King’s Bruton, founded 1519, is a friendly, dynamic school where boys and girls prepare for their adult lives in a nurturing yet challenging environment. The School prides itself on academic achievement for all pupils, outstanding pastoral care, a beautiful location and a proud heritage.
The 2012 Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report rated both the quality of pupils’ achievements and learning as well as the contribution of teaching as excellent. The 2012 A-level results were the best on record, with 77% of grades A*–B, and 90% of leavers gained places at their first choice university, with pupils who joined King’s in the sixth form achieving on average AAA. This means that the top three years for A-level results at King’s have been 2012, 2010 and 2011. Learning support and English as an additional language (EAL) were also rated highly by ISI. BTECs have been added to the sixth-form curriculum in three subjects from 2013.
The standard of sport at King’s is high, with the major games – rugby, hockey, tennis and cricket – particularly strong. All pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of other sports, from golf to horse-riding and squash, and from basketball to football and fives. We make wide use of professional coaches to develop pupils’ individual skills, which boosts their confidence both in and out of the classroom.
Music is flourishing at King’s, with more than 40 concerts a year and a choir that has quadrupled in size over the last three years. The 200-seater theatre holds school, house and staff plays, while over 80 activities take place each week. The Combined Cadet Force (CCF)’s centenary was celebrated in 2010, Duke of Edinburgh cycling expeditions have been introduced from 2013 and pupils undertake the Ten Tors challenge every year. Pupils definitely cannot hide, drift or get lost at King’s.
Our pastoral care was rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2011 and excellent by ISI in 2012. Day pupils are integrated with boarders in each of our seven houses. At the centre of the school community are the houses, each in the care of a housemaster or housemistress whose prime concern is the wellbeing of their charges.
Church of England, although the School welcomes people of all faiths. King’s has a strong Christian ethos led by a dynamic Chaplain.
Academic scholarships are awarded annually – in February for 13+ entry and in November for 16+ entry. There are also scholarships for music, art, technology, sport or drama, and awards for all-round ability. Details may be obtained from the Registrar, Mrs Camilla Oulton (tel: +44 (0)1749 814251). Means-tested bursaries are also available.
‘For all you can be’