St Edmund's School, Hindhead

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St Edmund's School, Hindhead
St Eds Back.jpg
The terrace, with chapel in the background at St Edmund's School
Motto Latin: Per manedo vincimus
Established 1874
Type Independent prep and senior school
(boarding and day)[1]
Headmaster A. J. Walliker MA (Cantab.)[1]
Chairman of Governors Mrs J. Alliss[1]
Location Hindhead
GU26 6BH
DfE URN 125347 Tables
Staff 40 (approx.)
Students 401
Gender Mixed
Ages 2–16[1]

St Edmund's School is a coeducational nursery, pre-prep, preparatory and Senior school located in the village of Hindhead, around 10.5 miles south-west from the town of Guildford, in Surrey. It was founded in Hunstanton, Norfolk, England, in 1874.[2]


The school moved to Hindhead, Surrey, in 1900, into a large country house named Blen Cathra, previously a home of George Bernard Shaw,[3] with grounds of some 35 acres (14 ha).

The school's original buildings in Hunstanton was purchased in 1901 by Howard Cambridge Barber and became the home of Glebe House School.

As the school developed through the 20th Century it established itself as a traditional English Preparatory school, preparing its students for senior, public school education, regularly sending students to the likes of Eton College, Cranleigh, Charterhouse and Canford. In 1968 the school had 130 boarders, and 25 day boys "taken for the first two years".[2] In 1979 The St Edmund's School Charitable Trust was formed to help take the school forward, with Richard Saunders, an old boy, becoming its first Chairman of Governors.

For most of its existence St Edmund's was for boys only, however, with the first girls being admitted in 2008, the school is now co-educational.[1] In 2014 the ISI report listed it as having 249 pupils. 173 boys and 76 girls.[4]

The school's transition into a modern-day public school has seen it dropping traditional Saturday school for Optional Saturday Morning Activities. It operates a flexi-boarding system. A programme of refurbishments and building projects included a new teaching block (the W.H.Auden Centre), opened by Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE in October 2014.

Notable former pupils[edit]

And see Category:People educated at St Edmund's School, Hindhead


  • 1874 to 1899 Rev. J. Morgan-Brown MA (Oxf)
  • 1899 to 1929 Cyril Morgan Brown,[10]
  • 1929 to 1933 Ivor Sant [11]
  • 1933 to 1952 Ivo Bulley
  • 1952 to 1978 Peter Weeks MA (Cantab)
  • 1978 to 1991 Tony Pull (Oxf)
  • 1991 to 1995 Andrew Sangster
  • 1995 to 2000 Andrew Fowler-Watt
  • 2000 to present A. J. Walliker, MA (Cantab)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mott, Judy (1 September 2011). Independent Schools Yearbook 2011-2012: The 'Bible' for Information on Independent Schools. A&C Black. pp. 1068–. ISBN 978-1-4081-5206-5. 
  2. ^ a b 'St Edmund's School, Hindhead', in The Public and Preparatory Schools year book, vol. 78 (London: A. & C. Black, 1968), p. 812: "ST EDMUND'S SCHOOL, HINDHEAD Tel. : 408 Hindhead. Station, Haslemere, S.R. Head Master.— Peter C. Weeks, MA, Dip. Ed. (Caius College, Cambridge). Number of Boarders. — 130. 25 day boys are taken for the first two years. Fees £160 a term... founded in 1874...."
  3. ^ Hindhead at, accessed 20 April 2012
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b Harry Blamires, A Guide to twentieth century literature in English (1983), p. 130: "Isherwood, Christopher... Novelist, born in Cheshire, and educated at St Edmund's School, Hindhead, Surrey, where in his last year he made friends with W. H. Auden (qv), his junior by two-and-a-half years..."
  6. ^ Oglethorpe, Tim (21 April 2001). "Interview: Marcus Brigstocke - Savage past of Marcus; Marcus Brigstocke of The Savages on his misspent youth and how he got back on the straight and narrow". The Mirror (London, England). MGN Ltd. (archive)
  7. ^
  8. ^ Dod's parliamentary companion, vol. 157 (1989) p. 299
  9. ^ "Michael Ward". 18 October 2005. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  10. ^ Peter Parker, Isherwood (2005), p. 35: "An even bigger change took place in May the following year, when Christopher started as a boarder at St Edmund's in Hindhead, Surrey, a preparatory school run by Cyril Morgan Brown..."
  11. ^ "No. 33995". The London Gazette. 14 November 1933. p. 7404. 

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Coordinates: 51°6′31″N 0°44′47″W / 51.10861°N 0.74639°W / 51.10861; -0.74639