King Edward’s Senior School

King Edward’s Senior, North Road, Bath BA2 6HU
Tel: 01225 464313; Web:

Name of Head: Mr Martin Boden

Age of pupils: Senior School: 11 – 18 years

Number of pupils: Senior School – 870 (as of July 2023)

FeeStructure (per term): Senior School £5,650; Sixth Form £5,750

Co-ed day school

The curriculum: The school has high aspirations for its pupils in all aspects of school life with a strong emphasis on everyone’s needs and abilities, ensuring that each child develops into a well-rounded, happy, caring and active participant in later life. In the Senior School, every young person is encouraged to strive for excellence and to acquire a life-long passion for learning, discovery and adventure. “KES turns out young people who are not merely hard-working and well-educated, but compassionate and thoughtful to boot.” Good Schools Guide.

Co-curricular activities: Senior School pupils take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ten Tors, Esports, Model United Nations, Combined Cadet Force, sports, drama and music – the latter enjoying partnerships with Bath Abbey and Bath Philharmonia. “KES has long since lost its reputation for being just about academics and sport. Its art offer is right up there with the best of them.” Good Schools Guide.

Pastoral care: Pastoral care is a considerable strength of the school, with this aspect being strongly praised in successive ISI reports.  This is echoed in The Good Schools Guide which states that that, ‘The Head of Pastoral and her team are widely praised, but students also rate their tutors’ ability to support them through the helter skelter of school life.”

Outstanding characteristics: Awarded ‘excellent’ in the most recent whole school ISI report, with the school’s extra-curricular provision achieving ‘outstanding’. The school has previously been awarded Independent School of the Year for performing arts by Independent School Parent. King Edward’s is ranked second among independent schools in the southwest for its outstanding A Level and GCSE results in the most recent The Sunday Times Schools Parent Power survey.