St Paul's Cathedral School

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St Paul's Cathedral School
Mottoes Latin: Fide Et Literis
(By Faith and By Learning)
Established 1123
Type Independent preparatory school
Choral foundation school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mr Neil Chippington MA FRCO
Bursar Mrs Nicola Lovell
Location 2 New Change
United Kingdom
Local authority City of London
DfE number 201/6006
DfE URN 100002 Tables
Staff 40~
Students 240~
Gender Coeducational
Ages 4–13
Houses Boyce, de la Mare, Groves, Stainer
Colours Burgandy and Blue
Former pupils (choristers) Old Paulcathes (members of the Guild of the Companions of St Paul)

St. Paul's Cathedral School is an independent school associated with St Paul's Cathedral in London and is located in New Change in the City of London.[1]

The School has around 220 pupils, most of whom are day pupils, both boys and girls, including up to 40 boy choristers who are all boarders and who singing the daily services in St Paul's Cathedral.[2] The School became co-educational in 2002.[3]


Originally the School was set up to provide education solely for the Choristers and dates from about 1123, when 8 needy children were given a home and education in return for singing in the Cathedral. The Choir School and a Grammar School co-existed under the aegis of the Cathedral for many years, until the Grammar School was moved and re-established in 1511 by the humanist Dean John Colet to become St Paul's School. The Cathedral School and St Paul's School (now a public school) are now distinct and separate institutions.

The original Choir School, which stood in St Paul's Churchyard, was destroyed with the Cathedral in the Great Fire of London in 1666.[4] The School has had several incarnations being re-built in 1670, in 1822 (in Cheapside) and 1887 (in Carter Lane). The current buildings date from the 1960s.


In addition to the daily Evensong, the choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral, have taken part in a number of important recording and tours and they have performed at a number of important state occasions, including Winston Churchill's funeral and the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.[5]

Child-abuse controversy

In December 2007 Stephen Douglas-Hogg, a former Classics and house master of the school, was arrested and charged with the abuse of a number of choristers during the 1980s. Following his attempted suicide[6] during the initial stages of proceedings in October 2008, the 50-year-old Douglas-Hogg changed his plea halfway through the trial[7] and admitted to 13 counts of indecent assault on five boys aged under 14. On 11 May 2009 Douglas-Hogg was sentenced to 4 and a half years' imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court.[8]

Det Supt Jeff Davies, who led the City of London Police team investigating the offences, said: “This was a difficult and sensitive investigation for the officers involved. I hope the conclusion of the case will go some way to helping those who have suffered as a result of the abuse they endured more than 20 years ago.”

Judge Michael Gledhill QC labelled Douglas-Hogg a "paedophile" who used his authority to strike fear into his victims, who were too afraid to report what happened. He said Douglas-Hogg showed no remorse and added: "You should be a broken man; regrettably, I have serious doubts as to whether or not you actually are."

Former pupils

Notable former pupils include:


  1. Early history
  2. The School and the Cathedral
  3. The Modern School
  4. Jokinen, Anniina (2001-10-26). "The Great Fire of London, 1666". Luminarium. Retrieved 2008-04-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Rupert Christiansen, "St. Paul's Cathedral School: Ancient and Modern", Daily Telegraph, 28 Dec 2007. Accessed 15 May 2009.
  6. BBC, News (2008-10-07). "Teacher overdoses ahead of trial". BBC. Retrieved 2009-05-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. BBC, News (2009-05-08). "Ex-teacher admits abusing pupils". BBC. Retrieved 2009-05-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Nengi, Koko (2009-05-12). "Former teacher jailed for abuse". City of London Police. Retrieved 2009-05-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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