Monkton Combe School
Monkton Combe School is an independent co-educational boarding and day school with a lively Christian ethos, situated in beautiful countryside just a mile from the World Heritage City of Bath. We provide an education for over 700 pupils from all over the UK and abroad. Our outstanding pastoral care, strong moral framework and culture of service to others make us an ideal choice for parents looking for a school that will nurture and challenge their child spiritually, emotionally and socially as well as developing their academic potential to the full. Indeed, our recent ISI inspection report states 'Pupils are deeply aware spiritually, morally, socially and culturally; this is an outstanding strength of the school and is central to its aims.'
Monkton is a dynamic and thriving school - we have more pupils than ever before in its 149 year history. In recent years, the school has benefited from a transformational development programme across all three schools which has enhanced buildings, facilities and grounds, curricular and extra-curricular programmes all of which consolidate Monkton's reputation as one of the leading Christian boarding schools in the country. The school's facilities now include a new Maths and Science Centre, Music Department, boathouse and an Art & DT building. The Library has been extensively refurbished to provide a modern Learning Resource Centre, and other areas of the campus significantly refurbished. The School also has extensive playing fields, an Astroturf all-weather playing area for Hockey and Tennis, boathouses on the River Avon, 3 Netball courts, 18 Tennis courts, a covered Rifle Range, a rowing tank, 2 Squash courts, a Sports Centre and a 25m indoor Swimming Centre and Fitness Centre. The Prep School is currently being expanded to include a purpose built section for the very youngest members of our community.
We are very proud of our academic record. Year after year, our pupils achieve 100% pass rate at A Level. In 2015 at GCSE, 70.6% of our pupils achieved A*/A and 91.6% achieved grades A*/A/B. At our Prep School, a significant number of pupils gained scholarships to leading independent schools, many to our Senior School. Whilst many of our pupils achieve excellent grades at both GCSE and A Level, we are just as concerned to create a genuine appetite for learning, in helping pupils develop minds that are open and questioning and in equipping them with the independent study skills that will enable them to follow through private passions and enthusiasms long after they have left school.
Our boarding experience at the Prep is extremely flexible, helping parents to achieve the difficult balance between work and family life. Weekend activities include canoeing on the canal, potholing in the Mendips, mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons, ice-skating and the annual beach trip to Studland Bay, Dorset. Theatre trips and visits to Oxford and other cities also feature regularly in our wide-ranging programme but there's always time for Sunday roast and the chance to relax too. Our aim is that children leave the Prep with the confidence and self-esteem to make a smooth transition to our Senior School, able to accept both themselves and others with all their strengths and weaknesses.
As The Goods Schools Guide says 'An engagingly happy, notably humane school, very much its own place, which does it all and does it well. They'll always put character first, here, but they butter the parsnips at exam time, too.'
Fees: Prep: £3,660 - £7,680 Senior: £6,187 - £10,371
Registration: No official deadline
Entry Pass Mark (%): 55-70
% to Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science: Less than 10
% who go on to Art, Music, Drama, Performance colleges: Less than 5
Pupils sent to universities outside the UK: Never/rarely
Richard Backhouse (until 31 December 2015) Christopher Wheeler (from 1 January 2016)