The Minster School, York

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The Minster School
Established 627[1]
Type Independent preparatory day school
Choral foundation school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Alex Donaldson[1]
Founder Paulinus of York[1]
Location Deangate
North Yorkshire
Coordinates: 53°57′42″N 1°04′51″W / 53.961716°N 1.080791°W / 53.961716; -1.080791
DfE number 816/6006
DfE URN 121731 Tables
Students 180[2]
Gender Mixed
Ages 3–13

The Minster School, York is an independent preparatory school for children aged 3–13 in York, England. It was founded to educate choristers at York Minster and continues to do so, although no longer exclusively.


The school traces its origins to a 'song school' founded in 627 by Paulinus of York, the first Archbishop of York[1][2] however the current school was re-founded in 1903.[1] The Minster School has a strong focus on music, and of the 180 children, 40 are choristers at York Minster.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Independent Schools Inspectorate - Inspection Report 2005[dead link], accessed 2010-03-08
  2. ^ a b c The Minster School, History, accessed 2014-06-12

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