Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School

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Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School, formerly known as Sexey's School and Sexey's Grammar School, is a coeducational middle school located 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]

Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School
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Coordinates51°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
TypeMiddle school (deemed secondary)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
  • 1897 as Sexey's School
  • 1948 as Sexey's Grammar School
  • 1976 as Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School
Local authoritySomerset County Council
TrustWessex Learning Trust
Department for Education URN143329 Tables
Head teacherPaul Tatterton[1]
Age9 to 13
Enrolment620 in June 2012[2]
HousesSaxons, Vikings, Normans, Celts
AlumniOld Sexonians


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.

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]

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 in Blackford, and The Kings of Wessex School (a secondary modern 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]

Previously a voluntary controlled school administered by Somerset County Council, in November 2016 Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School converted to academy status. The school is now sponsored by the Wessex Learning Trust.

Notable former pupilsEdit

Sexey's Grammar School


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  2. ^ a b "2012 Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  3. ^ Welcome to Our Visitors Archived 6 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School
  4. ^ "Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School". Department for Education. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
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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 29 November 2017.
  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. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. 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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