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King Edward VI Academy

King Edward VI offers every child the opportunity to fulfil their academic, creative and sporting potential to ensure each and every child achieves academic success.


Everyone at King Edward VI belongs to a House - a community that works together, competes as a team and supports good causes.

The four Houses are named after Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses

The house system creates a sense of belonging and pride. It establishes a caring, supportive environment in which each student is a valued member of a small ‘family unit’, the tutor group, within a slightly larger unit, the house, within a larger ‘family’ the whole school.


The House System helps to build an individual’s strengths within a group and create bonds with students of all different ages, which mirrors everyday life.

We promote and provide opportunity for student voice, student responsibility, team building, leadership skills and co-operation.

 The house system is underpinned by the academy core values with competitions organised to develop the characters of each individual student.




Values - 4 Houses 1 community

At KEVI we have a strong sense of purpose and are fervently committed to the achievement of every individual. We are four houses but one community.  We aim to provide a high-quality education in a safe, happy, caring and focused environment. We encourage all students to embody our values of ambition and aspiration, courage and resilience, honesty and respect.

Students develop these through interacting positively with our academic and opportunity-enriched curriculum.  The House system is a vehicle through which we support the development of character, cultural capital and personal development.

Students show Ambition working hard to be the best they can be and can articulate what they need to do to improve. 

They always aim high demonstrating an Aspiration to achieve the best jobs, college and university places in the pursuit of excellence.

They develop Courage taking risks and removing barriers to learning; they have the Courage to challenge themselves and move out of their comfort zone. 

They show Resilience in all they do, academically, personally and socially.  They understand that failure is part of learning and approach their studies to secure continual improvement and social situations to create healthy relationships. 

They understand the importance of Honesty, of being honest with themselves and open to learning and support.

Students show Respect for themselves, others and for the environment, always leading by example.

Apollo House

 Apollo was the Roman god who inspired prophecy, poetry, music, and medicine.

Apollo House

Apollo Motto

 Courage Conquers Fear

Arete House

  Arete was the Roman goddess of virtue, excellence, goodness, and valour.

Arete House

Arete Motto: 

Striving for Excellence

 Mercury House

Mercury was the Roman god of shopkeepers and merchants, commerce, wealth and good fortune.

Mercury House

Mercury Motto

Success through Perseverance


Minerva House

 Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, commerce, handicrafts, poetry, the arts in general, and later, war.

Minerva House

Minerva Motto

 Victory through Wisdom