About Bristol Cathedral Choir School

Gathered together that all may thrive

We “gather together” as a supportive learning community where all are invited that they may discover and achieve their full potential. As a Church of England Academy, our school is shaped by our Christian vision “that all may thrive” and our community is built on our core values of Kindness, Courage and Hope, shaping everything we do.

We are enriched by our music specialism and shared heritage with the Cathedral. A choir has been singing on the site since the Augustinian monastery was founded in 1140 and as Bristol’s oldest school, we are proud of our long traditions; this includes educating the choristers for the Cathedral Choir from Year 7.

We have a comprehensive intake and welcome students of all faiths and none. We are part of Cathedral Schools Trust and also have National Teaching School accreditation. There are currently over 1000 students, from all parts of Bristol, in Years 7 to 13.

The music specialism provides an exceptional range of opportunities. Our choirs and ensembles have established a national reputation across a range of genres, from gospel to classical orchestral works.

Ofsted commented that “we use this diversity to create an ethos and culture that results in the incredibly harmonious community that is an absolute joy to experience.”

The school has a reputation built on outstanding academic progress and outcomes, both at KS4 and KS5. Our Sixth Form attracts a large number of entrants into Year 12 and is now established as a centre of excellence for A Level study.

We are determined that all of our students have equality of opportunity, both while with us and in the future. It is part of our vision that students from vulnerable groups and starting points will thrive at BCCS. Outstanding student engagement and leadership, in and out of the classroom, is the driving force behind our community. Our students have chosen our school values of Kindness, Courage and Hope for our community and environment. 

Paul Atkins - Head of School

Values and Vision



To think of others before ourselves, to be considerate of the needs of everyone in the classroom, staff and pupils alike. To encourage and support everyone in our school to feel that they belong and are welcome, to show compassion to those in need and practice forgiveness.


To always try our best, to be determined, to try new things, to take risks. To learn from failure, to persevere and to take responsibility. To stand up for the oppressed and marginalised, and to speak out against inequality and injustice


To be positive, to learn from our mistakes, to look after ourselves and nurture our talents. To encourage and support others to see their potential and help them reach it. To believe and act that what we say and do matters, and can make a positive difference to ourselves, others and the world we live in.

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Cathedral Schools Trust

We are part of the Cathedral Schools Trust:

A multi-academy trust in the South West. We value diversity and encourage excellence and believe that strong and trusting relationships are at the heart of good education.

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