We have already seen the oldest schools in the UK, but what about the rest of the world? I’m pretty sure the UK has some of the oldest schools, but not all of them. So let’s see what the rest of the world has to offer…
The Top 10 Oldest Schools in the World (Based on Founded Year)
10 – Gymnasium Theodorianum, German (Founded Year: 799)
Wiki Info: With its building is centrally located in the city center not far from the Paderborn town hall. In the tradition of the school founded in 799, it is one of the ten oldest remaining schools in the German-speaking world. Locals call the Gymnasium “the theo”.
9 – Gymnasium Paulinum, Germany (Founded Year: 797)
Wiki Info: Gymnasium Paulinum was established by Ludger the missionary in 797. He had been instructed by Charlemagne in 793 to preach Christianity in north-western Saxony, and subsequently established a monastery in the centre of the former Frankish stronghold of Mimigernaford (also Mimigardeford or Miningarvard), which was later to be known as Münster.
8 – Beverley Grammar School, England (Founded Year: 700)
Wiki Info: The school is a specialist Engineering College and shares a mixed Sixth form with Beverley High School. The school has received an ‘Outstanding’ in Ofsted inspections in 2006, 2008] and in 2010. However, it was unable to sustain such a high-level record when deemed ‘requires improvement’ in 2013.
7 – Royal Grammar School Worcester, England (Founded Year: 685)
Wiki Info: The Royal Grammar School Worcester (also known as RGS Worcester or RGSW) is an independent coeducational school in Worcester, England. Founded before 1291, it is one of the oldest British independent day schools.
6 – Hereford Cathedral School, England (Founded Year: 676)
Wiki Info: Hereford Cathedral School is an independent, co-educational day school for pupils of ages 3 to 18 years, from Nursery to Sixth Form. Its headmaster is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. The school’s premises are next to Hereford Cathedral in Hereford.
5 – Thetford Grammar School, Thetford, England (Founded Year: 631)
Wiki Info: Thetford Grammar School is an independent co-educational school in Thetford, Norfolk, England. The school might date back to the 7th century, which would make it one of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom.
4 – St Peter’s School, York, England (Founded Year: 627)
Wiki Info: St Peter’s School is a co-educational independent boarding and day school (also referred to as a public school), in the English City of York, with extensive grounds on the banks of the River Ouse. Founded by St Paulinus of York in AD 627, it is the third oldest school in the UK and the fourth oldest in the world. It is part of the York Boarding Schools Group.
3 – The King’s School, Rochester, England (Founded Year: 604)
Wiki Info: The King’s School, Rochester is an English independent school in Rochester, Kent. It is a cathedral school and, being part of the foundation of Rochester Cathedral, the Dean of Rochester serves as chair of the school’s governing body. The school claims to be the second oldest continuously operating school in the world, having been founded in 604 AD.
2 – The King’s School, Canterbury, England (Founded Year: 597)
Wiki Info: The King’s School is a selective British co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils in the English city of Canterbury in Kent. It is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and the Eton Group. It is held to be the oldest continuously operating school in the world, having been founded in 597 AD.
1 – Shishi Middle School, China (Founded Year: 143–141 BC)
Wiki Info: The school ceased to operate for a period before its refounding in 1661. You could argue that this list needed to be the oldest continuous school but I think as long as it is still operational it makes the list. Shishi ranks among the top 100 middle schools in China. Competition among junior middle school students in Chengdu for entry into the school is intense.