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.
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||Monkton Combe School was founded as a Senior School in January 1868, by Reverend Francis Pocock. Returning from West Africa due to ill health, Pocock came to Monkton Combe via a shipwreck and temporary posts elsewhere, as the local vicar, and founded the school. Most of his early pupils were the sons of missionaries who came largely to be trained to follow the same vocation.
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.
Over the School's 146 years, there have been 11 Headteachers. Of these, two have been referred to as the Principal, The Rev RG Bryan (1875-1895) and Richard Backhouse 2005-present.
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Major projects completed at the Senior School:
- 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
Major projects completed at the Prep School:
- 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
Name of Director: Mrs Issy Hartnell
Address: Registrar Monkton Combe School Church Lane Monkton Combe Bath Somerset BA2 7HG
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 721133
Application fee: 100 GBP
Cost of tuition
7 days boarding: Senior £7,420–£9,772
Day school only cost: Senior 5,198–£6,312
About the school
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 the School, but each exudes its own personality generated by its pupils, houseparents and staff.
A broad and varied curriculum
As shown by Monkton’s outstanding exam results 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 Monkton’s strengths 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 School productions, DVD nights, Pearce Centre parties, junior discos and informal concerts – there is almost too much to choose from!
Our outstanding pastoral care, 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.
What we offer?
Monkton is a school which 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.
Student/teacher ratio: 10:1
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