Grammar & Independent Schools

Grammar Schools and Independent Schools in the Birmingham region offer some of the best education, facilities and results even at a national level

Grammar School Education

Overview

There are a variety of grammar schools and independent schools in Birmingham that cater for the brightest and most talented pupils and students. These include maintained schools managed by the local authority or other organisations and academies that are state-funded but independent from local authority control. 

Read on below to discover some of the prestigious establishments and academies in the Birmimghan region including Warwickshire, The Black Country and Worcestershire.

Key Facts

  • The Schools of King Edward VI charity is involved in 5 of the 8 grammar schools in Birmingham including King Edward's school, one of the most successful boys' schools in the UK
  • Places for grammar schools are rewarded based on the highest qualifying scores on the entrance tests
  • RGS (Royal Grammar School) Worcester, founded in 685 A.D., is the sixth oldest school in the world

The Blue Coat School

Based in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston, The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, provides its 570 girls and boys, aged 2 to 11 years, with facilities including a 25m indoor pool, four-court badminton hall, and extensive playing fields. The grounds also provide students access to the latest technology and wealth of resources worthy of most senior schools of distinction.

Renowned for examination success, its pupils annually gain entry to the highly competitive grammar schools of the King Edward VI Foundation, as well as to the region’s most sought after independent senior schools, many with scholarship awards for academic and musical excellence.

Read more about admissions, open mornings and further information - visit The Blue Coat School Website

Boarding Schools

A total of six boarding schools can be found within the West Midlands:

Adam's Grammar School, Newport - A boys only technology college with an Ofsted rating of "Outstanding" and state of the art laboratory facilities.
Ashby School, Leicestershire - Boasting specialist IT, language and international school status with a large sixth form and outstanding boarding facilities.
Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge - A vibrant and very distinctive state boarding school with a strong focus on extra-curricular opportunities and excellent academic achievements.
The Thomas Adams School - Based in a lovely rural location, this comprehensive school has a range of 26 higher education courses and a balanced curriculum.
Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, Leicestershire - Helping to develop skilled engineering and science graduates for the Armed Services and Civil Service.
The Royal School, WolverhamptonA large green campus with three sites, the school has a large range of sporting facilities and is home to an elite swimming squad.

Birmingham and the Suburbs

Birmingham contains a vast array of independent schools that range from private to fee-paying to non-fee paying schools including Steiner Schools and academies. Grammar Schools in Birmingham are made up of the following eight schools:

- Bishop Vesey's Grammar School for Boys,
- Handsworth Grammar School,
- King Edward VI Aston School,
- King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys,
- King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, 
- King Edward VI Five Ways School,
- King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls and Boys
- Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

These schools have been educating children for more than a century and entry is via a selective test. They offer an outstanding all round education and are known throughout the country for setting the very highest academic standards that consistently achieve top positions in national league tables. 

Solihull

As the oldest school in the town and spread over a 65 acre campus, Solihull School is a renowned independent day school with fantastic results in both A-levels and GCSEs. In 2014, 83% of A levels were A* - B level and 77% of GCSEs were A* - A level showing just how successful the curriculum and level of learning are for the school.

The school is split across the junior school for years three to six, lower school for years seven to nine, middle school for years 10 to 11 and their sixth form for years 12 and 13 into further education allowing pupils to potentially study here from ages three to sixteen.

Other schools in the area include Tudor Grange Academy Light Hall School and Alderbrook School.

Coventry and Warwickshire

There are a range of independent schools and five grammar schools in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Amongst the top five schools are Bablake, The Blue Coat Church of England and Music College. Grammar schools include: Ashlawn School, Lawrence Sherriff School for boys, Rugby High School for girls, Alcester Grammar School and King Edward VI School.

Ashlawn School is a high performing co-educational 11-18 bi-lateral school in Rugby and attracting students of all abilities from Rugby and the surrounding area. Alcester Grammar School provides both male and female pupils with high levels of education, a variety of enrichment experiences and has an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’. Lawrence Sheriff School is a boys' grammar school in Rugby, Warwickshire, England.

The school runs in partnership with Rugby High School for Girls, the local all-female grammar school. King Edward VI School is a boy’s grammar school and academy in Warwickshire. However, the school now allows up to 25% of the intake for Year 12 to be girls. It was believed that William Shakespeare attended the King Edward VI School, leading to the label of ‘Shakespeare’s school’. 

The Black Country

Walsall houses ten secular and two religious junior schools in Walsall and many secondary schools, including comprehensives, academies, private and grammar schools.Queen Mary’s Grammar school is an all-girls school in Walsall and is twinned with Queen Mary’s High School, both of which are part of the Queen Mary’s Foundation. Queen Mary's Grammar School is an all-boys grammar school and whilst both secondary schools are gender-specific, they open their doors to both genders for their sixth forms.

Wolverhampton has a selection of grammar schools including Wolverhampton Girls' High School and Wolverhampton Grammar School for both genders. At Wolverhampton Girls' High School the school has been producing top results for many years and has frequently been ranked within the top 10 state schools in the country for its performance at GCSE and A level.

Worcestershire

There are a number of independent and grammar schools in Worcestershire including Abberley Hall School and the one and only grammar school; Royal Grammar School Worcester. The Royal Grammar School Worcester is one of the oldest British independent schools that offer an outstanding education to both boys and girls from two to 18 years of age.

Tracing its origins back to the 7th century, the school is the sixth oldest school in the world. 155 teaching staff offers 800 pupils an excellent passage into adulthood with pupils going on to many prestigious and top universities, medical schools and performing arts colleges.