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 Latin: Sancto Cuique Sua Candela
"For every saint there is a candle"
Established 1938
Type Preparatory day and boarding
Religion Catholic
Head Trevor Richards[1]
Location East Cranmore
Coordinates: 51°11′31″N 2°27′25″W / 51.1920°N 2.4570°W / 51.1920; -2.4570
DfE number 933/6019
Students ~300
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–13

All Hallows School 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 Frome, Somerset, in the West of England. As of 2014 the school has 300 pupils, including 60 boarders.[2] An ISI inspection in July 2014 rated all areas of the school as 'Excellent', the highest possible rating.[2]


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 and Lady Paget — which had been used as a maternity hospital during the war.[3]

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.


Boarding is very much at the heart of what All Hallows offers, and it is physically at the heart of the school as well, with the dormitories in the main Manor House. Boys and girls board on different landings, with dormitories arranged by age. There are a mix of full- and flexi-boarders, and regular age-appropriate activities are held to keep children entertained in the evening.


The school is proud of its military links and generous financial discounts are available for military families, with transport also being available to take children living in Warminster garrison to and from the school each day.

Head Teachers[edit]

  • Francis Dix 1938–1964
  • Alistair Mortimer 1964–1971
  • Paul Ketterer 1971–1994
  • Christopher Bird 1994–2005
  • Ian Murphy 2005–2014
  • Annie Lee 2015–2017
  • Trevor Richards 2017–Present

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome from the Head - Welcome from the Head - All Hallows School". 
  2. ^ a b "Boarding Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. 12 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cranmore Hall, walling and gazebo, now part of All Hallows School". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "All Hallows School remembered". Herald Express. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 

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