St Edmund’s College & Prep School

St Edmund’s College is England’s oldest Catholic school, having recently celebrated its 450th anniversary of Catholic education. The school offers modern facilities in a magnificent country setting, providing a safe and stimulating environment for young minds.

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    St Edmund’s College & Prep School

    St Edmund’s 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. Achievement of personal best is supported through your child’s educational journey by small class sizes, talented teaching staff who provide a high degree of individual attention and a strong pastoral tradition. It is 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.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic

    Roll: 450 Boys / / 387 Girls

    Age Range: 3-18 Years

    Founded: 1568

    Location Description

    Set in a 400-acre estate in Hertfordshire, only 30 miles from central London, with 440 acres of open countryside near to the town of Ware. Excellent road and rail links.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Matthew Mostyn

    Contact for enquiries:Ms Amy Howard, Admissions Officer

    Old Hall Green, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG11 1DS

    Tel: 01920 821504



    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


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

    Entrance Requirements

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

    Below Year 7: Assessment and interview.



    Nursery: £1,923 (Half day) £3,856 (Full-day) per term.

    Reception – Year 6: £4,419 – £5,629 per term.

    Year 7 – Year 13: Day: £6,164 – £7,245 per term.

    Weekly Boarding (from Year 7): £8,549 – £10,495 per term, Full Boarding: £10,255 – £12,821 per term.

    Flexi Boarding: £76 per night.

    Discount for siblings and HM Forces.


    BSA, HMC

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office on or call 01920 824247 for details.

    For international admission enquiries please email


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