School History

The History of the Minster School was written and researched by David Hutchison, a former Head of History at the Minster School. It has recently been added to by Paul Birks, who has written a piece about the school around the time of world war I as part of a book by the Southwell History society Southwell at War 1914-1919.

The present Southwell Minster School came into being in September 1976 as an 11-18, co-educational comprehensive.

One of our "ancestors" was a grammar school, established in the Middle Ages. No precise date can be given to the grammar school's foundation. It was always a small school - on a number of occasions in danger of ceasing to exist. It did not develop a reputation for producing pupils who became household names, nor did it set any trends in education.

Yet, through descent from the Grammar School, the Minster School is part of a line of development which may go back further than that represented by any other English school now outside the private sector. And, pre­cisely because the Grammar School, and the other ancestors of the modern comprehensive, were not too much out of the ordinary, their story is the more important.

David's book and Paul's contribution to the Southwel History Society's book can be downloaded by clicking on the links below, both are very interesting reads indeed!

The History of the Minster School

The Minster School around World War I