Boarding and Weekend Arrangements
ith 85% of our pupils boarding, a significant proportion of the community is in School at weekends. Pupils enjoy the varied weekend programme, which features everything from headline comedy acts, rock groups and DJs – often major names on the circuit – to informal BBQs, cinema trips and House dinners. For the large numbers of pupils involved in concerts, productions, Dance, CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, weekends are the perfect time to rehearse or to practise. At the start of each term, you will be sent a copy of the full weekend programme (more information below).
On Sunday afternoons, boarders may also go into Summertown (a parade of shops very close to St Edward’s featuring supermarkets, cafés, a chemist and a bookshop), or into the centre of Oxford (a 10 minute cycle or 5 minute bus ride away), where there are countless shops, cafés, cinemas, galleries and amenities, plus the expansive new Westgate Centre; pupils must be with a friend to visit either location.
Boarders who prefer to go home at weekends have a choice. They may go home on Saturday afternoon after sport or other commitments or, if they stay in School on Saturday night to enjoy the evening activities, they may go home, or out with their parents, on Sunday after Chapel (at about 11.00am).
Whichever option they choose, pupils must be back in School by 9.00pm on Sunday.
The School Coach
The school coach service operates each weekend, departing from Prince Consort Road in South Kensington, London, at 6.30pm on Sundays (Mondays after some Leave Weekends) and call at Beaconsfield Services on the M40 for a further collection which will depart at 7.30pm, before arriving back at School at approximately 8.30pm. On Leave Weekends and Exeats (Half Term) a service is also available departing from School shortly after lessons end and calling at Beaconsfield Services and Prince Consort Road. More detail on these services is available here.
Leave Weekends and Exeats
A formal Leave Weekend occurs in each Half Term starting on Thursday after sport or lunchtime on Friday (depending on the term) and ending at 9.00pm on Sunday evening. Half Term weeks (Exeats) generally run from Friday at 1.00pm until 9.00pm the following Sunday. For information on the exact arrangements for each Leave Weekend and Exeat, please see the Term Dates here.
The full weekend schedule may be viewed in the booklets below. Hard copies are available from the Admissions Department.