St. Edward’s is an ideal size for a comprehensive school with 897 students on roll including nearly 200 sixth formers.
We offer a programme of more than 15 A-levels to students who wish for continuity post 16. From September 2000 we have been involved in a Poole post 16 collaboration project with the Bournemouth & Poole College and other sixth forms. This allows our students to have access to a range additional subjects. If they opt for one of these link subjects they spend two afternoons a week with another post 16 provider.
Ofsted (May 2007) recognised the excellent quality of the relationships between all members of the school community - teaching and support staff, students, parents and governors - as a particular feature of the school. All staff work in coherent teams supported by subject, pastoral or admin team leaders - see our ‘Managing for Excellence’ policy for further details.
As a denominational joint church school, great emphasis is placed on the development of Christian values. Our aim is that students experience these values on a day to day basis throughout the whole curriculum. Our commitment to special educational needs is in keeping with this commitment. Our school acts a base for eight students with significant hearing impairment.
THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY
As well as curriculum responsibilities teachers carry pastoral responsibility which are as important as their teaching commitment. The prime responsibility for day to day pastoral care lies with the Form Tutor who will be a member of a team led by a Year Leader. The tutor team usually moves up with the students from Year 8 to Year 11 to ensure continuity of care and progress monitoring.
All staff are expected to contribute to maintaining the school as a well ordered learning community by building positive relationships and following established routines.
The school makes high demands of the students in terms of behaviour and appearance and we have high expectations for performance in the classroom. We expect 100% to achieve 5 or more A*-G GCSE grades and this target is achieved most years. The number achieving five or more higher A*-C grades would normally be close to 70%.
A wide range of extra-curricular activities is offered to students. The school has particular strengths in performing arts. Field courses, retreats and exchange visits to France and Germany all enrich the curriculum. New staff who wish to try their hand at sailing in the beautiful Poole harbour are also welcome to join the sailing club!
Daily morning briefing, which all teaching staff and representative support staff attend, is a key feature of the school’s communication system.
Teachers and support colleagues are welcome to attend our weekly staff prayer session. The commitment of so many staff to the gospel values which underpin our school and the generosity of time and energy given by so many in pursuit of these values has helped the school develop a very distinctive ethos which is experienced and admired by so many who visit the school.
Another tradition of many years is the gathering for tea and cakes at the end of school on Friday to celebrate the achievement of another good week and to look forward to a more restful weekend.
Prospectus 2008.pdf (3.3mb)