Autumn Concert 2019

Wednesday 27th November 2019 This year the Jazz Band started the evenings proceedings with a favourite, Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman, the perfect lively opening number for the evening. It was followed by Stevie Wonder's Superstition, where the band were joined by the bluesy Rachel Howles on vocals. In stark contrast, and going back several centuries in time, the String Orchestra, joined by Tom Pankhurst on cello, played Symphony in Bb, third movement by William Boyce, and Prelude from Brook Green Suite by Holst, both of which were very different to the opening of the evening, but very pretty pieces. We were treated to the duet 'All I ask of you' from Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, performed by Alex Cooper and Ben Sidaway. Ben ...

Biology Science Live!

Thursday 21st November 2019 Students and teachers attended the Biology Science Live conference last Wednesday 13 November, a series of lectures delivered by some of the best scientists who are working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. They are designed to help students improve their results by inspiring them to maybe consider taking sciences at university, what career paths could be open to them and give students the chance to raise issues with the scientists. It certainly was an inspirational day for our Year 13 Biology student, Lewis Heppner, who writes: 'The A level Biology Science Live trip was an intriguing and exciting visit to Birmingham Town Hall to hear from some of the UK's leading Biologists and Medics give talks on the...

English Students Visit The Crescent for Streetcar

Wednesday 20th November 2019 Last week, Year 12 and 13 English A level students visited the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham to see a performance of Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire. The play is a set text on both A level courses and the students all felt that it was a valuable experience to see the words lifted from the page and performed. The play deals with difficult themes and the students were able to pick apart the layers within the text through the skilful performances of the core trio of actors in this particular version. They came out of the performance bubbling with ideas about how the director and actors had interpreted characters, themes and relationships.   {gallery width=600 height=500 count=1 slider=b...

November Commendation Awards 2019

Wednesday 20th November 2019 Following on from our formal prize evening last week, on Tuesday 19 November the College held a more informal commendations event for students who had made outstanding contributions and effort in the first eight weeks of the Autumn term. Chair of Governors, John Hodt, gave out certificates and prizes to 18 students who had either made significant progress in subject areas or had made significant contributions to the College community. Congratulations go to the following students: Tom Morris - Excellent attendance and contribution to Business lessons and great support on open day Niamh Chambers - Exceptional achievement and excellent contributions in class for Religious Studies in the first half term Karanp...

The Henry Hickman Library Opens!

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 King Ed's students and staff were thrilled to have the new Henry Hickman Library officially opened on Thursday 17 October by the Chair of Governors, John Hodt, who ceremoniously cut the red ribbon to the new facility. The library is named after the Reverend Henry Hickman (1629-1692), who originated from Old Swinford. He was an ejected minister, controversialist and salter of London, who returned to Stourbridge in 1665 and funded the original library building, donating many books to the college. This major building project was partially funded through a grant from the government through its condition improvement expansion fund, with the majority of the work taking place over the summer break. Thanks to the hard w...

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