Headmaster's Welcome

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I hope that this website conveys a sense of the purposeful and fulfilling life enjoyed by the boys of Christ Church Cathedral School.  In an unrivalled environment right in the shadow of Christ Church, our boys, with the help of our highly motivated and talented staff, and with the warm support of our involved parental body, come to realise their individual potential.

I am very lucky to work in a place where I know that boys succeed in so many ways, whether it be academically, in the sphere of music, for which the School has a national reputation, on the sports field (and surely we have one of the most beautiful pitches in England) and culturally where our position right in the heart of Oxford moulds our pupils profoundly. Christ Church Cathedral School can take you and your son on a journey from our outstanding Co–ed nursery, to achieving places and scholarships at senior schools, encouraging children to rise to rigorous intellectual challenges. We pride ourselves on the fact that our School is small enough for everyone to feel at home and intimate enough to ensure that everyone’s needs are individually attended to.

Above all things I know our boys are very happy and I firmly believe that a happy child will be a successful one.

In line with Henry VIII’s foundation charter the School provides the world famous Choristers for Oxford’s cathedral. The powers of dedication, concentration and maturity displayed by the Choristers inform the attitude of all the boys in the School. Our Christian heritage is still central to our ethos but we warmly welcome all families whatever their beliefs. We aim to provide a traditional framework for our pupils’ moral lives, giving them the confidence to thrive at their chosen senior schools.

Please do come and visit us – I will be delighted to meet you and proud to give you a taste of our wonderful school.

Richard Murray


‘One parent described the school as ‘really normal and grounded with just the right set of values’ – we agree', Good Schools Guide 2021.