About St. Edmund's
Education for Life
"Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself"
George Bernard Shaw
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. Edmund’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 150th 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. Edmund’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. Our GCSE and PSB results 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. Edmund’s.
At St. Edmund’s we work in partnership with our parents to support and promote all aspects of pupils’ development. We give our pupils space to develop and equip our pupils to play a positive role in their adult lives, as independent learners and thinkers, and to be responsible members of the local and global community.
Pupil numbers are at their highest level in the school's 150 year history with around 550 pupils, 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 2021 ISI Inspection, the Inspectors captured the real essence of life at St. Edmund’s, commenting:
"Pupils have outstanding attitudes to their learning and are determined to succeed. Pupils of all ages display excellent knowledge, skills and understanding and develop as highly resilient learners as they move throughout the school".
“The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.”
We could not have said it better ourselves!