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Welcome - Values and Ethos

Five Ways is a great school in which to learn, with a deserved reputation for academic success. We continuously strive to encourage intellectual curiosity and creativity amongst our students and provide excellent support for their academic development, which take the majority on to study at some the most highly selective universities in the United Kingdom and overseas.


However, and equally importantly, we are committed to supporting every one of our students to be decent human beings who care for themselves, each other and the world about them.  To do this we provide a wide range of opportunities for young people to challenge and learn about themselves. Our Duke of Edinburgh programme, overseas trips, charity events, drama productions, competitive sport – even a school opera, are only a snapshot of our remarkable school, a school proud of its heritage yet excited by its continued development, growth and innovation


Mrs L. Johnson



Our mission is simple and is aligned with that of our Multi-Academy Trust Sponsors, King Edward VI Foundation which is to make Birmingham the best place to be educated in the UK, by ensuring ‘Educational Excellence for Our City.’


 The strategy underpinning these aims centre on three strategic objectives:


·       Learning with us


·       Working for us


·       Partnering with us


At Five Ways our mission mirrors this, we strive to:


·       Develop exceptional people through growing talent, investing in others and caring about every person


·       Commit wholeheartedly to improve social mobility in Birmingham – postcode and poverty should not determine a young person’s education and future opportunities


·       Collaborate, develop and create enriching and life enhancing opportunities for all


This is encapsulated in our School vision statement:

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“Within a friendly, caring and stimulating community

Five Ways will educate able young people

from all backgrounds and prepare them for life.”

Our School


Five Ways School was founded in 1883, originally situated in a building at Five Ways – in the heart of Birmingham.  We relocated to greener pastures in 1958, next to Bartley Green Reservoir. The School has always been a selective Grammar School, established by the King Edward Foundation.  Originally we were an all-boys school. Today we are a thriving selective co-educational grammar school.  We are proud of our rich heritage, but embrace new traditions and customs to reflect the world we live in today.


We are a larger than average secondary school with 900 students in lower school and 400 in upper school. We have a clearly defined family ethos, which is modelled by all and promoted by the School Leadership Team and staff body. Underpinning our work is a strong Student Leadership, led by our dedicated School Captains. They lead the student body effectively and are wonderful ambassadors for the school.


Please meet the two teams below and feel free to contact us if you have any queries.

Get in touch if you have any queries, concerns or well wishes.

School Leadership Team

Staff Senior Leadership Team


Strategic Leadership and Professional Management

Senior Deputy Headteacher

School Curriculum and

 Professional Development

Deputy Headteacher

Personal Development and Pastoral Care

Assistant Headteacher

Director of Sixth Form and Senior Outreach

Assistant Headteacher

Director of Key Stage 4,

Student Attendance

Assistant Headteacher

Director of Key Stage 3,

Student Conduct

Assistant Headteacher

Operational School events, PP/Post 16 Bursary Lead, Careers 

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Data Manager, GDPR and School Timetable

Associate Assistant Headteacher

SENDCO, Head of Inclusion & Student Services

Associate Assistant Headteacher

New teachers (ITT, ECTs), Leading CPD

School Business Manager

Finance, Estates & Human Resources

Head of Associate Staff

Student Leadership Structure

School Captains with responsibility for 

House Events



School Council



Public and School Events

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