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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.

 

Latest Tweets

@BlueSchoolWells - 18th May 2022
Please take a look at our current vacancies on The Blue School website. We are currently looking for a teacher of Mathematics. https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO

@BlueSchoolWells - 18th May 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 18th May 2022
Year 9 have been using 3D design software to create a 'dream house'. Isabelle Bibby showed off her creative skills with an impressive mansion fit for a celebrity 'A lister'! Great work. https://t.co/stWpbkWcod

@BlueSchoolWells - 13th May 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 13th May 2022
Good luck to our Year 9 DofE Bronze students about to set off on their walk today https://t.co/l0pt4NdsPS

@BlueSchoolWells - 9th May 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 9th May 2022
@BlueSchoolWells - 9th May 2022
Please take a look at our current vacancies on The Blue School website. We are currently looking for a teacher of Science, ICT and PE. https://t.co/jBx3R4YPsm

@BlueSchoolWells - 8th May 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 8th May 2022
Mr Woodlock has joined Mr Newbery at the finish line, eagerly awaiting the arrival of our two 35 mile teams. They are due to complete their epic challenge at around 13.30. Track their progress on routes M & N here: https://t.co/7UrUUgCgIN https://t.co/qXA8i3PURr

@BlueSchoolWells - 7th May 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 7th May 2022
Best of luck to our two 35 mile teams, setting off shortly on this year’s challenge. Mist lifting nicely! Follow their progress on routes M & N here: https://t.co/7UrUUgBITf https://t.co/5QfsLK3Qrx
@BlueSchoolWells - 26th Apr 2022
Please take a look at our current vacancies on The Blue School website. We are looking for two part-time clerical assistants. https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO
@BlueSchoolWells - 26th Apr 2022
Rachel Rostron is organising a charity 6 hr ‘Spinathon’ in memory of Sam Holland. Funds raised will be split between Cancer Research and The Blue School (for sports equipment). Fundraising will be via JustGiving and further information can be found here: https://t.co/MwjRGnB0Ew

@BlueSchoolWells - 25th Apr 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 25th Apr 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 1st Apr 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 1st Apr 2022
Wells Community Network meeting on 13th April for hosts and those thinking about hosting Ukraine families. Please see the attached for further information. https://t.co/o3UfMOgY1J

@BlueSchoolWells - 31st Mar 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 31st Mar 2022
Thank you to Charlie Bigham's and Jo Buchan for visiting YR13 Business students yesterday to discuss Recruitment. It was an invaluable insight into how these processes work and was very well received by the students. https://t.co/vlwQQit2db

@BlueSchoolWells - 30th Mar 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 30th Mar 2022
Our Spring Concert will be taking place on Thursday 7th April. Please see the attached flyer for further details. https://t.co/R3qeE6zGcS
@BlueSchoolWells - 22nd Mar 2022
Please take a look at our current vacancies on The Blue School website. We are looking for a Teacher of Textiles and Food Preparation & Nutrition. https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO

@BlueSchoolWells - 18th Mar 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 18th Mar 2022
Well done to Mr Dodd he has raised over £454 so far completing his Steel Stallion Challenge for Comic Relief 2022 https://t.co/n6vRFTstBJ

@BlueSchoolWells - 17th Mar 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 17th Mar 2022
Sport Relief 2022 - Please remember it is non-uniform day tomorrow for a £1 donation and the Sport Relief Mile after lunch with a minimum donation of £1 to take part. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the activities this week. https://t.co/CTGPp8HTbA

@BlueSchoolWells - 16th Mar 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 16th Mar 2022
Sport Relief 2022 - Well done to everyone who has taken part in the events so far this week. We have had Dodgeball between students & staff, a cake sale, Tug of War and Mr Dodd on his Steel Stallion raising lots of money. Still lots of events to take place over the next few days. https://t.co/5iS3ObJnwj

@BlueSchoolWells - 11th Mar 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 11th Mar 2022
Comic Relief 2022 fundraising events will begin in school on Monday 14th March. Please look at your google classroom for daily events that are taking place. We start on Monday with the Great Sport Relief Bake Off - cakes will be 50p each and Yr8 Dodgeball at lunchtime. https://t.co/S5tOFOIv9W

@BlueSchoolWells - 7th Mar 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 7th Mar 2022
Thank you to everyone who donated on Friday for the Ukraine appeal. We raised an amazing £3068.00 which will be sent to The Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. https://t.co/TyifmMhOdw

@BlueSchoolWells - 2nd Mar 2022

@BlueSchoolWells - 2nd Mar 2022
Please see the News section of The Blue School website for information about our non-uniform day on Friday in support of Ukraine. https://t.co/zErhhUaoHb https://t.co/zCUuwPNYiQ