St Paul's Cathedral School

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St Paul's Cathedral School
Crest of St Paul's Cathedral School.svg
Crest of the School
New Change

TypeIndependent preparatory school
Choral foundation school
MottoLatin: Fide Et Literis
(By Faith and By Learning)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1123; 896 years ago (1123)
Local authorityCity of London
Department for Education URN100002 Tables
BursarMr Martin Kiddle
HeadmasterSimon Larter-Evans
Age4 to 13
HousesBoyce, de la Mare, Groves, Stainer
Colour(s)Burgundy and Blue
Former pupils (choristers)Old Paulcathes (members of the Guild of the Companions of St Paul)

St Paul's Cathedral School is an independent school associated with St Paul's Cathedral in London and is located in New Change in the City of London.[1]

The School has around 220 pupils, most of whom are day pupils, both boys and girls, including up to 40 boy choristers who are all boarders and who sing the daily services in St Paul's Cathedral.[2] The School became co-educational in 2002.[3]


Originally the School was set up to provide education solely for the Choristers and dates from about 1123, when 8 needy children were given a home and education in return for singing in the Cathedral. The Choir School and a Grammar School co-existed under the aegis of the Cathedral for many years, until the Grammar School was moved and re-established in 1511 by the humanist Dean John Colet to become St Paul's School. The Cathedral School and St Paul's School (now a public school) are now distinct and separate institutions.

The original Choir School, which stood in St Paul's Churchyard, was destroyed with the Cathedral in the Great Fire of London in 1666.[4] The School has had several incarnations being re-built in 1670, in 1822 (in Cheapside) and 1887 (in Carter Lane). The current buildings date from the 1960s.


In addition to the daily Evensong, the choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral, have taken part in a number of important recordings and tours and have performed at a number of important state occasions, including Winston Churchill's funeral and the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.[5]

Child-abuse controversy[edit]

In December 2007 Stephen Douglas-Hogg, a former Classics and house master of the school, was arrested and charged with the abuse of a number of choristers during the 1980s. Following his attempted suicide[6] during the initial stages of proceedings in October 2008, the 50-year-old Douglas-Hogg changed his plea halfway through the trial[7] and admitted to 13 counts of indecent assault on five boys aged under 14. On 11 May 2009 Douglas-Hogg was sentenced to 4 and a half years' imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court.[8]

Det Supt Jeff Davies, who led the City of London Police team investigating the offences, said: “This was a difficult and sensitive investigation for the officers involved. I hope the conclusion of the case will go some way to helping those who have suffered as a result of the abuse they endured more than 20 years ago.”

Judge Michael Gledhill QC labelled Douglas-Hogg a "paedophile" who used his authority to strike fear into his victims, who were too afraid to report what happened. He said Douglas-Hogg showed no remorse and added: "You should be a broken man; regrettably, I have serious doubts as to whether or not you actually are."

Former pupils[edit]

Notable former pupils include:


  1. ^ Early history
  2. ^ The School and the Cathedral
  3. ^ The Modern School
  4. ^ Jokinen, Anniina (26 October 2001). "The Great Fire of London, 1666". Luminarium. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  5. ^ Rupert Christiansen, "St. Paul's Cathedral School: Ancient and Modern", Daily Telegraph, 28 Dec 2007. Accessed 15 May 2009.
  6. ^ BBC, News (7 October 2008). "Teacher overdoses ahead of trial". BBC. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  7. ^ BBC, News (8 May 2009). "Ex-teacher admits abusing pupils". BBC. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  8. ^ Nengi, Koko (12 May 2009). "Former teacher jailed for abuse". City of London Police. Retrieved 13 May 2009.

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