St John's College, Cardiff

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St John's College
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Motto Ubi amor, ibi oculus (Wherever there is love, there is vision)
Established 1987
Type Independent day school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmaster Mr Gareth P Lloyd
Location Newport Road
51°31′41″N 3°06′40″W / 51.528°N 3.111°W / 51.528; -3.111Coordinates: 51°31′41″N 3°06′40″W / 51.528°N 3.111°W / 51.528; -3.111
Local authority Cardiff
DfE URN 402013 Tables
Students 460~
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–18
Colours Red, Gold

St John's College is an independent co-educational day school in the village of Old St Mellons in Cardiff, Wales. It is the choir school of Wales's national Catholic cathedral, Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral.


St John's College

St John's College is an independent day school for boys and girls ages 3–18. It is also the choir school of Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral and its choristers are all pupils at the school. Its choral and music scholarships are open to boys and girls.

All the choristers of Wales’ National Roman Catholic Cathedral - the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David - are educated at the leading independent school St John’s College, located in Old St Mellons, a community approximately 3 miles from the centre of Cardiff. The Alto, Tenor and Bass parts are sung by Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars who combine singing at the Cathedral with either teaching roles at the Choir School St John’s College (Cardiff), or study at Cardiff University or the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, or freelance singing, including work with Welsh National Opera and the BBC. Choral Scholarships are also available to pupils of St John's College preparing for A-levels and Oxbridge applications.

The Cathedral Choirs give two concerts in St David’s Hall each year and have performed in Bruges (Belgium), at the Cathedral of Nôtre Dame in Paris as well as Ribe (Denmark), and at the wonderful Gothic Cathedral in Amiens. In September 2006, the Choir had an exchange project with the Choir of St Bavo's Cathedral in Haarlem. The Choir has also performed in broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and a major Hollywood film, which was released in 2013. In May 2012, the Choir performed a joint concert of Tallis's 40-part motet, Spem in alium, with internationally acclaimed consort, The Tallis Scholars.

Academic achievement[edit]

It is ranking amongst the very best schools in the UK, ranked the number 1 secondary school in the UK in 2017 with 98% of pupils attaining A* to B at Advanced Level.[1][2] Its Sixth Form pupils regularly go onto attend Oxbridge and other top universities. In summer 2012 a Sixth Form Study Centre was added to the original Grade 2 listed building.


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