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Founded in 627 AD by Paulinus, first Archbishop of York, St Peter’s is the third oldest school in the world. Essentially three schools in one, St Peter’s is a refreshingly unusual place in that it really does offer something for everyone as long they can cope with the academic demands and the undoubted commitment of a full day on Saturday. St Peter’s competes at the highest level against the likes of Millfield but there is also a genuine commitment to inclusivity in sports, music and the arts. Forty-seven acres, river access and beautiful chapel all within easy walking distance of York Minster, especially useful for the 40 York Minster choristers…

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St Peter's School is one of the oldest in Europe, with a long and distinguished history extending back to 627 AD. St Peter's is a wonderful place for young people to grow and develop. Set on a verdant 47-acre site, with playing fields stretching down to the river, the school is still just a few minutes walk from the lively, historic centre of York. A forward-looking school with an inspiring curriculum.

The city of York has some of the richest history in the UK. Located in the heart of the city, St Peter's is easily accessed by road, rail and air. London and Manchester Airport are just two hours away by train, and the school is ten minutes from York Station. Leeds/Bradford International Airport is less than an hour away.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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



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Head Master

Since 2019, Jeremy Walker MA, previously head of King’s School Rochester. Educated at Sherborne School and read theology at Oxford before taking an MA in educational leadership and management at the University of London Institute of Education. Started his career at Bishop Stopford School where he became head of department after a year, thence to Ardingly as head of religious studies and theory of knowledge, and housemaster followed by Berkhamsted School where he was head of sixth form and member of the senior leadership team. He had big shoes to fill but has quickly made a strong impression with parents who describe him as ‘visionary’ while being ‘caring and approachable’. They are impressed that he is keen to be seen and known in all three sections of the school. Pupils have a similar...

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Special Education Needs

SEN provision is adapted to suit the individual and 3 specialist part-time staff work with individuals as required and may recommend external specialist assessment or support. Ten per cent or so of each year group have an SLD Selection. School has selective entry from the Pre-prep at aged four and upwards. Continuous assessment through the junior school to the senior school is usual. With very few overseas pupils there is no formalised additional English but this can be arranged if required. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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