Tucked away from view in the historic Cathedral Close, The Pilgrims' School benefits from a wonderful sense of privacy and security. Visitors are often surprised by the spaciousness of the school site, and the abundance of grass play areas and open vistas which they discover behind our front door.  

The school flows through a series of three quadrangles - the Yard, the Quad, the Grid. Each has its own, distinct characteristics.

The Yard

The Yard is used at break for Yard cricket, basketball and Fives practice.The games room, known as The Priory, is equipped with table tennis, a pool table and table top football. In the Yard, the former Priory Stables have been carefully adapted to provide outstanding facilities for music, including practice rooms, a sound-proofed studio, a music technology suite and a teaching room.




The Quad

Many of our teaching rooms are sited around the main Quad. Each has several French windows opening on to the Quad, allowing the classrooms to enjoy an abundance of natural light and air. The ICT suites, the Briggs Library and the Octagon concert hall mark the perimeters. The central lawn is used by the boys at break times for mini cricket, boules, chase, conkers, diabolo - whatever the latest craze and weather dictate. The Quad is also an ideal outdoor venue for picnic concerts and school events.



The Grid

The Grid is an all-weather, bouncy surface made of environmentally friendly recycled tyres. It is used for hockey practice, football, Pre-Prep sports skills training and fun at break time. It is enclosed by the Puddle (our outdoor pool) and changing rooms, the Design Technology workshop and our Pre-Preparatory.

Beyond the Grid, a tributary of the River Itchen flows through the Outer Gardens.



Playing fields

Our playing fields are adjacent to the school and are accessed through the back gate of the school, on College Street. They extend along the length of the Bishop's Palace and wrap around the ruins of Wolvesey Castle. Enclosed by a medieval wall, it is hard to imagine a more picturesque location for school sport!



Forest School

Our main Forest School environment is adjacent to New Piece, one of our playing fields. By very kind permission of the Bishop and his wife, we also have the use of the Bishop’s Palace Arboretum as a second Forest School site. The more rugged and extensive woods of nearby Farley Mount are our third location.


Main School

The main building of the school dates back to the 17th century and has been modernised to accommodate the school's administrative offices, Main School boarding house, the boys’ Common Room, the dining room and our catering facilities.






The Pilgrims’ Hall

The medieval Pilgrims' Hall, the setting for school assemblies, concerts and plays, completes the main complex. Built in 1310, this is where the pilgrims would take shelter for the night, before visiting the Shrine of St Swithun in the Cathedral. Its magnificent timber roof is England's earliest surviving example of 'hammer-beam' construction, complete with splendid carved heads, one of which may be the young King Edward II.