An independent, day preparatory school for children aged 3-13 years. Home to 180 pupils, including the boy and girl choristers of York Minster.
The Minster School was originally founded in 627A.D. by Paulinus, the first Archbishop of York, for the education of choristers. The main school buildings date from 1832. In addition, the school now occupies a row of inter-connected town houses in Minster Yard and the Lower School occupies the Georgian 'Old Residence'.
The School stands in its own grounds on Deangate. Its central position means that it enjoys all the benefits of historic York's city centre whilst enjoying the relative tranquility of the Minster precinct. Since 1987, the school has been a co-educational preparatory school with its own pre-prep.department. There are currently 190 children on the school roll, aged between 3 and 13 years.
The music department is known to be one of the strongest in the country. Thirteen specialist staff provide instruction on a wide range of instruments. Being musical is not an entry requirement of the school but, by the time they leave, the vast majority of children play at least one instrument.