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     A mark of enduring excellence.
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Contents                                                                         Welcome to King Ed’s
           A passion for learning - our mission            4                     The King Ed’s community is a very special one: it is characterised
                                                                                 by its vibrancy, its inclusiveness, respect for each individual and a
                            Programme of study             6                     recognition that our differences enrich us all and help to promote
                                 Study timetable           9                     a stimulating learning environment. As parents and carers of our
                            Supporting students           12                     students, you are an important part of this community. We know
                                                                                 that our students thrive when we inspire them, when we ignite their
                  Communicating with college              14                     aspirations and when we support them every step along the way so
                            A commitment to all           16                     that they can achieve their personal and academic potential.
                                         Covid-19         17
                                                                                 This is not possible without support from home – this is why our
                        Student responsibilities          18                     partnership with you is so very important! Our collaborative efforts
                               Financial support          19                     to support our young people are enhanced when we have open
                               College transport          21                     channels of communication, so the purpose of this handbook is to
                                                                                 provide you with key information that will help you to understand
                      Opening and closing time            23                     the way we do things.
                      Extra curricular activities         24
                     Moving on after King Ed’s            27                     I am delighted to welcome you into the King Ed’s community;
                                                                                 I know it will be an exciting two-year journey for us all!
                                Staff information         28

                                                                                 Remley Mann

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A passion for learning
At King Ed’s, students and staff alike have an enthusiasm for learning. With a long history of academic excellence, the College
provides a high quality, stimulating educational experience for young people with high aspirations; one which nurtures their
potential and challenges them to develop personally, intellectually and creatively.

Our mission                                                              Our ethos
To inspire our students to achieve personal and academic                 When our new cohort of year 12 students arrives in September,
excellence.                                                              they are not ‘A level students’, they are young people who have
                                                                         just finished their GCSE examinations, eager for the next phase
Our values                                                               of their education. It is up to us at King Ed’s to help them to
Our values are fundamental to our philosophy and essential to            become A level students.
achieving our mission:                                                   The first few weeks at King Ed’s are an important transition
•   Develop the whole person                                             period, and it’s our job to support our new students as they
                                                                         move from school to college life - not only academically, but
•   Cultivate curious minds
                                                                         socially and personally, too.
•   Promote equality of opportunity
                                                                         Education is so much more than preparing for exams; it should
•   Celebrate diversity
                                                                         be enlightening and transformative. We look to develop the
•   Foster productive partnerships                                       ‘whole person’ by encouraging curiosity, both in the classroom
                                                                         and through a wealth of enriching activities, clubs, societies,
                                                                         trips, events and masterclasses.
                                                                         We’re really proud of our academic results. But we know we’ve
                                                                         really succeeded when we see how our students have developed
                                                                         as curious, well-rounded and confident young people.

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Keeping parents informed about progress

Programme of study
                                                                                                                                              We appreciate that you will want to keep abreast of your child’s
                                                                                                                                              progress. To keep you informed we will send you the grades
                                                                                                                                              from your child’s formal assessments three times a year. We
A programme of study at King Ed’s is not just about A levels. There are a number of other key elements to help equip students for             also conduct ‘consultation events’ (parents’ evenings) in the
their onward destination, whatever that may be. These additional elements include:                                                            spring term of the first year and the autumn term of the second
                                                                                                                                              year. You can pre-book appointments online to meet your
Tutorial programme                                                        Changing subjects                                                   child’s subject teachers.
Personal tutors oversee and facilitate a tutorial programme               Right from a student’s first contact with the College, we work
designed to develop core competencies addressing character,               to ensure that each student chooses the right combination of        More information about programmes of study, course
skills, attitudes and confidence in preparation for exams and             subjects for their individual skills and aspirations. However,      change and progression are available in our policy on study
progression. The first few weeks of tutorials will concentrate on         it is inevitable that some students will realise that they have     programmes (available via the College’s website).
settling students into college and equipping them with the skills         chosen a subject they do not want to continue. For this reason,
and habits required for successful study.                                 we allow students to change a subject within the first few weeks
                                                                          of starting their programme. Change requests are granted on
Meaningful employer engagement                                            the basis of available space, entry requirements and suitability.
All students will be involved in some engagement with                     Once this course change window has closed, changes are only
employers. For some this will be through work experience, for             agreed in extraordinary circumstances.
others, it may be through industrial visits or other activities
GCSE English and maths
                                                                          In June of the first year, students will have a progress review
In line with government guidance, students who have not
                                                                          in each of their subjects. During these one-to-one sessions,
achieved a grade 4 or above in English or maths are required to
                                                                          they will be given a summative assessment of their progress.
have the GCSE resit subject added to their programme.
                                                                          Progression is straightforward for most students but where there
                                                                          are issues around progress, attendance or attitude to work,
Baseline assessments
                                                                          there may be a requirement to agree an alternative programme
During the first few weeks all students will be involved in short
                                                                          for the second year or even to leave the College.
tests called ‘baseline assessments’. These are designed to help
teachers identify relevant support needs for students.

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Study timetable 2021-22
                                                                                                                                                                                       Students are issued with their timetable
                                                                                  Monday              Tuesday            Wednesday               Thursday             Friday           at the induction day in September. With
                                                                                                                                                                                       the majority of students studying three
                                                                                     F                   A                   D                      B                  E               A levels, the timetable is made up of five
                                                                                                                                                                                       hours of taught lessons for each subject,
                                                                        09.55                                                                                                          each week. We expect students to spend

                                                                                     F                   A                   D                      B                  E               an additional five hours per subject on
                                                                                                                                                                                       independent learning and completing
                                                                                    Break               Break               Break                  Break              Break
                                                                                                                                                                                       Whilst some students may wish to

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                                                                                                                                                                                       complete their independent study time
                                                                                                                                                                                       at home, all students are encouraged
                                                                                         lunch               lunch                  lunch               lunch               lunch
                                                                                                                                                                                       to make use of the library and other
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                                                                                                                                                                                       facilities in College to undertake some
                                                                                                                                                                                       independent study during the College
                                                                        13.25   lunch               lunch               lunch                 lunch               lunch                day.
                                                                                  Transition          Transition          Transition            Transition          Transition
                                                                                                                                                                                       Enrichment activities are in addition to

                                                                                     A                   D                   F                      E                  B               set lessons and each club or society will
                                                                                                                                                                                       publicise the time it will take place.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Note: the timetable may be subject to variation

                                                                                     E                   B                   F                      A                  D               or change, depending on the situation with
                                                                                                                                                                                       COVID-19 in September.

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Learning support team

Student support team
                                 Assistant Head
                                 of Student                   Assistant Head of
Assistant Principal              Support (Personal            Student Support                                                                                                                                                                Judith Mullings
– Student Support                Development)                 (Next Steps)
(Designated Safeguarding Lead)   (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)   (Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
                                                                                           Lead tutors

                                                                                                                                            Jo Preston - SENCo   Matthew Hickman   Vanessa King        Naomi Millership   Judith Mullings    Marie Prime

                                                                                                                                                                 Personal tutors

Sarah MacKenzie                  Heather Davies               Katy Magor                   Lowri Saenger   Brenda Hampton   Stuart Parkes
Medical welfare
officer                          Counsellors
                                                                                                                                            Lisa Blakeley        Claire Button     Catherine Caseley   Medhi Didarzadeh   Jane Edwards       Claudia Garratt

Aimie Chatfield                  Stephen Blake                Mark Brown                   Yvette Browne
                                                                                                                                            Helen Gould          Karen Lloyd       Brian Quiney        Sharon Rollason    Suzanne Tibbetts   Rebecca Williamson
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daunting process. We have a well qualified team of learning

Supporting students
                                                                                                                                               support mentors, who can offer one to one support where

At King Ed’s, we get to know our students as individuals so we can provide the motivation and encouragement they need to                       If your child has already been diagnosed with a condition which
excel during the two years they are with us. Our academic and pastoral support teams will guide and support them, happily                      qualifies for special examination access arrangements, such as
and successfully, on every stage of their journey with us.                                                                                     extra time, the Learning Support team will work with you
                                                                                                                                               to ensure this adjustment is applied at college.
Personal tutors                                                           tutor, lead tutor or any member of staff. Students are offered
All students are assigned a personal tutor (PT) who will be their         an initial assessment and, if appropriate, this will be followed     If you suspect your child has dyslexia, we offer a robust
first port of call and provide on-going support and guidance              by a series of 1:1 sessions. Our counsellors have a wealth of        assessment process, the outcome of which may result in
throughout their two-year programme. The PT will meet with                experience in working with this age group and are available full     reasonable adjustments in class and access arrangements
their tutees in individual one to one reviews to discuss their            time during term time.                                               for exams. Any questions should be directed to Jo Preston,
personal, social and academic progress, set targets and address                                                                                our Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
any issues.                                                               Medical welfare officer                                              Email:
                                                                          Students have access to a fully qualified medical welfare
Lead tutors                                                               officer who can support them regarding a number of health
Lead tutors work closely with personal tutors and have overall            issues, offer advice and signpost to other health agencies.
responsibility for your child’s pastoral care. Lead tutors are            She is available for drop-ins, regular appointments and
very experienced members of the Student Support team and,                 immediate first aid.
if necessary, can signpost your child to services and advisors for
additional or specialised support. You can always rely on there           Learning support
being someone available for students to sit down and talk to in           The College is a supportive and inclusive environment where
a safe, supportive environment.                                           all learning differences, physical disabilities, mental health and
                                                                          medical conditions are treated sensitively. Disclosing such a
Counselling service                                                       condition will enable us to support your child appropriately.
Students have access to three fully qualified counsellors                 Staff at King Ed’s are here to assist students in achieving their
on-site who deal with a variety of issues in complete confidence.         full potential, and the Learning Support team can help to
Students can refer themselves or be referred via their personal           make the transition from GCSE to A level a smoother and less

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Reporting a safeguarding or bullying issue                              Please be aware that if a student’s absence drops below 90%,

Communicating with college
                                                                                                                                              If you or your child are worried about their safety, or the             regardless of the reason, they may be subject to monitoring
                                                                                                                                              wellbeing of a friend, you or they can contact their personal           through our student intervention system, which keeps an eye
                                                                                                                                              tutor, lead tutor or Sarah MacKenzie, Assistant Principal               on any potential under performance and provides appropriate
                                                                          out what work they will be missing. Parents can also inform the     (Student Support) who is also the Designated Safeguarding               support.
                                                                          College using the absence notification tool in the ParentMail app   Lead. You can email:
We use a system called ParentMail to keep in touch with parents
and carers. As well as being a general route of communication,            or the ParentMail website.
                                                                                                                                              We have a duty of care to young people and take our
ParentMail allows you to pay for trips and other costs, report
                                                                          If students know in advance that they are going to be absent        responsibilities for child protection very seriously. We are
absences and book slots at parents’ consultation evenings. We
                                                                          for short events like appointments or university open days,         committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of
collect your contact information during the application and
                                                                          they can email: in advance of the day        our students, both within the College environment and outside.
enrolment process and, in September, we send you an email
with instructions on how to set up your ParentMail account. If            and attach a screenshot of the booking notification to evidence
                                                                          reason for the absence. If students are absent from college for     We aim to promote a positive, supportive and secure
you haven’t received an email by the end of September, please
                                                                          more than two days, they must fill in a leave of absence form       environment in which students feel respected and valued.
contact our Registry team.
                                                                          available from the Help Desk in the Student Support Centre.         High self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines
                                                                                                                                              of communication with trusted adults are important elements
                                                                          Where possible, appointments such as driving lessons, driving       of prevention. We recognise that safeguarding incidents could
Student email
                                                                          theory tests and medical appointments should be arranged so         happen anywhere, so all staff are trained to be alert to any
All students are given a college email account which is the main
                                                                          they do not clash with timetabled lessons.                          possible causes for concern. King Ed’s has a comprehensive
method of communication between the College and students
                                                                                                                                              anti-bullying policy. All accusations and incidents will be fully
outside of lessons. Details of how to access their email account
                                                                          Reporting a concern                                                 investigated and dealt with appropriately.
will be provided in Induction, and instructions are available on
the College portal.                                                       If you have any concerns, please contact us. If there are
                                                                          particular challenges a student is facing, we are keen to work      Removing students from lessons for holidays
                                                                          together with parents and guardians to provide the right            We do not authorise students to take holidays during term time.
Reporting an absence
                                                                          support. The personal tutor will speak with your child and put      The evidence from research conducted in the sixth form colleges
If students are ill or unable to attend college unexpectedly, they
                                                                          them in touch with the most appropriate person to help them.        sector demonstrates a strong correlation between absence
must inform the College by emailing:
                                                                          This may be your child’s teacher, a subject leader, lead tutor, a   and under performance in examinations. Given the strength of at the earliest opportunity. They
                                                                          safeguarding lead or another member of staff.                       this research, our position is that no leave of absence, for any
should also inform their personal tutor and teachers to find
                                                                                                                                              reason, is approved during term time.

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Commitment to all                                                                                                                            Covid-19
We’re justifiably proud at King Ed’s of our proactive stance on           LGBTQ+ society                                                     Teaching and learning from September
equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The College is committed         A popular group which meets regularly to discuss relevant issues   The safety and well being of our college community is
to celebrating diversity, challenging inequality and stereotypes          and raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community.                       paramount, but we are also mindful of the educational needs
and treating all students and staff with dignity and respect.                                                                                of our student body, especially new students joining us from
We encourage our students to involve themselves in EDI in                 Wellbeing Day and Culture Day                                      September who have spent many months away from formal
numerous ways.                                                            Two annual events which help to raise student awareness            academic learning and who did not have the opportunity to sit
                                                                          and provide opportunities to celebrate equality, diversity and     their GCSE examinations.
EDI Champions                                                             inclusion at the College. If you have a question or a concern
Our EDI champions are members of staff who help to promote                regarding an EDI issue, please contact the College via your        During lockdown, our teaching staff have set, delivered and
EDI across the college. They have specific responsibility for             child’s personal tutor.                                            assessed work via remote learning using both Google Classroom
planning and facilitating regular events to foster high levels of                                                                            and Microsoft Teams. In addition to the set work, each student
awareness and celebration of the college’s diverse community.                                                                                participated in online lessons, in each of the subjects they are
They also oversee and liaise pro-actively with EDI-focused                                                                                   studying.
enrichment groups. Our EDI champions are: Catherine Caseley
(Personal Tutor,) Medhi Didarzadeh (Personal Tutor), Georgia                                                                                 From September 2021, we will continue to follow government
Preston Sell (Teacher), Vinai Solanki (Subject Leader) and                                                                                   guidelines and will be keeping the situation under constant
Kelsea Utting (Teacher).                                                                                                                     review. We aim to start the year as we normally would. However,
                                                                                                                                             it is only prudent to consider that restrictions will remain and so
Student Equality Action Group                                                                                                                we are already planning a number of different timetable options.
A well-established group which plays a prominent role in                                                                                     We will keep you advised about our plans as we aim to deliver
celebrating the diversity of the college community, challenging                                                                              the best quality education possible during this challenging
stereotypes and discrimination.                                                                                                              period, while at the same time maintaining motivation and
                                                                                                                                             monitoring student welfare through effective pastoral care.

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Student responsibilities                                                                                                                         Financial support
Dress code                                                                 Student agreement                                                     16-19 Bursary Fund                                                       Free meals
We don’t have a dress code: students should wear clothes that              All students are required to sign an agreement at the start           Financial support may be available to students who need                  Students who received free school meals in year 11, or if they
are comfortable and practical for them. The only restrictions              of each academic year. The agreement is reproduced in the             assistance to help them study at King Ed’s. The broad focus              or their parents are in receipt of certain benefits, may be eligible
relate to clothes with slogans or images which could be                    student planner that each student receives at the beginning of        of the support is to help those students with essential costs            for free meals while at King Ed’s.
considered offensive.                                                      the academic year. By signing the student agreement, students         where paying for them would be a barrier to them remaining
                                                                           commit not only to attend all lessons and complete all work as        in education. Students who come from households where the                How to apply for the 16-19 Bursary Fund
Registration                                                               might be expected, but also to treat all members of the College       annual income is £30,000 or less may get assistance towards              Eligibility for the 16-19 Bursary Fund and free meals will
Students record their attendance at the start of each lesson               community with respect at all times. This expectation extends         the following costs (an increased limit will apply to households         be assessed upon completion of the 16-19 Bursary Fund
using their ID card. Attendance for all taught lessons will be             to social media and we encourage parents to take an interest in       with more than 2 children).                                              application form. The application form and guidance notes are
recorded and monitored, and providing you have given us a valid            their child’s use of these online applications. Where a student is                                                                             available on the King Ed’s website in the Finance section under
email address and permission to contact you, you will receive a            not fulfilling the terms of their contract, we intervene to support   Transport                                                                College info. Alternatively you can contact the
report of the student’s attendance.                                        them. Stronger disciplinary procedures may be implemented for         Travel costs can be a major consideration when deciding where            16-19 Bursary Fund Administrator.
                                                                           serious breaches of the agreement.                                    to study. To help with this, students who live in excess of 2 miles      Email:
Lanyards and ID cards                                                                                                                            from King Ed’s and are eligible to purchase the “nbus Term               Telephone: 01384 398 120
For safety and security, it is important that we are able to see           When a student falls ill at college                                   Ticket” for use in the Network West Midlands area, may be
at a glance that everyone who is on campus has the right to be             Our medical welfare officer will attend to any incident which         able to get this cost fully reimbursed. Students from outside the
here, so all students and staff are required to wear their college         requires immediate attention and if the student is unable to          Network West Midlands area may be able to get further support
ID card and lanyard. These are provided to students on their               travel home alone a member of the team will remain with them          towards the additional cost of college transport, train travel or
first day at college. All visitors, including parents, should report       until they are collected. If a student needs to leave College         other bus operators.
to reception on arrival to be issued with a visitor pass.                  due to illness, they should complete a self-certification form,
                                                                           available from the Help Desk in the Student Support Centre,           Other costs
Valuables                                                                  either before they leave, or when they return.                        Eligible students will receive a contribution to help them pay
Unfortunately, the College cannot accept responsibility for                                                                                      for any relevant course costs such as books, equipment, trips,
valuable items brought onto the site. Students should keep                                                                                       protective clothing and sports kit.
valuables with them at all times.

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Getting to college                                                                                                                            College transport
Public transport                                                          online from:                                                        The College provides chartered coaches and minibuses aimed                Help with the cost of travel
The College is a five minute walk from Stourbridge Interchange,                 at assisting students who live in areas where there is little or no       Students who are eligible for financial assistance from the 16-19
the combined bus and train station which provides excellent                                                                                   public transport to Stourbridge.                                          Bursary Fund can claim increased support towards the costs
links across the West Midlands and beyond. The public                     When purchasing, ‘Stourbridge Town’ should be identified                                                                                      of travel. Although payments do vary, for many students this
transport fares available to students depend on where they live.          as the destination. Scholars Tickets are only valid for their       Current routes:                                                           payment will cover the total cost of travelling to College.
Students who live in the Network West Midlands (NWM) region*              respective term and need to be renewed before the start of
                                                                                                                                              •   Bridgnorth
can apply for a 16-18 Photocard which allows them to buy a                each term (usually about one month in advance).
season ticket and pay fares on buses and trains at child rates                                                                                •   Cleobury Mortimer (via Bewdley)
(50% discount). Application is via the network’s website:                 Cycling                                                             •   Bromsgrove                  A bicycle shed is available on campus outside the Pi block.         •   South Birmingham (via Rubery)
18-photocard/                                                             Students are required to provide their own locks. There are
                                                                          shower facilities available.                                        •   Alvechurch and Lickey
* NWM student rates are available for students who live in                                                                                    •   West Worcestershire
West Midlands Combined Authority i.e. Birmingham, Coventry,                                                                                       (Martley, Great Witley and Stourport)
                                                                          Student parking
Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
                                                                          Although there is no parking on campus for staff or student cars
                                                                          (other than for those who are blue badge holders), there are        The cost for all of the above routes is set at £375 a year, usually
Students travelling by train from outside the West Midlands                                                                                   paid via Parent Mail at the start of each term in three equal
                                                                          public car parks close by.
(predominantly students living in Worcestershire) can buy a                                                                                   instalments of £125.
West Midland Trains (WMT) Scholar’s Season Ticket which
                                                                          Dropping off points
offers around 25% discount on the cost of travel with WMT. In                                                                                 To express an interest in using these services stating which route
                                                                          We ask that students are dropped off and collected in Lower
order to purchase Scholar’s tickets, students must first obtain a                                                                             and stop you would want to use (details are available on our
                                                                          High Street, as Duke Street has a high volume of student
West Midlands Trains photocard from any staffed ticket office.                                                                                transport leaflet on the website), email:
                                                                          pedestrians at the beginning and end of the College day. To
Photocards are free of charge and students need to provide a
                                                                          ensure their safety, we need to minimise traffic on this road;
passport size photograph. On the photocard will be a number
                                                                          therefore, we would ask you to find another suitable location for
which should be quoted when purchasing the season ticket
                                                                          drop-offs and pick-ups.

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Opening and closing times
                                                                         During term time students can access buildings from 7.45am. Classrooms and study areas should be vacated by 4.30pm (with the
                                                                         exception of the library). Other college services are available as follows:

                                                                         Reception (and switchboard services)                                  The travel arrangements for students will be given particular
                                                                         Monday – Thursday: 8.00am – 5.15pm                                    attention in the decision making and communication processes.
                                                                         Friday: 8.00am – 4.00pm
                                                                                                                                               The primary source of information regarding College closures
                                                                         During holiday periods the reception desk is open                     will be the College website which will show details about both
                                                                         Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm                                     closure and expected re-opening. We will communicate College
                                                                                                                                               closure notifications and updates via Parent Mail, student emails
                                                                         Student Support Help Desk                                             and social media.
                                                                         Monday – Thursday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
                                                                         Friday: 8.30am – 4.00pm
                                                                         The library
                                                                         Monday – Thursday:7.45am – 6.00pm
                                                                         Friday:7.45am – 4.30pm
                                                                         During study leave the librarians advertise any changes to
                                                                         these opening hours as required. However, during the summer
                                                                         holidays the library is closed.

                                                                         College closure procedures
                                                                         Sometimes we are forced by circumstances to close the College,
                                                                         for example, due to severe weather conditions, power failure or
                                                                         loss of heating.

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Extra-curricular activities
A programme of study at King Edward’s is not just about A levels. There are a number of other key events and programmes to help
students develop and become enriched by their experience at College.

Enrichment                                                               Guidance can be found on the College website along with the
The College offers a wide range of opportunities for students            relevant application form.
to engage in an extensive range of non-qualification classes,
societies, sports activities, music and performing arts.                 The Aspire programme
                                                                         Our Aspire programme is open to any student looking to
The range of activities is extensive and includes a wide variety         maximise their potential and develop their skills beyond
of sports, music and performing arts groups, Duke of Edinburgh           their A level curriculum. We provide a range of activities and
Gold Award and specialist interest clubs and societies. Students         opportunities designed to challenge, inspire and guide you.
sign up for these early in the autumn term and their choice of           Students joining the Aspire programme can expect:
activity becomes part of their programme of study.
                                                                         • Presentations and debates on a wide range of topics,
                                                                           developing thinking and reasoning skills
Trips and visits
The College runs many trips throughout the year and is proud of          • Inspirational talks and lectures by visiting speakers
maintaining these opportunities for its young people. Recently           • Open Day visits to top universities, including Girton College
these have included history students visiting Boston; geography            Cambridge and Oriel College Oxford
and geology students visiting Iceland; a mixed group of students         • Information about summer schools and masterclasses
spending a week in The Gambia; theatre visits, art exhibitions             offered by universities
and ski trips, as well as visits to conferences and university
                                                                         • Guidance on planning independent research into university
lectures. For students experiencing financial hardship, support
for trips and visits may be provided through the bursary fund.
                                                                         • Opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification

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Moving on after King Ed’s
                                                                         After their A levels our students leave King Ed’s well-prepared          variety of careers, providing information to both students and
                                                                         for their next adventure, whether they’re moving on to higher            parents. We also host progression events where university
                                                                         education, vocational training or the first steps into a worthwhile      delegates and apprenticeships partners deliver talks to students
                                                                         career.                                                                  focused on possible HE destinations and apprenticeships. Our
                                                                                                                                                  next steps forum is a popular event, where former King Ed’s
                                                                         Throughout their time at King Ed’s, they can access 1:1 careers          students discuss their experiences at university and vocational
                                                                         appointments with one of two qualified and impartial careers             training.
                                                                         advisers and we deliver careers and progression information
                                                                         through weekly tutorials. Students can use Unifrog software              UCAS
                                                                         to research their university and apprenticeship options, and             Students are fully supported throughout the UCAS process,
                                                                         Venture software to consider gap years and studying abroad.              researching options, creating a personal statement, making their
                                                                                                                                                  applications, and applying for student finance. Students can
                                                                         Students interested in specific careers, such as teaching,               also access mock interview support, if the student is applying
                                                                         medicine, law or engineering, are able to sign up to the King            for courses or universities requiring a more focused and specific
                                                                         Ed’s ‘Pathway Schemes’, which ensure they have access to a               interview, and can also access specially tailored mock interviews
                                                                         variety of specialised opportunities and support needed for              and 1:1 appointments.
                                                                         their chosen careers. They are also able to access support in
                                                                         gaining work experience, apprenticeships and employment,                 Work and schools experience
                                                                         and in their university applications for destinations such as            The careers team assists students who, in line with the
                                                                         Oxbridge.                                                                expectation that all students should gain meaningful employer
                                                                                                                                                  engagement, seek to secure work experience and offers support
                                                                         Throughout the year, there are talks from a variety of                   with covering letters and CVs. This includes a DBS check
                                                                         universities and apprenticeship providers, and the opportunity           for school experience, mock MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews)
                                                                         to attend UCAS conventions and local progression events. The             for potential medical students and signposting to a range of
                                                                         College hosts careers events, with delegates representing a              additional events and talks from which they may benefit.

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Leadership and academic staff
                                                                                                                                                                             BA, University of Derby,                                                      BA, University of Durham, MA,
                                                                                                                                                   Claire        Bou Aziz                                               Sue             Dobson
                                                                                                                                                                             MA, University of Nottingham                                                  University of Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                   Clare         Bramall     BA, University of Durham                   Rachael         Doughty            BSc, University of Wolverhampton

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM                                                                                                                             Christopher   Broughton   BSc, University of Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Polly           Duxfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BA, MPhil, PhD, University of
                                                                                                                                                                             BA, Bolton Institute of
                                                                                                                                                   Phil          Bury
Principal                  Remley Mann                                   BA, Wesleyan University, USA,                                                                       Higher Education                                                              BA, University of Birmingham,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sarah           Edwards
                                                                         MA, University of Connecticut, USA                                        Alison        Bywater     BSc, Aston University                                                         MA, University of Warwick
Deputy Principal           Jeremy Sheen (Operations)                     BSc, University of Manchester                                                                                                                                                     MPhys, PhD, University of
                                                                                                                                                   Jo            Caney       BA (Oxon)                                  Dawn            Foster
Director of Finance        Keith Dolling                                 CIMA                                                                                                                                                                              Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                   Dave          Carnell     BA, Staffordshire University
Director of Admissions     Dr Richard Heaton                             BSc, PhD, Liverpool University                                                                                                                 Timothy         Foulger            BSc, University of Loughborough
                                                                                                                                                   Stuart        Cliff       BSc, University of Sheffield
Assistant Principal        Sarah MacKenzie (Student Support)             BA, Birmingham Polytechnic, MSc, Birmingham City University                                                                                    Anna            Fox                BSc, University of Bristol
                                                                                                                                                                             MA, University of York ,
                                                                                                                                                   Matt          Cole                                                   Sandeep         Gill-Gosal         BSc, University of Huddersfield
                                                                                                                                                                             PhD, University of Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                   Alison        Cooper      BEng, Liverpool University                 Naomi           Grainger           BA, Queen Margaret University
TEACHING STAFF                                                                                                                                     Rob           Cope        BA, University of Leicester                                                   BSc, PhD, Lancaster University,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alison          Gunnell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           MSc, Aberdeen University
Barbara        Adams          BSc, University of Surrey                   Danielle        Beale           BSc, University of Birmingham            Alex          Corbett     BA, University of Worcester
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robert          Hall               BA, University of Sussex
Andy           Adamson        MA, University of Glasgow                                                   BA, Birmingham Polytechnic,                                        BSc, Cardiff University,
                                                                                                                                                   Heather       Davies                                                 Jane            Harris             BA, University of Birmingham
                                                                          Jane            Bendall         Graduate Diploma in Law, Worcester                                 MSc, University of Worcester
Robyn          Amos           BSc, University of Birmingham
                                                                                                          School of Law                            Matthew       Davies      BMus, Cardiff University                   Lisa            Healy              BSc, University of Leicester
Richard        Auger          BA, MSc, University of Worcester
                                                                          Fabienne        Bentley         Licence d’Anglais, Université d’Angers   Martyn        Deacon      BA, MA, University of Birmingham           Brea            Herbert            BSc, University of Birmingham
                              BSc, University of Bristol, DPhil
Ed             Babington                                                  Alette          Bernasconi      BA, MA, Lancaster University                                                                                  Glenn           Jennings           BSc, University of Leeds
                              (Oxon)                                                                                                                             Dermody-
                                                                                                                                                   Alice                     BA, University of Warwick
                                                                          Marco           Bevilacqua      BSc, Leicester Polytechnic                             Palmer                                                 Emma            Jewkes             BSc, Cardiff University
Nick           Barley         BA, MPhil, PhD, Swansea University
                                                                         Jonathan         Billington      BSc, University of Loughborough          Mark          Dewhirst    MPhys (Oxon)                                                                  BA, University of Birmingham,
Isabelle       Barnsley       BSc, Cardiff University                                                                                                                                                                   Ben             Jones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           MA, The Open University

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BA, University of Hull,                    Lisa            O’Connor       BA, MA (Oxon)                          Fiona     Shaw Roberts   BA, MA (Oxon)                              Bethan          Weston Smith       BA, University of Aberystwyth
Jane      Jukes
                          MA, University of Keele                    Lindsey         Oakes          BSc, University of Wolverhampton       Pete      Shelley        BSc, Coventry University                   Laura           Whitehead          BSc, MSc, University of Sheffield
Darren    Knott           BSc, Open University                       Anna            Obasi          BSc, University of Salford                                      BA, University of Birmingham,                                                 BMus, Royal Northern College of
                                                                                                                                           Anna      Smith                                                     Richard         Whitehouse
Selma     Kosar           BSc, Aston University                                                                                                                     MSc, University of Wolverhampton                                              Music
                                                                                                    BSc, University of Reading,
                                                                     Teresa          Page-Kennedy
Hannah    Lees            BSc, University of Manchester                                             MSc, University of Leicester           Claire    Smith          BA, Cardiff University                                                        BA, Middlesex University,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Amy             Williams
Samuel    Mackereth       BA, University of Birmingham                                                                                                                                                                                            MSc, Trinity Laban Conservatoire
                                                                                                    BMus, MMus, PhD, University of                                  BA, University of Manchester,
                                                                     Tom             Pankhurst                                             Vinai     Solanki
Colette   Madden          LLB, University of Wolverhampton                                          Manchester                                                      MA, Newcastle University                   James           Woodward           BSc, University of Birmingham

                          BA, Birmingham Institute of Art and        Shaun           Passey         BA (Oxon)                              Carys     Spicer         BA, MA, University of Leeds                Keely           Worsey             BSc, University of Birmingham
Katy      Magor
                          Design                                                                    LLB Law, University of Leicester,      Alex      Squires        MSc, University of Birmingham
                                                                                                    Postgraduate Diploma in Legal
                          BA, Middlesex University,                  Pinkeyben       Patel                                                 Emma      Stevens        BA, Birmingham Polytechnic
Tessa     Maiden                                                                                    Practice University of Law,
                          MA, University of Central England                                         Birmingham                             Nicola    Sutton         BSc, Aberystwyth University
                          BA, University of South Africa,                                           BEd, West Midlands College of          Paige     Swadkins       BSc, Leeds Beckett University
Jean      Main                                                       Tim             Perry
                          BSc, University of Zimbabwe                                               Higher Education                       Lee       Swain          BSc, University of London
Richard   Mason           BA, University of Lincoln                  Jo              Preston        BA, University of Warwick              Mel       Thomas         BA, Staffordshire University
David     McKinnon-Bell   BA (Oxon)                                                                 BA, University of Bradford,
                                                                     Georgia         Preston Sell                                                                   BA, MA, University of Leeds,
Gill      McKinnon-Bell   BSc, University of Bristol                                                MA, University of Birmingham           Les       Timms
                                                                                                                                                                    PhD, University of Birmingham
Ajay      Mehta           BA, Coventry University                    Tim             Reene          BA, University of Kent at Canterbury   James     Tromans        BSc, Swansea University
Kathryn   Miskin          BA, University of Sheffield                Brett           Robinson       BSc, University of Leeds                                        BA, (Oxon), MPhil, University of
                                                                                                                                           Kartar    Uppal
Dave      Morton          BA, MA, Bangor University                  John            Sangha         BA, University of Manchester                                    Birmingham
Joanne    Noake           BA, University of Exeter                                                  BA, WSCAD, MA, Birmingham              Kelsea    Utting         BA, Keele University
                                                                     Katy            Sankey
Michael   Norman          BSc, University of Birmingham                                             Institute of Art and Design            Bethany   Watkins        BSc, University of Worcester
Katy      Northwood       BSc, University of Wolverhampton           Rachel          Scarr          BA (Oxon)                              Lisa      Watton         BA, University of Huddersfield

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