Clayesmore School

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Clayesmore School
Motto Dieu premier donc mes freres
Established 1896
Type Other Independent School
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Martin Cooke
Founder Alexander Devine
Location Iwerne Minster
Blandford Forum
Dorset
DT11 8LL
 England Coordinates: 50°55′53″N 2°11′47″W / 50.93142°N 2.19644°W / 50.93142; -2.19644
Local authority Dorset
DfE URN 113912
Students 664
Gender Coeducational
Houses
  • Devine
  • Gate
  • Manor
  • King's
  • Wolverton
Website www.clayesmore.com

Clayesmore School is an independent school for boys and girls of the English public school tradition in the village of Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England. It is a member of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC).

The school was founded by Alexander Devine in 1896 in Enfield, Middlesex. After moving to Pangbourne, Berkshire and then to Winchester, Hampshire it finally moved to Iwerne Minster for the summer term of 1933. In 1974, it was joined on the Iwerne site by Clayesmore Preparatory School, originally Charlton Marshall School, which had been founded in 1929 by R.A.L. Everett. In the following year the school became co-educational.

As of 2009 there are 424 pupils in the senior school (ages 13–18) and 240 in the prep school (ages 3–13). The current headmaster is Martin Cooke. The school is situated on 62-acre (250,000 m2) campus in rural Dorset and the facilities include an astro-turf pitch, theatre, sports centre and extensive range of specialist subject facilities including an art department science block and a new business center.

The school's colors are dark blue, red, and yellow, and also introduced in 2009 the colours of light blue and green.

History[edit]

For centuries the land on which Clayesmore now stands was held by Shaftesbury Abbey. After the dissolution it passed to the Bower family. Their family home was built in 1796 roughly on the site of the existing main building. In 1876 the last member of the Bower family, Captain T B Bower, sold the village and estate to George Glyn, 2nd Baron Wolverton. The Baron demolished the existing house, laid out the Iwerne estate afresh and commissioned Alfred Waterhouse to design the present building (now Wolverton House) which was completed in 1878.

In 1904 the 4th Baron Wolverton put the whole 2,612-acre (10.57 km2) estate up for sale. This was bought in 1908 by James Ismay whose father, Thomas Henry Ismay, had founded the White Star Line shipping company. On Ismay's death in January 1930 the estate was put up for sale in a number of separate lots. Clayesmore bought the main manor house and the 60 acres (240,000 m2) in which it stands and the school moved in in 1933. From 1940 to 2000, it was used for Christian summer camps, begun by E. J. H. Nash, whose work was very influential in the development of Evangelicalism in the United Kingdom.

Headmasters[edit]

Houses[edit]

The senior school is divided into five boarding houses; three for boys and two for girls. The three boys' houses are:

  • Devine
  • Gate
  • Manor

The two girls' houses are:

  • King's
  • Wolverton

Notable former pupils[edit]

Former pupils include:

External links[edit]