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Message from the Head Master

St Peter's 13-18

Message from the Head Master

Jeremy WalkerLife has never been so full of opportunities, with challenge and change ever-present and our aim is to develop confident, rounded young men and women who make the most of their abilities in preparation for a successful, fulfilled life. 

Founded in 627 AD, St Peter’s is the fourth oldest school in the world and one of the country’s leading schools. Our academic results are outstanding but we believe that independent thinking and a love of learning are just as important as excellent grades. Here there is a real focus on developing intellectual curiosity in the classroom and beyond with pupils and staff being members of a vibrant, learning community. 

The achievement of academic potential is central, but an education based only on qualifications is limited and, frankly, rather dull. We offer a huge range of sporting, artistic and cultural opportunities because we want our pupils to establish interests that stay with them for life, as well as learning the skills that will make them stand out in a fast-changing world. There is something for everyone at St Peter’s with high levels of participation offering opportunity for the specialist as well as the all-rounder. 

Peterites are confident but also grounded and it is their enthusiasm that brings a great sense of fun to each School day. This is a School where all are cared for as individuals and where links between home and school are a source of pride and this continues long after school days are over through our active alumni organisation, the Old Peterites.

We offer co-education from 2 to 18 and our three-school structure enables us to give a tailor-made experience for each age group while giving access to the facilities of the whole school and a strong sense of belonging. Situated just minutes from the heart of York, one of the nation’s greatest and most beautiful cities, there is a strong sense of being part of a modern, dynamic community where we walk, as our motto says, ‘over ancient ways’.

Do come and visit – you can be assured of a warm welcome.


Jeremy Walker, Head Master

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