Christ Church Cathedral School

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Christ Church Cathedral School
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Established 1546
Type Independent day and boarding school
Choral foundation school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Richard Murray
Chair of the Governors The Very Rev Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church
Founder Henry VIII of England
Location 3 Brewer Street
Coordinates: 51°44′59″N 1°15′28″W / 51.7497°N 1.2578°W / 51.7497; -1.2578
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE number 931/6060
DfE URN 123287 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 160
Gender Boys
Ages 3–13
Christ Church Cathedral School is located in Oxford city centre
Christ Church Cathedral School
Location of Christ Church Cathedral School within central Oxford

Christ Church Cathedral School is an independent preparatory school for boys in Oxford, England. It is one of three choral foundation schools in the city and educates choristers of Christ Church Cathedral and the Worcester College Chapel. It is a member of the IAPS and the Choir Schools Association.


Now a Church of England School, it was originally housed within the College itself. Today its premises are located across from Christ Church at 3 Brewer Street and Cardinal Wolsey's house is still used for teaching.[1]

In the 19th century, the Dean of Christ Church, Henry Liddell (father of Alice, who was immortalised in the books of Lewis Carroll) arranged for the building of a new choir school on its present site. More recent developments include the opening of a Pre-Prep department and nursery, and the William Walton Centre which comprises several classrooms and teaching facilities.[2] At this point, the school began to take admit non-chorister pupils as well. The school opened a pre-preparatory department in 1984 and a nursery in 1998.

All pupils are boys except a small number of girls who attend the nursery. The 22 boarders are choristers or probationary choristers for the Cathedral. The dormitories in which they sleep are named after distinguished former organists including Ley, Taverner, Armstrong and Harwood. All other pupils are day boys, among them eighteen choristers who sing in Worcester College Chapel. The school used to provide choristers for Exeter College but this ended when Exeter established a mixed choir. In addition to the focus on Music, there is also a distinguished tradition of Art, and the school contributes an annual exhibition to Oxford's Artweeks festival.[3]

Leavers typically move on to local schools such as Magdalen College School, Oxford, Abingdon School, St Edward's School, Oxford, Bloxham School and D'Overbroeck's College Leckford Place. There is also a tradition of choristers winning Music Scholarships to destinations further afield, which in recent years have included Harrow School, Uppingham School, Eton College, Sherborne School and Wellington College.[4]

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  1. ^ "Christ Church Cathedral School". [1]. Archived from the original on September 10, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2007-08-18.  Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)website. URL accessed August 18, 2007.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2011-04-15.  Artweeks website.
  4. ^ 2010

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