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    This is a list of extant schools, excluding universities and higher education establishments, that have been in continuous operation since founded . The dates refer to the foundation or the earliest documented contemporaneous reference to the school.

    This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items with reliable sources .

    Sixth century

    The King's School, Canterbury , England (597) [1][2]

    Seventh century

    The King's School, Rochester , England (604) [1][3]

    St Peter's School, York, England (627) [1][4]

    Thetford Grammar School, Thetford , England (631), [5] first conclusive (1114)

    Royal Grammar School Worcester , England (685), [6] first conclusive evidence (1291) [1]

    Beverley Grammar School , England (700), oldest state school in England[7]

    Eighth century

    Sherborne School , England (705)

    Gymnasium Paulinum, Germany (797) [8]

    Gymnasium Theodorianum, Germany (799) [9]

    Ninth century

    Gymnasium Carolinum, Osnabrück , Germany (804), founded by Charles the Great (Charlemagne)[ citation needed]

    Stiftsgymnasium Xanten [de ], Xanten,

    Germany (exact founding date not clear) [ citation needed]

    Tenth century

    Wells Cathedral School , England (c.909) [10]

    Warwick School , England (914) [11]

    St Albans School , England (948) [1]

    The Minster School, Southwell , England (c. 956)

    The King's School, Ely , England (970) [1]

    Pannonhalma Benedictine College, Hungary (996) [ citation needed] , founded by Grand Prince Géza of Hungary

    Eleventh century

    Roskilde Katedralskole, Denmark (c. 1020) [citation needed ]

    Suzhou High School , China (1035) [12]

    Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík , Iceland (1056) [citation needed ]

    Viborg Katedralskole, Denmark (c.1060) [ citation needed]

    Katedralskolan, Lund , Sweden (1085) [citation needed ], originally part of Denmark, despite the many Danish-Swedish wars continuously operating since it was founded.

    Salisbury Cathedral School , England (1091) [citation needed ]

    Norwich School , England (1096)[1]

    Abingdon School , England (1100, endowed 1256, refounded 1563)

    Twelfth century

    St Paul's Cathedral School , England (1123)

    High School of Glasgow , Scotland (pre-1124) [1]

    Reading School , England (1125)

    Royal High School , Edinburgh , Scotland (1128)

    Stirling High School , Scotland (1129)

    Stiftsgymnasium Melk , Austria (pre-1140)

    Bristol Cathedral School , England (1140)

    Ribe Katedralskole, Denmark (1145)

    Trondheim katedralskole, Norway (c. 1152)

    Bergen katedralskole, Norway (1153)

    Oslo katedralskole, Norway (1153)

    Derby School , England (1160)

    Lycée Institution Saint Malo La Providence [ fr], France (1161) [13]

    Westminster School , England (1179) [1]

    Małachowianka, Poland (1180)

    Lanark Grammar School , Scotland (1183)

    Aarhus Katedralskole Denmark (1195) [14]

    Paulo Pontine, later Bedford School , Bedford, England (Date Uncertain, refounded by Edward VI 1552, see below)

    Thirteenth century

    Colchester Royal Grammar School , England (pre-1206)

    Metropolitanskolen , Denmark (1209)

    Riga State Gymnasium No.1 , Latvia (1211)

    Thomasschule zu Leipzig, Germany (1212)

    Ayr Academy , Scotland (1233)

    Lancaster Royal Grammar School , England (1235)

    High School of Dundee , Scotland (1239) [1]

    Bailuzhou High School , Ji'an , China (1241)

    Harrow School , England (1243, Royal Charter in 1572)

    Johan de Witt Gymnasium,

    Dordrecht, The Netherlands (1253) (oldest school in The Netherlands)

    Abingdon School , England (1256)

    Aberdeen Grammar School , Scotland (1257)

    Stedelijk Gymnasium van 's-Hertogenbosch [nl ], The Netherlands (exact year of foundation unknown, but first mentioned in 1274)

    Cathedral School in Turku , Finland (1276)

    King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth , England (1276)

    Ruthin School , Denbighshire, Wales (1284)

    King Edward VI Grammar School , Stratford-upon-Avon (1295 refounded 1553)

    Katedralskolan, Uppsala, Sweden (exact year of foundation not known)

    Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden, The Netherlands (First mentioned 1323, but year of foundation is estimated mid 13th Century)

    Fourteenth century

    Stamford School , England (c.1309 but re-endowed 1532)

    Northallerton School , England (1323)

    Hanley Castle High School , England (1326)

    Jurisich Miklós Grammar School , Hungary, Koszeg (1328) [citation needed ]

    Gymnasium Erasmianum, The Netherlands (1328)

    Gymnasium Ernestinum [ de], Celle, Germany (1328)

    Gymnasium Laurentianum [ de], Warendorf, Germany (1329) [citation needed ]

    The King’s School , Grantham, Lincolnshire, England (1329) refounded (1528)

    Bourne Grammar School Lincolnshire, England (1330)

    Hull Grammar School , England (1330)

    King's School Ottery St. Mary , England (1335)

    Barlaeus Gymnasium, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1342)

    Bablake School , England (1344)

    Instituto San Isidro , Spain (1346)

    St George's School, Windsor Castle , England (1348)

    Doncaster Grammar School / Hall Cross School , England (1350)

    Beauchamp College , England (1359)

    Sint Maartensschool (name later changed into Praedinius Gymnasium), The Netherlands (1375)

    Prince Henry's High School , England (c1376)

    Stedelijk Gymnasium Johan van Oldenbarnevelt [ nl], Amersfoort , The Netherlands (1376)

    New College School , England (1379)

    Wisbech Grammar School , England (1379)

    Knox Academy , Scotland (1379)

    Samuel von Brukenthal National College, Sibiu, Romania (1380) - originally part of Hungary

    Winchester College , England (1382)

    Hereford Cathedral School , England (1384)

    Katharine Lady Berkeley's School , England (1384)

    Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem, the Netherlands (1389)

    Halepaghen Grammar School , Germany (1390)

    Penistone Grammar School , England (1392)

    Gymnasium Haganum , The Netherlands (1394)

    Cathedral School of Vilnius , Lithuania (founded before 1397)

    Ipswich School , Suffolk, England (1399) (first record of existence)

    Chorister School , England (c.1400)

    Fifteenth century

    Latin School, Malmö [ sv] , Sweden (1406)

    Oswestry School , England (1407)

    Durham School , England (1414) (possibly 635)

    Aberdeen Grammar School , Scotland (1418) (possibly 1257)

    Royal Latin School , England (1423)

    Brechin High School , Scotland (1429)

    Sponne School , England (1430)

    St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir School , Dublin, Ireland (1432)

    Sevenoaks School , England (1432)

    Eton College, England (1440)

    Chipping Campden School , England (c1440)

    King's College School, Cambridge , England (1441)

    City of London School , England (1442)

    Adams' Grammar School , England (1442)

    Bridlington School , England (1447) [15]

    Dreikönigsgymnasium , Cologne, Germany (1450)

    Phanar Greek Orthodox College , Istanbul, Turkey (1454)

    St. Bartholomew's School , England (1466)

    Dunfermline High School , Scotland (1468)

    Bromsgrove School (record of a chantry school 1476, re-founded 1553)

    Magdalen College School, Oxford , England (1480)

    Galatasaray High School , Istanbul, Turkey (1481)

    Skegness Grammar School , England (1483)

    Stockport Grammar School , England (1487)

    Ermysted's Grammar School , England (1492) (first record of existence)

    King Edward VI School, Lichfield , England (1495)

    Loughborough Grammar School , England (1495)

    The Prebendal School , England (1497)

    Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne Minster, England (1497)

    Alcester Grammar School , England (1498)

    Sixteenth century

    Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn , England (1509)

    Royal Grammar School, Guildford, England (1509)

    St Paul's School, London, England (1509)

    Giggleswick School , England (1512)

    Lewes Old Grammar School , England (1512) [16]

    Wolverhampton Grammar School , England (1512)

    Nottingham High School , England (1513)

    Pocklington Grammar School , England (1514)

    Manchester Grammar School , England (1515)

    Gillingham School, Dorset , England (1516)

    Bolton School , England (1516) (exact year of foundation unknown, but first mentioned in 1516)

    Cranbrook School, Kent , England (1518)

    King's School, Bruton , England (1519)

    Sedbergh School , England (1525)

    Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, England (1525)

    Bishop Vesey's Grammar School , England (1527)

    Hermann-Tast-Schule [ de], Germany (1527)

    Bingley Grammar School , West Yorkshire, England (1529)

    Magnus Grammar School , England (1531)

    Bristol Grammar School , England (1532)

    Nicolas Gibson Free School now the

    Coopers' Company and Coborn School , England (1536)[17]

    Elizabethan Grammar School now

    Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, England (1536)

    Gazi Husrev-beg medresa [ hr ], Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1537) [citation needed ]

    Kilkenny College. Ireland (1538)

    The Crypt School , Gloucester, England (1539)

    Christ College, Brecon, Wales (1541)

    The King's School, Peterborough , England (1541)

    The King's School, Worcester , England (1541)

    The King's School, Gloucester , England (1541)

    The King's School, Chester, England (1541)

    Berkhamsted School , Hertfordshire, England (1541)

    Northampton School for Boys , Northampton, England (1541)

    King Henry VIII School , Abergavenny, Wales (1542)

    Stadtgymnasium Dortmund [ de], Dortmund, Germany (1543)

    Stedelijk gymnasium Nijmegen [ nl],

    Nijmegen, Netherlands (1544)

    Görres-Gymnasium [ de], Düsseldorf, Germany (1545)

    Christ Church Cathedral School , Oxford, England (1546)

    Colyton Grammar School , Colyford, Devon, England (1546)

    Bradford Grammar School , Bradford, Yorkshire, England (1548)

    Kirkham Grammar School , England (1549)

    Maidstone Grammar School , Maidstone, England (1549)

    King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds , England (1550)

    King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford , Essex, England (1551)

    Leeds Grammar School , Leeds, England (1552)

    King Edward's School, Birmingham, England (1552)

    King Edward's School, Bath England (1552)

    Shrewsbury School , England (1552)

    Christ's Hospital, England (1552)

    Hutton Grammar School , England (1552; endowed 1522)

    Akademisches Gymnasium (Vienna) , Austria (1553)

    Tonbridge School , England (1553)

    King Edward VI School, Southampton, England (1553) [18]

    Queen Mary's Grammar School , England (1554)

    Boston Grammar School , England (1555)

    Ripon Grammar School , England (1555)

    Laxton Grammar School , England (1556)

    Hampton School , England (1556)

    Academic Grammar School , Prague, Czech Republic (1556)

    Brentwood School , England (1557)

    Friars School, Bangor , Wales (1557)

    Tadcaster Grammar School , England (1557)

    Vasaskolan [ sv], Gävle , Sweden (1557) [19] (In 1669 absorbing

    Stockholms gymnasium [ sv], founded in 1640. [20] )

    Enfield Grammar School , England (1558) (absorbing and replacing the

    Enfield chantry-school 1398-1558).

    Repton School , England (1559)

    Solihull School , England (1560)

    Leith Academy , Scotland (1560)

    Westminster Abbey Choir School , England (1560)

    Kingston Grammar School , England (1561)

    Colegio Nuestra Señora de Montesión , Spain (1561)

    St Olave's Grammar School , England (1561)

    Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, England (1561)

    Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck, Austria (1562)

    Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe , England (1562)

    Elizabeth College , Guernsey (1563)

    Sir Roger Manwood's School , England (1563)

    Felsted School , England (1564)

    Herlufsholm Boarding School , Denmark (1565)

    Highgate School , England (1565)

    Ashby School , England (1567)

    Rugby School , England (1567)

    The Royal School of Dunkeld , Scotland (1567) (Royal Charter granted in the name of King James VI of Scotland)

    Richmond School , England (1568)

    Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet, England (1573)

    Dartford Grammar School , England (1576)

    Sutton Valence School , England (1576)

    Paisley Grammar School , Scotland (1577)

    Kirkcudbright Academy (earliest record of existence 1582)

    St. Bees School , England (1583)

    Pontificio Collegio Gallio [ it], Como, Italy (1583)

    Oakham School , England (1584)

    Uppingham School , England (1584)

    Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne, England (1585)

    Spalding Grammar School , England (1588)

    Joyce Frankland Academy , England (1588) (formerly Newport Free Grammar School)

    Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield , England (1591)

    Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale , England (1591)

    Stonyhurst College , England (1593)

    Emanuel School , England (1594)

    Ratsgymnasium Osnabrück [de ], Germany (1595)

    Whitgift School , England (1596)

    Aldenham School , England (1597)

    Aylesbury Grammar School , England (1598)

    Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, England (1599)

    See also

    List of the oldest public high schools in the United States

    List of the oldest schools in Sri Lanka

    List of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom

    List of oldest universities in continuous operation

    The oldest independent schools in the UK

    List of oldest institutions in continuous operation

    References

    1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Swinnerton (2005) , p. 107

    2. ^ http://www.kings-school.co.uk/document_1.aspx?id=1:31887&id=1:31658&id=1:31637 Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine

    3. ^ "The History of King's Rochester" . kings-rochester.co.uk. Archived from

    the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2010.

    4. ^ Mortimore, M.J.A. (1999),

    Bridlington School: A History, Hutton Cranswick, East Yorkshire: Alan Twiddle Publishing, p. 13,

    ISBN 1-902508-03-3

    5. ^ "The School" . thetgram.norfolk.sch.uk. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.

    6. ^ "Lessons From History" . rgsw.org.uk. Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2011.

    7. ^ Beverley town council website

    8. ^ "WIR : SEIT 797 > Eine Schule in Entwicklung" (in German). Retrieved 13 November 2010.

    9. ^ Der Zukunft zugewandt (in German), retrieved 23 July 2019

    10. ^ Colchester, L.S.; Quilter, David Tudway; Quilter, Alan (1985). A History of Wells Cathedral School (First ed.). Wells Cathedral School.

    11. ^ "The Warwick School Story" .

    Old Warwickians . Retrieved 27 July 2019.

    12. ^ Toqto'a ; et al. (1977). History of Song (in Chinese). Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company.

    ISBN 9787101071122.

    13. ^ "Un peu d'histoire" . www.ism-lapro.fr . Retrieved 29 April 2018.

    14. ^ Hitorien Archived 29 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine The schools official homepage (in Danish)

    15. ^ Mortimore 1999 , pp. 15–17.

    16. ^ British Towns and Cities: Lewes , History Today (Volume 1 Issue 11 November 1951). Retrieved: 26 November 2016.

    17. ^ "History & Archive | The Coopers' Company and Coborn School" .

    www.cooperscoborn.org.uk . Retrieved 18 June 2017.

    18. ^ The schools official homepage shows founded 1553, opened 1554.

    19. ^ "Studera hos oss."

    Vasaskolan. Retrieved 14 June 2020.

    20. ^ Rietz, Johan Emil (1848)

    Skånska Skolväsend,ets historia. Lund, p. 149.

    Bibliography

    Swinnerton, Jo (2005). "Britain's first public schools". The History of Britain Companion . London: Robson. p. 107. ISBN 1861059140 .

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