Headmasters Welcome

Headmaster's Welcome

"Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself". Such words by George Bernard Shaw, (a former resident of our main School House), perfectly encapsulate the ethos we undertake to instil in every pupil at St. Ed’s. A traditional education with a modern twist, we encourage our children to be themselves and we allow them a voice; most importantly, we listen to what they have to say. In its 145th year, St. Edmund’s inspires a foundation of decency in every pupil priming them with the time-honoured values of respect and humility. Two attributes that are scarce in many aspects of society these days, but standards that at St. Ed’s we see as vital for achieving success in today’s challenging, fast-moving and changing world.

With these principles at the heart of school life, it is of natural consequence that our culture of superior academic standards and exceptional pastoral care are complemented by our commitment to small teaching groups and a dedication to the practice of learning outside the classroom. Both our GCSE and Common Entrance results over the years are testament to the hard work and commitment by both the staff and the pupils, and are a great reflection of the excellent curriculum we enjoy here at St. Edís.

You join us at an interesting time. Pupil numbers are at their highest level in the school's 145 year history, yet we successfully retain that small school ethos where we know every pupil well and where every child makes a difference to our community. During our last ISI Inspection, The Inspectors captured the real essence of life at St. Edís, commenting "Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and they are well motivated. They show exemplary behaviour and their care for each other is special". We couldnít have said it better ourselves!

I hope that you enjoy browsing through our website Ė we aim to give you a flavour of the unique and at times quirky experiences available for your child. If you think that you might be developing a taste for us then do come to see for yourself what it is that makes St. Edmundís so special - you will be very welcome.

Adam Walliker
Headmaster