aspiring flourishing loving

Our School

Cathedral is a school that combines tradition with vision.

Ripon Cathedral School is a friendly, exciting and stimulating place to learn. We want our children to become creative, independent and confident young people able to forge their own future and change the world for the better.

Cathedral School has served the city of Ripon since 1812. The city of Ripon is located in North Yorkshire on the River Ure. Ripon is a beautiful market town that was founded over 1300 years ago, and is famous as an old Cathedral City where monasteries have stood since the 7th Century. Our school stands on the site of the monastery where St Cuthbert acted as ‘Guestmaster’. We proudly continue welcoming visitors to our school in the friendly manner of St Cuthbert and annually celebrate St Cuthbert’s Day.

Today, learning takes place in a spacious and modern school building, opened in 2002 as part of a private finance initiative. The ample grounds include a woodland area, peace garden, vegetable garden and forest schools area.


We are very proud of our distinctiveness as a church school. Ripon Cathedral is our parish church and all major Christian festivals are celebrated there. We have strong links with the Diocese and work in partnership with the wider church school family.

The school's vision for all members of our school family to be aspiring, flourishing and loving is central to our work. We strive to ensure that children are prepared holistically for a life in a global community with the skills, knowledge and passion for learning that will help them to succeed.