St Edmund’s School Canterbury

Creativity is at the heart of all that we do. We develop in our children the skills and capacity to be innovative, intellectually nimble and independent in thought with a genuine joy of learning.

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St Edmund’s School Canterbury

St Edmund’s today is a dynamic co-educational 3-18 day and boarding school.

Our pupils benefit from a caring and supportive environment, high-calibre teaching and a holistic educational approach that seeks to develop creativity, leadership qualities and original thinking.

A broad academic curriculum and extraordinarily diverse co-curricular programme enable pupils to find their path and grow to ‘be all they can be’.

Our small class sizes enable the personalisation of learning so that pupils receive the attention and academic challenge they need to excel.

Every pupil here is known and understood.

The fact that we educate children from the age of 3 to 18 underpins the strong family atmosphere and sense of community that pervade the school.

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

Pupils: Co-Education

Type: Day & Boarding

Religious Affiliation: Church of England

Roll: 314 Boys / 244 Girls

Age Range: 3-18 Years

Founded: 1749

Location Description

This historic school is set on a beautiful site overlooking the vibrant city of Canterbury and its cathedral and benefits from excellent road and rail links to London and airports in the South East.

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Edward G. O’Connor

Contact for enquiries:Head of Admissions, Andrea Strong

St Thomas Hill, Canterbury, Kent

Tel: General Enquires: 01227 475600 Admissions: 01227 475601



The school houses a marvelous Performing Arts department, and the facilities that come with it are second to none, including a newly refurbished 340 seat theatre, a recital hall, practice rooms and chapel.

The Sports Hall, is well equipped, with markings for 4 badminton courts, 2 netball courts, and a basketball court. Outside there is a floodlit astro pitch, 4 grass pitches and outside courts.

We offer one of the widest and most varied co-curricular programmes in Kent; pupils can choose anything from horse riding to chess, mindfulness to debating, ground-breaking drama and outstanding musical activities, and some exceptional sporting opportunities. Our programme is flexible and constantly evolving to reflect pupils’ interests and passions, with new clubs and societies starting each term at the request of pupils, and going on to thrive.

In addition, all pupils enjoy outdoor education and work experience weeks, with many active on schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh and the Combined Cadet Force for their entire time with us. All pupils are encouraged to engage with the surrounding community, understand and develop skills for working together, and appreciate the importance of serving others.


The School boasts an eclectic mix of different quality venues and facilities available to hire throughout the year. Included within the portfolio are the astro pitch,  theatre, a private boardroom and a stunning wedding venue, licensed for civil ceremonies. More info available at


Awards of varying value, offset against the tuition fees for both day and boarding pupils, are awarded in the categories of Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport. Where fees are still prohibitively expensive, annually means-tested bursaries can be awarded to supplement a scholarship.

Entrance Requirements

International students 

Senior School (age 13-18 years)

Junior School (age 7-13 years)

Pre-Prep (age 3-7 years)

Click to see details of entry requirements for each part of the school.



Senior School (ages 13 – 18): Full boarding £12,227; Weekly boarding £11,397; Day: Years 9 to 13 £7,044. All per term.

Junior School (ages 7 – 13): Full boarding (from age 11) £9,311; Weekly boarding (from age 11) £8,485; Choristers £8,192; Day : Years 3 -8 £5,196 – £5,367. All per term.

Pre-Prep School (ages 3 – 7): Reception class – Year 2 £3,232 – £3,736 per term.

Nursery (full time)*: £2,632 per term. Nursery (individual session)*: Morning £23.24 per session; Morning incl. lunch £33.19 per session; Full day incl. lunch £46.47 per session


HMC – Leading Independent Schools

APS – Excellence in Education

The Good Schools Guide

East Kent Schools Together

Choir Schools Association

BSA Charter Covid Safe



All visits are welcome, please contact the school

Virtual Reception Class Information Evening: Thursday 10 Dec 2020 - Time: 7:30 pm

Virtual Year 7 Taster Day: Saturday 12 Dec 2020 -

For anybody interested in joining Reception at St Edmund’s – please sign up to the event by clicking the booking link HERE

For anybody interested in joining Year 7 at St Edmund’s – we will be running two sessions; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please sign up to the event by clicking the booking link HERE


Alternatively, please contact the Admissions Office on 01227 475601 or


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