Ofsted Outstanding

William Edwards School has been ranked Outstanding by Ofsted. Click here to download a copy of the report and click here to view the latest Ofsted info.

School Video

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Official Visit

‘It was fabulous to visit such an outstanding school’. Read about the Secretary of State for Education’s visit to William Edwards School.
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Welcome to William Edwards School


On behalf of all of our Students, Staff and Governors, welcome to the William Edwards School website.

William Edwards is an 11 – 16 mixed comprehensive school, serving the local community. It is an outstanding school and an exceptionally successful, challenging and enjoyable place for young people and teachers to learn together. I am very proud to work with such a dedicated and committed staff, who together with our students create outstanding opportunities for academic and personal progress, both in the classroom and in numerous out-of-school learning experiences.

William Edwards’ students excel in many, many areas. Our students consistently make progress in line with the top 10% of schools nationally and students at KS4 are once again celebrating significant exam success for 2015. Highlights include the best Science results ever, with all students sitting GCSE and 69% achieving at least a C grade, and outstanding English results with 75% of students achieving at least a C grade in English Language and 77% achieving at least a C grade in English Literature.

Our sports teams frequently achieve success at county, regional and national level. Our new £1.4 million Badminton Centre and Sports Hall opened in May 2012 in partnership with Badminton England and allows further exciting opportunities for our students and the wider community. Drama and Music performances are of an exceptionally high standard, and the school even has its own Shakespeare Company. Our students enter competitions in Mathematics, Product Design, Art, Science and Public Speaking as well as many other areas, and this breadth of experience is fundamental to our development of self aware and responsive young people who are ready to make a contribution in their community.

As a school community we are committed to the values we wish to instil in our students: we encourage and develop responsibility, leadership, team work, integrity, respect and resilience. We expect the highest standards in behaviour and in attitudes to learning, and we support each and every child in their quests to achieve their very best.

At our last inspection, OfSTED judged the school to be ‘Outstanding’ and stated: ‘Students make outstanding progress’ but we will not be resting on that accolade.
I am delighted that William Edwards was named Educational Establishment of the year for 2014 at the ERA Awards in Birmingham. This is testament to the hard work of everyone associated with the school. Together with you and your children, we will be reaching further and higher each year, to ensure that your child’s school experience provides them with the very best start to their future life, whatever that may hold.

Steve Munday,

William Edwards School is operated by South West Essex Community Education Trust which is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number: 07693309. The registered office is at William Edwards School, Stifford Clays Road, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 3NJ. William Edwards school is not responsible for the content of external websites. Please click here to read our Privacy Notice
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