St Edmund's School
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|Motto||"Fungar Vice Cotis"
(Be as a whetstone for others to be sharpened upon)
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Location||St Thomas' Hill
St Edmund's School Canterbury was first established in 1749, as the Clergy Orphan Society (later the Clergy Orphan Corporation) in Yorkshire. In 1812, the school moved to St John's Wood at the nursery end of Lord's Cricket Ground. An associated school for girls was located on the same site, but later moved to become St Margaret's School, Bushey in Hertfordshire.
In 1855, the school moved to Canterbury. The acquisition of property and financing to build the school was provided by Samuel Warneford. The main school building was designed by the architect Philip Charles Hardwick, while the chapel was completed in 1858.
In 1982, girls were admitted to the school.
In 1972, the previously independent Canterbury Cathedral Choir School, which educated the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral, joined the Junior School as the Choir House. Choir House remains at a detached location beside the cathedral, and a minibus service conveys the choirboys between the two sites.
Notable former pupils
Former pupils are granted membership to St Edmund's Society.
- Willoughby Allen, priest
- Jon Baddeley, auctioneer
- Orlando Bloom, actor
- Thomas Crick, Anglican priest
- Lawrence Durrell, novelist
- Benjamin Handley Geary, soldier
- Hope Gill, Anglican bishop
- Michael Goodliffe, actor
- Sanjeev Gupta, industrialist
- Bernard Howlett, soldier
- Geoffrey Iliff, Anglican bishop
- Robin Jackman, cricketer
- Freddy Kempf, pianist
- Greg Last, Musical Director and actor
- John Long, priest
- Arthur Lovekin, journalist and politician
- Nigel MacArthur, broadcaster
- Gordon Holmes MacMillan, soldier
- Chris Nickols, Royal Air Force officer
- Alan Payne, cricketer
- John Peacey, cricketer
- John Pinsent, classicist
- Roger Royle, priest and broadcaster
- Hedley Sparks, Anglican priest and academic
- Mark Strudwick, soldier
- Stuart Townend, athlete, soldier and schoolmaster
- Pak Hou Chau, entrepreneur
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