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King Edward’s Witley

Address: Witley, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5SG
Website: kesw.org
Founded: 1553
Number of Pupils: 400
Fees: Lower school boarding: £11,225; day £5,595. Forms 3–5 boarding £11,225; day £6,840. (Pre-) sixth form boarding £11,665; day £7,195
Ages: 11-18
Head Teacher: Joanna Wright BA
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Entrance Procedure: Admission at 11, 13 and 16 via entrance examination and interview.
Contact: Justin Benson, Director of Admissions, 01428 686735, [email protected]
School Visits: Prospective pupils are welcome at Open Mornings or individual visits. Year 9 open morning: 10 am 16 Sept. Year 7 open morning: 10 am 9th Oct. Please arrange visits through Admissions.

The Curriculum

A King Edward’s education is a rounded education. All academic staff are subject specialists, GCSE/IGCSE in Year 11 followed by a choice of A-levels or the IB Diploma programme in the Sixth Form. Young people discover new skills, talents and enthusiasms and are encouraged to set their sights high. Our rich co-curricular programme broadens their horizons.

Games and the Arts

King Edward’s is a wonderfully safe place for youthful adventure and curiosity. On our 100-acre site in the Surrey Hills we have space for many sports, drama, music, hobbies, and intellectual pursuits. Our sports programme is built on the latest research with activities that blend breadth with specific development, offering a vast array of Physical Education programmes. Music flourishes in and out of the classroom, with twenty choirs, orchestras and specialist instrumental ensembles from chamber to rock music. 

Pastoral Care

All pupils benefit from small class sizes and our House system with its supportive pastoral networks at the heart of school life. Each House is committed to strong connections with a single team of boarders and day pupils. Diversity has been a strength since our founding in 1553. Most of our 400 pupils are local but we attract students from more than 40 countries, teaching us what it means to be part of the wider human family.

University Places

The vast majority of pupils proceed to university, including Oxbridge.

Head’s Philosophy

We encourage pupils to be the best versions of themselves – individual achievement and personal growth count more than league tables. Our unique heritage and place among British co-ed independent schools means we can provide the best preparation for adult life to a wider range of young people than almost any other institution. We aim to inspire a love of independent learning, lasting friendships, Christian values and hopeful vision. King Edward’s is an extraordinary, distinctive, forward-thinking and global-minded community. It is a wonderful place to be.

Outstanding Characteristics

In 2021, 89 per cent of IB students got A*-B A-level equivalent. 97 per cent of GCSE grades at A*-C in all subjects. Weekly and occasional boarding and a flexible day. Easy rail links – 51 minutes from London Waterloo.



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