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King Edward VI Grammar School

KEGSBetter known as Kegs, a boys grammar school with an excellent reputation. In 2012 and 2013, 100% of all pupils attained five GCSEs grade A* to C including English and mathematics. Girls are accepted in the sixth form.

In 2012 they were ranked 3rd in England for A Level results by The Telegraph.


KEGS has four houses that are named after some of Chelmsford’s historical figures: Holland, Mildmay, Strutt, Tindal.


KEGS has several bands and orchesrtas, including a Senior Orchestra, Cjoir, Wind Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble and Big Band.


KEGS has excellent sports facilities with 5 rugby pitches, 5 football pitches, 2 cricket squares and 2 artificial wickets, an athletics track and 2 hockey pitches. These excellent facilities, and the onsite gym, are complemented by a specialist fitness suite and PE classroom.

The Fleur De Lys Society

The sixth-form has a debating society that also acts as a charity to raise funds for local organisations.

Famous people

  • John Dee, a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, occultist, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I; author of the English translation of Euclid’s work.
  • Joseph Strutt, author of “Sports and Pastimes of the People of England”
  • Joe Thomas, who plays Simon Cooper in The Inbetweeners
  • Paul Dorrington, guitarist in The Wedding Present
  • Alex Dowsett, British cyclist
  • Guthrie Govan, guitar virtuoso
  • Anthony Marwood, internationally renowned concert violinist
  • Grayson Perry, 2003 Turner Prize winner
  • Lewis Brindley, YouTube Celebrity
  • Mervyn Day, professional footballer and former assistant manager of West Ham United Football Club

King Edward VI School, Chelmsford. Postcard c. 1904

KEGS classroom postcard 1904

Schoolroom. Subsequently the Duffield Library. THis postcard also appears in the history page of the school’s website In 1912 the headmaster was mr Thomas Hay MA BSc Mrs Hay gives the boarders her personal attention Fees for boarding and tuition – annually £41 2s 6d [from advert 1912]. Source: Sludge G / Flickr (CC Licence image).

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