King Edward VI Five Ways School

King Edward VI Five Ways School

About King Edward VI Five Ways School

King Edward VI Five Ways School is the only mixed grammar school in the King Edward VI Foundation in Birmingham. It was founded in 1883 and occupies a 32-acre site next to Bartley Green reservoir.

King Edward VI Five Ways School is committed to improving social mobility in Birmingham. The school aims to develop and invest in growing talent. Students at Five Ways School enjoy superb facilities, including specialist classrooms, dance studios, and a swimming pool.

  • Address: Scotland Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 4BT
  • Local authority: Birmingham City Council
  • School type: mixed grammar
  • Headteacher: Charlotte Jordan
  • Number of pupils: 1,192
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 43
  • A level results: 84% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 85% 9/8/7

King Edward VI Five Ways School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at King Edward VI Five Ways School are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 22nd December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023
  • Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 8th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to King Edward VI Five Ways School

King Edward VI Five Ways 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 4 pm 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 Five Ways 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 Five Ways School 11 plus?

The 11 plus exam for King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys 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 Five Ways 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 218. This was the lowest score achieved by a child who was offered a place, which came under admissions category 3 (see 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.

How is the Birmingham 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 Five Ways School admission criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 180. 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 45 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 Five Ways School catchment area

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

  • Birmingham: Allens Cross, Bartley Green, Bournville & Cotteridge, Frankley Great Park, Harborne, King’s Norton North, King’s Norton South, Longbridge & West Heath, Northfield, Quinton, Rubery & Rednal, Weoley & Selly Oak.
  • Sandwell: Abbey, Bristnall, Old Warley.

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School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Scotland Lane Bartley Green Birmingham B32 4BT
Phone 01214753535
Email [email protected]
Region Birmingham and Walsall


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Mixed


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

Academic Selection

Number of Places 180
Standardised No
Age Standardised Yes
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 1
Qualifying Score 218
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 Five Ways School

  • What transportation options are available for students commuting to King Edward VI Five Ways School?
    The school is well-connected by public transportation, and many students use buses and trains to commute. Additionally, the school encourages walking and cycling for students who live nearby. Specific transportation details and options can be obtained from the school’s administration.
  • How does King Edward VI Five Ways School support students in their university and career aspirations?
    The school provides comprehensive career guidance and support to help students explore their interests and make informed decisions about their future. They offer guidance on university applications, apprenticeships, and career pathways. The school organizes workshops, career fairs, and guest lectures to expose students to various professions and industries.
  • What measures does King Edward VI Five Ways School take to ensure a healthy and balanced student diet during school hours?
    The school operates a cafeteria that offers a variety of nutritious meals and snacks to cater to students’ dietary needs. The cafeteria follows strict health and hygiene standards to provide safe and balanced food options. The school also encourages students to maintain a healthy lifestyle and provides information on healthy food choices.