Cathedral school

Cathedral school

The first cathedral schools originated in the Early Middle Ages. They were run by the cathedral clergy and typically had fewer than 100 students. At first they generally functioned as seminaries to train future priests, but later accepted lay students. Often they would also teach members of the cathedral choir. During the High Middle Ages, in the context of the Renaissance of the 12th century, some of these schools developed into autonomous medieval Universities, while others remained under the control of the bishop or his chancellor. [Richard W. Southern, "The Schools of Paris and the School of Chartres," pp. 113-137 in Robert L. Benson and Giles Constable, eds., "Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century", (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Pr., 1982)] In Europe, important cathedral schools were located in Chartres, York, Orleans and Rheims. Many of them have remained as independent schools, outside the state system of educational funding.

Cathedral schools around the world

United Kingdom

Among others:
* The seven King's schools established, or re-endowed and renamed, by King Henry VIII in 1541, which are located at Canterbury, Chester, Ely, Gloucester, Peterborough, Rochester and Worcester
*St Paul's Cathedral
*Bristol Cathedral School
*Wells Cathedral School
*Hereford Cathedral School
*Salisbury Cathedral School

United States

Among others:
*Allentown, Pennsylvania
*Arlington, Virginia - St Thomas More Cathedral School
*Kalamazoo, Michigan - St Augustine Cathedral School
*Natchez, Mississippi
*St.Louis, Missouri


*Sydney - St Andrew's
*Sydney - St Mary's


*Ribe - Ribe katedralskole.
*Katedralskolan, Lund


*Lahore - Cathedral High School


ee also

*List of choir schools

External links

* [ Encyclopaedia Britannica article]
* [ A history of cathedral choir schools in England and Scotland]

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