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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 - 14th Jul 2021

@BlueSchoolWells - 14th Jul 2021
“We’re all set for enrichment activities. Lovely day for it 🌞” https://t.co/B9l5m2hhBB
@BlueSchoolWells - 13th Jul 2021
We have a considerable amount of donated uniform, mainly jumpers and boys PE kit. Sorry NO Ties. If you would like to have a spare jumper, please contact the school.
@BlueSchoolWells - 13th Jul 2021
Lost property and Donated Uniform The Blue School has a considerable amount of lost property, please look through the photos and if you spot anything to reclaim, please email the school and we will do our best to get items back to students. https://t.co/A3suUfW7F7
@BlueSchoolWells - 8th Jul 2021
We want to know more about what it is like to live in Somerset if you have learning disabilities and/or are an autistic person. Please take part in the consultation until 12/07/2021. The consultation is open to anyone aged 14 and over. https://t.co/8h55LdkdfJ
@BlueSchoolWells - 6th Jul 2021
Do you want to learn more about Kooth and how we support young people in Somerset & North Somerset? We want parents and carers to feel confident in our service and the support we provide for young people in Somerset and North Somerset. https://t.co/HXDVvi9gLj
@BlueSchoolWells - 30th Jun 2021
A virtual event aimed at all Somerset young people who are leaving Yr 11 this year 2021. SomersetWorks has put together a programme of fun, interesting, supportive and informative activities to support you in your journey to Post 16. Registration link: https://t.co/Dx04IiPV3c
@BlueSchoolWells - 27th Jun 2021
We’ve had to close the school to the Y10 bubble on Mon 28 June. Please read the email sent to parents/carers by Mr Woodlock or see our website: https://t.co/2nGecfxB5L
@BlueSchoolWells - 24th May 2021
Working with the Community! Thank you to everyone so far who has completed the Google Form below. Please complete if you haven't done so yet and think you can in some way support our students. Thank you! https://t.co/Yr4Esfuu1F
@BlueSchoolWells - 24th May 2021
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch so far. The Blue School is proud to have so many successful and inspirational ex-students! If you haven't been in touch yet and think you, or someone you know could help motivate and inspire our students, please email us.
@BlueSchoolWells - 17th May 2021
Help us Inspire our Students! We want to show them examples of ex Blue School students who have gone on to do and achieve inspirational things! We want examples of inspirational alumni to show them what they can achieve. Please email us office.somerset.sch.uk with examples.
@BlueSchoolWells - 10th May 2021
Please take a look at our current vacancies on the The Blue school website. We are looking for teachers in the following departments - Religion & Philosophy (maternity cover), Science, PE and a Duty Manager for Wells Blue Sports Centre. https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO
@BlueSchoolWells - 5th May 2021
The Blue School is Your School! We want to work more closely with you for the benefit of our students and the community of Wells and the surrounding area. Please spend some time completing our short survey. https://t.co/Yr4Esfuu1F
@BlueSchoolWells - 5th May 2021
Free webinar for parents: Helping Your Child Overcome Maths Anxiety & Build Mathematical Resilience, aimed at parents of children aged 9 to 14. https://t.co/KO6xWCF0sf

@BlueSchoolWells - 30th Apr 2021

@BlueSchoolWells - 30th Apr 2021
School Production 2022 - Auditions start Monday see attached for further info https://t.co/mEeqwqJUUD
@BlueSchoolWells - 26th Apr 2021
Please take a look at our current vacancies on The Blue School Website. We are looking for a Deputy Team Leader - Science (Head of Chemistry). https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO
@BlueSchoolWells - 30th Mar 2021
Please take a look at our current vacancies on The Blue School Website. We are looking for a Careers' Co-Ordinator. https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO
@BlueSchoolWells - 23rd Mar 2021
Please take a look at our current vacancies on The Blue School Website. We are looking for a Teaching Assistant to join our support staff team. https://t.co/jBx3R4HeAO
@BlueSchoolWells - 19th Mar 2021
Please find below a link regarding outdoor seating areas for the students. https://t.co/es5pv8SLnU

@BlueSchoolWells - 19th Mar 2021

@BlueSchoolWells - 19th Mar 2021
We’re dishing out home testing kits whilst supporting ⁦⁩ today by wearing the . Mr Shaddick has really gone for it! https://t.co/LSGH1upRIj
@BlueSchoolWells - 17th Mar 2021
This Friday (19th March) is Comic Relief day. We will be holding a "funny shoes day" at The Blue School in aid of the event. Any donations will be welcome. Prizes for the funniest shoes! Cookies will also be sold via e-praise with 20p from every cookie sold going to