King Edward VI Grammar School Chelmsford

Headteacher's Welcome

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Welcome to KEGS. It is a great honour to be responsible for the leadership of this remarkable school. KEGS is one of England’s leading state grammar schools, and it has a history dating back to its foundation in 1551, and origins prior to that. Its reputation is built on sustained outstanding examination results, an ethos of equality and openness to students of all social and ethnic backgrounds who are admitted, and a deep concern to support young people in developing their personal talents and interests and in learning to work with others. It mixes a traditional emphasis on courtesy, personal conduct and respect for others, with a modern interest in the latest educational research.

As a school specifically providing specialist education to very able young people, there is a strong focus on academic achievement, with the vast majority of students (both those boys who join in Year 7, and students, including girls, who join for the sixth form) going on to top universities. There is a serious work ethic at KEGS which derives from highly motivated students and dedicated staff. Recent results have put us near the top of national GCSE and A level rankings, and for example 23 students who left us in Summer 2018 went on to study at Oxford or Cambridge, and a further 23 students in Summer 2018 gained places to study Medicine at University. At GCSE in 2018 we were the second highest state school in the country for the average number of top grades (9/8/A*) per pupil. However, league tables are not our guiding principle – we value breadth of study as well – and such tables can sometimes be misleading, depending on what they include or how they are ranked. We also focus significant effort on the progress of students who may find a particular subject area more challenging than others, and we have an extensive programme of mentor support. And an analysis of the attainment of KEGS students from less advantaged backgrounds who are entitled to the Government’s “pupil premium” shows that they typically outperform their KEGS cohort in terms of progress made.

However, despite the undoubted focus on academic study, our key objective is to enable our students to develop as well-rounded individuals. We provide a huge range of extra-curricular opportunities, as well as tours, expeditions and exchanges. We put a strong emphasis on the concept of service to others, both within and outside the school Our pastoral system provides outstanding support and guidance, and our aim is that students enjoy coming to school each day for the sheer love of learning and the experience of belonging to the KEGS community. We also value strongly our numerous partnerships with local primary and secondary schools and believe that KEGS should play a strong role in the Chelmsford community as it has done for many years.

The school's motto is 'Quicquid agas sapiens age fortiter ex animoque' – which at KEGS has traditionally been rendered as “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) - and this is precisely the spirit in which KEGS students and staff work on a daily basis. Please take time to browse through these pages to find further information. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact me at We are more than happy for visitors to come to see the school in action.

Tom Carter