St Edmund's Canterbury

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We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
St Edmund's Canterbury Senior and Prep School in Kent, England.


About St Edmund's Canterbury

Mission statement

“We believe if pupils feel happy, secure and supported at school they will naturally benefit from our outstanding educational opportunities and enjoy the wealth of stimulating extra-curricular activities on offer. We also look to develop the whole person.”


St Edmund’s School follows the GCSE and A Level curriculum, with more than 20 subjects available to choose between at each stage. The educational ethos at St Edmund’s places the pupil at the centre, encouraging students to be ambitious whilst also hoping to instil a love of learning. Pupils at St Edmund’s benefit from small class sizes, creating the possibility for individual attention from teachers.

In 2021, 76% of A Level exam results were A* - B and 87% of GCSE results were A* - B. Approximately 30% of pupils who choose to apply to university go on to attend a Russell Group Higher Education institution. Some recent popular destinations included Bristol, Exeter and Newcastle.

Activities & sports

Sport is a core aspect of a St Edmund’s education. The school aims to involve all pupils in a varied range of sports and their core competitive sports are football, netball, hockey, cricket, athletics and tennis. Sporting facilities include an astroturf all-weather pitch, a swimming pool, an indoor sports hall and cricket, football and hockey pitches. St Edmund’s School also has an ‘Elite Athlete Programme’ for particularly talented sporting students. Pupils on this programme receive further training, and advice and support with fitness and nutrition.

St Edmund’s also has outstanding facilities for the performing arts – particularly for pupils interested in drama. The school’s drama teachers include former professional actors, a choreographer and a RADA drama coach. Furthermore, around 300 individual music and voice lessons take place each week.

The wide and varied co-curricular programme at St Edmund’s offers something for everybody – from horse riding to debating. If pupils have an interest that is not reflected in the co-curricular options, St Edmund’s has the flexibility to create new co-curricular clubs and activities.

International student community

International students constitute approximately 20% of the student population at St Edmund’s Canterbury. For international pupils who require English as an Additional Language (EAL) support, they participate in EAL classes for 5 lessons each week. Students can opt out of this if they are reasonably expected to achieve a B grade or above in GCSE English. If additional support is still required in the Sixth Form, prior to applying to British universities, one-to-one or small group EAL lessons are available.

Boarding life

Boarding life at St Edmund’s School is busy and fun, providing an environment for students to make strong, long-lasting friendships. Around one third of students board at St Edmund’s, and the school provides an excellent range of evening and weekend activities for boarders to get involved in. Saturday morning activities beyond school have included bowling, mountain biking and a trip to a dry ski slope. Activities are on offer all weekend – there is generally a ‘movie night’ every Saturday evening, and pupils can make use of school facilities or take trips to do outdoor activities such as archery, canoeing or going to the beach on Sundays.


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