King Edward’s (Witley)
King Edward’s Witley is an independent boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 11–18. The School prides itself on its ability to create a diverse school community with the admittance of pupils from a wide range of social, academic, economic and cultural backgrounds. In the School’s view, such an open-door policy serves to reflect the real world. Boarders and day pupils are nurtured to encourage independent thinking as well as a spirit of respect for others, which results in a mature outlook on life and a dedication to maintaining the strongest moral values.
Located approximately ten miles south of Guildford, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are both within 40 minutes’ drive via the M25. Witley railway station, built originally for the School, is a three-minute walk away and is on the main London Waterloo to Portsmouth line.
An inspiring school environment
Set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, King Edward’s is nestled in a secure and attractive 100-acre wooded campus. The grounds contain a collection of classical and modern sculptures, and there are several historic buildings as well as top-class sports grounds and facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and all-weather hockey pitches. High-quality catering services are delivered in a recently refurbished central dining hall. The School is a pioneer of mixed-sex boarding houses, and all pupils can meet in their free time to enjoy TV, games, music and conversation in the kitchen, common rooms, music and television rooms. Recreation and independent learning are made possible for members of the Sixth Form owing to a lively common room and a new study area and careers library. The entire campus has filtered wireless internet access.
A caring school
The School is well-known for its provision of high-quality pastoral care and a hospitable community. All students, day and boarding, reside in boarding houses under the watchful eye of a trained housemaster or housemistress and at least three resident staff, including a matron. Furthermore, a personal tutor is assigned to every pupil to guide them through their stay at the School, and to attend to their academic welfare and help organise their co-curricular programme. The School’s Medical Centre is open and staffed 24 hours a day. Pupils enjoy a rich and varied diet courtesy of food which is freshly prepared on-site.
Academic excellence with choice guaranteed
In the Lower School (age 11–13), an impressive range of academic and practical subjects is taught. In Years 10 and 11, pupils work towards a combination of GCSE and IGCSE exams with a variety of optional subjects. Since 2008, the School has led a very successful one-year Pre-IB course for 15-16 year olds, providing a combination of GCSE and non-examined subjects in readiness for the Sixth Form.
King Edward’s was an early advocate of the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB). In 2014, pupils achieved an incredible 100% pass rate.
These days, the School respects that alternative routes to university need to be accounted for, thus with the revised A-level symbolising a return to ‘rigour’ and ‘depth’ of study, the new A-level course is offered as an alternative to the IB. There is a choice of 11 A-level subjects. If pupils decide to follow the new A-level structure, they will still benefit from some of the valuable components of the IB Programme such as Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay, as well as being involved with community and social work projects.
Challenging the norm
The fastest-growing team sport worldwide is girls’ football – and King Edward’s has been a champion of its promotion for girl pupils since 2006. The School has gone on to achieve noteworthy success, winning the first-ever ISFA under 18 South Eastern League in 2014.
The School is famed for delivering outstanding drama and musical productions, while a range of creative pursuits, from fashion to crafts and technology, are offered to pupils. They are also expected to follow a programme of activities based on the CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) component of the IB as well as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which all Third Form pupils pursue. Other activities are available to suit all tastes, from cookery to printing, lifesaving to learning a language and canoeing to rock climbing.
Focusing on its pupils’ futures
King Edward’s recognises that careers guidance is pivotal in assisting pupils plot their future study and career paths. The School holds regular careers workshops, as well as sessions on writing CVs and delivering presentations. External speakers offer expert insight into a wide range of careers.