St James' School, Grimsby

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St James' School
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TypeIndependent day and boarding
MottoDoctrinæ Fons Pietas
(From Learning Springs Piety)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Local authorityNorth East Lincolnshire
Head teacherJohn Price
Age2 to 18
Former pupilsOld Jacobeans
AffiliationWoodard Corporation

St James' School is a coeducational independent day and boarding school located in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England. It comprises a Preparatory School, Senior School and Sixth Form. The school is associated with the Church of England Grimsby Minster, dedicated to St James.


St James' Church, Grimsby

St James' Choir School was founded on the premises of Grimsby's parish church, St James' Church (now known as Grimsby Minster). Canon James Peter Young, curate and later vicar at the church, was influenced by Nathaniel Woodard's education philosophy and established the school in 1880 to educate the church's choirboys. Classes were initially held in the Church's "Aqua Rooms", which became unsuitable. In 1882 the school became St James' College with the intention of educating the boys after they outgrew the choir. The original choir school moved to a new site before uniting again with the college in 1904. A pre-preparatory department was added in 1957 and a sixth form and boarding programme two years later. It became an associated Woodard School in 1968 and was incorporated in 1985.[citation needed]

Girls were first admitted in 1973 and allowed to board two years later. In 1975 "choir" was dropped from the school name as it had now expanded to educate all pupils, not only choristers. Since 2014, the school has no longer educated the Minster's Choristers, who are now drawn from eleven different schools, and open to all.[1][third-party source needed]


There are two boarding houses: Petchell (boys) and Yarborough (girls). Both are situated on the school grounds.[2] The boarding programme is available to pupils in Year 3 and above.

Petchell House was named after Denys Petchell, an old boy and former member on the board of governors, and consists of ten dormitories. Yarborough House was named after the Earl of Yarborough, whose family have a long association with the school.[citation needed]


Further reading[edit]

  • Cowie, Leonard & Evelyn (1991). That One Idea: Nathaniel Woodard and His Schools. Ellesmere, Shropshire: Woodard Corporation; pp. 139–42: St James' School, Grimsby

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Coordinates: 53°33′38″N 0°05′34″W / 53.56058°N 0.09280°W / 53.56058; -0.09280