St Edmund’s College & Prep School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Roll: 450 (Boys) 387 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1568

General Information

St Edmund’s College is England’s oldest Catholic school, having recently celebrated its 450th anniversary of Catholic education. Set in a 400-acre estate in Hertfordshire, only 30 miles from central London, the school offers modern facilities in a magnificent country setting, providing a safe and stimulating environment for young minds.

The College offers an all-round co-education for students from age 3 to 18, and for families from all faiths. The school aims to develop confident, caring, well-grounded students who are well prepared to go on to the next stage of their lives and to really make a difference to the world they live in.

Academic excellence is a principle focus at St Edmund’s College, with achievement of personal best supported through your child’s educational journey by small class sizes, talented teaching staff who provide a high degree of individual attention, a strong pastoral tradition all set in a safe, fully established co-educational environment.

St Edmund’s College offers both full-time and flexi boarding, alongside a School Bus Service covering a very wide area throughout Hertfordshire, Essex and North London for Years 3-13. The College does not offer exeat weekends, but does offer transport links to London Heathrow, London Stansted and London Luton when students arrive at and depart from the College at the start and end of terms.


St Edmund’s College offers top class and diverse facilities, including: Music School with Music Recording Studio, IT suites, Science Centre, Art and Technology workshops, Floodlit All-Weather Pitch, Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Gym, Sports Hall, Tennis Courts and Multi-Use Games Area.

The students at St Edmund’s College are supported by an excellent pastoral system that monitors and supports each student’s progress in all areas of the College. Each student is allocated into one of five houses, where they are supported by a House Master or House Mistress and a team of Tutors, alongside the College Chaplaincy. Students’ mental and physical wellbeing is also cared for by the on-site Infirmary, offering 24/7 care for all aspects of a student’s health.

The school provides a wide-ranging offering of extracurricular activities for students each weekday afternoon, including clubs, drama, CCF, music and sport. Outside of term-time, the College hosts a Summer School, offering a blend of educational rigour with diverse opportunities for fun, relaxation and leisure.

Entrance Requirements

Year 7 upwards: Entrance Examination, Interview and School Report. Below Year 7: Assessment and interview.


Academic, Sports, Music, Art and All-Rounder.

Open Days

If you would like to arrange a personal tour of the College, please call Amy Howard in the Admissions Office on 01920 824247 or to visit the Nursery or Prep School please call Tracey Dickinson on 01920 824239.

For international admission enquiries please email


2019/2020. Nursery: £1647 (half day) - £3294 (full day) per term. . Reception - Year 6: £3785 - £4750 per term. Year 7 - Year 13. Day: £5670 - £6115 per term,

Weekly Boarding (from Year 7): £8055 - £9210 per term, Full Boarding: £9434 - £10,820 per term.

Flexi Boarding: £75 per night.

Reduction for siblings and HM Forces.


ISI Inspection 2016
ISI Boarding Inspection 2019

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Matthew Mostyn

Contact for enquiries: Ms Amy Howard, Admissions Officer.

St Edmund’s College & Prep School
Old Hall Green
SG11 1DS

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Location Description

440 acres of open countryside near to the town of Ware. Excellent road and rail links.

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School News

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Huge congratulations to our U19 netball squad who on Saturday 28th September were crowned England Netball County Champions!

The team

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played extremely well through all five of their group games, beating Haileybury, Broxbourne, Beaumont, St Alban’s School and Haberdashers, finishing as leaders of their group.

Moving into the semi-final round they faced a strong team from St Alban’s High School for Girls, winning this match with a final score of 8-2. This took them through to the final against Bishop Stortford High School.

The final game of the day was an exciting one and saw the girls from St Edmund’s come out on top making them England Netball U19 County Champions.  They now will be in training for the Regional Finals in January.  Congratulations to all the team; students, staff and their team of supporters!

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Mr John Coleman from the Smallpeice Trust visited the College to launch the Arkwright Scholarship for Syntax and Poetry. A group of 30

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students attended our Future Engineers lunch and heard from Mr Coleman how Engineering can be used to answer a diverse range of problems from how to crush plastic bottles in a recycling plant to designing medical devices for complex surgeries.

One of our current Arkwright Scholars, Francis, R1, outlined to the students a number of the projects he undertook as part of his application. The students were in awe of the technical knowledge Francis has acquired through his study. He has re-designed and re-engineered his own 3D Printer, using a 3D Printer.

Mr Coleman left the students with the conundrum of if Francis is building new parts for his 3D Printer using a 3D Printer, what was the technology required to build the original 3D Printer?

What an inspiring way to spend a lunchtime!

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A record 14 students from St Edmund’s College received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from HRH The Earl of Wessex at St James’s Palace

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on Monday 17th November.

The students were: Pierce Gribben, Luke Fakes, Abigail Neal, Rhys Hunt, Andrew Tomlinson, Jacob Larkin-Collins, Connor Bolton, James Simon-Lewis, Robert Hartley, Savva Spanos,  Scott Hayes,  Max Nicholas, Hannah James, Lewis Norman.
The Gold Award Presentation is a celebration and recognition of students’ achievements in completing their Gold DofE Award and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required to achieve this.

Elizabeth Cobb, Director of Activities, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for these students who have worked so hard to be one of only a small percentage nationally to be awarded their Gold Award.  The Duke of Edinburgh Award fits well with the ethos of St Edmund’s where we ensure that our students have a strong academic education that is complimented by an excellent activities programme which encourages students to develop life skills that are so important for their futures ahead”.

Students are able to start the Duke of Edinburgh programme in year 10 and we currently have 48 Sixth Form students completing their Gold Award. This year Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions will take place in New Forest, Peak District, the Shropshire Hills, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, River Thames, River Lea, River Ouse, River Nene, River Severn, River Wye and last year a group of students were able to complete their assessed Gold walking expedition in Thailand on a school visit.

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We are delighted to announce that in a year where GCSE grades are reported to have dipped our cohort has returned an impressive set of

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results.  A*/A (including 7 or above) grades increased by over 6% to 43%, 23% above the national average.


Grades A* – A (including 7 or above)       43%

Grades A* – B (including 6 or above)        71%

Grades A* – B (including 5 or above)        73%

Grades A* – C (including 4 or above)        90%

Overall pass rate              99%

Every year a number of students sit examinations early and this year if we add in those grades to the overall picture the A*/A (including 7 or above) percentage increases to 44%.  We congratulate especially the two students who achieved A* with distinction.

Paulo Durán, Headmaster, said, “Congratulations to our students and their families! In a year that has seen the launch of the reformed GCSEs we are delighted with our results.  They are testament from the hard work of the students and staff but also that of our new tracking systems, in place throughout the school, that enable our staff to work so closely with the students and parents ensuring that are as prepared for their examinations as possible”.

Photo credits, left to right: Teddy Sumsion – 8 A*s, 3 As grades, Fionnuala Marshall – 11 A*s, Joseph Canavan – 9 A*s, 2 A grades

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This year, in the first cohort of the new linear A Levels, St Edmund’s College students have performed very well and in line with expectations,

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with a good proportion achieving straight A* or A grades. Of all entries, 31% were grades A* or A. Despite reports of fewer acceptances by universities, nearly all of our students have secured places at universities of their choice, with one successful Cambridge acceptance and 38% at the prestigious Russell Group. The results are testament to the staff and students’ consistent hard work, dedication and commitment to their A Level studies over the past two years. They have risen to the challenge and been duly rewarded.

The International Baccalaureate cohort scored higher than the world average in all subjects except one, and their average was 33, with no student scoring less than 32.

Michael Stephens-Jones secured his place at Cambridge University with an Organ Scholarship, Xiaoqi Chen achieved three A* and one A grades, Katya Kosheleva, Kathryn Salter-Kay and Augusta Thorneycroft achieved straight A*/A grades, and Callum Barrett, Oliver Watson, Jenny Wilson As and Bs.

The Headmaster, Paulo Durán said, “We say goodbye to a wonderful cohort of students ready to take on the challenges and opportunities ahead of them; congratulations on achieving such great results and securing such competitive and exciting courses”.


Photo details – Left to right – Christina Thorneycroft (Goffs Oak), Christian Wolff (Hertford), Ben Birchall (Cuffley), Oliver Watson (Cheshunt), Augusta Thorneycroft (Goffs Oak)

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Following the excellent A Level results we are pleased to announce that we have seen an increase in our GCSE grades over 2015. A* –

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A grades have increased to 36% with 65% achieving A* – B grades.

Grades A* – A – 36%

Grades A* – B – 65%

Grades A* – C – 88%

Overall pass rate- 99%


Paulo Durán, Headmaster, said, “Congratulations to our students and their families! Whilst we are pleased with these results, especially in a year that has shown a decline in overall national results, we continue to push forward in all areas to ensure that each and every student, no matter of ability, achieves their best. I thank the families that have supported the students through this time and of course the dedicated staff that work so hard to educate and support our students.”

The following students achieved A* – A grades:

Alice Martin, Broxbourne, achieved 11 A* grades

Meera Pusparajah, Ware, achieved 11 A* and 1 A grade

Mark D’Cruz, Chigwell, achieved 9 A* and 2 A grades

Charlie Ponting, Ware, achieved 9 A* and 2 A grades

James Hanley, Ware, achieved 8 A* and 3 A grades

Charles Vassila, Enfield, achieved 10 A * and 2 A grades

Aimee Carhart, Woodford Green, achieved 9 A* and 3 A grades

Catherine New, Saffron Walden, achieved 6 A* and 5 A grades

Alvaro Sanchez Martinez, a full boarder from Spain achieved 12 A*s grades

Polly Stateva, a full boarder from Bulgaria, achieved 7 A* and 4 A grades.

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We are proud to report our best ever A Level results with 75% achieving A*-B grades with 46% of all grades awarded at A*/A. In

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English 76.9% of grades were A*/A with 100% of all grades at A*-B. In Further Mathematics 83% students achieved A* – B grades, Mathematics 80% and Economics 93%.

Summary of grades:

A* – A grades – 46%

A* – B grades – 75%

A* – C grades – 87%

A* – E grades – 98%

The Headmaster, Mr Paulo Durán, said:

It is wonderful, in this Olympic summer, to be breaking some records ourselves and I congratulate our students for all their deserved success. We are so proud to see our students go off to such an excellent and diverse range of destinations: Medicine at Oxford, great numbers to Russell Group universities and apprenticeships and similar. Days like this are what makes being the Headmaster of a school like St Edmund’s such a privilege. To see all the efforts and measures put in place over the last few years payoff is testament to the team behind the students and especial thanks, as always, must go to the dedicated staff, parents and families who do so much.

I appreciate that even on a record day like today there will be some disappointments but I am confident that all our leavers take away with them an educational experience at St Edmund’s that delivers not only excellent academic results, but crucially, a solid foundation built on a sense of morality, team work and a responsibility to the wider world.


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Emily Jerman, Loughton – 1 A and 2Bs. University of Manchester, International Business Management

Stefania Cuffaro, Roydon – 1 A, 1 B 1 D – GlaxoSmithKline Apprenticeship in Cell and Gene Therapy

Christopher Larkin-Collins (Head Boy), Broxbourne, 1 A and 2 Bs – Psychology at Loughborough University

Joseph Cutteridge (Deputy Head Boy), Ware – 1 A* and 2As – Medicine at Oxford University

Michael Gallagher, Cheshunt, 1 A and 2Bs – Biology at York University

George Theoharous, Enfield 2 Bs 1 D – Geography at Royal Holloway University

Congratulations to all our students.

A team of Year 10 Business students from St Edmund’s College have been awarded the Runners-up prize in the Regional Final of ‘The Real Business

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Challenge’ run by Coca Cola Enterprises. The aim of the competition is to support and enhance the development and skills of young people linked to Business and Enterprise.

To enter, the team submitted their initial project to ‘The Real Business Challenge’ and Coca Cola Enterprises then selected the ten best entries from each region with the team reaching the Regional Final which took place on Thursday 28th January in the Kia Oval, London.

During the day the teams were presented with an envelope and had only four hours to work on an unseen business challenge linked to current business and the external environment. They had to develop an anti-litter campaign for their local area using social enterprise and an effective promotion and marketing campaign.  The aim of this challenge on the day was to give the students the opportunity to practice skills from team work to presentation skills to developing financial capabilities.

At the end of the day the students had to present their work to a panel of five judges and were eventually awarded the Runners-up prize which is a fantastic placement out of the 125 schools that entered.

Mr Durán, Headmaster, said: ‘I congratulate the team on this strong performance against so many other schools. The future of business looks bright for our Edmundian students!’


Photo:  Top row left to right: Amy Barrett, Molly Gardener, Remmi Page, Thanyaluk (Dream) Ruksujarit, Caitlin Stevens

Front row left to right: Ciaran Mooney, Oliver Corley, Taymen Sargusingh,

St Edmund’s College U14 netballers are through to the finals of the National Schools Netball Competition to represent the East region after finishing as runners

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up of the regional tournament on Saturday 30th January.

The girls played six group games against tough competition from other East region schools, winning all matches convincingly with a strong display of teamwork, well-practiced skills and set pieces. During these six matches the team scored 84 goals, and only conceded 8!

Despite going down by three goals in the semi-final, the girls pulled together as a squad to eventually win by five goals against Brentwood. This ensured the team progressed to the National Finals to represent the region.

Mr Durán, Headmaster, said, ‘I congratulate all involved, students, staff and parents on this fantastic achievement: to represent your region at this level is a great honour!”


Photo:  Back row left to right: Miss Hebdon (Coach), Nada Tadros, Chloe Hoban, Courtney Ferns, Tobi Unuefa (Captain), Beth Gardner, Ashleigh Cook, Antonella Pittaluga, Miss Wilkins (Coach)

Front row left to right: Lara Chick, Ella Buenaventura, Mairead Sheehy, Kate Barrett



Despite another drop nationally in top grades, St Edmund’s is proud to report some of its best ever grades overall and especially in the Sciences

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and Humanities. 42% of all our grades were awarded at A*/A (up from last 32% last year) and 70% A*-B. In English 48% of grades were at A*/A with twenty out of twenty three students securing an A*-B grade. In Maths and Further Maths the A*/A percentage was 65%; Physics 57%; Chemistry 50%; French 100% and German 80% A*/B. Over twenty percent of our candidates achieved 3 or more A*/A grades. The majority of the cohort are going on to study at excellent universities, many in the Russell Group, with three students going on to study at Cambridge.

The Headmaster, Mr Paulo Durán, said:

“No two students are like, but I want each and every one at St Edmund’s to feel they can have it all, that they can achieve excellent results, go on to exciting and challenging courses and careers, but do so always in the context of a Catholic, holistic view of education that always seeks to value each and every individual and enable him or her to find their particular talents. I commend all who leave us for the contribution they have made to the College and thank the staff and families who have done so much to prepare these young adults for the challenges ahead.”

Staff and students are once again celebrating a 100% pass rate at GCSE. With 90% achieving an A*-C grades and 34% achieving A*-A grades. We

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are also extremely proud that many of our top performing students joined St Edmund’s in Nursery, at our Prep School, and are staying for Sixth Form and therefore will continue to benefit from the all-through education that we offer.

Results Summary

Grades A* – A 34%

Grades A* – B 64%

Grades A* – C 87%

5 Grades A* – C including Maths and English 84%

5 Grades A* – C 90%

Overall pass rate 100%

Paulo Durán, the Headmaster said, “My congratulations to our students and their families. St Edmund’s is a school that offers a challenging and broad curriculum with a wealth of extra-curricular activities built upon the foundation of our guiding Catholic principles. It is testament to all our staff that we achieve these results ensuring that each student gives their best to reach their fullest potential.”

Every year St Edmund’s College selects a charity which for a week of fund raising activities and this year St Elizabeth’s, Much Hadham, was the

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chosen charity.

On Wednesday 25th March we proudly handed over a cheque to Sister Patricia, of St Elizabeth’s, for £14,000.
Sister Patricia visited the College where she spoke so warmly of the challenges that faced the people that attend and live at St Elizabeth’s inspiring the students and staff to do all they could to raise money throughout ‘Charity Week’.

The week saw children take part in many activities ranging from cake sales to students shaving their heads, from staff being ‘gunged’ and staff netball matches to more challenging student activities of taking part in triathlons and 10k runs.

So many students and staff work tirelessly throughout the week and supported of ethos of St Edmund’s supporting the wider community. Over the last three years the College has raised nearly £60,000 for its various charities.

The Boarders had an excellent first weekend coming together to enjoy team building fun and games to help them all settle into the new academic

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year at the College.

On Friday night the students enjoyed a relaxed pizza evening before the excitement of the next days activities. The whole Boarding community came together for ‘It’s a Knockout’ where students participated in various team games and challenges helping them to get to know each other and make friends.

In the evening the Boarders attended Mass followed by a formal dinner where Mr Durán and the Heads of Boarding formally welcomed all the students, new and old. A trip to Cambridge on Sunday completed their Induction Weekend where they enjoyed a tour of the city, punting and time for a little shopping!

As we start a new academic year we are delighted to unveil our stunning new Refectory. In conjunction with Holroyd Howe and thanks to their

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investment the new design has allowed us to address three key goals: to improve the quality and delivery of the food both to the serving area and to the students, to make the seating area a space that is both functional, comfortable and enjoyable on a daily basis and to enhance seating for functions such as House and Boarding Dinners.

The end result is striking: in keeping with the traditional feel of St Edmund’s and utilising our historical colours of chocolate and turquoise the old bench seating has been replaced with heavy oak tables and upholstered individual chairs. The new design still makes reference to our history and traditions but now provides us with a Refectory that will stand up to the demands of almost a thousand hungry students and staff every day for many years to come.



Despite the ‘volatility’ of this year’s GCSE grades, St Edmund’s students have done us all proud once more. Almost 70% of the entire cohort achieved

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A*-B grades and over a fifth of our students achieved at least eight A*/A grades.

Number of candidates 94
Grades A* – A (IGCSE 40%) 38%
Grades A* – B (IGCSE 67%) 68%
Grades A* – C (IGCSE 92%) 89%
5 Grade A* – C including English and Maths 88%
5 Grade A* – C 92%
Overall pass rate A – E 100%

Notable successes include:

Rudy Agbodan, Wood Green 6A* and 4A
Megan Bridge, London 8A* and 3A
Brianna Cumberbatch, London 7A* and 3A
Michael Gallagher, Cheshunt 4A* and 5A
Deniz Matur, Goffs Oak 6A* and 4A
Louis Mowbray, Broxbourne 6A* and 4A
Hilary Onoabhagbe, Ilford 6A* and 4A
James Paapa Kofi Osei-Anane, Enfield 6A* and 3A
Eleanor Wells, Bishops Stortford 5A* and 6A
Lauren Ziebart, Woodford Green 3A* and 6A

Paulo Durán, the Headmaster said “My congratulations to our students and their families and my thanks to the staff who have supported them so well. What we provide at St Edmund’s goes well beyond the academic and it is extremely satisfying to see that our students can excel in examinations whilst also making the most of all the other opportunities we provide”.

Congratulations to all our GCSE candidates.

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