Chronicle April 2016


It is always a great treat to reach the Summer Term and the focus it brings to our academic endeavours. The academic life of the School features highly in this edition with the unveiling of our proposed development of the Quad, including a striking new Academic Centre and Library (pages 4 & 5), and a major piece on preparing for a career in Medicine following Word from theWarden a conference organised by James Vaughan- Fowler, Head of Careers. Five women came to talk to pupils about their experiences of working in different areas of Medicine – we welcomed an ethics specialist, a consultant pathologist, a consultant breast surgeon, a lecturer in pathology and a senior research nurse. Although the speakers were part of a group promoting women in science, our boys also attended, and both boys and girls have written up their thoughts – see pages 10 & 11.

professional head-hunter, several years ago. Mr Vaughan Fowler has been doing an extraordinary job revolutionising careers advice for pupils and I have no doubt that we are well ahead of the crowd in this particular area. Elsewhere, we focus on this year’s school charity, Restore, which supports people with mental health problems in Oxfordshire. We also enjoy a lively account of the cricket tour to Barbados by Jonny Nelmes and an entertaining retrospective celebrating the 40th anniversary of John Wiggins’ first boat race win for Oxford in 1976. The BBC spent some six months following the preparations and selection of the Oxford crew all the way through to the race itself – copyright complications permitting, we hope highlights of the footage will be available soon on Teddies TV. Stephen Jones

The work of our Careers Department is in stark contrast to a recent study by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers which said that the quality and availability of information, advice and guidance is ‘a very serious concern’. This follows a Daily Telegraph survey at the end of last year which found that ‘nearly half of teachers believe that careers advice offered by schools is inadequate or poor’. Here at St Edward’s we take the careers function very seriously; we appointed James Vaughan Fowler, a

Front cover: James Curtis and Brandon Allen in Barbados by Simon Hipwell

Members of a Very Noble Friendship A new book by school Archivist Christopher Nathan OSE On 4th August 1914, when the Great War broke out, the 40-strong OTC force were attending their annual camp at Tidworth. The announcement that hostilities were about to begin spread like wildfire; life would never be the same again. 673 members of the School’s community went into uniform over these years. 121 OSE and three teachers were lost and many more wounded - some many times over. This book describes what occurred in those

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The book will be available to purchase from July priced at £15 + £4.95 for postage and packing within the UK. To purchase a copy, for details of international postage costs or to arrange collection from the School, please contact the OSE Office on or 01865 319362. Warden Ferguson faced enormous challenges at the School with the constant exodus of key people, as well as having to announce in Chapel the lists of those lost, often with siblings in the congregation.

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tumultuous times, both

at the various battle stations

all over the world and also back in Oxford.

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