The School was founded in 1749 as a charity to educate orphaned children of the clergy. This pastoral ethos and strong connection with the Church of England have been the defining features of the school’s development. Since 1971, St Edmund’s has been the choir school for Canterbury Cathedral. As such, we maintain extremely close and valued links with the Cathedral. The School occupies a generous, broad and central position within the Anglican tradition. Chapel worship is at the heart of the School’s spiritual life but we also recognise and celebrate the diversity of the St Edmund’s community. Our chaplaincy therefore seeks to be respectful of all, accessible to all and an energetic force for fostering positivity and mutual understanding within St Edmund’s. In short, we are looking to build a Ministry of Presence, with our Chaplain both defining and embodying the good conscience of the School.

The Role


St Edmund’s is a vibrant and dynamic school with a wonderful, supportive ethos. The Chaplain will be a vital figure in the community – known by all and central to shaping our identity.
The Chaplaincy has three main areas of responsibility. They will be a key pastoral leader, act as the priest in the community with specific liturgical duties and oversee the spiritual life and direction of the School, with an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively within the Canterbury Deanery. For more information please see the Candidate Pack attached.



Deadline for applications is 12.00pm Monday 29th March 2021, which should include a covering letter and application form and emailed to To arrange an informal chat and tour of the School please contact

St Edmund’s School Canterbury is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and is an equal opportunities employer. The successful applicant will undergo child protection screening.