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Salisbury Cathedral School, Wiltshire

School Details
School Crest
1 The Close,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 1722 439260
Fax: +44 1722 410910

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Head Master:
Clive Marriott, MA BEd (Hons)

Head Master's Secretary:
Mrs Philippa Ennew

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
3 - 13
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Taster days, Interview, Trial day at school, Visit school, Voice trial, Scholarship or bursary exam

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Academic, Choral, Art, Siblings, Music, Financial need, All-rounder, Other scholarships, Sport, Drama

What we offer

  • ICT
  • Classics
  • Environmental studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Latin
  • English
  • French
  • Badminton
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Athletics
  • Table tennis
  • Water sports
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Martial arts
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Lacrosse
  • Archery
  • Touch rugby
  • Cross-country
  • Tennis
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Cycling
  • Skiing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • First aid/life savers
  • Chess
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
I am very proud to be at the helm of Salisbury Cathedral School (SCS), in my fourth year as Head Master. The school, which dates back over 900 years, owes much of its present-day success to its origins as a Choir School, founded to educate the (boy) choristers of the Cathedral Choir when the Cathedral was located on the outskirts of the current city, at Old Sarum, in 1091. In 1991 Salisbury was the first Cathedral to create equal opportunities for girls, through the inauguration of a girls' choir; a bold step which many other cathedrals have now taken.

The Choir Schools' Association (which represents 44 schools attached to cathedrals, churches and college chapels in Great Britain and elsewhere) offers a unique education. Its schools respect the traditions of the past, and yet are forward-thinking, and have the willingness and ability to move with the times.

Much has moved on since SCS was founded. It is now a flourishing co-educational boarding and day school for girls and boys from age 3 to 13. Its recent restructuring, following a merger with Leaden Hall School and the appointment of a new Deputy Head, Nick Hawker, have proven to be very fruitful. The School is renowned for its excellent pastoral care, its outstanding musical provision for all its 240 pupils (not just the 40 Choristers) and in recent years has become acclaimed for its success on the sporting front and superb boarding provision, thanks to the combined efforts of Houseparents, Gary and Simy Slade.

Set in an awe-inspiring location, within the heart of the life of the City and the Cathedral itself, SCS provides a stimulating learning environment in Grade One Listed buildings, within stunning grounds and offers pupils, their families and staff a spiritual awareness, helping them to acknowledge the deeper meanings of life. Pupils are immersed in a safe and nurturing environment in which they learn, play and reflect.

A dedicated and capable staff ensure that pupils' talents can be identified and developed, in a culture which respects and celebrates the diversity of each individual. The school has a first-class learning support department and prides itself in ensuring that the most-able pupils are challenged. Today SCS remains unashamedly dedicated to fostering traditional values which teach respect and develop integrity.

If you think that your son or daughter wouldn't belong here because they are not musical or you are not a church goer, please think again and come and experience SCS for yourself. I promise that you will be pleasantly surprised.

The best way to appreciate what we can offer your child is to visit us on a normal school day. We would be delighted to show you around. Please contact our Registrar, Jane King on 01722 439260 or e-mail her at admissions@salisburycathedralschool.com

Mr Clive Marriott, Head Master
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