The Minster School, York

The Minster School, York is an independent preparatory school[5] for children aged 3–13 in York, England. It was founded to educate choristers at York Minster and continues to do so, although no longer exclusively.[6]

The Minster School

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Coordinates53.961716°N 1.080791°W / 53.961716; -1.080791
TypeIndependent preparatory day school
Choral foundation school
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1903,[1] but traces its origins back to 627[2]
FounderPaulinus of York[2]
Department for Education URN121731 Tables
Head teacherActing head - Mlle Sophie Schoukroun [3]
Age3 to 13[4]


The school occupies a complex of buildings on Deangate and Minster Yard in York, directly across from the York Minster.


The school traces its origins to a "song school" founded in 627 by Paulinus of York, the first Archbishop of York,[2][7] however the current school was re-founded in 1903.[2] The Minster School has a strong focus on music and, of the 180 pupils, 40 are choristers at York Minster.[7]

Buildings used by the school have been awarded listed status, among them the school house built 1830–1833,[8] two houses dating back to 1837,[9] and a Georgian building of 1755.[10]

The school buildings were used to depict the House of Lords in the 2016 series Victoria.[11]

Suspension of Staff in 2018

In May 2018, the school attracted national press attention when the headmaster and two other senior members of staff were suspended after three unsecured air rifles were found on school premises.[12] The Dean of York faced protests by parents supportive of the staff and angry at the manner of the suspension.[13][14]


  1. Roden, John (2005). The Minster School, York: A Centenary History 1903-2004. York: Sacram Publishing. p. 1. ISBN 0-9535775-1-1.
  2. "The Minster School: Standard Inspection" (PDF). Independent Schools Inspectorate. 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  3. "About Us - Academic Staff". The Minster School. The Minster School. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  4. "The Minster School - GOV.UK - Find and compare schools in England". Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  5. Prest, Victoria (12 January 2016). "Minster School plans expansion into neighbouring building". The Press. York. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  6. "York Minster recruiting boy choristers". Minster FM. York. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  7. "History". The Minster School. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  8. Historic England (14 June 1954). "Minster Song School (Part), York (1257229)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  9. Historic England (14 June 1954). "Minster Song School (Part), York (1257259)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  10. Historic England (14 June 1954). "Minster Song School (Part), York (1257261)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  11. Liptrot, Kate (27 August 2016). "York and Jenna Coleman star in ITV's Victoria". The Press. York. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  12. Ward, Victoria (29 May 2018). "Dean of York faces revolt as three senior teachers are suspended from private school over 'unsecured' air rifles". The Daily Telegraph. York. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  13. "Parents stage protest demanding the reinstatement of York school head teacher". York Mix. York. 8 July 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  14. "York Minster School air rifles: Parents support teachers". 30 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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