King's School, Bruton

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King's School, Bruton

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Coordinates51°06′37″N 2°27′16″W / 51.1103°N 2.4544°W / 51.1103; -2.4544Coordinates: 51°06′37″N 2°27′16″W / 51.1103°N 2.4544°W / 51.1103; -2.4544
TypeIndependent day and boarding
MottoDeo Juvante
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1519; 503 years ago (1519)
HeadmasterIan Wilmshurst
Age13 to 18
HousesNew, Blackford, Lyon, Priory, Arion, Wellesley
Former pupilsOld Brutonians

King's Bruton is an independent fully co-educational secondary day and boarding school based in Bruton, Somerset, England.[1] It was founded in 1519 by Richard FitzJames, and received royal foundation status around 30 years later in the reign of Edward VI. It is a member school of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

Girls have attended the school's sixth form since the 1960s before King's became fully co-educational in the late 1990s. It has six houses: Wellesley, Priory and Arion for girls, with New, Blackford and Lyon making up the boys' houses.

In September 1999, the Hobhouse Science centre was opened with a fully equipped observatory. The school has a purpose built theatre, sports hall and fitness suite and sports surfaces for rugby, netball, tennis and cricket as well as two all-weather astro-turfs for hockey.

The Basil Wright Building was opened in 2009 and houses the Headmaster's, Bursar's and Registrar's offices.[2]

E. King's School Bruton once owned a copy of Magna Carta dating from 1297, which it sold to the Australian Government in 1952 for £12,500.[3]

Old House was the original school building, later New House was built as an extension for school rooms and Old House was the headmaster's house. The Memorial Hall was built in the 1920s to commemorate the members of the school who died in World War I. Blackford and Lyon were built and were funded by beneficiaries such as Lord Blackford and James Lyon.

On 28 March 2019, to mark the school's quincentenary, King's hosted Queen Elizabeth II during a wider Royal visit to the West Country. During the visit the Queen opened a new music school named in Her honour.[4]

Prep school[edit]

Hazlegrove Preparatory School in Sparkford is part of the King's School group and educates children aged 2 to 13, prior to attending King's School. Hazlegrove occupies the 17th century grade II listed building Hazlegrove House.[5]

Senior Management Team[edit]

Position Name
Headmaster Ian Wilmshurst
Deputy Head Alison Grant
Deputy Head (Academic) Daniel Cupit
Deputy Head (Sixth Form) William Daws
Deputy Head (Teaching & Learning) Emily Corrigan

Combined Cadet Force[edit]

Kings runs a Combined Cadet Force contingent, it is commanded by a Major who takes the position of Contingent Commander and whose primary focus is on the Army Section. The Royal Navy Section is (as of December 2021) commanded by a (CCF) Sub-Lieutenant. The Naval Section is (as of December 2021) composed of four Non-Commissioned Officers, two Officers awaiting training and one Sub Lieutenant; the Navy is the smaller section of the two. The Army section comprises NCOs drawn from the Lower and Upper Sixth Form and around 11 Commissioned Officers. Commissioned Officers are all teachers or other staff already working at the school.


  1. ^ "What it's like to live in Bruton, Somerset". The Times. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  2. ^ "History of King's". King's School Bruton. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. ^ Harry Evans, Bad King John and the Australian Constitution
  4. ^ "Queen Elizabeth spends an equestrian day in western England". Thomson Reuters. Reuters. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Hazelgrove House". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 February 2012.

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