Prior Park College
Prior to Now on Combe Down link: Bishop Baines
|Prior Park College|
Ralph Allen Drive
|Type||Independent school |
Day, full boarding & weekly boarding school
|Motto||Latin: Deo Duce Deo Luce|
(God our Guide, God our Light)
|Founder||Congregation of Christian Brothers|
|Department for Education URN||109347 Tables|
|Chair||Mr A M H King|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Navy and Cyan|
Prior Park College is a mixed Roman Catholic public school for both day and boarding students. Situated on a hill overlooking the city of Bath, Somerset, in southwest England, Prior Park has been designated by Historic England as a Grade I listed building.
The Prior Foundation consists of Prior Park College, the Paragon Junior School (Bath) and Prior Park School Gibraltar.
Founded in 1830 to be England's first Catholic university, Prior Park College has remained a Roman Catholic school. It was established by the Benedictine, Bishop Baines, as a seminary, and provides co-educational schooling for students aged 11 to 18 in the Catholic tradition and ecumenical spirit.
In July 2009, Giles Mercer retired. He had been head teacher since 1996, and with his previous position as head of Stonyhurst College, he became the "longest serving Catholic senior school headmaster in England". His successor was James Murphy-O'Connor, nephew of former Prior Park pupil Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. Since 2019, Ben Horan has been the headmaster, after James Murphy-O'Connor took up a new position at the .
The school is part of the Prior Park Foundation which includes the Paragon Junior School, also in Bath.
One wing of the mansion includes a chapel of our Lady of the Snows, built in 1863 by Scoles and Son, which is Grade I listed; there is also a chapel in the original house. The chapel is unfinished, with the pillars at the back remaining unsculpted as they were in 1863.
Prior Park Landscape Garden was laid out between 1734 and 1744, with the Allens benefiting during the first phase from the advice of their friend Alexander Pope. The Palladian bridge and the lake that it spans were added in 1755; the final phase with the green slopes from the house to the lake is thought to have been planned by Capability Brown in the 1760s. The garden is now owned by the National Trust.
In 1828, Bishop Baines purchased the mansion for £22,000 and used it as a seminary named the Sacred Heart College. Renovations were made according to designs by H. E. Goodridge in 1834. The seminary was closed in 1856 after a fire in 1836 caused extensive damage and subsequent renovation caused financial insolvency. The estate was later bought by Bishop Clifford who founded a Roman Catholic grammar school.
The Chapel was designed by J. J. Scoles in 1844 but not completed until 1863, following 18th-century French models such as Chalgrin's in Paris. Pevsner describes it as "without any doubt the most impressive Chapel interior of its date in the county".
The grammar school closed in 1904 and the estate was occupied by the army during the First World War and by a series of tenants until 1921; the Christian Brothers founded a boys' boarding school in 1924. Prior Park College continues to occupy the main house. In 1993, 11.3 hectares (28 acres) of the park and pleasure grounds were acquired by the National Trust and have been extensively restored.
The mansion has been victim of fire twice. The 1836 event left visible damage to some stonework. A 1991 fire gutted the interior, except for parts of the basement; rebuilding took approximately three years. Unusually, the blaze started on the top floor, and spread downwards.
Prior Park leases The Monument Field from the National Trust. The field is named after a triangular Gothic building with a round tower erected by Bishop Warburton, demolished in 1953; it had a circular staircase and contained a tablet inscribed in Latin in honour of Ralph Allen.
Since 2000, improvements include an indoor swimming pool, an Information and communications technology centre, and classroom extensions including the Mackintosh Dance Studio and Theatre (2006), the Design Centre (September 2016) and the Bury Sports Centre (April 2015). All sports facilities are located on site.
Former preparatory school
In 1946 the Congregation of Christian Brothers opened a preparatory school linked to Prior Park College, at Calcutt Street, Cricklade, Wiltshire. The school's main building was the late-19th century Manor House, with extensive grounds. At first a boarding school for boys, the school admitted day boys in the 1970s. After the Brothers left Bath and Cricklade in 1980, the school was sold and came under lay management but kept its name, Prior Park Preparatory School. Later, girls were admitted, and the school catered for ages 3 to 13, with boarding available from age 7. In January 2015 there were 205 pupils.
Since September 2017, the school is no longer a member of the Prior Park Schools Educational Trust, although it retains strong links with the college. Its name changed to Cricklade Manor Prep and it is one of the Wishford Schools group of preparatory schools.
- Stephen Bowman, member of Brit Award winning band Blake
- Leonard Calderbank, Roman Catholic priest
- Damian Cronin, Bath and Scotland rugby player
- Billy Drake, Battle of Britain fighter pilot
- Adam "Nolly" Getgood, guitarist
- Charles Kent (1823–1902), poet, biographer and journalist
- Peter Levi, University of Oxford educator
- Christopher Logue, CBE, poet
- Sir Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions of England and Wales, head of the Crown Prosecution Service
- Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British theatrical producer (formerly partnered with composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber) 
- Gabriel Makhlouf, Governor, Central Bank of Ireland
- Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster 
- Michael Please, BAFTA winning animator 
- John Patrick Savage, Canadian politician
- Hugh Scully, broadcaster 
- John Aloysius Ward, former Archbishop of Cardiff 
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Monkton Combe School
Prior to Now on Combe Down link: Monkton Combe School
|Monkton Combe School|
|Motto||"Verbum Tuum Veritas (Thy Word is Truth)"|
|Head teacher||Christopher Wheeler (Senior School), Catherine Winchcombe (Prep School)|
|Enrolment||711 (all three schools from September 2015)|
|Houses||Eddystone (MSS Boys)
Farm (MSS Boys)
Grange (MSS Girls)
School (MSS Boys)
Clarendon (MSS Girls)
Nutfield (MSS Girls)
Hatton (MPS Mixed) (Subhouses of Hatton:)
Easterfield (MPS Mixed)
Kearns (MPS Mixed)
Howard (MPS Mixed)Jameson (MPS Mixed)
|Colour(s)||Red, white, blue|
|Former pupils||Old Monktonians|
Monkton Combe School is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 2-18 near Bath, Somerset, England. It is a member of the Rugby Group of independent schools in the United Kingdom.
The Senior School (current pupil numbers are around 500) admits children from age 13 through to 18; the Prep School admits children from age 7 to 13 and the Pre-Prep has classes in Kindergarten (3–4), Reception (4–5) and Years 1 and 2 (5–7). The Nursery, set within the Prep School grounds, provides pre-school care (ages 2 – 3). The Senior School and Prep School have a strong boarding tradition; however, day pupils comprise one third of the intake of the Senior School and are in the majority in the Prep School. Since 1992 when it merged with Clarendon School for Girls the school has been co-educational with three boys' boarding houses and three girls' boarding houses, all in the school's immediate environs.
Monkton Combe School was founded in 1868 by the Reverend Francis Pocock, Vicar of Monkton Combe and former Chaplain to John Weeks (bishop) of Sierra Leone. The Junior School was established with four pupils in 1888 in Combe Lodge (a private house in Church Road, Combe Down) by Mrs Howard, the daughter of the Senior School Principal, Rev Reginald Guy Bryan. It moved into its current purpose-built premises in June 1907. The Junior School purchased Glenburnie (another large house in Church Road) in the 1920s which it occupied as a boarding house and later as a Prep-Prep. In 2016 the Pre-Prep transferred to a newly-constructed building in the grounds of the Prep School and Glenburnie was sold. In 1992, the School became fully co-educational, merging with Clarendon School for Girls, Bedford. In 2006 the Junior School was renamed Monkton Prep School.
The school has many historical traditions and a strong evangelical Christian heritage. It was noted as one of the UK's strongest rowing schools during the 20th century, with 20% of the 23-strong men's GB rowing squad at the 1948 Olympics consisting of Old Monktonians.
The official history of the school's first hundred years can be found in A Goodly Heritage: A History of Monkton Combe School 1868–1967 by former Senior School master A. F. Lace, published in Bath by Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1968. The official history of the school's first 150 years can be found in A Delightful Inheritance by former Junior School headmaster Peter Leroy, published in 2017 by Monkton School Enterprises.
Sport and other activities
The school has produced six Olympic rowing medallists to date. Each represented Great Britain and three won Gold. One Old Monktonian achieved an Olympic Gold Medal representing Great Britain at men's hockey. Another Old Monktonian captained the England Netball Team which won Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The school's boat club competes against many of the UK's best teams, with Old Monktonians rowing as Monkton Bluefriars.
The school has a strong musical and theatrical tradition with the majority of pupils learning an instrument and taking part in school plays and musical events. Other activities include the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and various clubs and societies. There are also annual (optional) visits overseas, as well as academic trips such as foreign language exchange trips and sports tours and training camps.
The School maintains a range of sporting facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sports halls with fully equipped gyms, three astroturf pitches (two full size and one half size), nine grass and three hard tennis courts, two boathouses with access to the River Avon and many acres of grounds. All buildings are made of Bath stone, in the same style as many buildings in and around the city of Bath, to keep with the traditional architectural style around Bath. Many of the school's facilities are made available for the use of local schools, such as and local children's sports clubs.
Several of the buildings are listed, including the main Senior school block known as The Old Farm, and the part of the Terrace Block known as The Old Vicarage. In 2008 the Senior School completed a 5 million pound project which involved re-building, extending and re-furbishing its Mathematics and Science departments. In June 2012, a new 3.2 million pound Music centre was opened for use by Dame Felicity Lott. A new Art & Design centre was opened in 2016.
Many of the pupils are either weekly or full-time boarders. The Senior school maintains six boarding houses, three of which are for girls (Nutfield, Clarendon and Grange) and three for boys (Eddystone, School and Farm). The Preparatory school only operates one boarding house with a floor for boys and a floor for girls (Hatton). There are many traditions in each house, as well as many inter-house competitions throughout the year. Students are allowed to visit the City of Bath each weekend. Lessons take place on Saturday mornings with sporting matches against other schools taking place on most Saturday afternoons.
List of Head Masters
The following have been Head Masters of Monkton Combe School:
|Name||Years as Head Master|
|The Revd F. Pocock||1868–1875|
|The Revd R.G. Bryan||1875–1895|
|The Revd W.E. Bryan||1895–1900|
|The Revd N. Bennet||1900|
|The Revd J.W. Kearns||1900–1926|
|The Revd E. Hayward||1926–1946|
Notable former pupils
- David Howard Adeney, 1911–1994, Protestant Christian missionary in China and East Asia
- Chris Anderson (entrepreneur), 1957–, Journalist and publisher, Owner of TED and curator of TED Talks.
- John Bush, 1937–, former Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire
- Harry Colt, 1869–1951, widely regarded as the father of golf course architecture
- Bernard Cornwell OBE, 1944–, historical novelist
- Mike Cowlishaw FREng, 1953–, programmer and scientist
- Ian Cundy, 1945–2009, Bishop of Peterborough 1996–2009
- J. Desmond Clark, 1916–2002, influential archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley
- Sir Richard Dearlove OBE, 1945-, Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1999 until 2004 and former Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
- Charles Farr, OBE, 1959–2019, Home Office civil servant and former diplomat
- Gonville ffrench-Beytagh, 1912–1991, Dean of Johannesburg and anti-apartheid activist.
- Major-General John Frost CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DL 1912–1993, best known for leading the small group of airborne forces that got through to Arnhem bridge during the Battle of Arnhem
- Tim Lankester, 1942–, KCB, civil servant
- Dr Ran Laurie, 1915–1998, 1948 Olympic rowing Gold Medallist (Great Britain Coxless Pairs) and father of actor, Hugh Laurie.
- Sir Robert Lechler, 1951–, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences
- James MacLachlan, 1919–1943, World War II fighter pilot and flying ace.
- Adrian Mitchell, 1932–2008, author and Shadow Poet Laureate
- Sir Richard Peirse, 1892–1970, Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Air Force and of RAF Bomber Command
- Seyi Rhodes, 1979–, British television presenter and investigative journalist
- Sir Richard Stilgoe, 1943–, songwriter, lyricist and musician.
- Iain Torrance, 1949–, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
- Ernest Crosbie Trench CBE TD, 1869–1960, British civil engineer
- Kevin Walton GC, 1918–2009, awarded the George Cross in 1946
- Stephen Warren, 1957–, Professor of Astrophysics
- Thomas Watson, 1913–1994, cricketer who later taught French at the school
- Steve Williams OBE, MBE, 1976–, Double Olympic Gold and multi World Gold and Silver Rowing Champion
- Alex Partridge, 1981–, Three time World Rowing Champion and Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist in Rowing
- Colonel David Wood, 1923–2009, MBE, Chevalier of France's Légion d'honneur. Last surviving officer of Operation Deadstick, the first Allied attack on Occupied France on D-Day.
- Alfred Young, 1873–1940, mathematician and inventor of Young tableau for use in theory of groups and quantum mechanics
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- Lace, A F (1968). A Goodly Heritage. ISBN 0950368806.
- "Senior School History". Monkton Combe School. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- LeRoy, Peter (2017). A Delightful Inheritance. Monkton Combe School Enpterprises. ISBN 199986980X.
- "Monkton Combe School, the main or old block known as The Old Farm". historicengland.org.uk. English Heritage. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
- "Monkton Combe School, the part of the Terrace Block known as The Old – Vicarage". historicengland.org.uk. English Heritage. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
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- David Ellis (17 May 1994). "Obituary: David Adeney". The Independent Features. p. 14.
- "The Right Reverend Ian Cundy". The Daily Telegraph. London. 11 May 2009.
- Secretary, Office of the Home; Sciences, National Academy of (21 November 2003). Biographical Memoirs. National Academies Press. ISBN 9780309527699.
- Burgess, Kaya (22 December 2008). "Adrian Mitchell Shadow Poet Laureate dies aged 76". The Times. London.
- L, Klemen (1999–2000). "Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Edmund Charles Peirse". Forgotten Campaign: The Dutch East Indies Campaign 1941–1942.
Ralph Allen School
Prior to Now on Combe Down link: Ralph Allen School
|Ralph Allen School|
Claverton Down Road
|Motto||RESPECT * TEAMWORK * PERSONAL BEST|
|Local authority||Bath and North East Somerset|
|Specialists||Sportsmark (Gold), Artsmark (Silver)|
|Department for Education URN||138522 Tables|
|Chair of Governors||Russell Franks|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Crescent, Milsom, Holburne and Pulteney|
Ralph Allen School in Combe Down, Bath, England, is a co-educational, comprehensive secondary school with academy status. Located on the south-eastern edge of Bath, the school educates 11 to 18-year-olds from Bath and the surrounding area.
In 2004, the school gained specialist Science College status, and has also been recognised by Artsmark Silver, Investors in People, Investors in Student Careers, Schools for Health, Partnership Promotion School and Sportsmark Gold awards.
The school is part of the Bath Education Trust, working closely with other local schools, colleges, universities and businesses. It also works closely with the James Dyson Foundation, and is part of the Active Transport to Schools project.
- Jeremy Guscott, rugby player
- Scott Sinclair, football player
- Serena Guthrie, netball player
- Danny Wallace, comic writer
- Jake Sinclair, football player
- Fergus Feilden, architect
- Chris Lawrence (visual effects),CG Supervisor on 'Gravity'
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