The activity programmes at St Edward’s are designed to offer pupils the opportunity to experience new interests and develop skills beyond their academic and sporting commitments.
ur entire range of activities is continually developing along with the demands and needs of our pupils, and to optimise the great range of talents within the School’s staff. Activities often exist in many different areas of School life be they academic or otherwise, and there is a great deal of integration between the major programmes we operate. These consist of the Combined Cadet Force, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Community Service.
Our commitment to a wide-ranging set of interests is demonstrated by the fact that our activity programmes are compulsory for the Lower School. In many cases the activities are also open to Sixth Form pupils who will continue their interests throughout their school career. During their first term our Shells follow a rotating programme that includes golf, chess, climbing, current affairs, IT training and an introduction to the Boat Club. In the second term they spend one session a week developing the skills they will need for a 4-day summer expedition to the Brecon Beacons led by our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and CCF staff. We teach them how to plan routes, navigate with a map and compass, pitch a tent and cook with rations.
In the Fourth Form, all pupils take part in CCF on Wednesday afternoons and choose to participate in at least one other activity during the rest of the week. In the Fifth Form, the CCF is optional but many stay on and assist with training the younger cadets (and continue right through the Sixth Form as well). In this year-group pupils must involve themselves at least once a week in CCF or one of the many other activities on offer. However, there is non-military option is available for those who specifically require it.
Community Service is an integral part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the IB CAS programme but many pupils involve themselves in these activities in their own right as well.
All these thriving extracurricular activities at St Edward’s teach invaluable life skills and provide unforgettable experiences of self-discovery and adventure. In addition to the main activities listed, the School offers ceramics, chess, climbing, cycle maintenance, debating, life skills, textiles and theatre crew. This programme is constantly being updated as new facilities and opportunities become available.