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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 - 20th Nov 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 20th Nov 2020
No large crowds this year, but we’re still getting inter tutor group finals played safely in touch rugby and hockey. Good luck to all finalists! https://t.co/E2sufUehM7
@BlueSchoolWells - 19th Nov 2020
Parent webinars coming soon on Online Safety and County Lines provided by St Giles Trust. https://t.co/uskZnKzVYg

@BlueSchoolWells - 17th Nov 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 17th Nov 2020
Thank you to everyone who took part in wrong shoes day or made a donation on the day to Children In Need. We raised an amazing £1624.47!! https://t.co/0EzSyrTOGh

@BlueSchoolWells - 12th Nov 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 12th Nov 2020
Don’t forget it’s Children in Need Tomorrow! Wear your boldest shoes & donate as much as you can https://t.co/be3EwwVoNd

@BlueSchoolWells - 11th Nov 2020

@BlueSchoolWells - 11th Nov 2020
We marked Remembrance Day slightly differently this year. Students and staff respected the 2 minute silence within their class bubbles whilst Mr Baines, Mr Haggerty and Ms Cox performed the Last Post. https://t.co/UwkKqb6RuB
@BlueSchoolWells - 10th Nov 2020
Wrong shoes day for Pudsey - Friday 13th November Students can wear any footwear they want. For example bright red shoes, glittery shoes, even odd shoes. The bolder the better! We will be collecting donations during tutor time on Friday. https://t.co/AMUSaIBnG3
@BlueSchoolWells - 9th Nov 2020
Reminder - from today (Mon 9 Nov) everyone will need to wear a face covering whilst moving around the school site. Stay safe.
@BlueSchoolWells - 7th Nov 2020
Students from high schools across the county, took part in making podcasts and videos to explain knife crime and county lines. One of our entries featuring Y9 students (now Yr10) has been selected for a public vote. Please go to https://t.co/4d8TCxybXN to take a look and vote.
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- 20th Oct 2020
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- 20th Oct 2020
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@BlueSchoolWells - 16th Oct 2020
Do you want to refresh your Maths or English skills to help support your children with the English and Maths they are studying in school? https://t.co/9lh7znO7kD
@BlueSchoolWells - 1st Oct 2020
We are looking for a part-time teacher of Business Studies please see the school website for more details. https://t.co/4sxu5Eek4t
@BlueSchoolWells - 30th Sep 2020
If your child is due to start or transfer school for September 2021, it is now time to make your application. The deadline for secondary phase applications is 31st October. Please apply online by visiting https://t.co/4bYMAqog15
@BlueSchoolWells - 24th Sep 2020
Bike security marking provided by Wells police station on Sunday 27th September between 12-3pm at Halfords, Wells. Please just turned up on the day, you will need an email address with you to register.
@BlueSchoolWells - 23rd Sep 2020
We are currently experiencing problems with our phone systems. If you need to contact us urgently please email us at office.somerset.sch.uk
@BlueSchoolWells - 22nd Sep 2020
Yr 11 Parents - Reminder - closing date for Maths Revision books is the 30th September 2020 https://t.co/2kwuAAJIZz
@BlueSchoolWells - 22nd Sep 2020
Parents/Carers please see our website for letters from Pastoral Team Leaders https://t.co/32Bx8IYnRM
@BlueSchoolWells - 22nd Sep 2020
Year 7 Flu Vaccination - Please complete the consent form online asap https://t.co/NbYUROyqaa
@BlueSchoolWells - 22nd Sep 2020
Covid 19 Update - Please see updated advice regarding err on the side of caution https://t.co/5eoQ3dwvHP

@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