Lichfield Cathedral School is a independent day school for around 420 girls and boys aged from 3 to 18. We aim to provide all pupils from Pre-School to Sixth Form with a thorough academic foundation together with a broad range of opportunities to develop individual interests and talents.
The school has two main sites: the Longdon site (Pre-School to Year 4) is located in six acres of beautiful Staffordshire countryside, 3.5 miles north of Lichfield, occupying its own secure and secluded site complete with playground and fields. The Lichfield site (final Primary and Senior Years) are located in the historic Cathedral Close in the centre of Lichfield.
Though located on two sites, the Cathedral School remains a unified school. As they get older, the children based at Longdon enjoy increasing involvement with the Lichfield site through a transition programme, whilst many of the teachers based at Lichfield also teach at Longdon.
There is a strong emphasis on pastoral care, providing a secure and ordered framework through which all children can develop their self-esteem and find success. As an Anglican foundation, Christian values are an important part of daily life; however, children of any denomination are welcome. Class sizes are normally not greater than 20, and the average is currently 17.
Children enter the school normally at Pre-School or Reception level, aged 3 or 4. Other typical entry points include Year 7 (age 11+), Year 9 (age 13+) and in the Sixth Form (age 16+). In addition, new pupils may join the school throughout the academic year, for instance, when parents move into the area, if a place is available.
All pupils will be assessed as part of the admission process. For younger pupils, this will mean spending a day in school; pupils over the age of 7 will complete assessment tests, spend some time in a normal classroom environment and be interviewed before a place is offered. The purpose of the assessments to ensure that your child will be able to access the curriculum we offer and to highlight both areas of excellence and where additional support may be required.
While the School is not academically selective, we have high expectations and believe that pupils respond well to encouragement and to challenge. Each pupil is treated as an individual – we are not looking for a certain ‘type’ of person or for pupils with particular talents. Rather, we help pupils to discover their passion in life and prepare them for a future full of possibilities.
We want pupils to feel proud of their school, to enjoy an environment in which they may mature intellectually and emotionally, and to discover the riches of successful participation and achievement. Furthermore, we aim to ensure that former students will take with them warm friendships and cherished memories that will last a lifetime.