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The Cathedral School

Llandaff, Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom CF5 2YH

Age Range & Fees

Age Range3 to 16
Annual Day Fees£6027 to £10476
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees£0 to £0

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
435Day225
0Full Board0
0Weekly0
435Total225

Number of Staff

Full-time: 67
Part-time: 48

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mr S W Morris, BA MEd PGCE


The Cathedral School Llandaff, with a 130 year tradition of academic excellence, is one of the leading independent schools in Wales, offering an outstanding and broad education to boys and girls throughout the age range.

During the last fifteen years the School has grown from a small preparatory school of 280 pupils to one of the leading co-educational establishments in Wales with 650 pupils.

This year the School is spending over £1 million on the development of its new Sports Pavilion, which opens in October 2010. This and previous investments continue to provide outstanding facilities, which benefit every pupil and greatly enhance the environment available to each child. The School’s facilities include four science laboratories, five computer laboratories and a Design Technology department in the old boarding house, a fine purpose-built Music Department including a recording studio and practice rooms, a specially designed Drama centre for workshops and performances, a Sports Hall, on-site games fields and an impressive Nursery building with appropriate areas for work and play activities. The School will also open its new library and Art Studio in September 2010. After-school activities happen daily and there is after-school care available until 6.00 pm. A beautifully restored school chapel is used daily for prayer, worship and contemplation.

In July the Custos announced ambitious development plans for the School, which include the provision of a sixth form for the first time in its history and a new home for the Nursery and Infants on the current site.

Pupils at The Cathedral School, Llandaff achieve outstanding GCSE results, with the majority, if not all of our students achieving 100% five or more A* to C grades.

In addition to the high academic standards, the School is well-known for its wide range of extra-curricular activities. Music (10 choirs and over 20 instrumental ensembles) is exceptionally strong and the School also provides choristers (boys and girls in two choirs) for Llandaff Cathedral. In Sport there are extensive opportunities for pupils both in terms of the traditional games (where competing teams have an outstanding record of success) and with regard to such activities as Rowing, Judo and Rock-climbing. In addition, pupils can opt for such diverse activities as Drama, Dance, Archaeology Club, Yoga, Chess, Outward Bounds, Judo and Cookery.

The only way, however, to experience the true atmosphere of the School is to meet the pupils and staff and to see us in action.
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What we offer

  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Welsh
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Particular diets
  • School bus service
  • Dyslexia

Method of Entry

  • Assessment
  • Entry test or exam
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Voice trial
  • Please apply to school
  • Early registration or registration at birth
  • Registration
  • Scholarship exam
  • Trial day at school
  • Visit school
  • Taster days

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Academic
  • Choral
  • Music
  • Sport
  • Means tested bursaries

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • CSA
  • IAPS
  • ISBA
  • ISC
  • SHMIS
  • WISC
  • Woodard Schools

Religious Affliations:

  • Church in Wales


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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