Founded in 1344, it moved to its present urban site in 1890. It is set in 11 acres, approximately a mile from the city centre, with 40 acres of playing fields nearby. During the last 30 years, the facilities have been modernised to include science labs, a sports hall, astroturf pitches, swimming pool, theatre and digital language laboratory; the school has its own weather centre, recognised by the Met Office. Girls were first admitted in 1975 and it is now fully co-educational; there is a separate junior school. Although built on a Christian foundation, it is non-denominational and welcomes pupils of all beliefs. Academically strong, its examination results are very good. A vibrant music department and strong in drama; also in debating in which the school regularly competes on a national level. It is very good at sport, with much success at county and regional level in cricket, hockey, netball and rugby. There is keen participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and it has its own CCF, including army and RAF units. There is a vigorous programme of community service and charity fundraising.