The King's (The Cathedral) School

  • Welcome to our school

    Welcome to The King’s School. We are proud of our long-standing history and tradition going back to 1541 and embrace everything the modern world has to offer, as we look towards the future. We value, and strive to encourage, individual academic success, alongside musical, cultural and sporting achievements, within the Christian family ethos, which is central to everything we do. Our aim is to be “A Family Achieving Excellence”.  Read More

  • Music at King's

    We enjoy a deserved reputation for musical excellence.  As The Cathedral School, we educate the Peterborough Cathedral Choristers; the School benefits not only from their professionalism but also from the talents and enthusiasm of so many other able musicians, who perform in an extensive range of orchestras, choirs, bands and ensembles  in school, in the wider community of  Peterborough and on tour abroad.  Read More

  • Sport at King's

    We are committed to breadth and quality within Physical Education; it helps develop self-esteem, dignity and respect for all members of our community.  It is crucial to students’ personal development, and plays a significant role in our curricular and extra-curricular life. Read More

  • Teaching & Learning

    Central to every student's progress is the quality of Teaching & Learning. We aim to offer excellence both in the classroom and within a King’s education in its broadest sense, combining the best of modern thinking and technological developments with strategies which have stood the test of time, to prepare our young people to go out with confidence and enthusiasm to face the challenges of today’s world. Read More


The Commission on Learning

 In 2011 we set up the 'Commission on Learning', a student led group intended to focus on 'Building Learning Power'. The Commission on Learning enables students to get more involved in the process of teaching and learning, students work in small groups, alongside teachers to look at how we can develop teaching and learning together.

It is about creating a partnership between students and teachers and to link all the aspects of school life to building our students learning power. To create learners of the 21st century. To develop students who, when they leave King’s, can deal with the challenges that they may face and not struggle and falter when learning becomes too tough.

Building Learning Power and launch of the Learning Commission at The King's (The Cathedral) School

Building Learning Power is not about increasing the amount of knowledge that pupils take away from lessons, but about increasing their appetite to know and their capacity to learn. Teachers should be actively helping them to achieve this. Research shows that students’ results improve most when ‘teachers become learners about their own teaching, and when students become their own teachers.’ (John Hattie). The classroom becomes a ‘mind gym’ that 'systematically develops useful, transferable habits of mind' (Guy Claxton). Should we not be continuing to strive to get excellent results by cultivating these habits of mind, not by spoon-feeding or ‘teaching to the test’?

The Learning Commission

The Learning Commission has been set up to focus on building the habits of mind and developing our students as life-long learners. It is not just another new initiative but an opportunity for us as teachers and students to work in partnership with each to build learning power. The word 'commission' was decided on after researching work that has been pioneered by the Harris Federation in London.

Learning Commission Brochure

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Student Commission Map of Opportunity