King Edward VI School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
10 - 19
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

Full Report
Independent Inspection Report
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
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
From £5,877
Day Fees Per Term

Progress Compared With All Other Schools

+ 0.38 A level Progress Score Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)

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School Prospectus

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

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.

News, Photos and Open Days from King Edward VI School
Last update: 24 March 2022


Visiting King Edward VI is an essential part of the admission process and we look forward to showing our school. We have just released dates for our popular Taster Morning events, for those looking at September 2023 entry. Visit the website via the link to find out more and to book. 


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We aim to fulfil our ethos and values through…

Flourishing 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.

- Encouraging all pupils and staff to seek to improve and grow in their learning constantly, in the knowledge that this attitude will see them flourish academically.

- Improving and developing resources and facilities to enable exceptional learning experiences.

- Excellence in public examinations leading to opportunities in higher education and life beyond school as a consequence of these attitudes and factors.

These outcomes can only be attained if we…


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.

- Help pupils to understand the spiritual dimensions of life, and to be able to make ethical and moral choices.


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.

- Encourage our pupils to relate to the world and their fellow human beings in a tolerant, compassionate and responsible manner.


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 emphathise with each other.


Flourish in meaning

- Encourage our pupils to look beyond material goals and strive to make a positive difference to the world.

- Develop in our pupils, and role-model as a whole school, an appreciation of our responsibilities to the school community and to society more widely.

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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 Assistant Head (Academic) oversees all academic matters and reports directly to the Head.

We endeavour to ensure that wherever a pupil’s strengths lie, these are developed to the best of their individual ability.

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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.