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School famously claims foundation in 627 by Archbishop Paulinus; certainly a 'song school' existed then. Refounded 1903, specifically at that time to provide choristers for the Minster. Occupies world heritage site slap in the middle of York, bringing the pleasures...

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A co-educational prep school, the girl and boy choristers of York Minster receive generous scholarships to the school. Pupils usually begin at nursery level with chorister scholarships available by audition during year 2. A few places are sometimes available in other year groups. The school welcomes individual parent visits in addition to Open Days. ...Read more

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Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

What The Good Schools Guide says

School famously claims foundation in 627 by Archbishop Paulinus; certainly a 'song school' existed then. Refounded 1903, specifically at that time to provide choristers for the Minster. Occupies world heritage site slap in the middle of York, bringing the pleasures and pains of operating in the lee of York Minster, which has to be one of the finest buildings in Christendom; ‘our school chapel.’ smiles the head wryly. Manages to squeeze...

Headmaster

Since 2004, Mr Alex Donaldson MA PGCE Cert ICT (50s). Choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge; professional singer for five years (counter tenor) with, among others, the Tallis Scholars and the BBC Singers. Still helps out in the Minster. A serious musician, but has a wide perspective on education. Joined school in 1988, promoted head 2004. Warm, relaxed personality; communicates easily with children and...

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Special Education Needs

The Minster School is not a special school or specialist unit. However, pupils who are diagnosed as having specific learning difficulties are able to have one to one and/or group support and occasional classroom support - usually at no added cost. If we feel that a pupil's needs are not being best served by the relatively limited support that we feel able to offer, we would work with parents to seek a more appropriate setting for their child. Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of our buildings, which are on a World Heritage site, it is all but impossible for us to cater for pupils who have significant physical disabilities.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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