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Coso Archery Club celebrates New Years Eve with day long shootout 

Ridgecrest Daily Independent - Jan 12 9:06 AM
The Coso Archery Club held it's inaugural New Years Eve open shoot to celebrate the end of the year and to ring in the New Year. Events for the day included 2-D and 3-D targets, balloon targets along with normal range targets and a Clout shoot.
Forsooth! Merry jousts in Upper Hutt 
NZCity - Jan 11 1:05 PM
12 January 2007 Some of the world's best jousters will be in Upper Hutt this weekend trying to win the "Grail of Chivalry". Organisers say the medieval festival drew around 15,000 people when it was held at Harcourt Park two years ago and a similar crowd is expected this weekend.

Joust testing - tough tournament from a bygone age 
Stuff - Jan 10 8:09 AM
A dozen riders will gallop toward each other at the Harcourt Park jousting tournament in Upper Hutt this weekend.

Isle Of Man Online - Jan 09 1:18 AM
WITH Manx sport on a high after two years of virtually unprecedented success in 2005 and 2006, anticipation is already mounting ahead of the XII Island Games to be held in Rhodes.

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King Medival Archery Edward's School
' Domine Salvum Medeival Archery Fac Regem '(Latin: "Domine Salvum Fac Regem")
Established 1552
School type Public School
Chief Master Mr John Claughton
Deputy Head Mr George Andronov
Location Birmingham, West Midlands, England
King Edward's School

King Edward's School (KES) (grid reference SP052836) is an independent secondary school in Birmingham, England, founded by King Edward VI in 1552. It is part of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham and is widely regarded as one of the most academically successful schools in the country according to various league tables. It was ranked 10th for A-Level results [1] and 40th for GCSE results [2] out of all schools in England in 2004.

It is a boys' school, although it occupies the same site as, and is twinned with, King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS), also one of the most academically successful schools in the UK. Whilst lessons and sports are taught separately, dramatic arts and music are often shared.


  • 1 History
  • 2 The Chapel
  • 3 School structure
  • 4 The house system
  • 5 School songs
  • 6 Sport
  • 7 Music school
  • 8 Drama
  • 9 Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
    • 9.1 Malta Visit
  • 10 Living History
  • 11 Fees
  • 12 Old Edwardians
  • 13 Movie appearances
  • 14 Sources
  • 15 External links


King Edward's was founded in 1552 in the buildings of the Guild of the Holy Cross on New Street in Birmingham city centre. In 1731 the Guild Hall was demolished and replaced by a new school building called the 'Free School', which had a distinctive tower. This was, in turn, demolished and replaced by a building designed by Charles Barry which opened in 1838. At this time it was known as the 'High School'. Concern for safety and space requirements led to a move, together with KEHS, to Edgbaston in 1936, near to the existing Eastern Road playing field, initially to temporary buildings. After four months a fire burned down the boys' temporary school, and both were forced to move again to the Methodist School in Acocks Green for a short time.

In 1945 both KES and KEHS became Direct Grant schools. They reverted to indpendent schools in the late 1970's.

The school has been located, along with KEHS, in Edgbaston since 1940 in new buildings, both designed by Holland W. Hobbiss.

The Chapel

The chapel

The chapel, a Grade II* listed building, was originally the upper corridor of the 1838 Barry New Street school. It was moved to Edgbaston, rebuilt and renovated (1938-1940) by Holland W Hobbis.

The Chapel is used for services every Wednesday morning led by the school chaplain Reverend D. Raynor.

School structure

Unlike most secondary schools, King Edward's does not use the modern year group names, e.g. Year 11, Year 12, etc.

The table below attempts to clarify the names used for the different classes:

Class Name Year
Shells 7
Removes (Rems) 8
Upper Middles (UMs) 9
Fourths (IVs) 10 First year of GCSE study
Fifths (Vths) 11 Second year of GCSE study
Divisions (Divs) 12 First year of A-level study
Sixths 13 Final year of A-level study

The house system

King Edward's has a house system, instigated in 1902 by the Chief Master, Robert Cary Gilson. Initially there were four houses; Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. In 1951 the number of Houses was extended to eight and it was decided that they should have permanent names. Six were named after former Chief Masters and two after assistant masters (Rawdon Levett and C.H.Heath). The Houses compete against one another every year to win the Cock House Trophy.

There are many events that boys take part in and get points for. These points are totalled up at the end of the year, and the House with the most points is declared the Cock House Champion. Each house has a distinctive set of 'colours' which are awarded to students for merit and commitment in representing the house in house matches. This allows the student to wear the house tie.

King Edward's School House Colours
House Colour
Cary Gilson Light Blue
Evans Green
Gifford Purple
Heath Yellow
Jeune Red
Levett White
Prince Lee Pink
Vardy Dark Blue

School songs

There are two school songs:

  • King Edward's School Song
    • Written by Alfred Hayes OE (1857-1936), composed by A. Somervell.
    • A rousing, if somewhat clichéd, song, sung mainly at the end of term, usually with high-spirited boys placing particular emphasis on the line "some to failure, some to fame".
    • A fourth verse was dropped from the song when the School moved from its City location to Edgbaston.
  • The Quatercentenary Song
    • Written in Latin by Roger Dunt (1900-63), composed by Dr. Willis Grant (1907-81).
    • Sung at Founder's Day, the annual commemoration in October of King Edward's birthday, and at the school's Speech Day. It is also sung at various other award ceremonies. An extra verse was written for the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II on November 3, 1955.


The annual rugby match against KES's main rivals Bromsgrove is the highlight of the rugby season and is the longest running annual rugby fixture in the country. In 2002 the school won the English schools U19 water polo competition.

The House system does much to encourage participation in sport outside the weekly sports lessons. With Autumn and Winter competitions in Rugby, Hockey, Tennis and the like, pupils have the opportunity to participate in team competitions wherever they may otherwise not have the skill to do so on an inter-school basis. In the Summer, House activities such as the school's Athletics competition, Cross Country races and House Swimming allow further sporting pursuit.

The School is able to carry out so much sport through its extensive sporting facilities which include a Swimming Pool, Astroturf pitches (shared with KEHS), Tennis Courts, numerous Rugby and Cricket pitches (including additional training areas), an Athletics track and Eton Fives courts.

Music school

There is a separate building on site housing the Music Department with facilities including a recital/rehearsal auditorium and a computer lab equipped with keyboard input. In addition, the school supports two full orchestras (in association with King Edward's High School for Girls), conducted by Peter Bridle, MBE; the more advanced of which has performed such advanced works as Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World", Borodin's Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. There are also two wind/brass ensembles also in association with KEHS, and the senior members of both schools can join the Choral Society, a choir of 80-100 people which has sung such works as Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, and performed Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms in March 2006. KES also has its own Choir, which sings at the Founder's Day prizegiving, the Christmas Carol service held in St. Philip's Cathedral in the centre of Birmingham, and at the Christmas and Summer concerts.

The school holds four concerts every year. There are the popular Christmas Concerts, held over two days in mid-December at the Adrian Boult Hall, the Choral and Orchestral concert in mid-March (which features a large choral work by the Choral Society in the first half, and the Symphony Orchestra in the second half, with a solo provided by one of the schools' top musicians) which is also at the Adrian Boult Hall, and the Summer Concert in late April/early May, featuring all the ensembles from the school come together for the Summer Concert held at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.


Drama at KES has enjoyed a musical every year since the 1980s. 2006 saw a very successful production of Little Shop of Horrors by the senior part of the school, and Vanity Fair by the junior part of the school. This was a break from the more traditional musicals such as Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls etc.

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

King Edward's School has had a Combined Cadet Force since 1906 and it is currently a voluntary organisation. The CCF consists of three sections; The RAF, The Royal Navy section and the Army section. The CCF conduct their training on Friday afternoons and expeditions take place throughout the year.

The contingent is part of 143 West Midlands Brigade and the contingent are represented at the Brigade competitions by members of all three sections. In 2006 the contingent won all the matches at the CCF Skill at Arms competition, the Military Skills competition and various first aid titles. The CCF is closely linked with the The Duke of Edinburgh's Award within the school.

In 2006 KES CCF celebrated its centenary Review. The Inspecting Officer for the centenary review was the then Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Adrian Johns.

Malta Visit

In 2005, sixteen cadets and two staff under the auspices of the Imperial War Museum's commemorative project 'Their Past Your Future' visited Malta. The visit focused particularly on the experiences of civilians and members of the Forces during the siege of Malta during World War II, and a wreath was laid at the RAF Malta Memorial in memory of Pilot Officer Dennis Knight OE, in whose memory the Knight Memorial Medals are still presented to Senior NCOs.

Living History

The Living History department practise the arts of medieval archery and swordfighting among others. The group attracts a small number of dedicated members, from both King Edwards itself and the neighbouring King Edward VI High School for Girls. The group also travel to historical sites to give demonstrations to the public. Among others, the group has given demonstrations at Warwick Castle, Tilbury Fort, and the Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth.


As an independent selective school, tuition fees are payable for students, unlike the other King Edward VI grammar schools in Birmingham. Fees for pupils during the 2006/2007 academic year are £8,100 per annum. Scholarships and Bursaries are awarded.

Old Edwardians

  • Hugh Alexander, chess player and codebreaker
  • Charles Freer Andrews priest, missionary, close confidant of Mohandas K Gandhi and supporter of the Indian independence movement
  • Ernest William Barnes British Mathematician; Fellow of the Royal Sociey, Former Bishop of Birmingham
  • Harry Boot physicist, co-developer of the cavity magnetron
  • Richard Ewen Borcherds (Mathematician; winner of the 1998 Fields Medal for the proof of the Monstrous moonshine conjecture)
  • Sir Edward Burne-Jones
  • Herbert Tudor Buckland seminal Arts and Crafts architect, b.1869, d.1951
  • Max Carlish, BAFTA Winner, Documentalist
  • Henry Cary (Translator of Dante)
  • J. A. Chatwin, architect of many churches and buildings in Birmingham
  • Jonathan Coe (novelist - one of his best known works, The Rotters' Club, based on his time at KES, has recently been televised on the BBC)
  • Sir Colin Figures, Head of MI6
  • Tim Franks BBC Europe Correspondent
  • Sir Alan Hazelhurst MP, Deputy Speaker
  • John Hemming MP
  • Sir Alfred Hickman MP
  • Tony Miles First British born chess Grandmaster
  • David Munrow (early music pioneer)
  • Bill Oddie
  • Robin T. Cotton
  • Dave Haslam (Hacienda DJ during the 'Madchester' years)
  • Enoch Powell
  • Sir Peter Singer, High Court judge
  • William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, World War II General
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Kenneth Tynan
  • Sir John Vane (1982 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine)
  • Brooke Foss Westcott, theologian, Bishop of Durham
  • Maurice Wilkins (1962 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine)
  • David Willetts MP
  • Mark Steyn (theatre and movie critic, current affairs writer)
  • John D. Y. Peel, famous anthropologist specialising in the Yoruba of Nigeria
  • John Carey, Lord of the Dance, 5 time World Irish Dance Champion
  • Anurag Singh, First Class Cricket - Cambridge University Captain (1997 and 1998), Warwickshire, Worcstershire and Nottinghamshire
  • Mark Wagh, First Class Cricket - Oxford University Captain (1997), Warwickshire
  • Ian Plenderleith - Former Deputy Govenor of the South African Federal Reserve, Ex member of Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.
  • Matti Watton - 2 time Fifteen to One Grand Final Winner and general Quiz guru.
  • Paul Ruddock - Ranked 32 on the Times City of London Rich List - with an estimated 100 million pounds sterling to his name, founded Lansdowne Partners Hedge Fund.
  • Alan Smith - England Test Cricket player (England, Warickshire and Oxford University), first CEO of the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) now known as the ECB.
  • Ossie Wheatley - First Class Cricket (Cambridge University, Warwickshire and Glamorgan), Former Test Selecter and Chairman of the TCCB.

Movie appearances

The school premises were used in the 1986 movie Clockwise starring John Cleese, supposedly as the University Of East Anglia.

The school featured briefly in the 2006 Ray Winstone Channel 4 TV movie All in the Game.

The school has made appearances in popular BBC medical drama Doctors.


  • King Edward's School, Birmingham, Tony Trott, 2001, ISBN 0-7524-2448-3
  • King Edward High School Birmingham 1883-1983, Rachel Waterhouse, 1983

External links

  • King Edward's School, Birmingham
  • King Edward's School, Modern Languages Department
  • The Foundation of King Edward the Sixth in Birmingham
  • Images of England listing - The Chapel
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