Academic Overview

The Academic Culture at St Edward’s

The academic ethos at St Edward’s is fuelled by a number of complementary principles and beliefs. We urge our pupils to look to long term life goals rather than just exam results; we encourage pupils to be reflective and to find their own solutions to challenges; and we value and promote a range of different learning techniques, actively helping our pupils to understand which work best for them.

This sophisticated, highly-effective approach has been carefully developed, drawing on the very latest research into the way in which pupils learn. One of its most important elements is the pupil’s own attitude to his or her studies. Rather than sitting back and listening, we need our pupils to be on the front foot – engaged, asking questions, discussing ideas, looking things up and thinking for themselves. A pupil with the drive and determination to do well, whatever their academic ability, will find encouragement and guidance at every turn.

This year we have opened an ambitious new development at the heart of the School – a real home for our dynamic and forward- looking academic culture. Please watch the film below to take tour of the Christie Centre, our landmark new academic centre, with The Warden, Stephen Jones, and the Deputy Head Academic, Matthew Albrighton, and find out how the spaces are designed to complement the new ways in which pupils learn.

The academic outlook at St Edward’s is innovative and forward-looking – and full of opportunity. In the Middle School (the Fourth and Fifth Forms) most pupils study two of our own Pathways and Perspectives courses alongside eight GCSEs. These new courses have been designed by St Edward’s in conjunction with leading educationalists and are accredited by Buckingham University. A number of the new courses include direct links with university departments, giving pupils access to the very latest thinking in their chosen subjects. Read more about the Middle School Program here.

In the Sixth Form, pupils can choose between the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A Levels with the Extended Project Qualification. Find out more about the Sixth Form programme here.

Community is everything at Teddies and this is certainly true in the academic field. The individual conversations and relationships pupils have with their Tutors are key to our approach, as is the collaborative nature of classroom practice. We expect our pupils to work together, to share ideas, to produce group work, and to challenge and support each other.

The structure of the lessons with that level of interaction has made a huge difference. I enjoy the lessons with a discursive emphasis.
Millie, Lower Sixth
You can’t get away from text books completely, and there will still inevitably be some of that in prep, but the ethos of the classrooms seems different here.
Patrick, Shells
There is no sitting and hiding at the back of the class, we’re all involved all of the time. It makes lessons interesting, invigorating even.
Octavia, Upper Sixth

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