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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 Sep 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 11th Sep 2020
Huge congratulations to George in Y9 who has been selected by Exeter City Football Club Academy under 14's! https://t.co/IHYn5ffEf8
@BlueSchoolWells - 8th Sep 2020
Epraise - We are still working on the smartphone app issues. Therefore if you are making a food order for tomorrow please do so via the epraise website.
@BlueSchoolWells - 7th Sep 2020
Epraise - Please complete any food orders for tomorrow using a desktop computer rather than the smartphone app. We are working to resolve this issue asap. If you do not have access to a computer but need to order please ask your child to see their tutor tomorrow morning.
@BlueSchoolWells - 3rd Sep 2020
Please note food will be provided for students in receipt of Free School Meals or those who are unable to bring a packed lunch.
@BlueSchoolWells - 3rd Sep 2020
Y7 epraise accounts will be set up tomorrow which unfortunately means they will be unable to pre-order food for tomorrow (Friday 4th September) only. If you are able to send your child with a packed lunch tomorrow, it would be greatly appreciated.
@BlueSchoolWells - 3rd Sep 2020
Please see the letters home section of our website for information regarding our new catering arrangements. https://t.co/FgWu1qMIgn

@BlueSchoolWells - 2nd Sep 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 2nd Sep 2020
We're looking forward to meeting Y7 and Y12 tomorrow. Y7 please make your way to Kennion Fields by 8.40am & Y12 straight to tutor rooms. Y7 will also be provided with a break-time cookie and lunch for their first day. Packed lunches can be brought if preferred. https://t.co/hue75F6aIz

@BlueSchoolWells - 26th Aug 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 26th Aug 2020
We're looking forward to welcoming all students back to school next week. Reminder that Y7 and Y12 start on Thursday 3rd and Y8, 9, 10, 11 & 13 return on Friday 4th. https://t.co/1GFbBkXVrS

@BlueSchoolWells - 20th Aug 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 20th Aug 2020
We're so proud of all of our Y11 students who've collected their results today. They've done so well in very tough times. Onwards and upwards! https://t.co/pFelWTH8iL
@BlueSchoolWells - 7th Aug 2020
Reminder to see the ‘letters home’ section of our website for information regarding the upcoming GCSE and Alevel results days. https://t.co/FgWu1qMIgn

@BlueSchoolWells - 16th Jul 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 16th Jul 2020
Day 64 Today is the last challenge of the school year. Thank you for getting involved & we hope it brought a bit of sunshine to each day. Last one - Create a your own list of Enrichment Challenges for the Holidays. We’d love to hear about them in September. https://t.co/ZefyqBo0AX
@BlueSchoolWells - 15th Jul 2020
Day 63 Have a go at Salt Painting for todays challenge. Follow the link to find out how! - https://t.co/658EH7Q5NB
@BlueSchoolWells - 14th Jul 2020
Parents/Carers - reminder you can register with to access their resources - https://t.co/nhF9UtTurB

@BlueSchoolWells - 14th Jul 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 14th Jul 2020
Day 62 Make a Pyramid out of cards! Probably the toughest challenge yet. Make sure your siblings are out of the room. There’s always one who nudges the deck right at the end! https://t.co/cLW1OjxLKi
@BlueSchoolWells - 13th Jul 2020
Y10 students who would like to begin revising English Language or Literature over the summer can join the Year 10 Summer English Revision Classroom. The code to join is j7suw5c.

@BlueSchoolWells - 13th Jul 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 13th Jul 2020
Day 61 Conduct your own science experiment. Check out these amazing ideas and see which one you can successfully do. Make sure you’ve got supervision at home. - https://t.co/SDC9MWgi1L https://t.co/D4FFB2Tpzs

@BlueSchoolWells - 11th Jul 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 11th Jul 2020
Year 7 Virtual Camp July 2020 Starting with a campathon on Monday 13th July - every day tutors will post activities in the Tutor Group Google Classroom for students to follow and take part in for their virtual camp. https://t.co/vpEj0BeWrc

@BlueSchoolWells - 10th Jul 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 10th Jul 2020
All tutors in Y7, 8 & 9 are running Google Meet live sessions next week. Students will be able to meet up virtually with each other & their tutors and find out info about next term. Dates & times are in the TG Google Classrooms + instructions. Please encourage participation! https://t.co/BeuprEdN0U

@BlueSchoolWells - 10th Jul 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 10th Jul 2020
Day 60 It’s Friday! We’re putting you in charge of evening entertainment tonight by challenging you to create a Friday night Disco for your household. Clear room the dance floor, sort the drinks and snacks and of course, get the tunes ready. https://t.co/rEait8EADb

@BlueSchoolWells - 9th Jul 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 9th Jul 2020
Day 59 Emerging as one of the most popular new forms of media, we want you to go exploring and discover a new favorite Podcast!​If you haven’t come across them before, head to Spotify, BBC Sounds, Apple Music etc and you’ll soon figure it out. https://t.co/Bf2lHga3C5