St Edmund’s School Canterbury

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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: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 314 Boys / / 244 Girls

    Age Range: 3-18 Years

    Founded: 1749

    Location Description

    St Edmund’s School Canterbury is set on a beautiful site overlooking the vibrant city of Canterbury and its cathedral. It 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, CT2 8HU

    Tel: General Enquiries: 01227 475600 Admissions: 01227 475601



    St Edmund’s School Canterbury houses a marvelous Performing Arts department. 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. Many are 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 £14,498; Weekly boarding £13,514; Day: ; £8,120.   All per term.

    Junior School (ages 7 – 13): Full boarding (from age 11) £11,040; Weekly boarding (from age 11) £10,061; Choristers £9,714; Day : Years 3 -8 £5,989 – £6,186. All per term.

    Pre-Prep School (ages 3 – 7): Reception class – Year 2 £3,725 – £4.306 per term.

    Nursery: for details please visit Nursery fees


    HMC – Leading Independent Schools

    APS – Excellence in Education

    The Good Schools Guide

    East Kent Schools Together

    Choir Schools Association

    BSA Charter Covid Safe

    Downloadable Resources


    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Open Morning: Saturday 21 Sep 2024 - Time: 10:00 am

    Open Morning: Please REGISTER your interest

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