King’s has been part of Gloucester Cathedral’s fascinating history for almost half a millennium; ever since Henry VIII, an accomplished scholar himself, founded King’s in 1541, continuing an educational tradition at Gloucester stretching back at least to the time of William the Conqueror.
Today, Cathedral and School remain happily intertwined. We continue to provide Choristers for the Cathedral Choir and our pupils participate in regular services and events. We enjoy the privilege of being able to hold our daily assemblies, concerts, and many other events in the remarkable settings of the Nave, Quire and the Chapter House. Few schools in the world are lucky enough to enjoy such a magnificent School Chapel.
However familiar we become with the Cathedral’s presence and proximity to our School, it is impossible not to feel moved, not only by its breathtaking architecture and craftsmanship but by the strong sense of community and purpose it invokes. We are always conscious of the previous generations of King’s pupils and teachers who have walked through the same cloisters and gazed up in wonder at the same soaring stonework as we do.
While the Cathedral is naturally a historian’s delight, it is not a museum piece but full of life – an astonishingly busy and dynamic place where people of all ages, interests and beliefs feel welcomed and uplifted. It occupies a special place in the heart of our School and continues to inspire and encourage every one of us.