Monkton Combe School: Bath, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
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Somerset Boarding School 
Monkton Combe School, just a mile from the World Heritage City of Bath, is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 2–19. We pride ourselves on our lively Christian ethos, excellent exam results and our strong pastoral care. At Monkton, we are setting standards for life; giving young people the qualities of character they need to become trusted employees, inspiring leaders, valued friends and loving parents.


  • 7 days boarding: 10,847 per term

School size and facilties

Senior Boarding School Campus Facilities

  • Information and Communication Technology Centre 
  • Sixth Form Centre 
  • Sports Centre 
  • Drama Studio 
  • Extension and refurbishment of the Chapel 
  • Extension and refurbishment of the 'All Weather' sports pitch 
  • Refurbishment and modernisation of the Library 
  • Construction of a new Maths and Science Centre
  • Refurbishment of Reynella and Tabora to increase boarding accommodation 
  • Construction of a new Music Centre
  • Refurbishment of rowing facilities  

Preparatory Boarding School Campus Facilities

  • Indoor Swimming & Fitness Centre 
  • Information and Communication Technology Centre 
  • Two new hard courts for tennis and netball 
  • Library & Learning Resources Centre 
  • 'All Weather' Hockey Pitch

Campus Maps can be found at: http://www.monktoncombeschool.com/contact/find-us.html

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 97 127 224
Day School: 51 102 153

Director Details

Year Of Foundation


Some History

Christian Boarding School UK

Monkton Combe School was founded as a Senior School in January 1868, by Reverend Francis Pocock. From the earliest days, the school had a strong Christian ethos. By 1875, there were 18 pupils, all boys of course, in the school, and by the time the Junior School started in 1888, the total number had grown to 51. During the tenure of Rev J W Kearns, Headmaster of the Senior School from 1900-1925, the number of pupils grew from 54 to 150, and the school grew physically, with the pruchase of land and buildings, including Longmead, and the site of the Prep School, both bought in 1901. The Chapel was also built during Kearn's tenure. A similar period of growth took place while Derek Wigram was Headmaster, from 1946-1968, during which time the number of boys grew from 177 to 307, and many of the buildings pupils would recognise today, including the Assembly Hall, the Art and Design Technology Departments, the Hockey Block and the original elements of the Maths and Science Centre, were constructed.

About the school

  • Long description:

    Boarding is at the very heart of Monkton, and the unique atmosphere of the School is enjoyed by boarders and day pupils alike. All the houses reflect the spirit and ethos of this Top UK boarding School, but each exudes its own personality generated by its pupils, houseparents and staff.

    A broad and varied curriculum

    As shown outstanding exam results of this Top UK boarding school over the last five years – and, more importantly, what this means in terms of the way we add value to our pupils – fulfilling academic potential is one of our key priorities. Our students work hard and are well motivated, being supported and encouraged through the care and enthusiasm of our gifted teachers, who are committed to delivering lessons that are lively and enjoyable, as well as being rigorous and demanding. Strategies for supporting gifted and talented students are well established and are continually updated and extended.

    Busy days and full weekends

    One of strengths of this top UK boarding school  is the breadth of activities available to pupils at weekends – in fact, many of our day pupils will spend all weekend at school just so they can join in the Monkton social life. Every Saturday afternoon there is a full programme of sporting activities which follow on after morning lessons. There are some brilliant social events hosted by the houses throughout the year – a bonfire party, a summer fete, a barbecue, to name but a few, and these, together with the music, drama and sporting competitions, keep the students extremely busy at weekends. They can also enjoy the productions of this top UK boarding school, DVD nights, Pearce Centre parties, junior discos and informal concerts – there is almost too much to choose from!

    Transforming lives

    The outstanding pastoral care of this Top UK boarding school, strong moral framework and culture of service to others make us an ideal choice for parents looking for a school that will nurture and challenge their child spiritually, emotionally and socially as well as developing their academic potential to the full.

Social life & attractions


Academic life

  • What we offer ?
    This top UK boarding school is both modern and forward looking, yet remains close to the values and principles on which it was founded in 1868. We believe this combination is a powerful one for educating young people - an education which seeks not only to steer them to university with good A level grades, but also to develop qualities of character, confidence and sensitivity which will prepare them for the whole of their lives.

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Interests & Activities

  • Support programs
    College Counseling, ESL: Advanced, ESL: Beginning, ESL: Intermediate, Evening Study Assistance, Learning Center, Peer Tutoring, Study Skills Assistance, Subject Tutoring, Technology Center, Writing Center
  • Languages & Humanities Courses
    • Foreign Languages Courses
      French, German, Latin, Spanish

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Monkton Combe School: Bath, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Monkton Combe School: Bath, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools



Church Ln, Monkton Combe, Bath , Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, Postcode - BA2 7HG
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