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Welcome from the Headteacher

Thank you for showing an interest in the Minster School. Committed to both tradition and also a contemporary education for all, the school strives to provide excellent learning to its students, both academically and in terms of moral and personal development. Our motto is “Succeeding Together”, with students, staff and families working in partnership to achieve excellence.

Situated in the attractive market town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, the Minster School is a comprehensive school of 1600 students with a catchment including local villages alongside the town of Southwell itself. As a Church of England Academy, a number of students actively engaged in their faith are awarded places alongside the majority who live within catchment and for whom this is their local comprehensive. Our school is strongly founded on Christian principles and fully inclusive of all, whether of strong individual faith or none.

The Minster School has a current outstanding rating from  Ofsted and from its Statutory Inspection of Anglian and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

The school confidently plays a number of roles, each successfully supporting the very best education:

  • Post-16 provider for up to 400 students
  • Junior School provider for musically talented pupils including the cathedral choristers.
  • National Teaching School, The Minster Teaching School Alliance (MTSA)
  • National Maths Hub
  • Choir School for Southwell Minster Cathedral
  • Leading provider for the Nottinghamshire Music Hub

The Minster School is one of the oldest continuous educational foundations in England, tracing its origins to the establishment of Southwell Minster and the education of the choristers. We are still very fortunate to benefit from uniquely close links with the cathedral and this relationship enriches many aspects of school life. Juxtaposed with tradition is our contemporary setting in custom-built accommodation and our daily efforts to ensure students are well equipped not only academically but also with the skills and attitudes to help them succeed in a rapidly changing world.    

Mr M Parris,  Head Teacher