The School was originally founded in 627A.D. by Paulinus, the first Archbishop of York, for the education of boy choristers.
Throughout the turmoil of subsequent centuries, our choristers continued to lead the worship in York Minster.
Since 1987, the choir school has been a fully co-educational preparatory school with its own pre-prep department.
In 1995, the Dean & Chapter decided to establish girl choristers in parallel to the existing boys' choir.
In 1996 the school expanded once again with the opening of a nursery class.
There are currently 180 children on the school roll, aged between 3 and 13 years, of whom 40 are choristers.