The Educated School Guide takes a look at some of the oldest schools in Britain – although a debatable cases in many as some historical recordings differ, it is an interest insight to see how these pillars of each community have shaped the education sector and how they still have such a place in Britain today.
We have picked 5 of the oldest, to hopefully teach you a thing or two, as to where your school system comes from today:
THE KING’S SCHOOL, ROCHESTER
This entry into our top 5 is a cathedral school and, the school claims to be the second oldest continuously operating school in the world, having been founded in 604 AD. Interestingly the school also has a boat house in Maidstone, used for rowing and kayaking it is a wonderful addition for students.
HEREFORD CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
Likely to be among the oldest in England, there was probably a school associated with the Cathedral from the time of the foundation of the see in the late 7th century. An independent, co-educational day school this location houses pupils of ages 3 to 18 years; Nursery to Sixth Form. The school also operates a Combined Cadet Force composed of Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force sections – which is also the second oldest CCF in the country!
ST. PETER’S SCHOOL
A co-educational independent boarding and day school, St. Peter’s is located in the incredibly historic and famed City of York. With it;s extensive grounds reaching out onto the banks of the River Ouse – it is the third oldest school in the UK and the fourth oldest in the world!
THE KING’S SCHOOL
A British co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils, King’s sits in the English city of Canterbury in Kent and is a member of the Eton Group. Founded in 597 AD it is said to be the oldest continuously operating school in the world. One interesting tradition is the full Canterbury Dress – the name given to the school uniform, which consists of white shirt with wing collar, pinstripe trousers, black jacket, black socks, black tie and black shoes for the boys.
THETFORD GRAMMAR SCHOOL
An independent co-educational school in Norfolk it has been suggested that the school might date back to the 7th century, which would make it one of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom, if not the oldest. Interestingly it was originally a spilt-gender school however the original boys’ school and the girls’ grammar school didn’t merge until 1975 to form a new coeducational school.