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 students achieve outstanding A-Level results with grades over the past five years well above the national average: 

18% of all grades at A*
46% of all grades at A* to A
73% of all grades at A* to B
90% of all grades at A* to C

The school’s international students do particularly well, often winning places at Russell Group universities including Imperial College, Sheffield, Bristol and UCL. In 2019, the School's Business Studies and Economics departments achieved particularly strong results, with 80% A*/A grades in Economics and 83% A*-B in Business. Art also performed exceptionally well, with all candidates achieving at least an A grade.


GCSE results over the past five years have also been exceptional:

30% of all grades at 9-8 (A*)
55% of all grades at 9-7 (A*/A)
77% of all grades at 9-6 (A* to B)
95% of all grades at 9-4 (A* to C)

In 2019, fourteen outstanding pupils achieved all 9-7 (A*/A) grades, with thirteen pupils boasting five or more top grade 9s. 

In eleven of the school's subject departments, over 50% of exams were awarded grade 7 and above (equivalent of grades A*/A). Results for the Maths Department were exceptionally high with over 85% of grades in Further Maths at the very top grades A^/A*/A. Music also continues to thrive at the school with 83% of exams awarded top grades 9-7 and the Art Department also enjoyed similar success with 22 pupils achieving grades 9-7.

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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