St Edmund’s College, Ware

About St Edmund’s College, Ware

St Edmund’s College

St Edmund’s College is a Catholic school in Hertfordshire steeped in history, having been founded in 1568 by Cardinal William Allen and as such is the oldest Catholic School in England. The school has a strong Catholic ethos based on four key principles; Christ-Centred Education, Scholarship of St Edmund, Education for the Whole Person and Home and the Wider Community.

These are the foundation of the education that St Edmund’s College provides all students from 3 – 18.

The school has four main entry points. Students may join us when they turn 3 in our Nursery and throughout all years in our Prep school where we have space. Entry to the College is at 11 in our Elements year group, at 13 in Grammar (Year 9) and at 16 to join Rhetoric (Sixth Form) and, again, we accept applications at all other years if places are available.

Preference is given to students admitted to the Prep before the start of Year 5 and they are not automatically required to sit the College entrance examination unless they are applying for an Academic or All Rounder scholarship or there is a concern that the pupil is unlikely to benefit from the education provided by the College.

St Edmund’s College is set in an impressive 400-acre site in East Hertfordshire with excellent transport links to London and the surrounding counties. Only 15 minutes’ drive from junction 25 of the M25 and immediately off the A10 road it, therefore, has impressive links directly to London. The school is also only 20 minutes from London Stansted airport.

St Edmund’s is a community that values both academic excellence and the achievement of one’s personal best, right through from Prep school to Sixth Form and beyond.


Type of School Co-educational
School Address Farm Ln, Old Hall Green, Ware SG11 1DS
Number of Pupils 1056
Pupils Prep 189
Number of Boarders 140
International Boarders 80
Age Range 3 to 18 years
Religious Tradition Roman Catholic, but we welcome students from all faiths who appreciate what a Catholic education offers.
Distance from Airports

London Stansted – 20 minutes by car


Distance from London

41 miles (1 hour 40 minutes)

School Links

St Edmunds Pre-prep and Preparatory School

Educational Programmes

GCSE, A Level

Co-Curricular Programmes

St Edmund’s run a successful activities programme where students are able to participate in over 60 varied activities. Students are also encouraged to become leaders and officers in the Combined Cadet Force working with younger pupils.

The Duke of Edinburgh award is very popular and, importantly, very successful at St Edmund’s.

Performing arts and the Music School is a vibrant and lively area of the College. Music is part of the curriculum as St Edmund’s College but it is through our extra-curricular activities programme that the Music Department comes alive. As well as Schola and Chamber Choir we have eight ensembles including Orchestra, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Junior Strings, Flute, Saxophones and Guitars. There is a full range of instrumental lessons given by our dedicated peripatetic team of 21 teachers including voice, strings, brass, woodwind (including Saxophone), percussion, guitar, piano, harpsichord and organ. Currently, we teach more than 200 music lessons and 40 LAMDA or LAMDA Musical Theatre tutorials each week.