All Hallows Preparatory School

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All Hallows Preparatory School
All Hallows School logo.jpg
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The school gates
Motto Sancto Cuique Sua Candela
("For every saint there is a candle")
Established 1938
Type Preparatory day and boarding
Religion Catholic
Headmaster Ian Murphy
Location East Cranmore
England Coordinates: 51°11′31″N 2°27′25″W / 51.1920°N 2.4570°W / 51.1920; -2.4570
DfE number 933/6019
Students 315
Gender Coeducational
Ages 4–13

All Hallows is a co-educational Catholic prep school that provides day and boarding facilities. The school is located a mile east of Cranmore village, near the town of Shepton Mallet, Somerset, in the West of England. As of 2010 the school has 311 pupils, including 62 boarders.[1] An Ofsted inspection in 2010 rated the boarding provision at All Hallows as outstanding.[1]


All Hallows was founded as a boys' school in 1938 by Francis Dix but not at the current location. Shortly after World War II, the school moved into the Grade II* listed Cranmore Hall — the former home of Sir Richard & Lady Paget — which had been used as a maternity hospital during the war.[2]

The school became co-educational in 1971. In 2006 the school acquired a new modern classroom block, the Crane Wing. The name of Cranmore derives from Crane's Mere — the original name for the area based upon the name of the bird and the former wetlands it inhabited. In 2007 an extension to the reception classroom was built.


Pupils undertake local and international charitable pursuits.[1] In 2010, the school staged a number of fundraising events, including a sponsored bicycle ride from John o' Groats to Land's End by two parents,[3] to raise money for Freewheelers EVS, a registered charity that provides an out-of-hours motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the local area. The school raised enough to buy a new BMW R1200RT motorcycle, which was presented to Freewheelers on 1 July 2010.[4] One of the pupils won a competition to name the new bike "The Flying Crane",[5] reflecting the school's links with the bird. In February 2011, one of the school's teachers spent six weeks at a school in Sang'a, Kenya.[6] Pupils at All Hallows have links with the school,[1] and have raised money for several years to provide clothing, teaching resources and sanitary facilities.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Boarding Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. 12 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cranmore Hall, walling and gazebo, now part of All Hallows School". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "All Hallows fundraising takes shape for Freewheelers". This Is Dorset. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dads' big adventure buys charity a bike". Mid Somerset Series. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "All Hallows School Bike Presentation". Freewheelers EVS. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Visit to build on school's Kenya links". Shepton Mallet Journal. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 

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