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St Edmund`s Catholic School
Old Charlton Road, CT16 2QB, UK Dover
+44 (0)1304 201551

Welcome to St Edmund`s, a Catholic School for students aged eleven to nineteen. school.jpg

Ours is a learning community where we strive to live out the motto of our patron 'To Love and Serve the Lord' in our classrooms, in our school as a whole and in the wider parish communities to which we belong. Our aim is to support the development of young people who respect themselves and others; to encourage them in their journey in faith, and to challenge and excite them through the opportunities for learning which the school provides.

St Edmund's has built up a reputation for academic excellence, for the quality of its music and drama, for its links with students and schools in other European countries, for its support of a number of charities and for the range of its sporting achievements. As we move forward in the third millenium and the third decade of the schools history, we aim to strengthen and develop that reputation for excellence in Catholic Education.

You are most welcome to come and see for yourself the ways in which the school is developing. Every October we hold an Open Evening for the main school and, in December, one for the Sixth Form. If you would like to visit the school at another time, simply email or telephone or write. Our pupils, students and staff will make you very welcome.

About The School


stedmundcampion.gifEdmund Campion, the patron saint of our school, was a man who decided that his membership of the Catholic Church was more important than his own life. He was executed at a time in history when Catholic priests were thought of as being enemy agents of a foreign goverment by the English Queen, Elizabeth I and her goverment ministers. Let's now go back to the start of his life story to see what events led up to his martyr's death.

Although as a baby he had been baptised a Catholic, when at Oxford he was encouraged to be a minister in the Protestant Church of England but almost immediately he began to think he had done wrong.

In 1569 he left England for Dublin in Ireland where he spent two years. For part of the time, he tried to make up his mind whether he should be Catholic or Protestant. Having finally decided that his future lay in being a Catholic, he returned to England in disguise because in the eyes of the goverment his loyalty was now suspect and, before long, crossed the Channel to France where he officially rejoined the Catholic Church and studied to be a priest. On becoming a deacon in 1573, he travelled to Rome to join the Jesuit Order who sent him to Prague where he was finally ordained a priest in 1578.

Next year, the Jesuits decided to send a mission to Protestant England in order to help those people there trying to preserve the Catholic faith. Edmund was chosen along with a priest called Robert Parsons to start this mission. He arrived back in England in 1580 travelling the country in disguise and saying Mass in the homes of Catholics. He attracted the hostility of the goverment by publishing a booklet which challenged Protestants to debate religion with him. The authorities were determined to silence him.

Shortly afterwards, in July 1581, Edmund said Mass at Lyford in Berkshire. Someone told the authorities about this and he was captured. For weeks, pressure was put on him to give up his Catholic faith. High ranking goverment figures tried friendly persuasion, Protestant ministers insulted his beliefs and, worst of all, he was tortured on the rack. None of this worked.

Finally, he was tried in court on a charge of High Treason. It was said that he was leading a plot to overthrow the Queen. Despite there being no true evidence against him he, along with a number of other Catholics, was found guilty and sentenced to death.

On 1st December 1581 he was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn in London. Before he died, Edmund prayed for Queen Elizabeth that she might have a long reign. He wanted to prove to everyone that it was possible to be both loyal to the Queen and the Catholic Church - something we take for granted in today's world.


To carry out our work within the school and the wider community on the basis of relationships founded on Christ’s teachings

To develop the abilities of each student to their greatest extent

To maintain a moral and caring atmosphere within the school that reflects the teachings of the Gospels

To build a strong and productive partnership with our parents, primary schools and parishes

To make sure that each member of the school community feels valued and experiences equality of treatment and opportunity

To prepare students for the wider world and to encourage in them respect for other traditions and faiths


In Years 7 to 9 all pupils follow a broad and balanced range of subjects, including a second moden language where appropiate, in line with the National Curriculum and the National Strategy.  In Years 10 and 11 they follow common core subjects and choose other courses, in accordance with the developing Diploma, to suit their preferences and aptitudes.  Two moden languages are available - and encouraged - for those who are interested; there are a number of vocational GCSEs as well as more traditional, academic ones; there are also links with local colleges and support, students choose their sixth form courses.

Religious Education is studied by everyone up to and including the Sixth Form and plays an important role in the spiritual development of pupils and students.

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