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St Edmund's School

St Edmund's School

St Thomas Hill, Canterbury, CT2 8HU, Kent

01227 475601



St Edmund's School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1749
Head Mr Edward O'Connor
Co-ed Age Range 2-18 years
Number of pupils 602
Pre-Prep from £3,698 per term
Junior from £5,459 (day) - £9,782 (boarding) per term
Senior from £7,400 (day) - £12,846 (boarding) per term
Average Class Size 7-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Associations HMC, BSA, AGBIS, CSA

St Edmund's School Canterbury is a dynamic co-educational 2-18 day and boarding school. Our pupils benefit from a caring and supportive environment, high-calibre teaching and a holistic educational approach that seeks to develop creativity, leadership qualities and original thinking. A broad academic curriculum and extraordinarily diverse co-curricular programme enable pupils to find their path and grow to 'be all they can be'. Our small class sizes enable the personalisation of learning so that pupils receive the attention and academic challenge they need to excel, and every pupil here is known and understood. The fact that we educate children from the age of 3 to 18 underpins the strong family atmosphere and sense of community that pervade the school.

Established in 1749, St Edmund's combines respect for tradition and history with a fresh, engaging and forward-thinking attitude to the education of young people. Our approach is focused on the unique abilities and needs of individual pupils. All our pupils are valued for their contribution to the school and we take great pride in their successes. Creativity flourishes here. Our Drama, Music and Art departments are renowned for their outstanding achievements. However, creativity is celebrated across the whole curriculum, as innovative teaching and small classes encourage pupils to think independently and express themselves with confidence and originality.

The school has a long-established reputation for outstanding pastoral care. This is our starting point. We believe if pupils feel happy, secure and supported at school they will naturally benefit from our outstanding educational opportunities and enjoy the wealth of stimulating extra-curricular activities on offer.

We also look to develop the whole person. Our dynamic sports provision, extensive activities programme and exciting range of outdoor education opportunities enable pupils to develop vital qualities such as leadership experience, inter-personal communication, the ability to work in teams and empathy for others. As a result, our school produces remarkable young people. Pupils leave St Edmund's as assured, articulate, thoughtful individuals who possess a strong social conscience.

Academic Ethos

St Edmund's is proud of its pupil-centred and ambitious academic ethos. We seek to foster original thinkers with the intellectual and personal skills to be leaders and decision makers in future.

We offer a variety of challenging and exciting I/GCSE and A-level courses which appeal to young people whatever their strengths and interests. Highly-qualified teachers and small class sizes mean that young people receive inspirational instruction, with vibrant debate and individual attention. Pupils develop learning skills through project work and research opportunities such as the Extended Project Qualification and the Durrell Essay. We encourage cross-curricular work to promote original ideas and multi-dimensional thinking.

Essentially, our pupils are encouraged and nurtured throughout their time at St Edmund's to aim for and achieve the very highest academic standards they possibly can.

Pastoral Care & Wellbeing

At St Edmund's, great emphasis is placed upon the importance of supporting young people and recognising the individual. We understand that our pupils come to us with different experiences and aspirations. This diversity makes our community stronger and richer. The pastoral team comprises the Deputy Head Pastoral, Director of Safeguarding, Chaplain, Director of Boarding, housemasters, deputy housemasters, tutors, resident boarding staff, Director of Wellbeing, matrons, Medical Centre staff and Counsellor. Each of them works closely with pupils and parents, and understands that they are trusted to offer good, salient advice. We are confident that our pupils feel able to approach these adults should they want to discuss anything of concern to them.


St Edmund's School is proud to educate and care for the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral. They are a very special part of our school and benefit from all the same teaching and resources as our other pupils. The opportunity to be a chorister is something truly unique, given the international profile and prestige of Canterbury Cathedral. Choristership is a life-changing experience that creates a great sense of pride and personal fulfilment. Some choristers go on to distinguished musical careers, and for all the leadership, team work and organisational skills they learn are extremely useful in their lives at the school, at university and beyond. The Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir was founded in 2014: girls in Year 8 can audition, and a number of St Edmund's girls are currently in the choir.

I hope that you will be able to visit St Edmund's in the near future and experience the wonderful community and stunning setting of our school.