St. Edward’s Senior School Oxford
The GCSE years at St. Edward’s Senior School Oxford have been transformed with the introduction of innovative new Pathways and Perspectives courses designed by the School in conjunction with leading educationalists.
The Middle Years
‘Pupils will still take a wide range of GCSEs but the new courses will provide something extra that other schools will envy’
— BARNABY LENON, CHAIRMAN OF THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS COUNCIL
At St. Edward’s Senior School Oxford, we feel that while GCSEs in their current form provide good foundational knowledge for Sixth Form, they can limit the ambition of pupils, constrain their curiosity, and underplay the transferable skills young people will need in their Sixth Form and university studies, and in the workplace beyond.
We expect that most pupils will take between eight to eleven GCSEs. Pupils may take up to two courses from the Pathways and Perspectives programme to complement their GCSE subjects and fuel their individual interests and ambitions. A key feature of the new courses is that they will promote and reward more than just the capacity to retain information. To do well in Pathways and Perspectives, pupils are required to develop a much greater range of aptitudes, including research skills, creative thinking, self-awareness, collaboration and communication.
Years 9 (13+) Entry
St Edward’s welcomes:
- Approx 145 pupils into the Shell Year (Y9), aged 13
- Children at prep schools come via Common Entrance or the Prep School Baccalaureate
- Children who are not at prep schools take an online Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Assessment in the November of Year 8
Pupils applying from overseas whose first language is not English can submit a UKISET test before registration.
Year 10 (14+) Entry
St Edward’s welcomes:
Approximately 10 pupils into the Fourth Form (Y10) to begin the Middle School Program IGCSE and GCSE courses. These children are assessed in the November of the year prior to entry.
St Edward’s believes in educating its pupils in an internationally conscientious environment, where an understanding and celebration of different cultures is the norm. We therefore welcome applications from international pupils at Years 9, 10.
Worldwide educational provision varies enormously from country to country, so we ask all prospective pupils to take a cognitive abilities test for screening purposes. This test measures ability over four areas: Non-Verbal, Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning. Those who are successful will be invited to attend formal entrance tests and an interview.
Pupils for whom English is not their first language, that have taken the Cambridge English Test / IELTS or equivalent, are asked to submit their test results to us together with a recent school report. This will assist us in gauging their level of English before they submit a formal application to attend the School.
Shell (Year 9)
Candidates can be registered at any stage but no later than 19th October. The 13+ cognitive abilities test will be held online in early November. The formal Entrance Examinations will be held at the School in November; candidates are expected to come to St Edward’s for these examinations so that we can interview them and generally get to know them. Those who are successful will then be offered unconditional places and parents will be asked to pay a deposit to secure the place.
Fourth Form (Year 10)
Candidates must be registered by 19th October. The 14+ online assessment will be held in early November. Entrance examinations will be held at the School in November. We expect candidates to come to St Edward’s for these examinations so that we can interview them and generally get to know them. Those who are successful will then be offered unconditional places and parents will be asked to pay a deposit to secure the place.
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