Lichfield Cathedral School

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Head's Welcome 

Thank you for taking the time to consider Lichfield Cathedral School, a non-selective, co-educational day school in south Staffordshire, with a distinguished tradition of inspired teaching and musical excellence.

Lichfield Cathedral School offers an environment where each one of our students is supported individually in order to fully realise their potential.

 Susan Hannam, Headteacher

The magnificent surroundings of The Close and the beautiful countryside at Longdon enable pupils to benefit from the inspiring setting of Lichfield Cathedral and to explore our natural environment. Christian values of tolerance, compassion, charity and fellowship permeate the daily life of a child at the Cathedral School, but no-one has religion forced upon them and faith is not a prerequisite for joining the school; these are valuable human qualities that enhance the lives of those who embrace them, irrespective of their own standing on faith.

There is a richness and depth to the culture of Lichfield Cathedral School, which comes from the role it has played educating choristers and other children for centuries. Though the form and content of teaching has evolved and progressed, the core values of kindness, discipline, determination, service and, in our case in particular, joyfulness, have had a profound and lasting impact on every aspect of education, from the policies and structure of the school, to the recruitment of staff, the involvement of parents, the expectations of conduct and achievement, the aspirations of pupils, and the sense of being a member of this community for life.

In essence, it’s a commitment to educational excellence within the context of moral guidance; a combined intellectual and spiritual development of children and young people so they leave us as knowledgeable, engaged, ethical citizens eager to make a difference in the world.

We describe our pupils (and staff!) as ‘glorious individuals’ and place huge importance on developing a sense of self, an understanding of each person’s superpower, of developing character. We nurture the whole person through academic instruction, community engagement, mentorship, and spiritual and ethical development.

We do this in an environment of mutual respect and empathy – pupils don’t form cliques and you are just as likely to see a rugby captain on stage singing in a musical as leading a team on the sports field. We work hard to ensure the curriculum exceeds the national minimum requirements, and embraces cross-disciplinary projects, enrichment in music, art, dance, drama, forest school, debating and public speaking, and challenges pupils to think for themselves, doing what’s right because they know it to be so.

Our ambition is to ensure that your son or daughter leaves us at the end of their school career as a confident and articulate young person, with the capacity to lead and the ability to work as part of team. In simple terms we want them to fill their own wings and take their own individual flight path.

I look forward to introducing you to our wonderful pupils and our inspiring teachers and staff.

Mrs Susan Hannam