Meet the Headmaster

Welcome to a very special place. No website can convey the richness of the education we offer, nor the atmosphere which makes St Edmund’s exceptional, but I can at least sow a seed in the hope that you will want to visit in person.

Our mission, stretching back to 1568, has always been to send young people into the world who will, whether by mighty deeds or by quiet leadership, be a force for good. There could be no greater epitaph for an Edmundian but that throughout their life they made the world around them a little better, and the people around them a little happier.

We want our pupils to be excellent but never arrogant; to be ambitious but never selfish; to be robust but never uncaring; to show conviction but never intolerance. All this in a school which genuinely believes in the education of the whole person, mind, body and spirit; a school whose remarkable history and Catholic heritage almost seep from the walls, but where tradition is never allowed to become oppressive.

I am immensely proud of St Edmund’s and look forward to meeting you. You can be assured of a very warm welcome from all at the College and Prep.

Mr Matthew Mostyn

Mr Mostyn’s Biography

Educated at Downside School and the University of Exeter, Matthew is a Modern Linguist, and began his teaching career at Cheltenham College, where he taught French and German, coached sport, ran the theatre, helped with boarding and managed the College polo team. From there he moved to Shrewsbury School, where he completed fourteen years, of which ten were spent as housemaster of a 13 – 18 boys’ boarding house.  From January 2013 he was Second Master at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, with overarching responsibility for the day to day running of the school, and in September 2019 he was appointed Headmaster of St Edmund’s College and Prep.  Matthew is an ISI Team Inspector (Educational Quality Inspections) and was for many years a prep school governor.  He is a literary translator, an amateur organist and pianist, has directed a large number of plays and was for many years an officer in the CCF.  He is a Level 4 rowing coach and has also coached rugby for much of his career.  He also enjoys skiing, country sports, dog walking and the Times crossword.