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Vision is for Teddies to be UK’s ‘leading co-educational boarding school’, extending to academics, commitment to service, facilities, teaching and the rest. ‘It doesn’t mean getting the best grades’ – it means being innovative, outward-looking, brave. Praise for ‘inspirational’ teachers: ‘He pays attention because they’re brilliant.’ Wellbeing a key focus. Mr Chirnside has already invested in a new head of wellbeing; ‘the depth wasn’t there, they’ve acknowledged that…

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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. 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 2021, Alastair Chirnside, previously Harrow deputy; before that, Eton, as head of year, head of classics, housemaster. Hasn’t strayed far from his own beginnings: Dragon, Eton (king’s scholar) and Merton College, Oxford, where he won a congratulatory first in classics and French and a half-blue (lightweight rowing). Quick stint as fund manager at Schroders before returning to the fold. Now back in Oxford, this time with tweenage daughters at the Dragon (one joining Teddies imminently) and wife Zannah, who works in communications team.

Aims to foster ‘scholarship, excellence and a culture of service’ at Teddies, hitherto known more for its friendliness than any of the above. ‘A standout headmaster,’ parents say. Clever, professional (‘it never slips,’ we hear), doesn’t miss a beat – happy talking to mere mortals too, responding...

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Special Education Needs

We have a small Learning Support 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. 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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