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Rebranding means the school is no longer marketing itself as a music and drama school, and no longer describing itself as non-selective. But while all the families we spoke to were aware of the change, none felt that a more academic bent was at the expense of less able pupils, or non-academic activities. ‘I think this is an additional benefit to the school. The music and drama department is just as excellent as it was,’ said one parent. 'There's no pride in being better than someone else here – it’s about being better than your own expectations and about being part of the school’...

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What the school says...

Children learn effectively when they are happy and motivated. To enable this, we provide a lively, challenging education in a safe, nurturing environment for boys and girls aged 3 - 18. We have high expectations for excellent academic achievement and for enthusiastic involvement in extra-curricular activities; we are renowned for outstanding opportunities in music, drama and the creative arts. We are a friendly school with a family atmosphere and by valuing each pupil in our care, we help them develop the skills and independence to attain their goals and achieve at the highest levels. The boarding community is vibrant and happy where boarding for boys and girls, aged 8 to 18, can be on a weekly, flexi, or full basis. Overlooking the historic city of Canterbury, St Edmund's is situated in the heart of Kent with high speed rail links to London. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of school

Since September 2018, Ed O’Connor, who has been deputy head here since 2013. He has a degree in history and an MEd from Cambridge and a MPhil in international relations from Oxford. He started off working in the City before joining St Albans School as head of history and politics, thence to Sutton Valence (director of sixth form and head of history) and then head of sixth form and politics and history teacher at The Perse School.

Academic matters

The strong Perse connection is bound to have an impact, and the school makes no bones about increased expectations. ‘Perse is in the top 10 academically, St Edmund’s will never be that, but we are looking to raise the bar so that people feel tested.' Rebranding means the school is no longer marketing itself as...

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