Headteacher’s Welcome

As newly appointed Co-Headteachers, we are delighted to welcome you to King Edward VI School.

King Edward VI School is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom, having been established in 1550, known from this time as the Schola Buriensis (school of Bury).

Originally established as a school just for boys, we became a co-educational school in 1972 by the merging of King Edward VI Grammar School, with the Silver Jubilee Girls School and the Silver Jubilee Boys School.

So, following all the recent challenges in and outside school, this academic year we have much to look forward to as we achieve our Golden Jubilee.

We wish to take this opportunity for the whole community, including all students, staff and parents to join us in marking this exciting anniversary and celebrate all that King Edward VI School has contributed to Bury St Edmunds. Not just to our current 1200 boys and girls aged between 11 and 16 but to all who have been associated with the school over its long history.

Established almost 500 years ago as a Church of England School, we continue to enjoy very close links with St Edmundsbury Cathedral, who we are delighted shall be hosting our awards evening again this year.

In terms of culture, inclusivity is one of our core values. So, whilst as a Church of England school, we hold dear our Christian ethos and values, we enthusiastically welcome students from all denominations or none.

Academically we have an enviable reputation and a real desire to employ the very best techniques for teaching. This enables our students to progress to a wide range of education or career paths once they complete their studies with us.

Beyond the classroom, our extra-curricular activities are second to none. Our students can access a phenomenal range of sporting, musical, dramatic and artistic opportunities during their time with us.

We offer leadership challenges at all levels. Our students can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award, Junior Leadership Team, Sports Leaders Award and much more. They can work with other institutions in the Bury Schools Partnership, our wider local community and through our academic and cultural partnership with the Yangjing-Juyuan Experimental School, Shanghai.

Above all else, we encourage the development of well-rounded individuals, fully prepared to thrive in an ever-changing world. We are a community for whom the values of kindness, creativity, tolerance, aspiration and respect for ourselves and others are central to all that we do.

Whatever your reason for visiting our website, we hope you get a sense of what it is that makes us so special, and that you are inspired to visit us to experience our work first-hand.


With very best wishes,


Beverley Tucker                                             Tom Grey
Interim Co-Headteacher                                 Interim Co-Headteacher


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