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History of the School

The history of our school dates back to 1641 when it was established as a charitable foundation by Margaret Barkham the wife of a local churchman, Ezekial, respecting the legacy wish of her late husband to provide an education for children of St Cuthbert’s Parish in Wells.

The Blue School has always been for the children of our local, wider community.

It is understood that our name was derived some time after foundation as a result of the blue dyed uniforms that were eventually provided for pupils at that time.  Numbers were few to begin with and all male, but thankfully this changed in the 20th Century to gradually become the larger, co-educational provision seen today.

Our students are encouraged to take pride in the school's history, which is celebrated annually by each Year 7 in a Founder's Day Service at St Cuthbert’s Church, our school’s church.  The aim of this simple service is to place Year 7 into a community that goes a long way back and will continue on after they have left the school.  The service aims to make explicit the value of community and for each of us to reflect on our part in making one where the values of respect, compassion, co-operation and forgiveness are lived out.

The school has been located in various buildings around Wells over the last 380 years.  But in the 1950s a new “state of the art” purpose built Blue School (Kennion) was erected to the north of the City at the foot of the Mendip Hills.   In the late 1960s, a new Milton School was built adjacent to The Blue School with only the West Mendip Way to provide separation.  Some of our local community still remember their “meetings with the other side” on this path at the end of the school day.

In the early 1970s when the Government raised the school leaving age to 16, it was decided to merge both schools into one secondary, comprehensive provision for Wells to be called The Blue School.  The campus today of 35 acres reflects the 1950’s “Kennion” building (named after Bishop of Bath and Wells George Kennion 1845-1922) and the 1960’s Milton School.  Middle blocks were erected as part of this “bringing together” of the two school buildings and were subsequently named after the long-standing Headteacher of the 1980s, Ken Bailey and the two Hanwell brothers, who taught for many years at the school up to the early 1990s. 

In the 1990’s Wells Road Bypass was built by Somerset County Council, slicing off the southern part of the school’s playing field but providing some money to build Wells Blue Sports Centre on the School site, opening in 1999.   But it was not until Steve Jackson took over as Headteacher in 1999 that work started in earnest on completing the modelling of the buildings on-site into one campus.  This was helped significantly in 2007, when a new Science extension was erected to the Kennion building, expanding much needed specialist facilities.

Reflecting the obvious historic oversight, the latest significant build on site in 2012, a 4 classroom teaching block, was named after The Blue School’s founders - Margaret and Ezekial Barkham.  Taking pride of place in the centre of the campus, the Barkham building contains brickwork found on both Milton and Kennion, representing the final chapter in bringing the physical campus together as one school.

After over 350 years of educating the children of Wells and surrounding areas, the future appears to be secure, The Blue continuing to thrive as one of the largest, state maintained, all inclusive 11-18 year schools in Somerset.

 

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@BlueSchoolWells - 11th Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 28 Using a frying pan, bounce a ball as many times as you can
@BlueSchoolWells - 10th Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 27 Choreograph a dance to a TV theme tune of your choice
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- 9th Feb 2021
After the success of our Topaz evening last week we are delighted to announce another webinar for parents and carers on 17th February in collaboration with Avon and Somerset Constabulary. To sign up for this webinar please click on the link below. https://t.co/U76VT82QGM
@BlueSchoolWells - 9th Feb 2021
Please take a look at our current vacancies on the The Blue school website. We are looking for teachers in the following departments - English, Health & Social Care and a Team Leader in Business & ICT. https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO
@BlueSchoolWells - 9th Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 26 Write a poem about school, the first letter of each line should spell ’THE BLUE’
@BlueSchoolWells - 8th Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 25 Melt an ice cube as quickly as you can
@BlueSchoolWells - 5th Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 24 Bird Watching - spend some time in your garden or looking out a window and record all the birds you see in an hour, 30mins or 15mins
@BlueSchoolWells - 4th Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 23 Perform the most spectacular handstand
@BlueSchoolWells - 3rd Feb 2021
After the success of our Topaz evening last week we are delighted to announce another webinar for parents and carers on 17th February in collaboration with Avon and Somerset Constabulary. To sign up for this webinar please click on the link below. https://t.co/U76VT82QGM
@BlueSchoolWells - 3rd Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 22 Make an obstacle course (as unique as possibe)
@BlueSchoolWells - 2nd Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 21 Balance an umbrella on the tip of your finger for as long as possible
@BlueSchoolWells - 1st Feb 2021
We are seeking a School First Aider who will provide first aid to the whole school, overseeing the care of students and others who are unwell or injured and deciding on the appropriate course of action. https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO
@BlueSchoolWells - 1st Feb 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 20 Design a mascot for the school
@BlueSchoolWells - 29th Jan 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 19 Take a practice driving theory test https://t.co/sciYN1S8pW
@BlueSchoolWells - 28th Jan 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 18 Eat a bowl of ice-cream as quick as possible with no hands
@BlueSchoolWells - 27th Jan 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 17 Hold a bottle of water at arm’s length for as long as possible
@BlueSchoolWells - 26th Jan 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 16 Create a ten-minute sofa workout that anyone can do at home
@BlueSchoolWells - 25th Jan 2021
Wednesday 27th January @ 7pm we will be hosting a virtual event with Avon and Somerset police and Somerset Children Social Care with a focus on exploitation and being safe online. If you would like to attend this event please click on the link below. https://t.co/d4n1BpAQRu
@BlueSchoolWells - 25th Jan 2021
Enrichment Challenge Day 15 Make a time capsule, to commemorate the last year.
@BlueSchoolWells - 22nd Jan 2021
Free webinar on how to support anxious/avoidant online learners. This will be led by Tom Vodden, parent and educator. https://t.co/9daESgHIZP