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King Edward VI College, Nuneaton

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King Edward VI College
King Edward Road

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CV11 4BE

Coordinates52°31′19″N 1°27′42″W / 52.521835°N 1.461782°W / 52.521835; -1.461782Coordinates: 52°31′19″N 1°27′42″W / 52.521835°N 1.461782°W / 52.521835; -1.461782
TypeSixth Form College
MottoThe Sixth Form Specialist ....Nurturing Talent, Achieving Excellence[citation needed]
FounderKing Edward VI
Local authorityWarwickshire
Department for Education URN130840 Tables
PrincipalTim Rogers
Age16 to 19
Enrolment1,100 (approx.)
Former nameKing Edward VI Grammar School, Nuneaton

King Edward VI College is a sixth form college located in Nuneaton, England, in Warwickshire. Currently, it teaches subjects in preparation for AS and A-level Examinations, for students generally aged sixteen to eighteen.[1] The college presently accommodates approximately 1100 students from Warwickshire, West Midlands and neighbouring counties.


Grammar school

King Edward VI Grammar School came into being on 11 May 1552 as a grammar school, following the grant of a royal charter by King Edward VI.[2] The school was originally a fee paying school, although the county council provided some scholarships, and became non-fee paying as a result of the education act of 1944. The voluntary aided school had around 400 boys in the 1960s.[3]

Sixth form college

In 1974 the grammar school closed and was re-established as King Edward VI College.[2]

Former Heads

  • Uly Lyons 2015 - 2019
  • Dr. Esther Maughan 2008 - 2015
  • Martin Ward 2004 - 2008
  • Keith Butterworth 2000 - 2004
  • Dr. David Smith 1996 - 2000
  • Rowland P Brown OBE JP MA(Oxon) 1967-75 (President from 1985-6 of the Secondary Heads Association)


The oldest surviving school building located in the grounds of the St. Nicholas Church dates from 1595, was rebuilt in 1696 and was used as a school until 1880. In 1880, the grammar school was relocated to the current site on King Edward Road, the other side of the church yard. The new building was built in a Tudor style by the architect C.C. Rolfe.[2] The college was frequently extended during the 20th century to accommodate growing numbers of students. The Arnold Building, a new building opposite the main college site, was completed in 1994. In 2006, another small building was constructed next to the Arnold Building to hold the history department.

The New College

In recent years, the college has expanded its site with a new Study Centre, a specifically designed modern Art Block, Law Classrooms, Physics Labs, a re-developed library and Student Refectory.

Extracurricular activities

The Student Voice

A codified constitution was created in 2007 which made provisions for student representation in college affairs. It identified two institutions responsible for representing the students of the college; the 'College Council' which consists of representatives from each tutor group in the college and the 'Student Executive Committee',[4] which consists of six elected positions:

  • Male Chair - Chairs and oversees council meetings
  • Female Chair - Chairs and oversees council meetings
  • Treasurer - Manages the council's budget
  • Secretary - Responsible for the minutes of each meeting
  • Entertainments Officer - Arranges college parties, charity events etc.
  • Press Officer - Deals with the promotional activities involved in organising all events undertaken by the committee

Collectively the College Council and Student Executive Committee are responsible for: organising charity fund-raising events, College Parties and the end of year Valedictory Ball. They are also involved in planning the annual 'Celebrating Student Achievement Evening', they meet with the Board of Governors and may make proposals regarding various student/college related issues to the Principal of the College.[4]

Sports teams

The Nuneaton Old Edwardians Rugby Football Club (RFC) was initially founded in 1910 to provide rugby football for former pupils of the Grammar School, the club went open in 1955 allowing players from all backgrounds to join. The club is still active and as of 2012 is participating in the Midlands 1 East League.[5]

Enrichment activities

The college offers an enrichment programme which is designed to offer a wide range of sporting and recreational opportunities to students. These timetabled activities take place once a week and are compulsory for first year students. Although enrichment is not compulsory for students after their first year, they are free to continue with it if they choose. Activities include various sporting activities, participation in college media (e.g. the college newspaper, radio station and film-making club) and a variety of clubs/societies.[4]

Alumni Association

The King Edward VI College Alumni Association was launched in May 2011 by former students Vicky Fowler and Mohsin Shah. The association is open to all former college students and staff members. It aims to organise social and network events for former students of the college, provide careers advice support for current students and promote the work of King Edward VI College within the local community.

Academic performance

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The college offers 45 AS and A level courses, and an additional a range of GCSE and BTEC courses. Around 40% of students gain grades A or B at A level and the pass rate is at the average for the sixth form sector, the highest performing sector in education at 98%. Virtually all BTEC students earn Merit grades or better. Student retention is high at 95%. Every year around 6 students go to Oxford or Cambridge Universities. Almost all 99.2% of students - achieve positive destinations: the majority, 75%, go onto University, 5% go onto FE/Apprenticeships and around 20% gain employment. The College has frequently won awards for having the top performing student in the summer examination series across a range of subjects. Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics student win Olympiad Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals every year.

The college achieved an overall grade 2 (good), in its most recent OFSTED inspection in May 2015.


Secondary Schools

The college offers higher level students from local secondary schools the opportunity to undertake additional AS/A level courses.[8]

Notable alumni

King Edward VI College

  • Marcus Jones, politician, Conservative Member of Parliament for Nuneaton (2010–Present)
  • David Paterson (former college lecturer), local historian and author of King Edward VI Grammar School history[3]
  • Jonathan Swain, television news presenter and reporter
  • Adele Robinson, Sky News Midlands Correspondent
  • Karen Masters, astrophysicist, Professor at Haverford College

King Edward VI Grammar School

  • Professor David Bates, historian, Director of the Institute of Historical Research (2003-2008)
  • Sir Ewen Broadbent, Senior Civil Servant
  • Robert Burton, author of 'Anatomy of Melancholy'
  • William Burton, author of 'Description of Leicestershire'
  • Geoffrey de Havilland, aviation pioneer
  • Bill Hays, stage and television director
  • Richard Hodges, former Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Solicitor and disability campaigner
  • Ronnie Goodyer, poet, author of six poetry collections, founder of Indigo Dreams Publishing house. Joint winner with partner Dawn Bauling of Ted Slade Award for Poetry 2015. Indigo Dreams Publishing voted Most Innovative Publisher - Saboteur Awards for literature and publishing, 2017. Poet in Residence for League Against Cruel Sports 2019.
  • Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the Institution of Education (2011–Present)
  • Professor Vincent Illing, Petroleum Geologist
  • Jim Lee, Radio 4 announcer
  • Ken Loach, television and film director
  • Henry Plumb, politician, MEP for the Cotswolds (1979-1999), President of the European Parliament (1987–89)
  • Professor Sir Philip Randle, Biochemist


  1. ^ King Edward VI College - About Us Archived 2008-12-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Veasey, Ted, (2002) Nuneaton: A History. Phillimore & Co Publishing ISBN 978-1-86077-215-3
  3. ^ a b Paterson, David, (2011) Leeke's Legacy: A History of King Edward VI School, Nuneaton. Matador Publishing ISBN 978-1-84876-746-1
  4. ^ a b c College Prospectus 2011/12[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Nuneaton Old Edwardians - About Us Archived 2007-08-07 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ DCSF Achievement and Attainment Tables 2008
  7. ^ DCSF College Achievement Profile Archived 2009-06-16 at the UK Government Web Archive
  8. ^ King Edward VI College - Shared Curriculum Archived 2008-12-25 at the Wayback Machine
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