King Edward VI School, Birmingham
(1552-present)

place and school

Aged 470

King Edward's School (KES) is an independent day school for boys in the British public school tradition, located in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Founded by King Edward VI in 1552, it is part of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. As of 2021, King Edward's School was ranked as one of the top 10 International Baccalaureate schools in the United Kingdom and amongst the top 25 in the world. It shares its site and is twinned with King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS). Whilst the two schools are managed separately, dramatic arts, societies, music and other events are often shared; the schools also share a couple of hockey pitches and several clubs. The shared area is called Winterbourne after the nearby Winterbourne Botanic Garden. Alumni of the school include two Nobel laureates, J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, and Field Marshal William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, British military commander in Burma during the Second World War.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Site of the Gild Hall of the Holy Cross 1392 from 1552 to 1936 King Edward VI School

Lloyds TSB Bank, New Street, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom where it sited

The Mansion Built in 1795 Bought in 1887 by the Foundation Governors for King Edward VI Grammar School (founded 1553) This building now forms part of the King Edward VI Community College and is a centre for community education

Fore Street, Totnes, United Kingdom where it sited