- Southwell Minster School
Infobox UK school
name = Minster School
dms = dms
approx = 1100
type = Secondary
religion = C of E
head_label = Headteacher
head = Canon PJ Blinston
chair_label = Chair of Governors
chair = Mr A W Poole
specialist = Music, Humanities
street = Nottingham Road
city = Southwell
postcode = NG25 0LG
ofsted = 122898
enrollment = 1510
lower_age = 8
upper_age = 18
website = http://www.minster.notts.sch.uk
website_name = The Minster School
Southwell Minster School is a state funded
comprehensive schoolin Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England.
The Minster School is a
Church of EnglandVoluntary Aided Comprehensive School. It has 300 pupils in the Sixth Form. The Junior Department was established over fifty years ago to provide free education for the choristers of Southwell Minsterand has special facilities for musically gifted pupils. For twenty-five years it has also provided a Junior School curriculum for other pupils who wish to develop their abilities in a musically stimulating environment. Unusually for a secondary school, it takes pupils from the age of eight.
Canon PJ Blinston is the headteacher of the Minster School. It is on "Nottingham Road" next to Southwell Leisure Centre.
The school was founded in about 1100 to educate the choristers at the cathedral.
It was formerly a selective school, known as Southwell Minster Collegiate Grammar School.
In April 2006, work began on a new £29m school building including a new sports hall. On the July 16 2008,
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessexofficially opened the new school building, having opened in September 2007, when he also opened the Veterinary Nursing Centre at the Brackenbury Agricultural College. Previous to this, a site on "Church Street" was used.
It often gets the best GCSE results in Nottinghamshire (not including Nottingham LEA), with exceptional results for a comprehensive. However in 2007 it got the joint second best results with
Rushcliffe Comprehensive School, narrowly beaten by the excellent West Bridgford School.
* Ian Baxter, managing director of the [http://www.rhgroup.co.uk/Default.aspx RH Group]
Paul Franks, cricketer
Mathew Horne, who plays Gavin in BBC's Gavin & Stacey
* Ben Inman of The Choirboys
Tom Ryder, rugby player
Marie Toms, former British Waterski [http://www.marietoms.co.uk champion]
outhwell Minster Collegiate Grammar School
Frederick Wollaston Hutton, scientist
* [http://www.minster.notts.sch.uk Official website]
* [http://www.penoyre-prasad.net Architects of new buildings]
* [http://www.edubase.gov.uk/establishment/summary.xhtml?urn=122898 EduBase]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/gallery/2008/sep/16/newschools.minster?picture=337664796 Gallery: the school designed by teachers and pupils | guardian.co.uk | October 2008]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/sep/16/newschools "Guardian" article September 2008]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/7067725.stm Fire at former site in October 2007]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/6236260.stm School flooded in June 2007]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/4942614.stm New buildings in April 2006]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2835575.stm Town council unhappy with school plans in March 2003]
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