I am delighted to introduce our school to you and hope that you will find our website informative as you browse.
At St Edward’s School we are committed to preparing young people to live life to the full.
We have the highest expectations of all of our students, and they leave us ready to go to some of the best universities in the world, to exciting employment opportunities, or empowered to take their next steps in learning. We believe that preparation for life is best facilitated in the midst of a caring and supportive community but one that does not allow excuses for poor behaviour. A community that attends to spiritual and moral formation, as well as academic excellence.
Our school is a very successful, heavily oversubscribed, and distinctive joint Roman Catholic – Church of England Voluntary Aided School supported by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth and the Church of England Diocese of Salisbury. We are a truly comprehensive school, which educates over 1000 students from the age of 11 to 18.
We want every student to experience gospel values on a day-to-day basis throughout the curriculum and also to promote a happy learning community supported by a strong Christian ethos where everyone feels valued, and where opportunities for enrichment allow gifts and talents to be developed, for each and every student.
We believe that children deserve to be equipped for life with the best education, together with values that enable them to navigate future choices and opportunities. We are committed to providing both. We collaborate with parents and carers in bringing up their children, and work with local church communities in guiding young people as they seek answers to questions of meaning and purpose. To this end we welcome representatives from a range of church communities to exercise their ministry among us.
I believe that St Edward’s is a very special place to be, as confirmed by Ofsted, who in their most recent inspection in 2022 celebrated our positive learning community, with respectful, kind and polite students. Our curriculum was highlighted as being ambitious and challenging, strongly preparing students for future success. Our most recent Church School Inspection rated us “outstanding” in all areas.
I am proud of our wonderful students, our dedicated staff and our supportive governors, parents and carers. I hope that your experience of us will lead you to believe that St Edward’s is the right home for your child’s education.
Mr Michael AntramHeadteacher