Shells: the first year at St Edward’s


ur initial focus is of course to ensure that our new Shells quickly feel at home and establish friendships. Support from older girls and boys in their Houses is key as is daily contact with Matrons, House staff and their Tutors. Mentoring in small groups with Lower Sixth pupils from across the School allows more time for discussion and modelling of Teddies values, such as kindness and courage. Click the image below to watch a video on the Shell year:

In lessons, Shells are quickly introduced to the fundamental elements of The Teddies Curriculum, based on skills such as collaboration and communication. These underpin their development as learners throughout their time at school and beyond.

“Every day in the Shells we have learned interesting new things which have helped me to find many interests.”

Polina, Fourth Form

The extra-curricular programme which takes place on three afternoons after lessons and sport ranges from rowing to chess, European cooking to archery. This provides opportunities for pupils to try new activities, enriching their lives here and getting to know even more of their year group.

“They make it very enjoyable as there is always something going on so we are never bored.”

Felipe, Fourth Form

The Shells soon become used to our busy, purposeful and, above all, happy community.

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