Welcome from Edward O’Connor, Head of School
St Edmund’s Senior School offers an inspiring and rewarding educational experience.
We ensure our pupils aim for the highest academic standards and encourage them to explore their personal potential through our rich extra-curricular programme so they can truly “be all they can be”.
The bedrock of our provision is outstanding pastoral care. Our school has a caring ethos where all pupils are valued. The key element in this is the House system. All pupils are members of a day house whose staff support their progress and well-being, offering ongoing advice and assistance. The system promotes good inter-personal relationships among pupils and fosters a strong sense of community.
The school offers a broad academic curriculum with over twenty subjects available at both GCSE and A-Level. Teaching groups are small, enabling teachers to work with pupils on an individual basis. Our average GCSE class size is 16 while typically there are 8-10 pupils per class at A-Level. Pupil progress is carefully monitored and additional support introduced if difficulties arise. In consequence, we achieve excellent results in public examinations. Creative thinking and individual academic research are also encouraged: many pupils seek to pursue personal academic interests by taking the Extended Project Qualification or our own in-house research award The Durrell Essay.
Preparing pupils for the next phase of their lives is vitally important. Our extra-curricular provision seeks to develop personal qualities necessary for future success such as resilience and the ability to work effectively in teams. To this end, we offer a comprehensive sports programme and our pupils compete successfully in many leagues and competitions. Every Friday afternoon, pupils also participate in activities offered through our Skills and Services Programme. These include the Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Community Service. There is also a Leadership Programme specifically for Sixth Formers and exciting opportunities in music and drama.
The school offers careers support and individualized guidance on university applications. Our pupils progress to universities, medical schools, drama schools and conservatoires and a small number each year go on to study for vocational qualifications.
Above all, St Edmund’s is an exciting place to study. We welcome pupils who have the enthusiasm and determination to make the most of the opportunities which our friendly, vibrant school can offer them.