History

original houseThe Christian Brothers' commenced St Edmund's School for blind boys in February 1951 on the invitation of the then Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Gilroy and the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

A two-storey home, set on spacious grounds in the beautiful garden suburb of Wahroonga, was purchased for 11,750 pounds. The top floor of the house became dormitory accommodation for students, rooms for the Brothers and a chapel. The lower floor was used as classrooms, dining and recreation rooms, a kitchen and a lounge. There was a double door garage and an out-house with laundry, storage, coal and tool rooms. The school began with an enrolment of nine students. In the early years, boys attended St. Edmund's from Brisbane and Melbourne, as well as from Sydney and New South Wales country areas.

Over the years the school's enrolment has changed, broadening to include students who have sensory impairments other than vision, as well as students with other special needs including intellectual disability and autism. The school's mission is still centred on the education of students with vision impairment. The basic philosophy is focused on meeting the individual needs of each student, helping them to develop skills that enable them to take their rightful place in society.

In 2015 St Edmund's changed its name from St Edmund's School to St Edmund's College and now has an enrolment of over 130 students. 

1950's Braille map