King Edward's Witley, Godalming, Surrey, UK

Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom

King Edward's Witley, Godalming, Surrey, UK

Price Range ₤ 30,000 - 40,000 per annum


King Edward's School, Witley is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 11-18, founded in 1553 by King Edward VI and Nicholas Ridley. The School became fully co-educational in 1952. As of September 2010, the school has joined the small number of independent schools in the UK which offer the IB Diploma Programme in place of A-Levels in the Sixth form. The School is re-introducing A-Levels as part of the curriculum from September 2015.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 135 135 270
Day School: 65 65 130
Year of foundation: 1553
Some history:

The vision came from Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, who convinced the boy king Edward VI to grant his palace at Bridewell, on the banks of the Thames, to the Lord Mayor of London, so creating our parent foundation, Bridewell Royal Hospital, as a place for the training and education of poor children in 1553.

Bridewell Palace burnt down during the Great Fire of London in 1666 and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1830 a new House of Occupations was opened in St George’s Fields, Southwark. Here there was more emphasis on education rather than reform of character. Children aged from 8 to 18 were accepted from the City, County of Middlesex and the Borough of Southwark. 1860 saw the setting up of a new charity scheme for Bridewell Royal Hospital and the House of Occupations was renamed King Edward’s School.

Campus size and facilities: Set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of the Surrey Hills

Tel: +44 (0)1483 291500

Fax: +44 (0)1483 291607

Contact school: contact-us


About the school

Dorm Facilities:

There are ten functioning houses in total, five male and five female. The boarding houses at the school are paired, and, in the case of the senior pupils, conjoined in the centre of the buildings. This central area (known as the 'Accy Area', from activity area) allows the boys and girls from the paired houses to meet in the evenings and during spare time; to chat, watch television or a DVD, or play pool or table football. The right-hand half of the iconic front building of the school is used as Copeland House, the junior girls' boarding house, while Queen Mary House was formerly a care home for the mentally ill and then the school sanatorium, until later becoming the junior boys' boarding house.

The senior houses were built in the 1970s, and the plans can be seen in the School Museum, housed in the History Department. Boarders moved into these new buildings in Autumn 1976 and the inauguration was commemorated by a visit from HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

The houses are:

Queen Mary House , King Edward's School, Wakefield, Elizabeth, Edward , Tudor, Grafton , Queens' , Ridley, St. Bridgest’s. Ridley house was unused for a number of years, but re-opened September 2013 having undergone extensive refurbishment. St Bridget’s currently not in use pending renovation or reconstruction.

Academic life

What we offer?

1st to 5th Form curriculum

1st Form

English & Drama, French or Spanish,  Latin, History, Geography, RE , Maths, Science, Art

Design/Food Tech., ICT, Music, PE, Games, Pursuit of Excellence,

2nd Form

English & Drama, French or Spanish, German, Latin/Classics , History , Geography , RE, Maths, Science

Art, Design/Food Tech, ICT, Music, PE, Games , Pursuit of Excellence

3rd Form

English & Drama,  Music, ICT , History , Geography, RE, Science , Art, Design/Food Tech, Maths, Games, PE , PSHE, French, German, Spanish, Latin or Classics

4th Form

English, Core Language, Maths, Science, Option One, Option Two, Option Three, RE, PE & Games, PSHE,

5th Form

English, Core Language, Maths, Science, Option One, Option Two, Option Three, RE, PE & Games, PSHE/Critical Thinking,

Core languages: one of French, German or Spanish.

* Options include Geography, History, Classical Civilisation, Latin, Spanish/French, Music,

Drama, Design Technology- Resistant Materials, Design, Technology - Food, Computing

and PE.

One year Pre Sixth Form course

Only for 5th Form pupils Ideal for overseas pupils or those seeking to relocate to the United Kingdom, this one-year programme prepares 15-16 year olds for the Sixth Form in two groups of up to sixteen pupils

The IB Diploma is undoubtedly the best preparation for life beyond school available today. The IB requires pupils to combine breadth with depth in their studies, the programme ensuring that they study from a variety of disciplines including maths, their native language, a foreign language, a humanity and a science. There is also scope to study specific areas of individual interest in depth.

In addition to six subjects, pupils are required to write an Extended Essay on a topic of their choice, take a course in Theory of Knowledge and complete a programme of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). This ‘core’ is particularly appreciated by universities as it demonstrates the ability to think critically, to research independently, to work as a team and to ‘think out of the box’. Universities consider IB pupils to be well prepared for university study - the drop out rate amongst IB pupils in the first year of university being virtually zero. To quote an Admissions Tutor from Cambridge University, “IB pupils hit the ground running”. The IB has only one set of external examinations in May of the final year. The results are published in early July.

Since its introduction at King Edward’s 13 years ago, the IB has provided an exciting and challenging programme for our Sixth Form pupils. Pupils choose one subject from each box, three to study at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. In addition, each pupil will follow a course in Theory of Knowledge, complete CAS, and write an Extended Essay.


English Literature A, English Language and Literature, German Language and Literature A,

Native language A


English B, English Language and Literature, French B, Italian ab initio, Latin, Spanish ab initio, Spanish B


Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy


Biology, Chemistry, Design, Technology, Physics, Sports, Exercise and Health Science


Maths Higher, Maths Standard, Maths Studies


Biology, Business, Management, Computer Science, Economics, French B, Italian ab initio, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Spanish ab initio, Theatre, Visual Arts

King Edward’s offers a wide range of A-level subjects from which pupils select three subjects (or four if they wish to take Maths and Further Maths). Pupils who wish to increase their breadth of study may chose a fourth subject from the Standard

A-level subjects offered in the 2017-18 academic year are:

Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Technology, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Music, Physics, Physical Education, Religious Studies

Pupils have the option to complement their subject studies with Theory of Knowledge lessons; they can also take the Extended Essay option to support their university application and will follow a Creativity, Action and Service programme.

Social life & attractions


Activities are offered subject to demand; new ones are regularly introduced as enthusiasm dictates. The range of activities currently on offer throughout the school year are:

Aerobics, Art – Junior, Art – Senior, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beekeeping, Bush Craft, Café Scientifique, Charity Committee, Chess, Climbing, Computer Gaming, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Debating, Digital Video, Drama – Junior, Drama – Senior, DT Club, Duke of Edinburgh, Fitness Suite, Football – Boys, Football – Girls, Futsal, Golf, Hockey – Boys, Hockey – Girls, Horse Riding, Indoor Rowing, Kit Car Building, LAMDA, Lego Robotics, Debating, MasterChef, Model United Nations, Music – Chamber, Music – Choir, Music - Guitar Group, Music - Jazz Band, Music – Lessons, Music – Orchestra, Music – Percussion, Music - String Ensemble, Music - Wind band, Music Technology, Netball, Outreach, Philosophy, Pilates Polytunnel, Programming, Rounders, Scuba Diving, Shooting, Squash, Student Investors, Swimming, Tennis, Textiles, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Aerobics, Water Polo, Yoga, Young Enterprise

Sport and culture

Sport Facilities:

Excellent facilities include an astro turf pitch, four badminton courts, two cricket nets, indoor netball, tennis, hockey and a basketball court. The Sports Centre has a fully fitted cardiovascular suite and weights room, swimming pool and there are also three squash courts, five netball courts and a dance studio. Pupils develop their interests in the major and minor sports within and outside the curriculum.

What we offer?

Regular fixtures with other schools operate for boys in football, hockey and cricket and for girls in hockey, netball, rounders and tennis. The Inter-House games programme is extensive and includes major and minor sports - pupils can be involved either as players or organisers. In the Sports Centre there is the opportunity to develop skills away from the major team games.

In recent years boys have also competed in athletics, badminton, cross country, basketball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, golf and rowing. Girls have also competed in badminton, swimming, football, athletics, basketball and rowing.

In addition, a diverse programme of recreational activities includes aerobics, aquarobics, trampolining, dance and gymnastics. Pupils are encouraged to make the most of our extensive facilities by running their own sports activities in the evenings and at weekends.

Culture and arts:

Why Should You Choose this School?

2017 IB results summary

67.7% achieved grade 7-5, the equivalent of A*, A & B grades at A-level. 36.4% achieved grade 7-6, the equivalent of A* and A grades at A-level. The average points obtained per pass was 32.5 (out of 45) and the average grade obtained per subject was 5.14 (out of 7). Seven pupils scored 40+ points and the top points score was 44 (out of 45).

2017 GCSE results summary

Pupils achieving 5 or more grades at A*-C, including Maths and  English GCSE or IGCSE: 88.1%. 31.6% of grades were A*-A (national average 21.3%) 88.9% of grades were A*-C (national average 65.4%).



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