Age Range
13 to 18
Nearest Airport
School Type
Fees - Day
Fees - Full

Overview of St. Peter’s School

St. Peter’s is a progressive school with a long-standing history of excellence since 627 AD. The school believes in life-long learning, whilst that means getting good grades and moving on to prestigious universities that also means having students work hard and enjoy learning. St. Peter’s aim to ensure that students become grounded, self-reliant and be truly interested in the outside world. It also believes that education should be entertaining. A good institution should create a secure yet stimulating atmosphere where students are free to discover themselves whilst developing strength of character and creating their own career paths.

What St. Peter’s School Offers

Students from St. Peter’s school take advantage of its location in 47 acres of land along the banks of River Ouse which is only a few minutes away from the historic and vibrant city of York by foot. An all-around and elevating community life is what this school offers through co-ed, day and boarding school with the best facilities.
Teenage years can be full of unpredictability and no matter how fearless your child may be, there’s still a need for some level of certainty. St. Peter’s School offers a positive, well-rounded education system that is tested through time in preparing them for the challenges ahead.

Sports Facilities

St. Peter’s school department has a wide variety of sports activities including rowing, hockey, rugby, cricket, netball, football and tennis, Other sports available include athletics, badminton, basketball, climbing, cross-country, fencing, squash, swimming, and aerobics. It has 2 sports centres, an indoor pool, gymnasium, massive playing fields, a boathouse and a tennis court making it suitable for children interested in sports.

Music and The Arts

The music school at St. Peter’s is composed of 30 teachers and spearheaded by Paul Miles-Kingston. It is one of the biggest and most varied school music departments in the North. Music in this UK boarding school is prospering both as a course and as the most favored co-curricular activity. St. Peter’s School is lucky to have venues like the gorgeous Chapel that the students can use for concerts and events.

The Art department of St. Peter’s School believes that all students should be visually educated and this boarding school motivates its students to enhance their visual awareness and creativity. There are three main spaces available for the flourishing drama club: the newly renovated Memorial Hall, the Shepherd Hall, and the Dame Judi Dench Studio Theatre.

Boarding Life

The boarding atmosphere at St. Peter’s School is an important factor. It makes boarding the focal point of the community and it makes sure that both day and boarding students take advantage of the attentive and well organized pastoral care system. Being led by resident houseparents and families, each of the five boarding houses thrives in happy environments.


St. Peter’s School is located near the Ouse River, within sight of the Minster. The city of York has a very colorful history. This conservative city has a lot to offer, including the National Railway Museum and York Minster. Most recently, the city is celebrated at York Chocolate Story. Even just outside its walls, Yorkshire is an interesting place that can arouse young minds. Due to St. Peter’s location, being in close proximity to the coast, the school offers trips to The Deep Aquarium in Hull, and Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions into the Yorkshire Countryside.
As it is situated in the countryside, the school can be easily accessed through cars, train or plane. St. Peter’s School is just 10 minutes away from the York train station and it provides free transfers to the less than an hour away, Bradford International Airport.

Entrance Requirements: 

Entry at Third Form (Year 9) Children will usually join the Third Form in the September after their 13th birthday, although a child whose birthday falls very near the cut off may be considered for entry a year earlier or later. Applications should be received by 31 December, and children will sit our entrance exam in January. The assessment consists of tests in Maths, English and general intelligence, together with an interview. We also take reports and references from the child’s current school into account. If a child sits the Common Entrance exam, the results of this will also be considered. We will generally let you know about the outcome of your application within two weeks of the entrance exam. Entry at Lower Sixth (Year 12) Lower Sixth is the first year of the two-year A-level course, and a very popular entry point. Candidates are assessed in their preferred subjects for A-level, in addition to completing an interview. Reports, references and predicted grades are taken into account. Our minimum academic requirement for entry to the Sixth Form is six B grades at GCSE, or equivalent. However, entry is extremely competitive and in most circumstances it is likely that candidates will need to perform well above this level to be successful in securing a place. We are happy to provide further advice during the admissions process. The Entrance Exam for those wishing to join the Lower Sixth takes place in November each year.  Overseas candidates who are unable to attend at St Peter’s on entrance exam day may make arrangements to take their tests closer to home. Gillian Daniells, our Admissions Officer, will be pleased to provide advice and guidance in making these arrangements. Candidates who perform particularly well in the November exam will be offered a place immediately. However, those candidates who perform less strongly may be placed on a waiting list, with final decisions being made in February. We may choose to make a firm offer or a conditional offer to candidates. Where a conditional offer is made, the candidate must meet any specified criteria – such as achieving certain grades at GCSE – before the place can be confirmed.

Scholarships & Bursaries: 

We offer help with fees bursaries to children whose families cannot otherwise fund a place.
Our fee awards are means-tested, We can cover between 10% and 100% of school fees, depending on your financial circumstances. For those who need 100% support, we can also contribute towards the cost of uniform and some trips and activities. Help with fees is usually only available to pupils entering Year 7, Year 9 or Sixth Form. you do not need to reapply, although we will check your circumstances again at the end of Year 8 and Year 11. We will also ask you to complete an annual declaration, confirming that your circumstances have not changed.
If your family's financial circumstances change, though, you must tell us as soon as possible. 
If your income or assets increase significantly, we may need to reduce the level of fee assistance we offer, or withdraw it all together, We have limited funds available for fee assistance, and it is important that they are allocated to those most in need.

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The St Peter’s School campus is situated in Clifton just outside the ancient city walls of York; a convenient and central location which offers our pupils easy access to one of England’s most beautiful cities.
Behind the historic School frontage are 47 acres of grounds, industry-recgonised sports pitches, a new, award-winning swimming pool, and a boat house on the banks of the River Ouse.

Fees for 2018-19

Day Term - 6,025
Day Annual - 18,075
Boarder Term - 10,010
Boarder Annual - 30,030
Non-EU - 10,760
Boarder Term - 32,280
Individual lessons £27 per 40 minutes. Instrument hire @ £33 per term
Additional notes
Tuition fees include the costs of stationery and textbooks. There are no compulsory extras except for examination fees. Lunches are included in day fees.
Cleared funds must be received by the School no later than 10 calendar days before the commencement of the School term to which they relate. If the due date falls on a public holiday or a weekend, payment must be made no later than the working day immediately prior to the due date. An interest charge of 10% pa is made on overdue accounts.
The withdrawal of a pupil from the School or a change from boarding to day status requires a full term’s notice in writing and is subject to prior agreement with the Head Master. Failing this, a full term’s fees will be charged as liquidated damages.
A 10% reduction in boarding fees is made for the children of serving members of the Armed Forces.

We have four boarding houses at St Peter’s: Dronfield and The Rise for the girls, and Linton and The Manor for the boys. Junior boarders at St Olave’s School live in Wenthworth House. Each house is overseen by Houseparents, a married couple who are also academic staff at the school.
Each of our boarding houses is home to 30 to 45 pupils, allowing Houseparents, staff and boarders themselves to get to know everybody individually, creating the feeling of an extended family. Houseparents and senior boarders lead by example, ensuring that everybody feels welcome and valued from the moment they arrive. 
Each house offers spacious and comfortable accommodation, with common rooms, study areas, computer rooms, WiFi, music practice rooms and a fully equipped kitchen which is replenished daily with fruit, cereal, bread, milk and snacks. Boarders eat their main meals in the School Dining Hall, making lunch time an ideal opportunity to catch up with friends from the day houses.
In recognition of their increasing maturity and responsibilities, Sixth Formers benefit from greater flexibility and privacy within the Boarding Houses, sleeping one or two to a room, with access to their own study areas.
A laundry service is available for pupils and each House has a Matron and team of staff to help ensure everything rooms smoothly. In the senior Boarding Houses, boarders share some duties, with everyone doing their bit to contribute to a happy and efficient House.

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