At St Edward’s everything we do arises from our charitable objects: “for the benefit of the public, to promote and provide for the advancement of education of children and young people”.
e are proactive in community outreach because a commitment to the wider community naturally flows from this. We pursue projects, release staff and empower pupils for the mutual enrichment of the School and wider community.
We encourage generosity through charitable fundraising.
Each year the whole School votes to decide on the charity to be supported. Last year we supported Restore, a local mental health charity; pupils jumped out of planes, fasted, walked many miles, launched a social media singing challenge, designed jewellery, dressed up in Disney outfits, raced (virtually) around the British Isles and much, much more to raise over £30k. This year (2016-2017) we are supporting SuChHope the Sub-Saharan Children’s Hope trust, a charity that promotes the education of the less and under privileged children of the Sub-Sahara.
We make education at St Edward’s accessible through bursaries and scholarships.
We include pupils from the wider community in activities.
Highlights include major projects in The North Wall. Last year the venue hosted both the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival and the National Theatre’s Connections Festival for local schools and youth theatre groups, and attracted a significant schools’ audience for its public programmed events.
During the school holidays, The North Wall’s educational remit is wider still, through the venue’s ground-breaking ArtsLab programme, which provides free vocational training opportunities for emerging theatre-makers aged 18-25.
We share teachers and teaching facilities.
Highlights include the “Café des Sciences” outreach. It takes an interactive lecture and activities, with themes like ‘Shark Attack’ and ‘Coral Reef Crisis’, to primary and secondary schools.
The Classics Department runs a scheme which offers Latin ab initio, to state-school children in Oxfordshire, who have no opportunity to learn it in their own schools. As another cohort completes the course through to A Level, it’s great to report that one student has received an unconditional offer to read Classics at Wadham College, Oxford. The Department also runs Classical workshops on site annually for Oxfordshire primary schools and has also written an innovative Year 6 course for use by these schools on Ancient Greece.
Individual staff are also released to support education in the local community be it as a school Governor or leading a primary-school science day.
We provide know-how
Highlights include the annual Readers Make Leaders initiative, run in partnership with the Blackbird Leys Academy Trust (three primary schools in Blackbird Leys), Cherwell and MCS. In 2017, around 1,000 pupils came together to read books, recite poetry – and even dance!
The English Department edits and funds the hosting of a website for the Australian poet Les Murray, who has provided the majority of its content. The site includes teaching resources and information for readers and researchers, together with a number of out-of-print works unavailable elsewhere. The Bodleian has archived the site, considering it of permanent educational value. The site as a whole averages 60,000 hits a month. The teaching resources are downloaded about 200 times a month, mainly by IB teachers in international schools.
We make facilities available
Highlights include — Hinksey Sculling School who operate from the boat house free of charge, with a membership of well over 100 comprising pupils largely from Wheatley Park School and Cherwell School
Gloucestershire County Cricket Club base their academy here every Monday night from September through to April.
We host Oxfordshire County Rugby session from U13 through to U18 throughout the rugby season and we sponsor the junior section of ORFC.
Wolvercote Community Farm is situated on land owned by St Edward’s and has recently begun a connection with the FarmAbility charity. The charity enables people with autism and learning disabilities to engage in outdoor, meaningful occupation on working farms and horticultural spaces around Oxfordshire, for the benefit this brings to health, well-being and social inclusion.