The Minster School, York A GSG School
- The Minster School, York
- Head: Mr Alex Donaldson
- T 08449 390000
- F 08449 390001
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.minsterschoolyork.co.uk
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 13
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: York
- Pupils: 157
- Religion: Church of England/Christian
- Fees: £4,575 - £9,795 pa
- Open days: September, March, May
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
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...
What the school says...
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
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 popular with parents. Instrumental in introducing more collaborative style of management, though still in many ways the traditional prep school head, who knows his pupils well and what's going on; ‘we know each other’s foibles,’ he smiles. All about ‘high expectations – academic, social and musical, and they rise to them.’ Wife Jane runs the pre-prep; three children, two at university.
Most come up from nursery, but any age considered...
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 Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|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|