Chilton Cantelo School

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Chilton Cantelo School
Motto Carpe diem
(Seize the day)
Established 1989
Closed 2016
Type Independent boarding & day school
Location Chilton Cantelo
BA22 8BG
Coordinates: 50°59′53″N 2°36′37″W / 50.9981°N 2.6102°W / 50.9981; -2.6102
DfE number 933/6191
DfE URN 123937 Tables
Staff 54
Students 286 as of February 2016
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–18
Colours Maroon     
Website School website

Chilton Cantelo School was a small profit-making mixed independent school located in the village of Chilton Cantelo (near Yeovil and Sherborne) in Somerset, England. The school was owned and operated by the Cognita Group.

Set on 25 acres (100,000 m2) of grounds, an 18th-century manor house housed the school.[1][2] It accepted pupils between the ages of 4 and 18. The school had boarding places for up to 220 of its pupils, with day pupils offered 'flexi-boarding' when needed. Class sizes were typically small.

Chilton Cantelo School was a member of the Independent Schools Association, the Independent Schools Council and the Boarding Schools Association. In July 2016, Cognita decided to close the school, leaving hundreds of students in the middle of exam courses. The reason for the closure of the school being a 50% drop in admissions since 2007. [3]


  1. ^ "Chilton Cantelo House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. p. 66. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ Dale, Fiona. "Chilton Cantelo School could face closure in July". Blackmore Vale Magazine. Blackmore Vale Magazine. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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