King's School, Bruton

King's Bruton is an independent fully co-educational secondary day and boarding school based in Bruton, Somerset, England. 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.

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; 501 years ago (1519)
HeadmasterIan Wilmshurst
Age13 to 18
HousesOld, New, Blackford, Lyon, Priory, Arion, Wellesley
Former pupilsOld Brutonians

Girls have attended the school's sixth form since the 1960s before King's became fully co-educational in the late 1990s. It has three girls houses: Wellesley, Priory and Arion, with Old, 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 and cricket as well as an all-weather pitch for hockey.

The Basil Wright Building was opened in September 2008 and houses the Headmaster's, Bursar's and Registrar's offices.

England Rugby coach Brian Ashton was formerly a history teacher and sports coach at the school. 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.[1]

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 James Blackford and James Lyon.

On 28 March 2019, to mark the school's quincentenary, King's was visited by Queen Elizabeth II during a wider Royal visit to the West Country. During the visit Her Majesty opened a new music centre named in Her honour.[2]

Prep schoolEdit

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.[3]


  1. ^ Harry Evans, Bad King John and the Australian Constitution
  2. ^ "Queen Elizabeth spends an equestrian day in western England". Thomson Reuters. Reuters. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Hazelgrove House". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 February 2012.

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