Academic life

In the Sixth Form, we encourage students to develop intellectual autonomy and creativity through discussion and problem solving, without ever losing our focus on examination success.

During 2019-20, 45% of A-levels taken at the school were passed at grades A – A*.  76% of grades were A*-B.

We offer a wide choice of A-level subjects, with each pupil designing their own timetable and so flourishing in their own way – curious; independent; and ready for university, drama school, conservatoire, or for the world of work.

St Edmund's in Numbers


Of A-levels passed A*- A


Of A-levels passed A*- B


Of A-levels passed A*- C

Our pupils also perform strongly in external competitions and awards.  In recent years, St Edmund’s Sixth Formers have either won, received medals or been highly commended in the following:

  • PC Vellacott Historical Essay Prize Peterhouse, Cambridge
  • Biology and Maths Olympiads
  • Royal Society of Biology Challenge
  • National Association of Teachers of Religious Education Award
  • SAA Artist of the Year Competition
  • Worcester College, Oxford Carol Competition 2020
  • Euclid Award for Mathematics
  • Ogden Trust School Physicist of the Year Award
  • Young Walter Scott Prize for Creative Writing

Each pupil has a personal tutor, and small class sizes mean that lessons are more like university tutorials. Pupils dissect complex concepts and initiate debates informed by their own independent research, and the relationship with the teacher shifts as this becomes central to their learning. However, we continue to monitor academic progress closely and guide and support pupils as required.


Every teacher that I spoke to was enthusiastic and willing to stretch themselves to accomplish the task of tapping my son’s potential.

St Edmund’s Parent