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Admissions FAQs

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the admissions process…

Are offers made on a first come, first served basis?

The deadline for equal consideration in college applications was Wednesday 28 February 2024. All applications received prior to this date were given equal consideration for a conditional offer. Applications submitted between March and August will be reviewed, depending upon availability within the requested course combination.

Once we are in receipt of a fully completed application we will make a decision on your application.

Our decision will be communicated to you via email, using the email address provided on your application. We aim to communicate our decision within ten working days of your application being submitted to the college.

I’ve missed your Open Events, will there be another opportunity to visit King Ed’s?

If you were unable to attend the Open Events in October, the college admissions team are holding a limited number of group tours of the college campus.

You will be able to ask the admissions team any questions you may have about college life and view the campus. There will sadly not be an opportunity to speak to subject teachers during the Campus Tour.

You can book your space on a tour by clicking here. Tours will depart promptly at the start time specified.

Tickets are limited to 2 per household. Unfortunately there is no on-site parking available, however there are public car parks available nearby within Stourbridge town centre. If you are a blue badge holder, please email admissions@kedst.ac.uk and we can organise on-site parking for you.

If you would prefer to visit us for a single household tour, please email admissions@kedst.ac.uk. We can discuss your requirements before finding a mutually convenient date and time for you to visit.

When will your Open Events for September 2025 Admissions take place?

Our Open Events for 2025 Admissions will take place on Thursday 17 October (5pm-9pm) and Saturday 19 October (9am-3pm). Join us for a fantastic opportunity to engage with subject teachers, explore your subject options, and interact with current students. Whether you’re a prospective student or a family member, our events provide invaluable insights into our supportive community and campus facilities. From inquiring about our range of support services to immersing yourself in campus life, our Open Events are the perfect platform to explore all that King Edward VI College Stourbridge has in store for you. Bookings for these events will open in early Summer 2024.

Where do I get my student predicted grades from?

Your student predicted grades that you enter on your application are what you believe you will achieve when GCSE results are published in August. You could formulate your student predicted grades using the following documents :

  • Official school predicted grades
  • School report
  • Mock exam results
  • Ongoing classwork grades

We would suggest formulating your best possible (but realistic) scenario and inputting this into your application. If you have a rigorous and robust revision programme scheduled and you believe you can move from, for instance, a grade 5 to a grade 6 in a given subject then it is okay to list that grade.

We do not request copies of reports or predicted grade from you or your current school.

Will I be accepted?

Conditional offers – stating specified grades – are made to applicants whom the college believes have the potential to most benefit from a place, based on their application form and personal statement.

Each year we are contacted by students who wish they had applied but chose not to ahead of the 28 February equal consideration deadline. If in doubt, you are encouraged to apply! Remember, you can apply to multiple colleges.

Our Admissions Team can offer lots of practical advice and will be happy to talk through any dilemmas or concerns you may have.

Will I be invited for an interview at the college?

We no longer interview students as part of the application process.

Can I apply after the 28 February deadline?

Owing to exceptional demand, applications to join us in September 2024 are still being considered! The deadline for equal consideration in college applications was Wednesday 28 February 2024. All applications received before this date were given equal consideration for a conditional offer.

Applications submitted between March and August will be reviewed, depending upon availability within the requested course combination. If you would still like to be considered for a place at King Ed’s from September 2024, please ensure you submit your application promptly.

If I do not get a place, can I appeal?

Any applicant who was not successful in receiving a conditional offer when applying for a place as part of the initial application cycle (e.g. prior to 28 February deadline) can appeal to the Principal for their application to be reconsidered. Any appeal should include new information such as school reports or results not available when their original decision took place.

Please see the links below for further information about our appeals procedure.

Admissions Policy and Appeals Procedure

Appeal Form

Please note that the appeals process does not apply to students who are unable to take up their place to study with us following the publication of GCSE results, because they did not meet the entry requirements stated in their offer.

Does the college offer any boarding provision?

King Edward VI College Stourbridge does not offer any boarding / accommodation provision to students.

How do you support students looking to attend medical schools, top universities or progress to highly competitive degree-apprenticeships?

The Aspire programme at King Ed’s helps to inspire and empower our students towards ambitious destinations after college, including medical schools, top universities such as Imperial, UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, and Russell Group institutions, as well as highly competitive degree-apprenticeships. 

Our timetabled and registered sessions are delivered in the spring and summer terms of Year 12, and focus on practical insights into the application process, and help to develop critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills by exploring concepts like the infinite, assumptions, utopias, and revolutions. All students who decide to apply for early entry courses, such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science, and all courses at Oxford and Cambridge, receive additional support, including advice on subject and institution selection, personal statement review, interview and entrance test preparation, and individual support throughout the process. In addition to our structured classes the Aspire team identify and advertise supra-curricular activities, and work with outreach officers and KE alumni from a range of universities to ensure that our students have the experience, knowledge, and confidence to make realistic and competitive applications.

Aspire work with, and want to hear from, all students who want to make ambitious applications, and we have greatly expanded our provision in recent years, from four to fourteen classes of between 12 and 20 students. We initially populate our classes based on GCSE grades, but also liaise with subject teachers and personal tutors to identify students whose potential at A-Level outstrips their GCSE achievements, and we automatically include a wide range of students who meet widening participation criteria such as Free School Meals or time spent in care. Acknowledging the importance of recognising potential early on, and emphasising the value of mentorship and guidance in nurturing talent, academic staff nominations play an important role in helping us identify our cohort, and the Aspire team have the flexibility to add students to the list at any point throughout the academic year if they believe it would be beneficial, ensuring inclusivity and adaptability in supporting students’ academic journeys.

Alongside this, our dedicated Careers Team are there to offer outstanding support and high quality careers education, advice and guidance, ensuring students are able to make the best decisions regarding their future. You can find out more about our Careers Team HERE.

Can you please tell us about your 2023 examination results?

We are proud of all of our students’ achievements at King Ed’s: with the majority of grades at A*-B, and most subjects having a 100% pass rate, we are celebrating! These results have helped our students to go to the best universities and the most sought-after apprenticeships, and we wish them the very best as they begin their adult lives.

Who do I contact for more information?

You should find all the information you need on this website.  However, if you have a specific enquiry, please contact our Admissions Team for more help.

You can do this by emailing us at: admissions@kedst.ac.uk

The Admissions Team office hours are Monday – Thursday 8am-4pm, and Friday 8am-3.30pm. The team will always endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible.