A remarkably tailored education
Where pupils reach their full potential
A world-class musical education
A stunning educational setting
A high-calibre sporting education
A happy and purposeful community
Spirituality, timelessness and wonder

We are Exeter's oldest school offering girls and boys aged 3-13 a remarkably tailored education.


I’m delighted that you’re visiting our website, and hope that it will provide you with a flavour of what life is like here at Exeter Cathedral School.

We’ve been going for over 800 years, so there is a tremendous amount of history, tradition, culture and heritage in the walls and in the blood. But there is also freshness, dynamism, modern facilities, and a real sense of pride in being an ancient foundation with traditional values and a modern approach, and a place where children can be children.

Exeter Cathedral School is a terrific place and I am hugely proud to be Headmaster of this very fine independent school. Our website will give you a good insight into what we’re all about, but there’s no substitute of course for a visit in person. Do come and see us at any stage for a tour and taster day to discover what makes Exeter’s oldest school such a very special place to be – my team and I will be delighted to welcome you.

James Featherstone

"A fantastic spring board for whatever the future holds. Thank you."

Exeter Cathedral School Parent

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Discover the History, Heart, and Future of Your Child’s Education.

We invite you to experience Exeter Cathedral School firsthand. Our informal private tours offer a glimpse into Exeter’s oldest independent private school, showcasing our unique blend of tradition, vibrant classrooms and exceptional facilities. 


Instrument lessons taught every week.


Clubs offered throughout the school every term.


Happy pupils enrolled.


Pupils on average per class.

Read our Good Schools Guide Review

The Good Schools Guide is the UK’s number one school guide, helping parents in every aspect of choosing the best private school in Devon for their children.

We hope that reading this review will help your family make a more informed decision as you explore life at Exeter Cathedral School.

A warm, enveloping family of a school where pupils are, in the words of one parent but echoed by many, ‘allowed to be individuals, encouraged to be true to themselves and helped to flourish in whatever they find a passion for’.

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