Hereford Cathedral School

We provide boys and girls aged 3 to 18 with an excellent standard of teaching and individual care, offering them a broad range of opportunities to develop every aspect of their potential.

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    Hereford Cathedral School

    Hereford Cathedral School is one of the oldest schools in the country. A happy, inclusive school with a national reputation for music, sport, and academic achievement, pupils enjoy a personalised education which helps them set their sights high and feel valued for who they are. Aside from stretching and challenging all pupils, both in and out of the classroom, the school’s prime aim is to develop character; helping pupils to become fulfilled and valued citizens, who will make a positive impact on those around them.

    Category: Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 281 Boys / / 234 Girls

    Age Range: 11-18 Years

    Founded: 1384

    Location Description

    At the heart of the historic city of Hereford and surrounded by the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Dr Michael Gray

    Contact for enquiries:Mrs Louise Bytheway, Admissions Officer or Mrs Rachel Borland Admissions Assistant.

    Old Deanery, The Cathedral Close, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 2NG

    Tel: General Enquiries: 01432 363522 Admissions: 01432 363506



    Located in the beautiful surroundings of a Cathedral Close, Hereford Cathedral School boasts facilities that support a wide-ranging curriculum and a variety of outstanding extra curricular opportunities.

    Hereford Cathedral School’s music programme is recognised as one of the country’s finest. With many gifted musicians and specialised, dynamic teaching, the school choirs have gone on to win a variety of national and international competitions. Music plays an important role in school life and pupils are encouraged to join orchestras, chamber groups and bands, as well as choirs including the award-winning Cantabile Girls’ Choir. Individual lessons are offered in all orchestral instruments.

    In addition to well-resourced science laboratories, the School has its own theatre and a superb Art and Technology Centre. The dedicated and well-equipped Learning Support Centre gives pupils throughout school the support they require to gain confidence in their abilities and develop strategies to enable them to become independent learners.

    Sports provision includes a games hall, an all-weather pitch, gymnasium and squash courts on site, as well as excellent facilities for outdoor games, including extensive playing fields at Wyeside. The School is also fortunate to have the use of the city swimming pool, the leisure centre and the rowing club.

    Pupils are strongly encouraged to get involved with a rich programme of activities, including sport, drama, music, Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, as well as a whole host of clubs, from Young Enterprise and chess to dissection and debating.


    Pupils boarding at Hereford Cathedral School enjoy being part of a boarding house with a warm, family atmosphere where we ensure they feel safe and well looked after throughout their time with us. Wilmot House is situated near to Hereford city in a beautiful Georgian building, built around 1720. The newly refurbished property offers pupils the perfect combination of a historic English setting with modern amenities. The house is superbly equipped with a large common room, dining room, kitchen areas for making snacks and WiFi access throughout. The extensive grounds are ideal for group activities and for pupils to relax and explore. Our exceptional pastoral care ensures a home-from-home experience for our students. Boarding house pupils are cared for by our experienced and dedicated House Parents and a House Tutor. We also have a school matron on site.

    Wilmot House is open to both national and international students. For more information please contact our Head of International Students, Mr Stuart Higgins, on 01432 363522 or email

    Sixth Form Centre

    Our 22 A Level subjects are largely in the traditional fields sought by the countries leading universities and our students are encouraged to choose any combination of subjects.The majority of our students select four subjects at AS Level in Year 12 and continue with three of these in Year 13. Our results are excellent and consistently the best in Herefordshire. We aim to motivate and inspire our students on an individual basis, going beyond the standard A Level syllabus, and we are fortunate to also have small class sizes, as well as small tutor group Our Sixth Form Centre now offers BTEC Sport, balancing both theoretical and practical study. Students can either choose from a National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A-Level) or a National Diploma (equivalent to two A-Levels).


    Academic, Music, Sport, Art, Drama and All-rounder scholarships are offered.

    A limited number of transformational bursaries and fee assisted places are available.

    To enquire further please contact our Admissions department on 01432 363511.

    Entrance Requirements

    11+ and 13+: School’s own examination. 16+: at least six subjects at GCSE, grade 6 or above, with a grade 5 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Minimum grade 6 in GCSE is required in the subjects chosen for A-Level.



    Years 7 to 9: £5,357 – £5,596 per term.

    Years 10 – 13: £5,623 per term.

    Domestic boarding fees (including tuition fees) Years 9-13: £13,040 per term.

    Please contact Mr Stuart Higgins for details of International Boarding fees.

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Senior School Open Morning: Saturday 12 Oct 2024 - Time: 9:30 am

    Open Morning: Please BOOK your place

    We would be pleased to welcome you and your family for a personal tour of the school.

    To request a visit please click HERE

    For details, please contact Mrs Lucy Debenham, Registrar, on 01432 363511 or email 


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