St Edward’s School Cheltenham


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  • Category: Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Roll: 350 (Boys) 275 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 1-18 years
  • Founded: 1987

Open Days

2019. Open Day: Sat. 5th October, 9.30am - 12.30pm.


2019/2020. Nursery: £37.35 per morning session, including lunch (8am – 1pm). £54.72 per full day including lunch (8am – 3.30pm.)

Reception – Year 6: £2,715 - £4,540 per term. Years 7 – 13: £5,090 - £6,210 per term.

School Contact Details

St Edward’s School Cheltenham
Cirencester Road
GL53 8EY

[t]: Senior School: +44(0)1242 388555 Preparatory School: + 44 (0)1242 388550 .

Location Description

Situated on two sites, approximately five minutes from each other, and enjoying over forty five acres of wonderful grounds in the heart of Cheltenham.

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School News

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Staff and students at St Edward’s Senior & Sixth Form have been joined by a very special new member of the St Edward’s family. Digby,

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the cockapoo, will be playing an integral role in the well-being team this coming year.

Digby lives with our School Nurse, Mrs Rye, and is now part of the team of our current well-being staff, including our Councillor and Well-being Nurse. He is quickly adapting to his new surroundings (thoroughly enjoying his walks in our school grounds) and will soon be ready to work with the pupils.

The Royal College of Nursing says “Animals are used to help humans in different ways. Studies suggest that the effects can be beneficial to physical, social and psychological well-being… Research has found that stroking an animal can be relaxing and can result in a reduction in blood pressure. Their presence can also promote social interaction and reduce psychological responses to anxiety.”

We are very excited to welcome Digby to the School and are sure that he will be a valuable addition to the extended St Edward’s community.

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St Edward’s was celebrating GCSE success today with 23% of students achieving eight or more GCSEs at Level 7 or above (A*-A). A total of

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just over 40% of grades overall at Level 7 or above (A*-A) puts St Edward’s significantly above the national average of 20.8%.

With over two thirds of results at Level 6 or above (A*-B) and more than 75% of students achieving a Level 7 (A*-A) grade, there was certainly lots to smile about.

In Maths we were particularly pleased that 55% of students achieved a Level 7 or higher (A*-A), and in Further Maths three of our talented Mathematicians achieved the impressive A^ (distinction) grade. In the Sciences over 40% of grades were at Levels 9-7 (A*-A).

In English Language and English Literature, 95% and 98% of students respectively achieved at least a Level 4 (C) with 57% and 54% achieving Level 6 or above (A*-B). We were especially pleased that in eight subjects (Computer Science, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, Further Maths, Spanish and Music) over 50% of results were at grades 9-7 (A*-A).

Headmistress, Mrs Pat Clayfield said, “I am extremely proud of all our Year 11 students today. There were some impressive individual performances from students of all abilities and the performance of the Year group as a whole is testament to the effort and commitment they showed to their studies. We look forward to welcoming many of the students back to St Edward’s in September as they continue their learning journey with us in Sixth Form. With the continued support of our dedicated and inspirational teaching staff I look forward to sharing in their many successes to come.”

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Upper Sixth students at St Edward’s Senior & Sixth Form were celebrating their A Level results today, with 22% of all results at grades A*

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or A, and almost half of results at grades A*- B.

St Edward’s students have successfully gained places at some of the country’s most sought after universities including the University of Bristol, University of York, University of Warwick, University of Southampton, University of Exeter and Loughborough University. They will be studying a diverse range of courses such as Zoology, Music, Neuroscience, Archaeology, Biology and Forensic Science, Mathematics, Geography, Aeronautical Engineering, Linguistics, Sociology, Computer Science, Business and Electronic Engineering.

Headmistress, Mrs Pat Clayfield said, “Despite the challenging new A Level exam papers, I am delighted for our students who have demonstrated that through hard work and commitment it is possible to achieve their goals. At St Edward’s we are proud of the fact that the academic education we provide in our Sixth Form, supported by an inspiring programme of enrichment activities, enables our students to go on to study a huge variety of courses at a range of top universities and colleges all over the country. It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate with our students and their families today and I wish them all every success in the next stage of their education.”

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We welcomed ITV cameras to the Prep School, following a request to broadcast live from our School Farm for a segment on topical daytime show,

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This Morning.

In an interview, with presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, our Headmaster, Stephen McKernan, talked about the ways in which our School Farm educates children about respect and care for animals.

At St Edward’s, outdoor learning is a key element of our curriculum. From Kindergarten through to Year 6 there are an array of exciting initiatives in place to ensure that all our pupils can make connections with the natural world. They each have opportunities to participate in a range of activities which enable them to take on appropriate risks and challenges, whilst building strong, positive relationships with the natural environment.

Our onsite School Farm is an invaluable resource in the general life of the school, providing the opportunity for our pupils to gain practical skills and a knowledge of animal care. There are numerous ways in which the Farm integrates with the academic life of the School, taking subjects like Science and Geography out of the classroom, and allowing us to offer a rounded cross-curricular educational experience.

The alpacas, goats and chickens residing on our Farm receive the utmost level of care, as it is extremely important to us that all the animals are treated equally, and are happy and healthy. Farm Club runs every lunchtime and, over the course of the academic year, each Year group has an opportunity to get involved. Members of the Club take responsibility for a variety of tasks including cleaning out the enclosures, replenishing water and hay, and giving the animals food.

Most importantly, through their involvement with the School Farm, our pupils develop a greater understanding of their environmental responsibility and respect for all living things. It also provides opportunities to focus on a wide range of environmental issues.

The School Farm is not our only outdoor learning resource. Through our Forest School Programme in Kindergarten and Pre-Prep lessons are taken outdoors, giving pupils the chance to hunt for mini-beasts, grow produce, look for birds and wildlife, and create their own dens and shelters. Forest School is a special place for the children, where they are encouraged to test boundaries and explore. For the older children, learning to cook over an open fire, peeling vegetables and having a go at woodwork, all adds to their skills and growing sense of independence.

We are always looking for new ways to strengthen our connections with the natural world. Most recently we welcomed our very own colony of bees to the Prep School with a hive tucked away in a quiet corner of the site. They have started producing honey and will be a fantastic additional curriculum resource in helping us to teach our pupils about the important role that bees play in our eco-system.

Headmaster, Mr Stephen McKernan, comments “I am a passionate believer in the power of transformational education. As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure that we offer constructive and meaningful learning opportunities that go beyond simple knowledge acquisition. In today’s society it is imperative that our children have respect for animals and an understanding of the world around them. Facilities like our School Farm and Forest School enable us to bring issues like sustainability to the fore, whilst also helping to boost confidence, independence and emotional well-being. It is my hope that all children who benefit from a St Edward’s education leave us with a well-developed understanding of their natural environment and empathy for those around them.”

You can watch the interview via the following link –

St Edward's independent school Cheltenham Gloucestershire

There was a wonderful atmosphere as students collected their GCSE results this morning.  Tears of joy and beaming smiles greeted staff and eagerly awaiting parents

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as students celebrated an excellent set of GCSE results.   Congratulations to our Year 11 pupils and to the staff who have supported their achievements.  The results continue our upward trend with almost half of all grades achieved being at A*/A /level 7 and above.  There were some impressive individual performances from students of all abilities and we are delighted with their achievements overall.   Most notably Louis Gardner, Zeynep Koseoglu, James Sykes and Jack Wright achieved 10 or more GCSEs all at A*/A and Level  7 and above.

Mrs Clayfield, Headmistress, commented:

“We are thrilled for our students and staff that their hard work and commitment resulted in some well-deserved outcomes.  We knew the changes to GCSEs would provide a greater challenge and so we are particularly pleased that our students embraced this and produced some excellent results.  The culture of positivity, which exists at St Edward’s, enables our students to believe in themselves and strive for their best; and now they can celebrate their achievements!  It was lovely to witness so many of our students taking the time today to thank their teachers personally for their support.    I would like to add my thanks to the staff for their dedication in supporting our students and enabling them to succeed.” We are proud of our Year 11 and delighted in their achievements.

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Congratulations to Year 13 pupils on their A Level results this year.  We are delighted that all those hoping to go to university in September

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have secured places at their chosen universities.  The results show the number of A*/A grades achieved higher than predicted and we must congratulate three students, in particular, who achieved all A*/A grades in three subjects.  In fact, there are many excellent performances from students of all abilities and we are very proud of their individual successes.

Given a broad academic profile within the cohort, almost half of the Year Group achieved an A* or A grade in one or more of their subjects and nearly a third achieved two or more A*/A grades amongst their A Levels.

Headmistress, Mrs Pat Clayfield, commented:

“We are pleased with the achievements of our A Level students this year.  It was a pleasure to witness so many smiling faces this morning when the results were delivered.  The relief for students and parents in knowing that university places were secured was palpable.  I would like to thank the staff for their dedication and determination in getting the best possible outcomes for our students.  Small class sizes, excellent teaching, a positive culture and close monitoring are clearly a successful combination.  It is wonderful to know that our students can look forward to their next stages with confidence; there is plenty to celebrate!”

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Headmaster, Stephen McKernan, shares his thoughts on why he made it his mission to establish the School Farm at St Edward’s Preparatory School

Giving children a

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hands-on experience of their local environment and the important place of animals within it is becoming a very important way to teach young people about ‘balance’.

Our School which is set within over forty acres of beautiful woodland is an ideal place for alpacas, goats and chickens. Our Mini Farmers programme allows our children the opportunity to feed and be with the animals at lunchtime and feel they are making a positive contribution to the care and welfare of our animals.

With the help of a supportive PTA, our Head Groundsman Shiel Wall and local sponsor Winkworth Estate Agents, the farm is now the most talked about news for the children.

It may be early days, but we are already seeing the School Farm benefit the children in so many ways;

  • Their commitment and eagerness to help feed the animals as an extension of the excellent behaviour they demonstrate both inside and outside of the classroom,
  • The physical tasks of feeding the animals and how this contributes to a broader understanding of the different ways young people can make a difference
  • Opportunities for pupils’ personal development such as the importance of routine and the need for commitment when caring for animals

And we hope to see more benefits in the future including;

  • The development of confidence and self-esteem as they see the animals flourish
  • Increased levels of environmental responsibility
  • Reaching out to the local community with sessions for local pre-school children, families and community groups

The School Farm will continue to evolve and in the Spring we are hoping to welcome some orphan lambs and start to grow our own vegetables, further educating the children on healthy eating.

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