What’s behind the wall?

Discover more about our Nursery and Pre-Prep

What’s behind the Wall?

Just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral and safely tucked away behind an ancient wall you will discover the charming Hall House – Exeter Cathedral School’s Nursery and Pre-Prep.

 For girls and boys aged 2½ to 7, Hall House offers first-rate education and a place where children are encourage to explore, to question, to discover and to build confidence.

If you’d like to know more about Exeter Cathedral School and meet our Headmaster, find out more below.

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Discover our Nursery

Our purpose-built Nursery building was opened in 2015 and provides a wonderful setting for children to begin their educational journey.

Run by our specialist Head of Nursery and a team of Key Workers, the ECS Nursery offers a first-rate Nursery Education which encourages children to explore, to question, to discover and to build confidence.

Explore our Pre-Prep

Our Pre-Prep department is committed to developing a love of learning through a broad and balanced curriculum.

From Reception to Year 2, our Children learn in a calm, creative environment which enables them to form positive relationships with adults and peers, where they feel safe, can develop a sense of belonging and have ownership of their learning environment.

In the Heart of Exeter

We have an enviable location in the heart of Exeter, nestled between the Cathedral and Southernhay.

Our Nursery and Pre-Prep benefit from incredible outdoor space. We have a soft-fall playground, woodland play-area and a terraced garden where children explore and play.

Wrap-around care

We’re open from 7.30am until 6.00pm every day.

Our Breakfast Club and After-School Care is designed to suit the needs of our parents. We also run Holiday Clubs throughout the year to ensure that our care works for parents over the holiday periods.


The quality of the pupils' academic and other achievements is excellent... The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.
ISI Inspection - May 2019
This is a fantastic area, free-flowing from inside to out. From the cosy keyworker areas and rooms, little ones (all in uniform) can play under awning in an area that leads to the shared playground one end, and the Woodland Garden at the other. This is a child’s dream.
The Good Schools Guide
Pupils are happy, confident, and self-aware, and are proud of their achievements.
ISI Inspection - May 2019