St Edmund's School Canterbury
Latin: "Fungar Vice Cotis"|
(Be as a whetstone for others to be sharpened upon)
Public school |
day and boarding school
|Religion||Church of England|
|Chairman of Governors||Air Marshal C.M. Nickols, CB, CBE, MA, FRAeS|
St Thomas' Hill|
|Colours||Red & Black|
|Former pupils||Old Edmundians|
St Edmund's School, Canterbury is an independent day and boarding school located in Canterbury, Kent, England and established in 1749. The extensive school grounds were acquired in 1855, including amongst other facilities numerous playing fields, tennis courts and a cricket pitch. The school currently caters for girls and boys aged 3-18, including the Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral.
The School is currently headed by Louise Moelwyn-Hughes and part of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Current Senior School (ages 13-18) boarding fees for the academic year 2017/18 are £33,303 per annum and £19,965 for day pupils. The school is among the most expensive (HMC) schools in the UK.
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 Philip Charles Hardwick architect of Charterhouse School and Adare Manor. The chapel wing of the school was completed in 1858 and remains in daily use.
The choristers of Canterbury Cathedral began their education at the school in 1972. Grant house was established from the former Big School, after 20 years the school reverted to the traditional 4 house system.
In 1982, girls were admitted to the school for the first time.
A teacher was awarded damages and compensation after wrongful and unfair dismissal by the school in 2010.
In 2016 the school was fined £18000 and ordered to pay costs of £9670, after a seven-year-old child nearly drowned at the Summerfest event held at the school. The school did not ensure the lifeguards held the relevant qualifications, it could not be sure the guards had any experience or competency.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the school’s patron.
The main building houses classrooms, boarding facilities, dining hall, library and administration offices. Further buildings provide teaching areas for Art, Design Technology and Science. The Francis Musgrave Performing Arts Center comprises a purpose-built music school with recording studio, practice rooms and recital hall. There is also a 450-seat theater for concerts and drama productions.
Sports facilities include sports hall, gym, all-weather astro pitch, golf course, playing fields, 8 tennis courts, shooting range and swimming pool. Additional boarding houses are set in the grounds of the school.
The Junior School and Pre-Prep School are located on the same site in their own buildings.
Located in grounds overlooking the city of Canterbury, the school has transport links to London and operates a minibus.
The Senior School is divided into four day houses:
|Baker||Baker. A Victorian benefactor of the school|
|Wagner||Wagner. A Victorian benefactor of the school|
|Warnford||Dr. Samuel Warneford. A Victorian benefactor of the school, who donated the site and the building of the current location in Canterbury.|
|Watson||Watson. A Victorian benefactor of the school|
In Junior School there are four houses:
The boarding houses:
|Owen (Senior School)||Owen. A benefactor of the school|
|School House (Junior School)||N/A|
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 provided transport conveys the choirboys between the two sites.
- The name of the first Headmaster, between the years 1751 and 1762, is unknown.
- The Revd Daniel Addison (1762 – 1783)
- The Revd Daniel Addison (1783 – 1804)
- The Revd Thomas Cripps (1804 – 1805)
- The Revd Evan Jones (1805 – 1813)
- The Revd William Farley (1813 – 1816)
- The Revd Thomas Wharton (1817 – 1837)
- The Revd George Bewsher (1837 – 1841)
- The Revd. Daniel Butler (1841 – 1867)
- The Revd Charles Matheson (1867 – 1891)
- The Revd Arthur W. Upcott (1891 – 1902)
- The Revd Edward J.W. Houghton (1902 – 1908)
- The Revd Walter F. Burnside (1908 – 1932)
- The Revd Henry Balmforth (1932 – 1941)
- The Revd Frederick F.S. Williams (1942 – 1945)
- William M. Thoseby (1945 – 1959)
- Walter Stephen Jones (1 term 1959)
- B. Michael S.Hoban (1960 – 1964)
- Francis R. Rawes (1964 – 1978)
- John V. Tyson (1978 – 1994)
- A. Nicholas Ridley (1994 – 2005)
- Jeremy M. Gladwin (2005 – 2011)
- Louise J. Moelwyn-Hughes (2011 – current)
The Good Schools Guide note that after the schools' rebranding it was no longer marketing itself as a music and drama school, nor did it continue to describe itself as "non-selective".
The Independent Schools Inspectorate reported in 2015 that the school met all the requirements of the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations.
Notable former pupils
Former pupils are granted membership to St Edmund's Society.
- Willoughby Allen, priest
- Jon Baddeley, auctioneer
- Orlando Bloom, actor
- Dan Caplen, musician
- Thomas Crick, Anglican priest
- Lawrence Durrell, novelist
- Benjamin Handley Geary, soldier
- Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England
- Hope Gill, Anglican bishop
- Michael Goodliffe, actor
- Sanjeev Gupta, industrialist
- Bernard Howlett, soldier
- Geoffrey Iliff, Anglican bishop
- Robin Jackman, cricketer
- Freddy Kempf, pianist
- Tom London, magician and hacker
- John Long, priest
- Arthur Lovekin, journalist and politician
- Nigel MacArthur, broadcaster
- Sir Gordon MacMillan, British Army general
- 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
- Max Spiers, conspiracy theorist
- Mark Strudwick, soldier
- Stuart Townend, athlete, soldier and schoolmaster
- "History – St Edmund's School Canterbury". www.stedmunds.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
- Foundation on a Hill by Jock Asbury-Bailey.
- "Good Schools Guide".
- "2015 ISI Inspection report".
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