St Edward’s CE Academy is a co-educational day school originally established in Victorian times by the Church of England, using land granted by Rev Henry Sneyd to Reverends Alfred Francis Boucher, Samuel Bradshaw, Joshua Wardle and their successors in the Parish of Cheddleton; specifically for the education of children of the labouring, manufacturing and other poorer classes. It was specified that it be conducted according to guidance from the “National Society” for promoting education of the poor in the principles of the established Church throughout England and Wales.
Today St Edward's is administered by Staffordshire University Academies Trust [S.U.A.T] and comes under the Church Diocese of Lichfield, catering for pupils between the ages of three and nine. It is situated in the Moorland village of Cheddleton which is located on the outskirts of Leek.
Through the ages the school has undergone numerous transitions. The original school building still exists [now Cheddleton Tea Rooms] with the present school on it’s current site since 1968 when it was build as an extension to Cheddleton Primary School.
St Edward’s enjoyed a period as a Junior School and later a Middle School, before gaining First School status in 1981. The present site offers attractive classroom accommodation and the school has close links with the neighbouring St. Edward’s and St. Andrew’s Churches.
Children start their journey of a full-time education here in the September after their 4th birthday. To complement this we are fortunate to have a designated Nursery, which provides excellent early years provision. Children can start their Nursery education on a part-time basis in the September after their 3rd birthday. The Nursery offers 15 flexible hours for each child and parents are able to extend these sessions, if required, through a private provider [Early Stages Limited] who run alongside our Nursery. [From September 2017 families also have the option to additional hours, funded by the Government, for childcare].
In March 2012 St Edward’s were one of the original 10 schools involved in forming the Leek Education Partnership [LEP]. The main aim of which was for participating schools to work within a spirit of partnership whilst maintaining its own identity and ethos. [Please go to the Policies page to view the Aims and Objectives of the LEP in detail.] This partnership now has 16 schools who continue to work closely together to serve the children and young people of Leek and the Moorlands.
Our Distinctiveness as a Church School: with respect to the original ‘trust deed’ agreed by Rev Henry Sneyd, the school retains its status as a Voluntary Controlled Church School [please see attached leaflet for further information on Church Schools] and has at its heart the values promoted by Christ, as shown in the Bible. This is expressed in our distinctive culture, where everyone is viewed as being important and is ascribed status and value from the youngest to the oldest inclusively. We are a school that listens, strives to include and develop all people and aims for the very highest; always looking for the next step to improve.
Our school motto is "Learning and Caring Together"
Our school is a place where:
- Individuals flourish
- the community values its school
- everyone cares for, and about, each other
- the caring ethos of the school is shared with the community nearby; the area in which it is situated and the world at large
Final accolade; we are extremely proud to have achieved the status of 'Beacon School' within the Diocese. In 2015 we were again judged to be an 'Outstanding' Church school by the National Society [SIAMS] inspector.