Exeter Cathedral School is a non-selective school. Our aim is to have happy, challenged and fulfilled children, who achieve their maximum potential. We are extremely proud of our current and former pupils' personal growth, achievements and scholarship successes.
Places are offered subject to:
- Place availability;
- The knowledge that we can provide appropriately for each child;
- Provision for any individual not being to the detriment of others
- In the case of Nursery aged children, that they are considered physically and emotionally ready for the programme of activities undertaken by the class.
The decision to offer a place is made by the Headmaster.
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The School Admissions Registrar, Lucy Lewis, will be very pleased to answer any questions arising from this.
Make an appointment to visit
Parents are very welcome to make the initial visit either with or without their child(ren). The visit will include a meeting and tour of the School with the Headmaster (and sometimes with some pupils).
Complete a registration form
A completed registration form together with a £50 registration fee should be submitted to the School as soon as possible. Parents should be aware that places in our Nursery Class are booked some time in advance, therefore early registration is advised.
Arrange a taster day
The taster day is an opportunity for your child(ren) to spend a normal day with the pupils in his or her current year group and will include all the activities that happen during any chosen day. If your child has a particular interest (eg swimming), the taster day can be arranged on a day when this activity takes place. Pupil mentors are assigned to take special care of visiting children.
Children spending a taster day in the Nursery - Year 4 will be informally assessed by the form teacher during the course of the day. Children in Year 5 and above will also undertake some assessments in English, Reading and Mathematics with a senior teacher. No preparation is needed for this. These assessments will not take the form of a formal examination as we want your child to be relaxed and confident so that we can assess his or her level of ability.
“On my taster day everybody was really kind and treated me as if they had known me for ages and were my best friends. At my old school I lost a lot of confidence but now I come to ECS I am starting to build it up again”. Year 6 pupil
Request of report from current school
All places offered are subject to a satisfactory report from a child's current school (or a copy of a most recent report, as appropriate)
Offer of a place
Following a taster day the Headmaster will contact parents to discuss the day's events from both the School, the parent and the child's perspective and to answer any remaining questions. If all has gone well a verbal offer of a place will be made, which will be followed up in writing.
Acceptance of a place
Acceptance of a place is requested in writing, together with a deposit of £250 which is payable by parents before a pupil starts at the Cathedral School.
Admission Process for Cathedral Choristers
Voice trials for the Cathedral Choir may take place at any time, by appointment, if there are vacancies in the Choir to be filled. The main voice trials take place in November or February each year, for entry the following September, or occasionally, more immediately.
The voice trial consists of singing a prepared song or hymn, playing a musical instrument (this is not compulsory); ear tests, e.g. singing notes played on the piano; test of musicality and an informal interview, including reading aloud.
Previous musical training is not a requirement. Enthusiasm and a love of music are essential!
Children taking Voice Trials also take general entrance assessments in reading, English and mathematics.
Voice trialists who are already members of the Cathedral School follow exactly the same procedures, as external candidates.
If a choristership is offered it is conditional on the pupil remaining in the School and Choir until the age of 13 (the completion of Year 8)
Further details of Cathedral Choristership can be found here.
See the policies page to download the latest admissions documents.