Saturday 30 May 2020

7 things you didn’t know about St Edward’s School

Behind the doors of Gloucestershire’s schools are secrets waiting to be discovered! SoGlos rounds up seven amazing facts that you might not know about independent day school, St Edward’s Cheltenham.

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St Edward’s Cheltenham is made up of two independent day schools, both located close to the centre of Cheltenham. The Catholic school welcomes students of all faiths and none.

Spread across two sites located five minutes apart, the schools provide a nurturing community for children aged between one and 18 years old.

Pupils are supported to fulfil their potential in a caring and compassionate environment. For more information visit directly.

1. Award-winning connections

St Edward’s School has a number of notable alumni, including actor Josh O’Connor. The BAFTA nominated actor will appear as Prince Charles in season three of the popular Netflix series The Crown.

Singer, songwriter and producer FKA Twigs was also educated at the school. The 31-year-old was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2014, and won a MOBO in 2015.

2. The school farm

St Edward’s Prep School is home to a school farm, which boasts a brood of chickens, three alpacas and two goats. In March 2019, one of the goats, Sandy, gave birth to two healthy kids.

The farm allows pupils to gain hands-on experience of caring for animals, and the school also runs a ‘Farm Club’ every lunchtime, where pupils can clean out the enclosures, fill up water bowls and hay bales, and feed the animals.

3. Historical connections

The site upon which St Edward’s Senior School and Sixth Form sits is known as Charlton Park. The area once housed a hunting lodge that belonged to Edward the Confessor from 1003 until 1066.

The penultimate Anglo-Saxon king of England was given the name ‘The Confessor’ because he was deeply religious.

4. From the age of one

While St Edward’s Cheltenham is home to two independent day schools, it also has a Kindergarten as part of the Prep School.

This means that children can join the school from the age of one, and move through the nursery and into pre-school before joining Reception. The school also benefits from an on-site Forest School to help children learn about outdoor activities and nature.

5. A school in its 30s

St Edward’s has only been in existence as we know it, since the late 80s. Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in recent years, the school was formed when two local schools merged.

There had been schools on both sites for many years – Charlton Park and Whitefriars combined to form St Edwards in 1987.

6. A school-turned-pub

When the school’s first merged in 1987, the ‘First School’ occupied the building which is now The Langton Country Pub and Dining Rooms.

7. Acres of space

While it’s not immediately obvious from the road, St Edward’s Cheltenham benefits from more than 45 acres of extensive school grounds.

Much of the space can be seen from behind the school walls, so that pupils at the Prep School on London Road and the Senior School and Sixth Form on Cirencester road can enjoy copious amount of land to enjoy sports and activities.

© SoGlos
Thursday 18 April 2019

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