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St Edmunds School

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The excellent music, art and drama provision is the reason that many parents choose St Ed’s and almost all children get involved in it in some form or another. Music has been at the heart of the school since its foundation and the cathedral choristers are a big part of the school. Busy art department where pupils can do anything and everything from photography, ceramics and textiles to fine art and stained glass. Some feel that sport could be…

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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 2 - 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.


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

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Head of school

Since 2018, Ed O’Connor, previously deputy head since 2013. Welcoming and likeable. Read history at Peterhouse, Cambridge followed by a master’s in international relations at Oxford. Spent five years in investment banking before deciding that teaching was all he had ever wanted to do and took an MEd at Cambridge. Reckons his banking years toughened him up and are useful when he is talking about careers with sixth formers. Joined St Alban’s School as head of history and politics, thence to Sutton Valence as director of sixth form and head of history before moving to The Perse as head of sixth form and politics and a history teacher. Believes this school stands out for its pastoral ethos. ‘We look at what is special about a child and work with it – we...

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