St. Edward's College is a voluntary aided UK Catholic school. Established in 1853, and presently run by the Christian Brothers, St. Edward's has had a prestigious history ever since then. This article overviews the history of the school and outlines the curriculum which it offers.
History and ethos of St. Edward’s College
St. Edward’s College was founded in Liverpool in the middle of the eighteenth century by Father James Nugent, at a time when only 5% of Catholic children received an education. While it flourished for some time, by the early twentieth century, it was in decline and the famous teaching order, the Christian brothers, were asked to take over the running of the school.
Changes The College has undergone substantial changes over the years. In the middle of the nineteenth Century, it was operated as a boarding school. However, this changed over time.
Important dates By the 1970s, the school's highly selective admission procedures loosened up, and by 1982 it became a co-educational school. In 1997, it became a grant maintained comprehensive school and two years later, it became a voluntary aided school. College ethos While many changes have taken place in the 158 years of the school's operation, the ethos remained constant. They are as follows: - To promote a comfortable atmosphere, which is kind, honest and service orientated. - Affirm, assure and develop the faith and spiritual growth of its members.
- To provide a broad and challenging educational program.
- Assist individuals to live a Catholic moral life.
- To promote an active partnership between home and school.
- Seek to be a vital and integral part of the local and the wider community. The College Mission Statement is, 'We seek to trust in God and be of courage.'
St. Edward’s College educational offering
St Edwards College offers secondary education for boys and girls form the ages of 11 to 18. The curriculum consists of three stages, which are as follows.
Key Stage Three
This is for six to nine years old. The emphasis is on developing life skills, communication and team skills. Key Stage Four This is for years ten to eleven, at which stage the GCSEs will have been completed. Apart from the academic agenda, the emphasis is on developing self-respect and respect for others. Key Stage Five
It is for years twelve to thirteen, at which stage the A level program is completed. Apart from the focus to complete the A levels, the broader focus is on developing independence and preparing the students to move on to third level education.