King Edward VI Aston School

King Edward VI Aston School

About King Edward VI Aston School

King Edward VI Aston School is an all-boys grammar school with an Ofsted rating of Outstanding. It was opened in 1883, designed by Birmingham architect JA Chatwin and is one of the 12 schools in Birmingham supported by the charity of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI.

As a specialist sports college, King Edward VI Aston School places emphasis on a range of sporting activities. The school strives to support all Aston students to become 'articulate, well-educated young men, capable of independent thought with the confidence and flexibility to face future challenges'.

  • Address: Frederick Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6DJ
  • Local authority: Birmingham City Council
  • School type: boys' grammar
  • Headteacher: Matt Brady
  • Number of pupils: 999
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 243
  • A level results: 56.8% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 69.2% 9/8/7

How to apply to King Edward VI Aston School

King Edward VI Aston School shares a testing process with the seven other grammar schools in Birmingham, as well as the grammar schools in Warwickshire, Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton. You only need to register once to apply to any grammar schools across these areas.

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

When your child is in Year 5, register them for the 11 plus on the West Midlands Grammar Schools portal. Registration opens at 9 am on 9th May 2023 and closes at 4pm on 30th June 2023.

2. Apply for school places

Once your child has taken the exam, you will get their results on 20th October 2023. If your child achieves the qualifying score, you can include grammar schools on your local authority application form.

Before listing King Edward VI Aston School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as your child's exam score, how close you live to a school is an important factor in whether your child is likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the King Edward VI Aston School 11 plus?

The 11 plus exam for King Edward VI Aston School takes place on 16th September 2023.

The West Midlands 11 plus test is provided by GL Assessment. It consists of two papers, each lasting about 60 minutes. A few minutes are allocated at the start of each paper for children to listen to instructions and complete some unmarked practice questions.

Both papers are divided into smaller, individually-timed sections that assess:

  • English comprehension
  • Maths
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

The test is entirely multiple-choice format, with no writing sections. Children record their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically.

The maths and English questions assess your child's understanding of Key Stage 2 national curriculum content, including Year 6 objectives. It tests their ability to reason and apply knowledge accurately.

The reasoning questions assess your child’s logic and problem-solving ability. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning are not typically taught at school. They are intended to measure how well children can spot patterns with, connect and manipulate written and visual information.

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What is the pass mark for King Edward VI Aston School?

Priority score: Children who score 224 or above are prioritised for a place.

Qualifying score: In 2022 and 2023, 205 was the minimum score at which a child could be considered for a place at a Birmingham grammar school.

Cut-off score: In 2022, the cut-off score was 213. This was the score achieved by the child who was offered the final place. Bear in mind that the admissions criteria apply (below).

Scores from recent years above can be used as a guide only. Achieving the qualifying score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it's likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

How is the West Midlands Grammar Schools 11 plus scored?

After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across all papers. These total scores are ranked in order, and oversubscription criteria are applied.

King Edward VI Aston School admission criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 140. When more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available (highly likely), places are offered in this order:

1. Looked-After or previously Looked-After Children who achieve the qualifying score, ranked by test score and then by distance from the school.

2. Children who get free school meals, achieve the qualifying score, and live in the catchment area, ranked by distance from the school.

3. If fewer than 35 places are filled by children in category 2, places are offered to children who get free school meals, achieve the qualifying score and live outside the catchment area.

4. Children who achieve the priority score and live in the catchment area. Prioritised if they have a sibling at the school, then ranked by distance from the school.

5. Children who achieve the qualifying score, ranked by test score. Where scores are equal, priority is given to children with a sibling at the school, then ranked by distance from the school.

King Edward VI Aston School catchment area

The catchment area consists of home addresses that are in these electoral wards:

Birmingham: Alum Rock, Aston, Bromford & Hodge Hill, Castle Vale, Erdington, Garretts Green, Glebe Farm & Tile Cross, Gravelly Hill, Heartlands, Nechells, Perry Common, Pype Hayes, Shard End, Sheldon, Stockland Green, Sutton Four Oaks, Sutton Mere Green, Sutton Reddicap, Sutton Roughley, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey, Sutton Walmley & Minworth, Sutton Wylde Green, Ward End, Yardley East, Yardley West & Stechford.

Solihull: Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Kingshurst & Fordbridge, Smith’s Wood.

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School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Frederick Road Aston B6 6DJ
Phone 01213271130
Email [email protected]
Region Birmingham and Walsall


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Boys


CAF form 31/10/2023
Academic Exam 16/9/2023
Registration 9/5/2023 - 30/6/2023
Test Results Day 20/10/2023
Allocation Day 1/3/2024

Academic Selection

Number of Places 140
Standardised No
Age Standardised Yes
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 1
Qualifying Score 213
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about King Edward VI Aston School

  • What are the arrangements for food?
    A cafeteria service provides breakfast from 8.00am and hot snacks/toast etc. during morning recess. Hot meals, snacks, sandwiches, and vegetarian food are available at lunchtime. The boys pay by opening a ‘User Account’ at the beginning of the year, and parents decide the weekly limit on their son's account. Boys whose parents are in receipt of Income Support are entitled to free school meals and will have an identical ‘User Account’. Boys who bring sandwiches must eat them in the canteen.
  • How can I stop my son from losing key items?
    Books, clothes, games kit and other property must be clearly marked with the owner's name. Loss of property must be checked for in The Hub and reported to the Form Teacher immediately Money or valuables should not be left in cloakrooms, changing rooms etc. or in coats and blazers not being worn Mobile phones, tablets, electronic devices etc. are brought into school at the student’s own risk. Please see the school’s policy at the bottom of this page for more details. While at school mobile phones and other digital / electronic devices must be kept switched off and out of sight between 8:40am and 3:35pm. Lockers with keys are available for all students – parents will be asked to sign a user agreement form.
  • How will the school contact me?
    The SIMS Intouch system allows a two way method of communication between school and parents and guardians. This system uses text messages and email to inform carers of important school information, training days, parents’ evenings and other events along with student report cards. If a student is absent from school, a text message will be sent to the carers of absent students who have given no prior explanation for absence. The communication is sent before 10am every day by Student Services. To enable us to communicate to you in this way we do need to have your most up-to-date mobile phone number, email address and home telephone number. Parents and guardians can also use EduLink One app to see their child's timetable, achievement points and behaviour points