Southwell Minster School

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Minster School
Established 956 A.D
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Mr Matthew Parris
Chair of Governors Mr N W Turner BA(Hons)FCA
Location Nottingham Road
NG25 0LG
53°04′21″N 0°57′28″W / 53.0724°N 0.9579°W / 53.0724; -0.9579Coordinates: 53°04′21″N 0°57′28″W / 53.0724°N 0.9579°W / 53.0724; -0.9579
Local authority Nottinghamshire
DfE number 891/4669
DfE URN 122898 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1510
Gender Coeducational
Ages 7–19
Former pupils Old Southwellians
Website The Minster School

Southwell Minster School is a Church of England school and sixth form located in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England for children aged 8 to 18. In December 2011 the School was graded Outstanding by Ofsted, in 30 out of 31 areas, among only 3% of schools in the country. The school provides both boy and girl choristers to Southwell Minster.


The Minster School is a Church of England voluntary aided school with its roots in the 10th century. It has 400 pupils in the Sixth Form. The Junior Department was established over fifty years ago to provide free education for the choristers of Southwell Minster and has special facilities for musically gifted pupils. For twenty-five years it has also provided a Junior School curriculum for other pupils who wish to develop their abilities in a musically stimulating environment; it takes pupils from the age of seven.[citation needed]

Canon Blinston was the executive headteacher of the Minster School for 20 years. Canon served as the Head of Magnus School in Newark, the school with which the Minster School has joined. Mrs White was the head teacher up until December 2013. Mr C. Stevens was the acting head teacher, until Mr Matthew Parris joined the school in September 2014. He was appointed in late February 2014. The school is on Nottingham Road next to Southwell Leisure Centre.[1]

Southwell Minster


The school was founded in 956 and is one of the oldest schools in England. From a gift of land by King Edwy to Oscytel, Archbishop of York thence was created a Chapter, a Church and a school to teach the singing boys Latin. The earliest named master, in 1313, was Henry de Hykeling. In 1547 the churchwardens petitioned Edward VI "that our Grammar School may also stand with such stipend as appertains the like, wherein our poor youth may be instructed" - his Commissioners replied "that the school is very meet and necessary to continue". In 1580 Hugh Baskafield, the Master, was discharged by the Chapter as "he had notoriously slacked and neglected his duties" while William Neep[who?] in 1716 ordered the school's rules to be written in English after abolishing the Latin version.[citation needed]

The 1944 Education Act determined the Governors to seek "Aided Status" to enable the school to continue to exert its inspiring influence on the generations to come as it had their forefathers. The fund-raising at that time suggested that this school's life would run from 956 A.D. to 2956 A.D. Once a selective school, known as Southwell Minster Collegiate Grammar School, and more recently until amalgamation with the local comprehensive known simply as Southwell Minster Grammar School.[citation needed]

When comparatively small (intake was only about 35 per year during the 1960s), the school was located in Minster Chambers, but these were vacated in 1964 for a site further down Church Street on the south eastern side of the Minster. Upon amalgamation, this site, some considerable distance from the Nottingham Road site, became difficult to integrate into the life of the much bigger school. With the decision to concentrate redevelopment at Nottingham Road the Church Street site was sold. As the 1964 premises had been built upon the site of a Roman Villa an opportunity has arisen to restore this location. Amalgamation continued the school's traditional strengths and the school obtained specialist status in music and humanities.[citation needed]

In April 2006, work began on a new £34m school building. On 16 July 2008, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex officially opened the new school building, in operation since September 2007, when he also opened the Veterinary Nursing Centre at the Brackenhurst Agricultural College. In 2009 The Minster School won the 2009 RIBA Sorrell Foundation Schools Award due to the highly functional design of the school but it no longer has boarding facilities.[citation needed]

Old Southwellians[edit]

Southwell Minster Collegiate Grammar School[edit]


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