St Edward’s offers a vibrant, broad and popular programme of co-curricular clubs, societies and activities.

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he moment a pupil arrives at St Edward’s for the start of their Shell year the range of opportunities available is apparent, with the Shell Enrichment programme introducing pupils to some of the numerous possibilities on offer. You can read more about the Shell Enrichment programme on the activities page here.

The array of Clubs and Societies, many set up and run by the pupils, cover the creative arts, academia, sports, music and more general cultural and enrichment activities, with more than 90 on offer to choose from.

St Edward’s beyond the Quad

Click on the menus below to see the clubs, societies and activities available to pupils at St Edward’s.

Academic

  • Academic Forum – fortnightly talks and interactive sessions in a TED-talk format, aiming to foster learning outside the classroom by inviting speakers to share their ideas on a given theme.
  • Blenheim Society – the History Society group with a regular programme of guest speakers on a variety of topics.
  • Chemistry Society
  • CISI – society based on the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.
  • Dissection Club – Dr Andrew Davis leads fortnightly sessions for the school’s would-be medics and veterinarians, practicing some of the skills which will come in handy in their later studies. 
  • Gibson Society – the junior school’s History Society
  • Kenneth Grahame Society – literary and dining society named after one of the school’s most famous alumni.
  • “Linguanaut” MFL Magazine – Linguanaut is written and edited by pupils. Articles are
  • Lyne Society – twice-termly lectures, typically from Oxford University speakers, on a wide-range of classical topics both on and off the syllabus.
  • Maths Enrichment Society
  • Medical Society
  • Model UN – an educational/academic simulation in which you can learn about diplomacy and international relations open to members of the Sixth Form.
  • More Tea Vicar? – a discussion group focusing on Theology, Philosophy and Ethics.
  • Oppenheimer Society – economics group contributing to the intellectual life of the school, looking at the influence of economics.
  • Philosophy Society
  • Politics Society
  • Psychology Society
  • Russian Society – discussion and debate group setup by pupils to increase general knowledge about current affairs and Russian Literature.
  • Teddies Talks Biology Magazine – a magazine posing and answering a huge variety of biological quandaries, written and edited by pupils.
  • The Bar – Law Society to promote a greater understanding of academic law and legal theory.

Enrichment

  • Architecture
  • Bee-keeping – pupils will learn about operating and caring for an apiary, with new hives added to the school in 2017.
  • Conspiracy Theory Society – pupils discuss and learn about different conspiracy theories that they may or may not believe and debate how truthful these theories are.
  • Chess Club
  • Debating
  • EDGE Christian Union – An opportunity for pupils to come and ask questions, hear a talk by a speaker and deepen their own understanding of the Christian faith and what it means to live it out here at school.
  • German and Spanish Cooking
  • Humanitarian Society
  • International Society
  • Kinema: Classics Films
  • OX2 (Shells and Fourth Form) – Academic Enrichment discussion group for Lower School.
  • Phoenix Society
  • Reading Club
  • Shells’ Brecon Trip
  • St Vincent’s Society – the wine appreciation society, open to the Sixth Form.
  • Teddies Pi Club – initially founded to give an introduction to robotics, the group reached the semi-finals of the VEX Robotics event the first 

Service

  • Bike Workshop
  • Combined Cadet Force – The CCF programme is the foundation a pupil’s co-curricular life at St Edward’s with an introduction to CCF an important part of the Shell Enrichment activities programme. For more information on the School’s CCF programme, please click here.
  • Community Sevice / CAS (IB)
  • Catholic Confirmation
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – The world’s foremost youth achievement award, founded in 1956 by the Duke of Edinburgh. Pupils at St Edward’s may take the Silver and Gold Awards. More information on the course can be found here
  • House Prefecting
  • Life Skills
  • Peer Listeners – Upper Sixth pupils lending an impartial ear to any pupils in need of someone to talk to. Trained by the School Counsellors, the Peer Listeners form an important part of the School’s speak up culture. You can find out more about the service here.

Creative Arts

  • Ceramics
  • Film-making – learn to create a storyboard, operate camera and sound equipment and to edit and produce effective documentary style films and news reports.
  • GCSE Art
  • Jewellery Club
  • Scriptwriting Society
  • Teddies on Camera – pupil-run club producing film and photography. All the films marked TOC on the film page here are made entirely by pupils.

Music

  • Big Band
  • Brass Band
  • Chamber Music
  • Chapel Choir
  • Close Harmony
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Tech
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Rock Theory – realigning academic music with the popular music canon by holding discussions/debates about major figures in pop and rock from the last 60 or 70 years.
  • St Edward’s Singers – a choir created by Director of Cultural Activities, Neville Creed, it includes current members of the School, former pupils and members of the local community and has a regular concert programme.

Drama and Dance

  • Ballet
  • Breakdance
  • Contemporary
  • Drama Club
  • Funk Fusion
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Latin American
  • Pilates
  • Street
  • Street Jazz
  • Street Zumba
  • Theatre Tech

Sports and Activities

  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Air Rifle Shooting
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Climbing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Harriers – the School’s cross country running club.
  • Polo Taster
  • Rugby VIIs
  • Sailing – the sailing club have regular outings to nearby Farmoor Reservoir where the School have an array of light sailing boats.
  • Sports Scholars
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Team St Edward’s – the athletics programme for sports scholars and exhibitioners, developed in partnership with international athletes and coaches.
The Shell Enrichment activities were really good fun, and a great way to try new things and make friends. I'd never rowed or played hockey before, and now I love doing both.
Hannah, Fourth Form
The most important attribute for a St Edward's pupil is a whole-hearted desire to make the most of every minute.
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