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The school feels very much part of the city. In fact one of the opening clips on the local news shows a line of happy children in royal blue tartans and sunny sweatshirts snaking across Cathedral Green. The balance feels just right here; ‘there is an expectation for children to do their best and give their all at any task, and there is an academic push, but it is a gentle, perfectly pitched push,’ parents said...

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What the school says...

Exeter Cathedral School is a leading independent day and boarding Prep School for girls and boys aged 2½ - 13.

Founded in the 12th century as a choir school, ECS now offers a fully-rounded education to 250 pupils from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of talents and interests.

We have an enviable location in the heart of the city; a maximum class size of 18, meaning we know each pupil as an individual; a proven track record of securing places and scholarships to a range of leading senior schools; and a firm commitment to being a forward-thinking Prep School with traditional values. We aim to offer an outstanding Prep School experience and are proud of our commitment to educating the ‘whole child’: we seek to do this by providing a nurturing, purposeful, exciting and gently-Christian environment in which each child is known as an individual and encouraged to be mindful of, and grateful for, those around them, and aware of the part that they and others play in building their community.

Above all, we are a school where people matter, and where staff and families work in partnership to help children acquire the right habits for life.
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Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, James Featherstone (30s). Previously head of lower school at Perse School, Cambridge. Studied French and Spanish at Durham, followed by a PGCE. He was a choral scholar at Durham Cathedral and later joined the choir of Jesus College, Cambridge and became part of the professional quintet at St-John-at-Hampstead, London.

Lives with his family in Hall House, the pre-prep school. Julia, his wife, teaches music part-time at ECS. Both are well-suited to this lifestyle; James is son of a headmaster so grew up in boarding schools, and Julia spent her childhood in vicarages.

To date, he has made significant improvements at ECS. Parents are impressed. ‘I think he has exactly the right attitude for ECS,’ one parent reported. ‘A breath of fresh air,’ said another....

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Special Education Needs

Children with special needs are considered on and individual basis and accepted at the discretion of the Headmaster. The SENCO coordinates the provision provided by four part-time specialist teachers including: support for children with moderate dyslexia and other mild learning difficulties, and English as a second langurage.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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