St Edward's School in Oxford, Oxfordshire is one of great boarding schools in England. A co-educational top private school with fantastic location in historic and academic Oxford. Forth and Fifth Form
The majority of examinations taken in the Fifth Form are at the more rigorous IGCSE level. These fit comfortably within the structure of our integrated five-year programme developing core skills into behaviours of success. Pupils achieve excellent results and appreciate that intellectual stimulation is aided by these more challenging syllabuses.
All pupils study English, Maths, the three Sciences and a Modern Foreign Language. We offer a range of optional subjects that are consistently reviewed to reflect contemporary society such that GCSEs in History, Greek and Latin take their place with Jewellery, Silversmithing, Decorative Arts, Physical Education and Drama. There is something for everyone.
Alongside the core academic programme, pupils at St Edward’s are enriched in the Fourth and Fifth Form with non-examined courses in Religious Studies, Ethics and Political Literacy. On entry to the Sixth Form, pupils will already have built foundations for working independently and with success.
Sixth Form and IB
Pupils choose either A Level or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) courses. Each route offers breadth and depth, which fits well in the context of the broader St Edward’s academic programme. The Theory of Knowledge and Taught Skills courses complement the content-focused delivery of subjects to ensure full intellectual development.
Pupils who opt for A Levels begin the Lower Sixth year taking 4 subjects alongside our bespoke Taught Skills course. The majority of A Level subjects are examined at AS standard in the June at the end of the Lower Sixth year. A small group of subjects, notably including History and English, are not examined at this time in recognition of the improved skills developed by the Upper Sixth year. Pupils typically carry 3 subjects through to A2 standard in the Upper Sixth year.
Pupils who opt for the IB Diploma Programme take 6 subjects and complete learning in what is known as “The Core”. The Core comprises: a course on the Theory of Knowledge; a service and activity programme; and an Extended Essay. The main principles underpinning the IB Diploma relate to internationalism, communication, learning how to learn, being knowledgeable and collaborative. The focus on educating the whole person fits comfortably with the aims and values of St Edward’s. A breadth of subjects is encouraged through the structure of the IB Diploma with all pupils taking Mathematics, English, a second language, a science and humanity.
During the Lower Sixth, all pupils begin a piece of extended research on a theme of their choosing; at A Level this is the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and in the IB it is the Extended Essay (EE). The final report and presentation, delivered at the start of the Upper Sixth year, represents a significant peak in each pupil’s intellectual education. Collaboration, organisation, communication, research and reflection are embodied within this independent study and assist an easy transition to university. A Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, one of the Oxford colleges, remarked that “the correlation between those students who undertook an extended project and those who attained a first class honours degree was significant.”
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