St Edmund's School

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St Edmund's School, Canterbury
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St Edmund's School Canterbury, main entrance.jpg
Motto "Fungar Vice Cotis"
(Be as a whetstone for others to be sharpened upon)
Established 1749
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Louise Moelwyn-Hughes
Location St Thomas' Hill
Coordinates: 51°17′30″N 1°03′35″E / 51.2917°N 1.0597°E / 51.2917; 1.0597
Local authority Kent
DfE number 886/6050
DfE URN 118998
Students 560
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–18

St Edmund's School, Canterbury is an independent day and boarding school located in Canterbury, Kent, England. The school is located at the top of St Thomas' Hill, Canterbury.


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 1982, girls were admitted to the school.[citation needed]

Cathedral choir[edit]

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[edit]

Former pupils are granted membership to St Edmund's Society.


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