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  • St Edward's Oxford
    Woodstock Road
    OX2 7NN
  • Head: Alastair Chirnside
  • T 01865 319200
  • F 01865 319202
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • St Edward’s Oxford is an English independent boarding school for boys and girls aged 13 to 18, located in Oxford. It educates over 600 pupils and was founded in 1863 on its original and previous site of New Inn Hall Street in central Oxford.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 780; sixth formers: 301
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £32,382; Boarding £40,467 pa
  • Open days: May, September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

An exuberance of riches is on offer in the form of clubs, societies and boarders’ weekend activities, from debating club to dressage, from making a fortune with the investment society, to making honey with the bee-keepers. ‘Traditional’ and ‘down to earth’ were phrases we heard repeatedly at the school, but in reality we found the once traditional curriculum has transformed into an ...

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What the school says...

St Edward’s is a fully co-educational boarding and day school. The deliberate emphasis on a broad range of academic abilities on entry means that the community fizzes with diverse interests and enthusiasms. At the upper end, 90% of our top pupils gain the highest grades in their Sixth Form exams and take up places at the world’s best universities – a record which exceeds the outcomes of many highly selective schools.

Academic work is unquestionably the most important part of any education but at Teddies, there is so much more to school life. Talented scholars, musicians, sportswomen and men, performers, dancers, humanitarians, adventurers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers and artists - among many others - live and work together, inspire each other, and become lifelong friends.

Sixth Formers find themselves in the rare position of being able to choose between A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a stimulating choice that enables our pupils to work to their strengths.

Beyond School, pupils enjoy being part of the wider community of Oxford, a beautiful, culturally sophisticated university city offering tangible connections to the real world. It is an exciting and transformative combination.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2021, Alastair Chirnside, previously deputy head at Harrow. Brought up in Oxford, he attended the Dragon, winning a scholarship to Eton where he later taught. Took a congratulatory first in classics and modern languages at Merton College, Oxford, where he also won a lightweight rowing half blue. Married to Zannah, with whom he has two young daughters.


The school takes children via Common Entrance from prep schools all over the south and midlands. Others take the school’s own entry test in January of entry to year 9 and there are a limited number of places for year 10s. For internationals, the UKiset screening test can be sat abroad; from 2022, 11+ children will take ISEB tests. Sixth form entry requires Teddies’ own exam and at least six GCSEs 6-9, or equivalent.

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

We have a small Learning Development department (one full-time member of staff and one part-time). Learning development at St Edward's takes the form of coaching, guidance and advice for all pupils on all learning challenges they face. This may include 1:1 coaching sessions if appropriate.There is a strong culture of tutoring, coaching and excellent pastoral care at the school which is designed to address the individual needs of all pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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