St. Edward's Oxfordreview by Imperial College student. St. Edwards (teddies) is a great school academically, catering well for all abilities. There is everything you would want from a school including streaming, extra lessons for those who need it and constructive feedback. The option to choose between Alevels and IB has also given pupils more choice, allowing those who want to maintain breadth an opportunity to do so. Another one if its strengths is the 'value added' side, with oxbridge preparation being good and many societies and clubs aimed at increasing knowledge beyond the syllabus. Class sizes are 15-20 up until 6th form, when they decrease to a size depending on which subject etc. The atmosphere is probably more relaxed than some of the other 'hot house' schools, or when I was there it was, I think it may have changed. The workload was reasonable, with several preps a night, that can usually be completed in the allotted time for prep in the evening. If teddies pupils were to leave with any skills in particular, I would say it would be a breadth to their education which would be almost impossible to achieve elsewhere.
Quality of life is definitely a strong point for teddies, especially when compared with other public schools. I personally loved every minute of it. It has a close knit feel, and I'd say I recognised almost everyone in the school. The boarding houses are great, with all the years socialising together. Its set in North Oxford, which is a very wealthy area and quite close to the city, so its a good location for a school. As far as the pastoral system goes, your housemaster and matron would be your first contacts, but then you'd also have your tutor and the chaplain etc.
Extracurricular activities were very important at teddies with main sports practices 3 times a week and activities 3 times a week as well. If you were good at a sport, this could rise to 8 training sessions a week. It helps that teddies really has fantastic facilities, there are not many places were you have to opportunity to train in £30,000 boats or a state of the art gym. There was really everything you could imagine available, including everything from clay pigeon shooting to climbing. It would be pretty hard to finish your 5 years at teddies without having tried every sport imaginable and taken part in a range of music and drama.