Welcome to new staff

Welcome to St Edmund’s College and Prep. We look forward to seeing you soon, however, until then, we have created this page for you to get to know the College and Prep before you arrive.

You will find:

  • An interactive map of the College
  • A brief history of St Edmund’s College
  • St Edmund’s Mission Aims and Ethos
  • A ‘Who’s Who’ of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
  • 2020-2021 Tutors
  • An overview of the House System
  • Key terminology
  • An example timetable
  • Links to additional information on our website
  • Subject overviews from teachers and students (listed alphabetically)
  • Parent testimonials
The Prep School

The Prep School

St Edmund’s Prep, founded in 1874, is a co-educational, independent Catholic Nursery, Pre Prep and Prep school. Guided by the principles of our Catholic faith, but welcoming families of all faiths and none, the Prep strives for excellence and creativity in forward-thinking education. The Prep is committed to the preparation of its students by instilling in them a sense of responsibility and attempting to ensure that they leave St Edmund’s Prep with a solid foundation on which to build their future in the College and beyond.

Please find a Virtual Tour of the Prep below, and do not hesitate to contact Tracey Dickinson at the Prep’s Admissions Office by email tdickinson@stedmundscollege.org.

Bus Park

Bus Park

Each day our minibuses and our bus service provider collects students from 19 different points throughout Hertfordshire, Essex and North London.

Butler Hall

Butler Hall

The sports hall is used each day for and includes a full-size netball court and also has cricket nets. The sports hall is used for all fitness activities as well as badminton, short tennis, basketball, gymnastics and netball. The sports hall also includes a Cardio Fitness Suite and a Weights Room.

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop is exclusively open for our Rhetoricians (Sixth Formers) at break and lunch times. It is an area where our students can relax and socialise between lessons and study sessions.

Infirmary

Infirmary

All students have access to our own health centre, The Infirmary, which is situated within the College campus. It is a fully-equipped medical surgery, staffed 24-hours a day by qualified nurses. Facilities include a sitting room for unwell Day students, where they can be made comfortable and looked after until they are feeling better, or collected to be taken home. There are also small bedrooms where very unwell Day or Boarding students can be cared for. The College also has its own ambulance on site, should it be required.

Sports Field

Sports Field

We have excellent sports facilities at school which include extensive playing fields for team sports and athletics, a full sized all-weather pitch, a recently refurbished swimming pool, and outdoor netball and tennis courts used interchangeably throughout the winter and summer months.

Boarding

Boarding

Girls’ and Boys’ boarding is an important part of life at St Edmund’s we hope this video gives you an insight into the benefits.

The Refectory

The Refectory

Day and boarding students all join together for meals every day in the refectory.  For more information click here https://www.stedmundscollege.org/information/meals-and-catering/

The Music School

The Music School

The thriving music school is a busy area of the school with academic lessons taking place every day but also many peripatetic lessons in a wide choice of instruments.  The music school includes a main recital room, a sound recording suite and many practice rooms.  Choirs, orchestras, rock band and a variety of practice rooms meet here every day.

Douay Hall

Douay Hall

The Douay Hall is the main hall used for assemblies, guest speakers, performances and examinations.

Science Centre

Science Centre

The Science Centre encompasses the three separate disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It is housed in a block of nine laboratories which have recently undergone major refurbishment, and include dedicated preparation and support facilities, alongside additional sixth form conference rooms.

CCF Huts

CCF Huts

The CCF is an extremely popular weekly activity, providing a superb opportunity for boys and girls to participate in interesting and challenging activities in a disciplined environment. Cadets share in the spirit of adventure, gaining invaluable leadership and team building skills. After a basic training course, students have a range of opportunities, including flying lessons with the RAF, adventure training and field manoeuvres.

Library

Library

The library houses a variety of books and resources for all age groups in the College which is managed by our librarian who supports the students daily and also runs book clubs and visiting author events.

Main Entrance

Main Entrance

When able, this is where you will arrive at the College.  Parking is available directly at the front of the College.

Classrooms

Classrooms

Throughout the College, students are taught in small classes (maximum 22)  in which they stand the best chance of successful learning.

All classrooms contain an interactive whiteboard with a projector and audio setup to allow our teaching staff to provide media rich and interactive lessons. The curriculum on offer at the College is delivered through our various academic departments. The departments are specially designed with the latest equipment to support the learning for their unique subject.

To aid in independent learning the College has a range of online resources including College email, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and subscriptions to award winning educational websites such as Clickview, Mathletics and GCSEPod.  Access to these sites is available both inside and outside the College.

House Areas

House Areas

There are five house at the College and all students are allocated to one where they will have their own dedicated, fit for purpose locker.  The Housemistress or Housemaster looks after students both pastorally and tracking their progress at the College.

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

Indoor, heated swimming 25 metre swimming pool used daily for curriculum sport and also our boarding community for recreational activities.

Cricket Pavillion

Cricket Pavillion

The Cricket Pavilion is allocated for Cricket training and fixtures in the summer term. When not in use for training, students can often be found relaxing in this green space at break times.

The Chapel

The Chapel

Our Pugin Chapel is very much the heart of St Edmund’s.  Masses, House Prayers, morning and evening prayer takes place here with students visiting at least twice a week. The history of the Chapel can be read here https://www.stedmundscollege.org/about/history-of-st-edmunds/history-of-the-pugin-chapel/

The history of the College

Founded in 1568, St Edmund’s College is the oldest Catholic school in England, offering an all-round co-education for students from 3 to 18. Our community 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 ALevel. Originally located in Douai, France as a seminary to train priests, the College also became a Catholic school for boys. During the French Revolution, it transferred to England and found its present home on the beautiful site of Old Hall Green in 1793. In 1874 the junior boys were separated from the rest of the College into St Hugh’s Preparatory School, which became St Edmund’s Prep in 2010, and in 1974 girls from the adjacent Poles Convent were admitted to Rhetoric as the first stage towards co-education, which was accomplished by the closure of Poles in 1986.

St Edmund's Mission Aims and Ethos

Rooted in Christ and Catholic tradition and under the guidance of our patron, St Edmund, we aim to realise the God-given potential, in body, mind and spirit, of all members of our community through service and leadership.

Avita Pro Fide! For the Faith of our Fathers!

At St Edmund’s we strive to:

  • Provide a rounded education for the whole person – intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual.
  • Reflect the scholarship of St Edmund by offering a balanced and challenging curriculum for each individual.
  • Show concern for all within the College community, demonstrate our collective commitment to be truly Christ-centred in all we do and ensure that the students’ experience of relationships within the College reflects the Gospel maxim, “Love thy neighbour as thy self”.
  • Build on our enriching Catholic heritage, making prayer, worship and liturgy a central part of our lives and our community.
  • Create meaningful interaction between the College, home and the wider community and prepare our students to make their way in the world while making a difference to the world.

Who's Who - Senior Leadership Team

For a full list of staff and contact details, visit this page.

Tutors 2020-21

House Elements (Year 7) HoY M-C Simon DHoY J Adams Rudiments (Year 8) HoY M-C Simon DHoY J Adams Grammar (Year 9) Syntax (Year 10) Poetry (Year 11) Rhetoric I (Year 12) HoY B Powell Rhetoric II (Year 13) HoY J Marrinan
Challoner S Rinaldi M Arif L Brown/ S Wylie F Donovan/ N Schiff H Parks A Moloney P Ager/ M McCann
Douglass L Hill S Colligan/ M Sargent F Mandizha E Franco/ D Harvey-Keenan M Fulford-Brown/ T York S Applegate/ J Daly R Chapman
Pole J Hounsell O Plummer/ C McEwan E Roome K Fry/ G Sargent P O'Neil/ D Stringer C Regan/ L Banahan L Sargent/ Z Hibbert
Poynter N Wells B Kovacevic/ C Field E Barnard N Pitman/ S Muller S Collins D Webster S Sanders
Talbot K Jones M Towns/ V Jauncey J Armitage/ I Soler Garcia H Fraser/ W Rerutko J Gardner/ M Smerdon J Heslin/ J Eves S Appleford/ C Berkley

Staff attached to Houses/ Rhetoric

Challoner: J Hayes and J Stypinski

Douglass: J Woodhall and Z Walker

Pole: S Nicholson and N Eliasson

Poynter: A Robinson and P Kelly

Talbot: A-M Healy, C Benham, N Harding and B Snell

Rhetoric: A Smerdon

The House System

Students are divided into five Houses:

  • Challoner  (Head of House: Mr Cunnah)
  • Douglass  (Head of House: Mr Woodward)
  • Pole  (Head of House: Miss Hebdon)
  • Poynter  (Head of House: Mr Brett)
  • Talbot  (Head of House: Mr Upton)

To find out more about each house, click the links above.

Below is a video that we created during lockdown for our new Elements (Year 7) students which shows the five House areas:

Key terminology for the year groups

  • Elements = Year 7
  • Rudiments = Year 8
  • Grammar = Year 9
  • Syntax = Year 10
  • Poetry = Year 11
  • Rhetoric I = Year 12 (Sixth Form)
  • Rhetoric II = Year 13 (Sixth Form)

The lower years (Elements – Grammar) are referred to as Bounds.

The upper years (Syntax – Rhetoric II) are referred to as First Division.

An example timetable - a typical teaching day at the College (subject to change with activities)

8.40am-9.00am Registration
9.00am - 9.50am Period One
9.50am - 10.40am Period Two
10.40am - 11.00am Break
11.00am - 11.50am Period Three
11.50am - 12.40pm (12.30pm for Year 7) Period Four
12.40pm (12.30pm for Year 7) - 1.35pm Lunch
1.35pm - 1.45pm Registration
1.45pm - 2.35pm Period Five
2.35pm - 3:25pm Period Six
3.30pm - 4.30pm Activity

Additional information

Subject overviews from teachers and students

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