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King Edward VI Grammar School (Chelmsford)
King Edward VI Grammar School, or KEGS, is a British grammar school located in the town of Chelmsford, roughly in the middle of the county of Essex. It takes boys from the ages of 11 ("Year 7") to 18 ("Year 13"), although it becomes mixed in the sixth form ("Year 12" and "Year 13").
It was one of many grammar schools founded by King Edward VI, and its origin resulted from a royal warrant dated March 24, 1551. The school was moved to its present site in Broomfield Road in 1892.
Anthony Tuckwell , headmaster of KEGS from 1984 to 1999, is the author of a history of the school, entitled, 'That honourable and gentlemanlike House', a history of King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, 1551-2001.
The are four "Houses" of pupils, Holland, Mildmay, Strutt, and Tindal, dividing the school alphabetically. The four Houses, each with a staff housemaster/mistress and a sixth-form house-captain, compete throughout the year in sporting, musical, dramatical, and other events to gain points towards the house championship.
The school has been relatively successful over recent years, tending to be in the top 10 schools in the country. KEGS is a Foundation and Leading Edge school, and has recently became a Science specialist school.
In 2001 the school was named as the Sunday Times School of the Year.
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