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West Midlands State School of the Decade

Recently chosen by The Sunday Times

The King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys in Birmingham has been named The Sunday Times West Midlands State Secondary School of the Decade by Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide, published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, November 29. 


The 28th edition of Parent Power identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their most recently published examination results. A fully searchable national database by school name, local authority, town and postcode, together with regional rankings are available to Times and Sunday Times subscribers at:


As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally. There are also live links to school websites and schools’ most recent inspection reports. 


Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools. The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of examination entries gaining A* to B grades at A-level (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries graded 9, 8 and 7, at GCSE and iGCSE. 

Nick Rodrigues, the deputy editor of Parent Power, said: “Usually, the top ranked state school in the West Midlands, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys has been in the UK top 10 for five of the past 10 years. This consistent achievement and a breathtaking range of activities and opportunities available at Camp Hill are just two of the reasons why it wins our West Midlands State Secondary School of the Decade award.

“This is also a huge triumph for The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham with King Edward’s School winning the regional independent secondary school of the decade award. Our two accolades highlight the excellent education offering available to the multi-cultural and diverse population of Birmingham.

“Expectations and standards are clearly high at Camp Hill but are balanced out by its warm and friendly atmosphere where pupils feel nurtured and thrive. Under the leadership of headmaster Martin Garrod, boys are encouraged to be responsible and considerate members of their community even being consulted on matters of school administration.”