St Edmund’s is a Catholic school in Hertfordshire steeped in history having been founded in 1568 by Cardinal William Allen and as such is the oldest Catholic School in England. The school has a strong Catholic ethos based on four key principles; Christ-Centred Education, Scholarship of St Edmund, Education for the whole person and home and the wider community.
These are the foundation of the education that we provide all of our students from 3 – 18.
The school has four main entry points. Students may join us when they turn 3 in our Nursery and throughout all years in our Prep school where we have space. Entry to the College is at 11 in our Elements year group, at 13 in Grammar (Year 9) and at 16 to join Rhetoric (Sixth Form) and again we accept applications at all other years if places are available.
Preference is given to students admitted to the Prep before the start of Year 5 and they are not automatically required to sit the College entrance examination unless they are applying for an Academic or All Rounder scholarship or there is a concern that the pupil is unlikely to benefit from the education provided by the College.
We welcome students from all faiths who appreciate what a Catholic education offers.
St Edmund’s is set in an impressive 400-acre site in East Hertfordshire with excellent transport links to London and the surrounding counties. Only 15 minutes’ drive from junction 25 of the M25 and immediately off the A10 road it, therefore, has impressive links directly to London. The school is also only 20 minutes from London Stansted airport.
St Edmund’s is a community that values both academic excellence and the achievement of one’s personal best, right through from our Prep school to Sixth Form and beyond. We are proud of our academic achievements at GCSE and A Level.