Headteacher’s Welcome

Unlocked: Headteacher’s Welcome

Unlocked: The King Edward VI School Journey

I am delighted to welcome you to King Edward VI School. Whatever your reason for visiting our website, I 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 in person.

Our school was founded in 1550. Known from this time as the schola Buriensis (school of Bury), we are now home to some 1600 students aged between 11 and 16.

As a Church of England school, we hold dear our broadly Christian ethos and values, although we welcome students from all denominations or none. We enjoy very close links with St Edmundsbury Cathedral, through worship, voice and music.

We have an enviable academic reputation, and a real desire to employ the very best techniques for teaching. This enables our students to progress to a wide range of destinations once they complete their studies with us, including the highest ranked national and international universities, first-rate colleges and rewarding careers in every field imaginable.

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, school council, and debating. They can work with our local community, with other institutions in the Bury Schools Partnership and through our 13-year partnership with the Yangjing-Juyuan Experimental School, Shanghai.

Above all else, we encourage the development of well-rounded individuals, well prepared to thrive in an ever-changing world. We are a community for whom the values of kindness, tolerance, endeavour plus respect for ourselves and others are central to all that we do. I hope those of you who have children here will already sense this – I urge those of you who are new to the school to come and experience our ethos first hand. In the meantime, have a look at our
Facebook and Twitter sites – they are a wonderful showcase for all that happens here.

So, please do come and find out more about the schola Buriensis. To arrange a visit, contact Debbie Dunning on 01284 761393 (Ext 252), or email

I look forward to meeting you soon.
Lee Walker