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The Cathedral School

Llandaff, Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales CF5 2YH
Tel: +44 (0) 29 2056 3179

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 18 Years Day


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Word From The Head

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From Clare Sherwood, Headteacher

Clare Sherwood became Head of the Cathedral School in September 2016. The first female Head at the School, Clare was previously five years the Deputy Head (Academic) at Blundell's School in Devon.

Like her predecessor, Stephen Morris, Clare was educated at Hereford Cathedral School where she won the prestigious Sidney Sussex Essay Prize for History. From Hereford, Clare progressed to read History at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge, she held a choral scholarship, captained her college teams in Netball and Ladies’ Cricket, and played Ladies’ Football and Rugby.

Clare trained as a History teacher at Bristol University, and taught firstly at Charters Comprehensive School in Ascot. From there she moved to Leighton Park School in Reading to teach History and Politics, later becoming an Assistant Housemistress. She was Head of History at Wycombe Abbey School between 2007 and 2011. She is also a serving school inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Clare continues to be have an active interest in both theatre and music having regularly appeared in both amateur and staff productions over the last 15 years. A keen public speaker and debater, she also continues her love of sport as Goal Keeper for her local netball team. She has served on the PCC of her parish church and taught Sunday School for many years.

Clare is married to Simon, a fellow teacher and musician; the couple have three children, two sons and a daughter.

Clare was commissioned as Head in Llandaff Cathedral by the Senior Provost of the Woodard Corporation on 8th September 2016.

Open Days, Visits & Events

05-10-2024 - Whole School Open Day

On Saturday 5th October, prospective families are invited to our Whole School Open Morning (Nursery to Sixth Form). At the event, you will meet the Head, Clare Sherwood, along with other members of the teaching staff and pupils and find out more about the wonderful opportunities available at The Cathedral School.

What We Offer

  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • 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
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • After School Club
  • Before School Club
  • Gifted Children
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Entry test or exam
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Voice trial
  • Early registration or registration at birth
  • Trial day at school
  • Academic
  • Choral
  • Music
  • Sport
  • Church in Wales
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range3 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£8820 to £14610
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

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    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 67
    Part-time: 48

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Archie, Year 3

    It has been really exciting moving into Year 3 and there are lots of new things to enjoy including drill night, going to the library at lunchtime and a trip to Stonehenge! Being a good friend is something we all try to do, in the classroom and in the playground. I completed the Digital Leaders’...  

    Joseph, Year 6

    Last year, we set up Rewind Fast Forward, a school news show for the pupils. Using the School calendar, we plan items, interview pupils and staff on serious and not so serious topics and capture footage weekly to show in assembly. It is great to create something that the pupils and teachers...  

    Imogen, Year 6

    Having started playing the guitar in Reception, I wanted to take up a woodwind instrument in Year 4. My teacher encouraged me to try them all before I chose the bassoon. It is a hard instrument to learn but fun at the same time. I also enjoy dance, skiing, swimming and all sport. We started girls’...  

    Janvi, Year 7

    he Bonding Weekend was such a good way for everyone to get to know each other before the start of Year 7. As a Senior pupil, there are even more opportunities to try out. I play the violin, piano and saxophone so have really enjoyed performing in new ensembles. I love writing and in Year 4, I...  

    Tommy, Year 9

    There is a real sense of being encouraged to try new things and not to be afraid if they don’t always work out. Since joining in Year 7, I have really enjoyed making new friends, playing competitive sport, being part of the cast of High School Musical and Blood Brothers, learning a new instrument...  

    Francesco, Year 11

    As a runner, I always aim to finish each race in a better position. Determination and focus help me to achieve this as well as giving me the drive to do my best in everything else I do. Studying for my GCSEs has meant I have had to learn how to use my time more effectively to fit everything in –...