Head: Neal Parker

Neal Parker joined King Edward’s from the Grammar School at Leeds, where he was Vice Principal and Head of Senior School. Previously at GSAL he held the role of Senior Deputy Head. Neal’s subject is music, and he began his career as a music teacher at King’s College School in Wimbledon. He was also for many years the Director of Music and Head of Performing Arts at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

My own school experiences were so important to me. I was fortunate enough to gain a place at The Purcell School of Music in London from the age of eleven. Whilst a specialist music school was an unconventional upbringing, it was nonetheless inspirational. It taught me that an education must be about more than simply the memorising of facts, it must also be about the creation of memories and passions. I was taught by teachers who I can still remember vividly to this day – they inspired me and influenced my life enormously. Who wouldn’t want to take on that privilege and responsibility? As a result, as both a music teacher and a Head, I have always sought to ensure that our pupils leave school not only with the academic qualifications they need, but also with life experiences that they can cherish and draw upon in the future.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

I arrived at King Edward’s in September 2019, and in March 2020 the school faced the devastation of Covid.  Helping to shape how we would as a school respond to this unprecedented period in our collective history was certainly a baptism of fire! What makes me proudest is the collective effort that our community put in: the sense of pulling together, and the optimism and ambition that the school retained throughout the enormously challenging weeks and months. I am so proud of how the children, their parents and my colleagues at KES all responded to this monumental crisis, showing that an inspirational and enlightening education can be maintained even in the most trying of circumstances. How could I not be proud of what they have all achieved?

What does a successful school look like to you?

It is a place filled with curiosity and wonder. Where high academic standards are set and met not simply because they fulfil exam criteria, but because the pupil wants to know more, and to explore the world around them. Where pupils discover the passions that they will take with them for the rest of their lives, and where the whole community looks after one another.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?


It may sound trite, but I believe kindness is a hugely powerful force. Without it, academic or personal achievements can be selfish or misdirected. But when people are fundamentally motivated by kindness then they can change the world, and they can give those around them a happier life. 

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

I will give just one… ‘flourishing’. If young people can flourish academically, socially, emotionally, and in their wider lives, then the school has achieved everything it can!

King Edward VI School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.