St Edmund’s School

Location: Canterbury, Kent

Age of pupils: 3-18 y.o.

Gender: Co-educational

Boarding: Day, Weekly boarding, Full boarding

Pupils: 550

Head: Edward O’Connor

Last updated 23.03.2021

Short description of the school

St Edmund's School Canterbury is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school in the cathedral city of Canterbury, Kent in South-East England. It accepts boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 18.

The school is set in a 60-acre campus at the top of St Thomas Hill in Canterbury. The school aims to encourage pupils to achieve the highest standards of which they are capable. It seeks to emphasise the importance of developing compassionate and decent human relationships, alongside the nurturing of individual interests and talents.

The school opened in 1749 by the Clergy Orphan Society. It moved to its present site in 1855, changing its name in 1897 to St Edmund’s School Canterbury and maintaining its Christian ethos. The Junior School opened in 1898, and the first girls were admitted in 1982. It now comprises the Preparatory School for pupils aged three to thirteen, and the Senior School for pupils aged thirteen to eighteen. The junior and senior school operate under the overall leadership of the head. The Junior School and Pre-Prep School are located on the same site in their own buildings.

The school motto : "Fungar Vice Cotis" - "Be as a whetstone for others to be sharpened upon". The school’s approach is focused on the unique abilities and needs of individual pupils.

The school has a broadly Anglican ethos but welcomes all faiths or none.

What makes this school different from others?

  • Oxbridge preparation programme
  • Sport federation partnerships (including Chelsea FC Foundation)
  • Strong Humanities
  • Strong Music
  • Strong Arts
  • Strong Science
  • Strong Business & Economics
  • Strong Drama
  • Leiths School of Food and Wine

Message from the Head of the school

Headmaster photoSt Edmund’s is an inspiring and dynamic place to learn. 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. 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. Pupils leave St Edmund’s as assured, articulate, thoughtful individuals who possess a strong social conscience.

Edward O’Connor
Head of the School

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St Edmund’s School Canterbury

programmes and subjects

GCSE A Level
core subjects:


English Biology
Mathematics Business
Separate Sciences or Coordinated Science Chemistry
subject choices: Computer Science

Art and Design


Computer Science



English Literature


Film Studies



Food Preparation & Nutrition

Further Mathematics








Religious Studies Music Technology
Spanish Philosophy Ethics and Religion
Sports Science Photography
  Product Design
  Sport and Coaching Science

academic results

There are two grading systems applied in the UK. Grades in England are indicated by numbers from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.

System in Wales and Northern Ireland is evaluated using a letter grading scale from G to A*, where A* is the highest grade.

GCSE 2019-20
A*-A / 9-7 36%
A*-C / 9-4


D and below



A level 2019-20
A*-A 29%
B-C 55%
D and below 16%


The school offers one of the widest and most varied co-curricular programmes in Kent. Pupils can choose anything from horse riding to chess, mindfulness to debating, ground-breaking drama and outstanding musical activities, and some exceptional sporting opportunities. To name a few:

Main sports 








Other sports


Golf Rugby
Basketball Handball Strength and Conditioning
Climbing Rhythmic Gymnastics Swimming
Darts Rounders Table Tennis
Equestrianism Rowing Trampolining


Non-sporting activities


Big Band Choral Society
Book Club Classical Greek for beginners
Brass Ensemble Coding Club
Cambridge Clinic Craft Club
Chamber Choir String Chamber
Chapel Choir Symphony Orchestra


St Edmund’s School Canterbury boasts a wide range of excellent facilities across the School campus.

Facilities available
Astro pitch Recital Hall

Dance Studio

Sports Hall
Music Studio Theatre

boarding options

Boarding at St Edmund's School Canterbury is available from age of 11-18 (Years 7-13).

Boarding Options

1+ nights: Occasional/flexi boarding
5 nights: Weekly boarding
7 nights: Traditional full boarding

How can I apply to this school?

The main points of entry to St Edmund's School Canterbury are at ages 4, 11, 13 and 16, but the school also accepts applications for other year groups provided there are places. Boarders are accepted from the age of 11.

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Currency Converter:

2020-21 Academic Year

Year Age
Day fees
R 4-5 9,696 GBP NA NA
Y1 5-6 11,208 GBP NA NA
Y2 6-7 11,208 GBP NA NA
Y3 7-8 15,588 GBP NA NA
Y4 8-9 15,588 GBP NA NA
Y5 9-10 15,819 GBP NA NA
Y6 10-11 15,819 GBP NA NA
Y7 11-12 16,101 GBP 25,455 GBP 27,933 GBP
Y8 12-13 16,101 GBP 25,455 GBP 27,933 GBP
Y9 13-14 21,132 GBP 34,191 GBP 36,681 GBP
Y10 14-15 21,132 GBP 34,191 GBP 36,681 GBP
Y11 15-16 21,132 GBP 34,191 GBP 36,681 GBP
Y12 16-17 21,132 GBP 34,191 GBP 36,681 GBP
Y13 17-18 21,132 GBP 34,191 GBP 36,681 GBP

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