The Warden

A Welcome from the Warden


t Edward’s is a refreshingly different kind of school. Set in the heart of an inspiring city full of culture and academic excellence, the range of opportunities we offer is dazzling. Pupils are encouraged to immerse themselves in all aspects of school life. The film below captures some of the vast array of activities on offer at Teddies, and the spirit of our community.

In Teddies pupils, we look for 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, through drama, dance and music ensembles, volunteering in the local community, and in the many attractions of Summertown and Oxford. The culture of participation and engagement is particularly important in the classroom, where pupils are expected to engage fully in their studies, to show initiative, contribute to discussions and play an active part in pushing their own learning forward.

We place great importance on the dynamic academic culture we have created at St Edward’s and believe that every pupil can and should achieve good results; many will achieve exceptional results. You can read more about our results here, and the Christie Centre – our new development focused on academic excellence – here. A 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.

Stephen Jones
13th Warden

It was announced in April this year that Warden Stephen Jones will retire in July 2021, after what will be a decade at the School. We look forward to welcoming Alastair Chirnside, currently Deputy Head at Harrow, as the 14th Warden of St. Edward’s.

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