St Edward's Preparatory School is set in 40 acres of beautiful grounds within close proximity of the centre of Cheltenham. Receiving Outstanding in every category for its Early Years Provision in a recent ISI Inspection, St Edward's is the perfect setting for giving your child the best possible start.
With some of the best facilities of any Independent Day School in Cheltenham, St Edward's delivers an all-round education with a strong focus on the core academic subjects. Small class sizes enables teachers to focus on each individual child, inspiring a love of learning and helping them to achieve the best possible academic performance. Outstanding pastoral support allows children to grow in confidence and independence. Our inclusive ethos, where every child has a chance to shine, encourages all children to thrive and to discover just how amazing they can be. The timetable allows for plenty of sport, music, drama and art to develop all-rounded children. Particularly impressive is our Italian inspired art studio where our youngest children are encouraged to use the natural environment to stimulate their creativity and imagination. Pupils from the Preparatory School leave to the local grammar schools and other independent schools with around 50% going to the Senior School. Parents are actively encouraged to get involved with the School which contributes to a very special family feel.
As part of British Science Week, Year 6 pupils enjoyed a live web chat with Dr. Bianca Perren, from the British Antarctic Survey.
10th April 2017 — Bianca has a specialisation in Arctic/Antarctic environmental change. She has spent the last 15+ years working in the Arctic investigating how ecosystems respond to past and ongoing climate change. Now she is working on recovering records of past climates from the sub Antarctic islands that encircle the Antarctic continent.
The children asked a variety of questions about what she ate, where she slept, the kind of animals she had encountered and her best and worst experiences.
Year 5 at St Edward’s Preparatory School put their design and engineering skills to good use at the Senior School’s Autumn Technology Day.
22nd November 2016 — Their first task was to design and make a ‘transport’ themed pizza. Each group was led by a senior GCSE ‘Tech’ student. The children loved working with freshly prepared dough, cutting shaping and then decorating their designs. A truly imaginative set of pizzas were prepared. The pizza creations were served as the first course of the pupil’s lunch!
In the afternoon session the pupils’ final challenge was to Plan and Design a futuristic buggy.
First the children watched some extraordinary footage of drag racing cars on a race circuit then followed time for planning a design. The whacky drag car designs sparked rather technical conversations of ‘improving drag’, lower suspension and ‘maximum air resistance’ during the design phase of the afternoon.
Each team’s buggy was then entered into the completion to test its speed, looks and the build quality. Prizes were awarded to teams with the best designed and effective buggy.
St Edward's Preparatory School has been supporting the NSPCC's Number Day.
24th February 2016 — St Edward’s Preparatory School has been supporting the NSPCC by raising money to fund their vital services like ChildLine. The NSPCC’s Number Day, on Friday 5th February, aims to make maths fun and bring about a positive, “can-do” attitude. It also helped children to see maths as a passport to interesting and exciting careers as well as an essential part of everyday activity.
Pupils dressed up in support of the charity, from builders to time travellers, spies to engineers. All year groups were inspired by different themes and covered key curriculum aspects such as measuring, reasoning, problem solving and logic. We also had a lot of fun!
Nine young engineers design, build and race their own electric cars.
10th June 2015 — Saturday 6th saw a group of students from St Edward’s Preparatory School, Cheltenham, head to the Renishaw’s HQ in Wotton-under-Edge for a Greenpower regional race meeting. The annual Greenpower events aim to encourage students to take an interest in Science and Engineering, through the designing, building and racing of battery powered electric cars.
This year, St Edward’s entered two teams comprising of Years 5 and 6 pupils and, after much hard work and preparation, the teams were ready to put their custom built cars to the test. Each car was put through a series of challenges: The Sprint– to measure the vehicle’s speed, The Slalom – to test its handling and The Circuit – testing speed and driver skill in an exciting knockout race against other cars.
Of all the schools that entered, The St Edward’s teams were awarded four prizes, including the Overall Winner 2015, 1st Place in the Sprint, 1st place in the Circuit and 3rd in the Slalom. The nine young engineers thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to design and race their own cars and found the whole experience to be an excellent team building exercise.
Admissions are welcome throughout the school year.
Please contact the Admissions Office (Admissions@stedwardsprep.co.uk) to arrange a personal tour followed by a meeting with the Headmaster, Mr Stephen McKernan. Children are then invited to attend an Experience Day at the School either for 1, 2 or 3 days, depending on the age of the child. Following successful completion of the Experience Day an offer is normally made.
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London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 6NR