Lincoln Minster School
|Established||c.13th century (original school)
1996 (current school)
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Location||Upper Lindum Street
|DfE URN||120724 Tables|
It comprises three schools: the pre-preparatory, preparatory, senior school and sixth form. While the school is now open to pupils from the community it continues to educate the choristers of Lincoln Cathedral. It is a member of the United Church Schools Trust and the Choir Schools' Association.
In 1265 Richard of Gravesend, Bishop of Lincoln decreed that there should be twelve boys, two of whom were incense bearers, living in one house under a master who appropriated certain revenues for their support. They were taught lessons in their house in addition to their choral duties. Even before the Bishop's ordinance, boys were known to have been taught music in the Cathedral Close.
Lincoln Minster School was formed in 1996 with the amalgamation of four schools:
- The Cathedral School for the choristers (girls and boys) of Lincoln Minster.
- St Joseph's School for Girls, a day and boarding school.
- Stonefield House School which taught children up to the age of 16.
Non-chorister pupils are encouraged to be involved in music. There opportunities to perform in school concerts or lead worship services. Many are selected for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, National Children's Orchestra and other groups.
In 1995, the Lincoln Cathedral became the third English cathedral (after Salisbury and Wakefield Cathedrals) to allow girl choristers. All choristers are educated at the school as scholarship holders. Although "chorister" is a general term, at Lincoln it is reserved for the four senior boys and girls, distinguished by their dark ‘copes’ or cloaks. Boys and girls who have passed their probationary stage are known as 'chanters'.
Across all the schools there are four houses:
- Hillside (senior boys)
- Lindum View (junior boys)
- Eastgate (Senior Girls)
- James Street (Junior boys and girls)
A detailed history of the Lincoln Grammar School from its foundation to 1902 is provided by:
- Leach A F in Page W (ed), (1906), The Victoria History of the County of Lincoln Vol II, pp 421-449.