A modern school with a proud history
Lincoln Minster School was formed in 1996 through a merger of the Cathedral School for Boys, St Joseph's School for Girls and Stonefield House School. In 2011 St Mary's Preparatory School merged to form the new Preparatory School of Lincoln Minster School. As part of the United Church Schools Trust (UCST), it has grown and developed to provide an excellent education for 900 pupils across three sites.
The Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory and Senior School sites are all situated in Lincoln's historic Cathedral Quarter, within a stone's throw of the Cathedral, Castle, Bailgate and the appropriately named Steep Hill. Many of our buildings are traditional, stone or brick built, with tremendous character. The Pre-Preparatory School is set within a beautiful walled garden while the Preparatory School enjoys a splendid beamed dining room immediately adjacent to the Cathedral; its Priory building was once home to the historian Sir Francis Hill.
In contrast, the main building on our Senior School site was purpose built, opened in 2002 by the then Chairman of UCST and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey. The sweeping, curved building overlooks the main city and enjoys fully equipped science labs, art studios, IT suites and our Sixth Form Centre.
Our new Music School and Sports Hall building marks an important milestone in Lincoln Minster School's development, and more is planned. Just as the Cathedral School educated the boy choristers of Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Minster School continues this tradition. Girls were invited to join the choir in 1995 and this section thrives, contributing equally with the historic boys' and men's sections.
The whole school comes together regularly in the Cathedral to celebrate the passing of terms, prize givings and special occasions. The sight of the school pupils in their distinctive blazers and staff in their academic gowns processing to the Galilee Porch is a special one; a reminder of how important a sense of tradition is in a modern world and a modern school.