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 exceptional 2018 A-Level results saw the school climb to 71st in The Times Independent Schools League Table. 

17% of all grades at A*
48% of all grades at A* to A
70% of all grades at A* to B
90% of all grades at A* to C

The school’s international students did particularly well, winning places at a number of Russell Group universities including Imperial College, Sheffield, Bristol and UCL. Four international pupils achieved five A*s and eight As between them across a range of subjects including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chinese and Economics.


GCSE results were also well above the national average in 2018: 

34% of all grades at 9-8 (A*)
53% of all grades at 9-7 (A*/A)
72% of all grades at 9-6 (A* to B)
94% of all grades at 9-4 (A* to C)

Twelve exceptional pupils achieved all 9-7 (A*/A) grades and nearly a third of all pupils achieved nothing less than a 6 (B grade equivalent).

Results in sciences were outstanding with over three-quarters of grades achieved in biology, chemistry and physics at grade 7 or above (the equivalent of grade A and above). Of the pupils taking further maths this year, 100% achieved grade B or above, with over 70% of grades achieved at the very top grades A^/A*/A.

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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