Monkton Combe School: Bath, Somerset, UK

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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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7 days boarding: 

GBP 14,810 per term

About the school

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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.


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

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Academic life

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.

Sport and culture

On our unrivalled and award winning playing fields, pupils’ development and successes are built on the foundation of Monkton’s strong sporting tradition which is committed to providing an extensive sporting programme focussing upon participation, as well as excellence. We produce at least two teams in every age group in each of the School’s major sports: rugby, hockey, rowing and cricket for the boys and hockey, netball, rowing and tennis for the girls. Many pupils find their strengths in other individual and team sports including athletics, basketball, badminton, golf, squash and swimming, which focus not only on fitness, competition and discipline, but also well-being and mental health.

Location Description

Church Ln, Monkton Combe, Bath BA2 7HG

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