Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School

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Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School
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Established 1897 as Sexey's School
1948 as Sexey's Grammar School
1976 as Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School
Type Middle school (deemed secondary)
Voluntary controlled school
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Paul Tatterton[1]
Location Blackford
BS28 4ND
51°13′22″N 2°50′32″W / 51.2228°N 2.8423°W / 51.2228; -2.8423Coordinates: 51°13′22″N 2°50′32″W / 51.2228°N 2.8423°W / 51.2228; -2.8423
Local authority Somerset County Council
DfE URN 143329 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 620 in June 2012[2]
Ages 9–13
Houses Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Celts

Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School, formerly known as Sexey's School and Sexey's Grammar School, is a middle school and specialist Technology College in Blackford, Somerset, England. The school had 620 pupils in June 2012,[2] who join aged 9 in Year 5 and stay until age 13 in Year 8, after which they go to The Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar.[3] Because the school educates pupils of secondary school age it has middle deemed secondary status.[4] The school is currently rated outstanding by OFSTED and is part of the wider Wessex Learning Trust alongside seven other schools in the Cheddar Valley area.[5]

Former pupils are known as Old Sexonians.


The school is named after Hugh Sexey (1556–1619), a royal auditor of the Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth I and later King James I. After his death the trustees of his will established Sexey's Hospital in Bruton as an institution to care for the elderly, and Sexey's School in Bruton, which still exists today.[6]

Sculpture designed as a Beacon Project by a combined group of Year 4 pupils from Lympsham First School, working with Year 8 pupils from Hugh Sexey. This statue ceased to exist on 8 September 2011 and was replaced by a willow sculpture designed by Year 6 pupils.

Sexey's School in Blackford was originally opened in 1897 in a barn in nearby Stoughton, with 13 pupils.[7] The Blackford site opened in 1899 with around 60 pupils, of which around 20 were boarders.[8] It became Sexey's Grammar School in 1948,[7] and ceased to be a boarding school in 1966.[9] The 1976 Education Act abolished the tripartite education system of grammar and secondary modern schools in England and Wales. Up to this point, the area was served by Sexey's Grammar School and The Kings of Wessex School (a secondary modern school) and Sexey's Grammar School in nearby Cheddar.[8] In 1976, the three-tier Cheddar Valley Community Learning Partnership was established, creating a system of first, middle and comprehensive upper schools in the area.[10] The Kings of Wessex School became a comprehensive, Sexey's Grammar School became Hugh Sexey Middle School serving half of the Cheddar Valley,[11] and Fairlands Middle School was established to serve the other half.

In September 2010, Hugh Sexey was one of the first two middle schools in England to be awarded specialist Technology College status.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]

Chris Phillips (1956–2007), the former chief executive of Scottish Widows.[13]

Jos Buttler, current England cricket team wicket-keeper.


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  2. ^ a b "2012 Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Welcome to Our Visitors, Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School
  4. ^ "Establishment: Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School". EduBase. Department for Education. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
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  6. ^ Sexey's School history Archived 7 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved June 2011
  7. ^ a b "D-block GB-340000-147000". Domesday Reloaded. BBC. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "History of the School (Sexey's Grammar School)". Old Sexonians. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Boarders". Old Sexonians. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Hugh Sexey Middle School Prospectus" (PDF). Fairlands Middle School. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hugh Sexey's Middle School". Old Sexonians. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Somerset schools are the first to gain specialist status". Cheddar Valley Gazette. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Langdon, Julia (11 April 2007). "Polymath who died on a pilgrimage doing what he loved best" (PDF). Financial Times. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 

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