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Christ Church Cathedral School

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Christ Church Cathedral School

Address: 3 Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QW


Founded: 1546

Number of Pupils: 154

Ages: 2-13

Fees: From £1,441 a term for nursery; from £3,143 for pre-prep; £5,710 a term for prep; £3,600 for cathedral choristers.

Head Teacher: Richard Murray

Religious Affiliation: Church of England

Entrance Procedure: Non-selective in nursery and pre-prep, subject to a satisfactory taster session; selective in prep

Contact: Mrs Laura Kemp, Registrar; [email protected]

School Visits:Forthcoming Open Mornings: 10 March and 10 October.

The Curriculum

We aim to instil a love of learning in all our pupils. Our curriculum prepares boys for Common Entrance and scholarships to senior schools. French is taught from nursery; from form five English and maths are taught in sets of ten boys. Reading is central to the life of the school.

Games & the Arts

Our playing fields are among the most beautiful in the world. All boys participate in rugby, football, cricket, and athletics. Real tennis, squash and swimming are also on offer. Being a small school, all boys have the opportunity to play in matches. Music permeates the school, which provides choristers for three choirs in Oxford: the Cathedral, Worcester College and Pembroke College. We have a large number of instrumentalists who achieve high grades. School productions are written by our head of classics.

Pastoral Care:

‘Pupils’ strong personal development is successfully supported by the school’s values and practices. Its caring ethos is promoted consistently throughout all aspects of school life and it stems from the calm and considered leadership provided.’ (ISI Report 2017). Every pupil and member of staff plays a vital part in the creation of a culture of kindness.

Recent Scholarships

Eton College, Harrow, Winchester College, Radley College, Magdalen College School, Abingdon School, St Edward’s School

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

We have high expectations of our pupils; to take any other approach is an insult to those in our care. Our teachers are exceptional and it is their inspiration which sows the seeds of a love of learning. Manners are seen as the outward sign of a civilised life, of kindness, thoughtfulness and proper self-confidence.

Outstanding Characteristics

We are an intimate school set in an incomparably beautiful city with stunning playing fields and Woodland School. Three outstanding choirs, one of which is world famous, are at the heart of our community. Our children are intellectually vibrant, charming and self-motivated. Our school dogs, Gordon, Thistle and Tikka, help the children feel at home.

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