Middle School Program

Middle School Program

The GCSE years at St Edward’s have been transformed with the introduction of innovative new Pathways and Perspectives courses designed by the School in conjunction with leading educationalists. 

‘Pupils will still take a wide range of GCSEs but the new courses will provide something extra that other schools will envy’

Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council

At St Edward’s, we feel that while GCSEs in their current form provide good foundational knowledge for Sixth Form, they can limit the ambition of pupils, constrain their curiosity, and underplay the transferable skills young people will need in their Sixth Form and university studies, and in the workplace beyond.

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Our new courses complement a core programme of eight GCSEs, chosen by pupils in the usual way. A key feature of the new courses is that they will promote and reward more than just the capacity to retain information. To do well in Pathways and Perspectives, pupils are required to develop a much greater range of aptitudes, including research skills, creative thinking, self-awareness, collaboration and communication.

To find out more about our Middle School Program click on the image below to read the Course Guide.


“The acquisition of core knowledge is important. But dry rote learning for exams is not the way forward … young people need the opportunity to develop the knowledge and the skills they need for future employment through a broad and relevant curriculum that links explicitly to the real world.”

Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Committee


The courses on offer are broad in outlook, allowing pupils the freedom to pursue their interests in each subject area without the restrictions of a prescriptive syllabus. Many of them include interdisciplinary links with an eye to future careers, such as Applied Sciences, Design and Entrepreneurship, Music and Music Technology, the Ancient World, Global Societies and Environments, and Big Ideas in Ethics, Philosophy and Theology.

Leading educationalists have contributed to the development of the courses, which are formally accredited by the University of Buckingham and recognised by UCAS. Course content is enriched by partnerships with a wide range of organisations, including the Oceanography Department at the University of Southampton and the Medical School at the University of Buckingham. Pathways and Perspectives are graded 9-1, with results published alongside GCSEs.

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