Stimulating Learning Environment In Awe-Inspiring Location
Clive Marriott, Head Master of Salisbury Cathedral School, reflects on the success of his school, having just returned with the Cathedral Choristers from a highly- acclaimed 10-day tour of California, which led to them becoming an Internet sensation. BA pilot Vincent Schoenfeld recorded the moment they surprised passengers by bursting into song on board a transatlantic flight. The Cathedral Choristers broke out into a rendition of ‘There is a Flower’ on the flight.
Following the unexpected performance in economy class, the choristers were invited to sing for first class passengers. BA pilot Vincent Schoenfeld, said it was a “privilege” to have them “sing for us on board”. The choristers had been singing in concerts and services for audiences in Stanford, San Francisco, Saratoga, Carmel, Sunnyvale and Belvedere.
I am very proud to be at the helm of Salisbury Cathedral School (SCS), in my fourth year as Head Master. The School, which dates back more than 900 years, owes much of its present-day success to its origins as a Choir School, founded to educate the (boy) choristers of the Cathedral Choir when the Cathedral was on the outskirts of the current city, at Old Sarum, in 1091. In 1991, Salisbury was the first cathedral to create equal opportunities for girls, through the inauguration of a girls’ choir; a bold step which many other cathedrals have now taken.
The Choir Schools’ Association (which represents 44 schools attached to cathedrals, churches and college chapels in Great Britain and elsewhere) offers a unique education. Its schools respect the traditions of the past, and yet are forward-thinking, and have the willingness and ability to move with the times.
Much has moved on since SCS was founded. It is now a flourishing co-educational boarding and day school for girls and boys from age three to 13. Its recent restructuring, following a merger with Leaden Hall School, and the appointment of a new Deputy Head, Nick Hawker, have proved to be very fruitful. The School is renowned for its excellent pastoral care, its outstanding musical provision for all its 240 pupils (not just the 40 Choristers), and in recent years, has become highly-acclaimed for its success on the sporting front and superb boarding provision, thanks to the combined efforts of houseparents, Gary and Simy Slade.
Set in an awe-inspiring location, within the heart of the life of the city and the Cathedral itself, the School provides a stimulating learning environment in Grade One Listed buildings, within stunning grounds. The School offers pupils, their families and staff a spiritual awareness, helping them to acknowledge the deeper meanings of life. It immerses pupils in a safe and nurturing environment in which they learn, play and reflect. A dedicated and capable staff ensure the pupils’ talents can be identified and developed, in a culture which respects and celebrates the diversity of each individual. The School has a first-class learning support department and prides itself in ensuring the most-able pupils are challenged. Today, SCS remains unashamedly dedicated to fostering traditional values which teach respect and develop integrity.
If you think your son or daughter wouldn’t belong here because they are not musical, or you are not a churchgoer, please think again and come and experience SCS for yourself. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised.