Welcome to St Edward’s
t Edward’s is a refreshingly different kind of school. Our deliberate selection of pupils with a broad range of academic abilities means that the community fizzes with diverse interests and enthusiasms. The most important attributes for Teddies pupils are academic ambition and a genuine eagerness to be involved in everything the School has to offer.
As well as working alongside each other in the classroom, our pupils come together on the sports field, on stage – or backstage – in The North Wall arts centre, in music ensembles, in the Fenton Recording Studio, at the Teddies apiary, helping out in local primary schools, in countless clubs and societies, and in the many cafés, shops and cinemas of Summertown and Oxford. The range of opportunities at Teddies is dazzling and pupils are encouraged to immerse themselves in all aspects of school life.
The culture of participation and engagement is particularly important in the classroom. In every lesson, pupils will be expected to engage fully in their studies, to show initiative, to share ideas with their friends, to contribute to discussions and to play an active part in pushing their own learning forward.
Results have risen sharply since the development of this modern approach to learning several years ago. Every pupil can and should achieve good results; many will achieve exceptional results. Huge numbers of St Edward’s pupils win places at the best universities in the UK and overseas. At the same time, we continue to focus on our mission to develop young people who will mature into 25-year-olds capable of making a positive contribution to society; in this, co-education is essential. We cannot prepare our pupils for real life unless they learn to understand and work with the rest of the population: we aim to burst the bubble, not create one.
We live and work in a city, alongside the community of North Oxford and just a stone’s throw from one of the most academically-inspiring universities in the world. We stay in touch with real life by getting involved. Every week, pupils go out into the community to work with local primary school children, to play music at care homes – or to tend the sheep at the local city farm with whom we share our grounds.
Our academic culture, our location in one of the world’s great cities and the sheer energy of our school community create a distinctive character, a very special one, and it is a great pleasure as Warden to witness the transformative effect it has on the young people who join us.