There are now 92 classrooms available to students. All classrooms are large and fully equipped with technology and facilities to assist students’ learning.
Our science department houses several laboratories and preparation rooms, to provide a state-of-the-art teaching environment. Our music department is home to music practice and recital rooms, for individual and assemble practices, music classrooms and of course, the Dobson Theatre for performances. We recently extended our art studios, creating a bright and modern space for art lessons, art clubs and gallery events. The art department also have a dedicated studio for Sixth Form students to work on their projects in their free time. The ICT department have specialist classrooms, complete with computers for each student to use.
Each department has between 2 – 15 classrooms, which are found in the same place, allowing our students to quickly find support in the departmental areas, should they need.
While our classrooms are spacious, our class sizes are on average 22 in the Lower School, reducing to 8 in Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Centre
The Sixth Form concourse is a dedicated space for Sixth Form students to study, relax and meet friends in between lessons. There is also a café, which is run by the students enabling them to make themselves hot drinks and snacks. The special study centre, off the Concourse, has been designed with the development of independent study skills in mind. The centre is laptop friendly, with printing facilities and there is ample desk space.
The Main Hall is one of the original features at our school site, and has not changed much since 1938. Steeped in history, the walls are covered in honours boards, but today is used prominently as the school’s assembly hall. Assemblies are given by the Head, members of staff, and students on Monday (for notices and our thought for the day), Tuesday, and Thursday (both full school assemblies) of each week.
The aims of our assemblies are to:
- To foster a sense of community in which individuals flourish while learning to respect the values of others.
- To reinforce the core values which underlie all School activities whether curricular or co-curricular.
- To be a forum for informed debate about contemporary issues in both the school and the wider community.
- To introduce pupils to the spiritual dimension of life in ways appropriate to their age group.
- To celebrate the depth and richness of the life of the community by acknowledging achievements of all kinds, in academic work, in the arts, in service to the community and in sport.
- To keep pupils informed about events and developments in the life of the school.
The Dining Rooms sits adjacent to the Main Hall, in the centre of the school and went underwent renovation in 2018. The space, is used by students before school for breakfast, during lunchtime 12.30 - 2.10 and for cookery clubs. The dining hall is operated by Sodexo, who supply students with food daily. To find out more about the food at King Edward’s click here.
The Lovaton Rural Study Centre was purchased in 2004. Located near Yelverton on Dartmoor, it has easy access to the moor, and was converted to provide an offsite facility for twenty-four students including accommodation, a refectory, a study areas and drying room. It is used as a base for the Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as for academic study weekends and fieldwork.
Duke of Edinburgh
Duke of Edinburgh plays a big part in school life at King Edward’s, and as a result we have a well-stocked, free to loan equipment store, to support students.