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Elite Epee competition

Congratulations to Upper Fifth pupil, Chavdar Panayotov, who was one of 28 select competitors to be invited to fence in the Elite Epee Series competition which took place at Moulton College, Northants at the weekend.  Chavdar won the first three rounds only to be beaten by the UK’s number 1. His 6th place overall in the competition has pushed up his ranking to 4th in the UK Series.

21 February 2017

Biology Olympiad

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Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupils Olivia Dodgson, Katie Gordon and James Lambton who have been awarded bronze medals in the British Biology Olympiad.  Of the 7,500 entrants to the competition, these three find themselves in the top 31%.  A terrific achievement for some of our biologists and medics of the future.

30 January 2017

Exceptional international success for Timon

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Middle Fifth pupil, Timon Staehler, has achieved one of the most exceptional music awards that any pupil in this school has ever managed.  He won a first prize with distinction, gaining the highest number of marks available, at the first round of the prestigious German music competition ‘Jugend Musiziert’ in the category piano solo 14-16 years where he impressed the German jury with his recital of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Gershwin.  Having gained full marks, Timon has qualified for the Northern and Eastern European round which will be held in Brussels in March.  This competition is Germany’s most prestigious for young musicians and, nationwide, more than 20,000 young people take part every year.  Congratulations to Timon and we wish him well for the rounds to come.

27 January 2017

Wonderful results for Fifth Form musicians


Congratulations to our musicians who have achieved wonderful results in their Trinity College and Associated Board music examinations this term.  All pupils have done themselves and their school proud with particular highlights as follows: Nic Yanni (Grade 7 Singing with Merit), Alex Thorne (Grade 7 Cello with Merit), Alasdair Habuki-Bedford (Grade 7 Violin with Distinction), Fergus Jiminez-England (Grade 7 Flute with Distinction) and Isabelle Matharu  (Grade 8 Singing with Distinction).    The fact that these highlighted pupils are all still in the Middle and Upper Fifth shows the depth of strength in St Edmund’s music.

23 January 2017

A Memorial for Roger Ellis

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The Chapel was packed to the rafters this afternoon with the family and friends of former Chaplain of St Edmund’s, Roger Ellis, to remember his unstinting contribution to this school community and to thank an incredible, colourful, talented man.  It was wonderful to hear tributes read by former pupils, former colleagues, former Headmaster John Tyson and by Roger’s own son, Jonathan.  Roger was a much loved Chaplain and friend to many.  He is sorely missed, but leaves a legacy of kindness, vivacity and generosity of spirit which will be long remembered.

20 January 2017

A Confirmation Service

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Congratulations to Charlie Gibbons and Joe Gordon who were confirmed by the Bishop of Dover and the Chaplain in the school Chapel in what was a really special, family service.  Charlie and Joe’s family, friends and the Chapel Choir were there to share this memorable occasion with them.  We wish them well for the future and feel sure that they will look back on their participation in a Cathedral service, their candlelit tour of the Cathedral by night and the confirmation service itself with great affection.

17 January 2017

Welcoming in the New Year


The Senior School congregated in the Chapel this morning to celebrate the start of the St Edmund’s new term.  The Chaplain entertained us all with a foray into the various New Testament narratives of the Nativity complete with an artistic slideshow which took us through idealised scenes from Rembrandt to Breugel.  He then proceeded to sprinkle (vigorously) the duly assembled pupils and staff with water to welcome in the New Year.  I much appreciated him bowing reverentially before me before he let rip with a particularly energetic sprinkling aimed in my direction.  A great start to the term and good to see so many of our pupils back healthy and smiling after a well deserved Christmas break.

4 January 2017

Top Class Athlete – Alex Millard

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Top class athlete and Middle Fifth pupil, Alex Millard, competed this weekend in British Athletics’s UK Cross Challenge series in Liverpool. This event brought together the best runners in the UK at all ages and in fact was a trial for the European Championships for for senior athletes. Alex came 18th out of 130 competitors in the U15 girls’ race – this was an absolutely outstanding placing and bodes well for the future of her running. Alex is currently ranked 13th in the UK for middle distance running in her age group in both track and cross country.  We wish her well as she heads to Northern Ireland to race in January.

30 November 2016


Music success


The highly competitive Maidstone Music Festival saw some terrific results for St Edmund’s pupils this year.  Form 8 pupil, Maya Moh, undeterred by an injury which kept her away from violin practice for 6 weeks, was awarded first place with honours in the Concerto Class, playing the 1st movement of the Haydn Concerto in G.  Middle Fifth pupil, Timon Staehler, won all four of the piano classes which he entered, following his outstanding performances the week before at the Kent Piano Festival where he was  awarded the title ‘Kent Festival Young Pianist of the Year’, the Hudson-Peacock Bowl plus three other cups and a substantial bursary.  With Middle Fifth pupil, Will Inscoe, being awarded second place overall in the Kent Piano Festival, it is clear that St Edmund’s music is in safe hands.

28 November 2016

Sixth Form Open Evening


Thank you to the many families who joined us for our Sixth Form Open Evening last night.  The terrific mix of internal and external interest in day and boarding made for a busy and exciting evening for us all.  The new A level curriculum and our innovative approach to it was explained, the strength of our pastoral care was explored, our musicians gave a flavour of the excellent extra-curricular provision on offer and academic departments were available for discussion.  Our pupil guides, as ever, did us proud to the extent that we are confident that numbers will again be record breaking in September 2017.

23 November 2016