Independent co-educational day and boarding school

Hereford Cathedral School is one of the oldest schools in the country, located in the beautiful surroundings of a Cathedral Close. A happy, inclusive school with a national reputation for music, sport, and academic achievement, we offer pupils a personalised education helping individuals to set their sights high and feel valued for who they are.

Aside from stretching and challenging all pupils, both in and out of the classroom, our prime aim is to develop character: helping pupils to become fulfilled and valued citizens, who will make a positive impact on those around them.

We take great pride in looking after all our pupils, but pay particular regard to ensuring that pupils from outside the UK are happy, integrated and successful with us.

Paul Smith, Headmaster


Academic results


Our exceptional 2017 A-Level results saw the school leap 15 places to 74th in The Times Independent Schools League. 

25% of all grades at A*
49% of all grades at A* to A
70% of all grades at A* to B
90% of all grades at A* to C

The school’s international students did particularly well, winning places at a number of Russell Group universities including UCL, Edinburgh and Nottingham. Three international pupils achieved five A*s and four As between them across a range of subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Art and Economics.


GCSE results were also well above the national average in 2017: 

22% of all grades at A*
53% of all grades at A* to A
82% of all grades at A* to B
95% of all grades at A* to C

In 11 subjects, 100% of students achieved grades A*-C, with a number of pupils gaining all A* and A grades. English results were outstanding with some 80% of grades achieved in English Literature being awarded an A*/A and 66% of A*/A for English Language. Art was also incredibly strong with over three quarters of grades at A* and A, while in single sciences 100% of grades were A*-C.

University Destinations

Pupils from Hereford Cathedral School go on to study at top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Imperial College London and King’s College London, as well as other Russell Group universities.

Pupils are given a great deal of support in making their university applications, including help with the personal statement and practice interviews.

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