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  • St Edmund's School
    St Thomas Hill
    Canterbury
    Kent
    CT2 8HU
  • Head: Mrs Louise Moelwyn-Hughes
  • T 01227 475601
  • F 01227 471083
  • E admissions@stedmunds.org.uk
  • W www.stedmunds.org.uk
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 581; 165 boarders (including 23 choristers) ; sixth formers: 146
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £7,461 - £19,965; Boarding £22,173 - £33,303; Choristers £22,311 pa
  • Open days: Please see website. Visits welcome by appointment at any time.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of school

Since 2011, Mrs Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (40s). Previously senior deputy head of The Perse in Cambridge, and spent 13 years in various roles from year head to housemistress at Marlborough College, following a degree in classics at Cambridge. Now immediately dismiss the picture you’ve formed, because she’s far from the Cambridge to Perse public school head you’re imagining. Still has the accent from her humble but bookish Belfast background, and says she didn’t really know what Cambridge was when a teacher suggested that her schoolgirl love of ancient Greek could be a ticket there.

Utterly comfortable in her own skin, seems to enjoy being different to the pack. ‘I do things my own way, I call a spade a spade,’ she says. No airs, no grandstanding, just that type...

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