• King Ecgbert School,
    Totley Brook Road,
    Sheffield, S17 3QU
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Who was King Ecgbert?

King Ecgbert School is named in honour of King Egbert of Wessex, who became recognised as overlord of England at Dore in 829.

Egbert of Wessex (also spelled Ecgberht, Ecgbert or Ecgbriht; 769 or 771 – 839) was King of Wessex from 802 until his death in 839. His father was Ealhmund of Kent. In the 780s Egbert was forced into exile by Offa of Mercia and Beorhtric of Wessex, but on Beorhtric's death in 802 Egbert returned and took the throne.

Little is known of the first 20 years of Egbert's reign, but it is thought that he was able to maintain Wessex's independence against the kingdom of Mercia, which at that time dominated the other southern English kingdoms. In 825 Egbert defeated Beornwulf of Mercia and ended Mercia's supremacy at the Battle of Ellandun, and proceeded to take control of the Mercian dependencies in south-eastern England. In 829 Egbert defeated Wiglaf of Mercia and drove him out of his kingdom, temporarily ruling Mercia directly. Later that year Egbert received the submission of the Northumbrian king at Dore. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle subsequently described Egbert as a bretwalda, or "Ruler of Britain".

How did the school start?

Originally a secondary technical school, along with many other secondary schools in Sheffield, King Ecgbert School became a comprehensive school in 1969. King Ecgbert Schools catchment area includes Dore and Totley and the Abbeydale Road (or Sheaf Valley) corridor towards the City Centre as far as Lowfield and Sharrow areas.

Originally located on two sites (previously known as the Mercia and Wessex sites), the school was rebuilt on a single site at Totely Brook Road. The 3 storey building complete with sports hall and astro turf was opened to students in Easter 2005.

King Ecgbert today

King Ecgbert School and Sixth Form is now arguably the best state funded school and sixth form in Sheffield. GCSE and A' level results are routinely above the national average and the best in the city.

In October 2012, King Ecgbert School became an Academy Trust school and from February 2014 is now part of the Mercia Learning Trust (a multi-academy trust including Totley Primary School , Newfield Secondary School, Nether Edge Primary and Valley Park Primary.