Lead by Mr Alastair Mckean, a retired international professional sportsman and teacher at the school, the co-curricular programme encompasses a rich and diverse range of opportunities that supports academic life at St Edmund’s. It is our belief that children should not only received a high-quality education inside the classroom, but should also have opportunities to develop the intra- and inter-personal skills to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Chief amongst these we believe, are
- intellectual flexibility
- emotional intelligence
- problem solving
Our pupils enjoy opportunities to enhance their school days with variety and discovery.
A bedrock of fostering teamwork and community at St Edmund’s Junior School is the House System. Children belong to one of four houses – Becket, Roper, Marlowe and Chaucer. Throughout the school year pupils compete in a large number of inter-house competitions such as chess, debating, athletics, swimming, general knowledge, singing, drama and many more to gain house points.
Each term the Junior School offers 30+ clubs or activities, run by the school’s teachers. These include choirs, Minecraft, computer coding, musical theatre, cup stacking, chess and creative writing. Sports clubs and activities, including cricket, hockey and netball,are also offered by our PE Department. Outdoor education plays an important part in our co-curricular programme, and the school has its own Forest School site with weekly activities led by our qualified staff.
St Edmund’s Junior School also run its own emotional intelligence learning programme, StEDfast. A creative learning programme led by our Deputy Headteacher, Dr. Goodwin, the aim of StEDfast is to:
equip and empower young people to develop a range of transferable skills and attributes, supported by an understanding of emotional intelligence, which will aid them throughout their education and wider lives and underpin their academic success, health and well-being.
The School Council is a leadership opportunity for pupils in Years 3 to 8. Each Form is represented by elected members who meet regularly to discuss school matters. Recently the School Council has discussed the school’s environmental approach, school values and Fairtrade. Each member of our school community is welcome to contact their School Council representative, who will take their comments to the next school council meeting. Members of the School Council also meet with our Head Teacher, Mrs Bensberg, who is always keen to hear the thoughts and opinions of pupils.
Another aspect of our co-curricular programme is the Seniorship initiative. Every member of Form 8 shares in the responsibility of the harmonious running of the school, and contributes to the whole school community through our leadership programme. Seniorship roles range from running clubs and supporting different departments day-to-day, through to setting up reading schemes and organising house competitions. Our intention is that by providing Form 8 pupils with this opportunity we will equip them with valuable skills, and help them to be positive role models for younger children.