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 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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