Provision for the English Baccalaureate at King Edward VI Academy forms an integral part of teaching and learning. King Edward VI Academy endeavour to provide students with exciting and demanding challenges within the curriculum in order to open up opportunities to study core academic subjects and maximise all learning potentials.

What does English Baccalaureate mean?

The Department for Education introduced the English Baccalaureate as a performance measure and is not a qualification in itself. The measure recognises the achievement of a C grade or above in the core academic subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Modern Foreign Languages

 “The English Baccalaureate will be only one measure of performance, and should not be the limit of schools’ ambitions for their pupils. Schools will retain the freedom to innovate and offer the GCSEs, IGCSEs and other qualifications which best meet the needs of their pupils.”

 The DfE White Paper, 'The Importance of Teaching'

Why has KEVI introduced the English Baccalaureate?

Since 2004, there has been a rise in the number of non-academic qualifications across the country, taken up from about 15,000 to about 575,000. Many of these qualifications carry little weight in entry to higher education or employment opportunities. The English Baccalaureate measure aims to address the decline in the study of academic subjects and encourage opportunities for students to take up core academic subjects.

In response to the government introduction of an English Baccalaureate measure of student achievement; we have adjusted our key stage 4 curriculum to provide students with the opportunity to achieve this measure. King Edward VI Academy believes we can offer each child the opportunity to develop to his or her full potential.

The achievement of a C grade or above in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages will ensure our students are developing a range of skills, enabling them to make informed choices on post 16 qualifications, apprenticeships and employment.

Students at King Edward VI Academy have the opportunity to study the courses required at GCSE from Year 9 onwards.


David Ross Education Trust and British Values


The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain. A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.


To find out more about British Values at our academy, please download the document on the left.


For further information about our curriculum, please contact us.

For information about the courses studied at Key Stage 5, please click here.