Monkton Combe School

Monkton Combe School , just a mile from the World Heritage City of Bath, is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 2-18.

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    Monkton Combe School

    We pride ourselves on our living Christian ethos, our strong pastoral care and excellent exam results. At Monkton, we are setting standards for life; inspiring young people to become confident, kind and ambitious adults who live fulfilling lives.

    Monkton is a small school which allows us to develop excellent relationships and really get to know our pupils. We have a strong sense of family and commitment to a vibrant boarding ethos which helps our students to feel unconditionally valued.

    Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Christian

    Roll: 388 Boys / / 298 Girls

    Day pupils: 422

    Boarder Number: 264

    Age Range: 2-18 Years

    Founded: 1868

    Location Description

    Monkton Combe School is just 1 mile from the City of Bath with a bus route offered from neighbouring villages and Bath Spa train station on a daily basis.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Christopher Wheeler

    Contact for enquiries:Carole Heritage, Head of Admissions

    Monkton Combe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 7HG

    Tel: +44 (0)1225 721133



    Monkton has over 100 acres of land across 2 sites which share stunning locations, grounds and facilities.

    Our Senior School lies in the heart of the village of Monkton Combe. Nestling in the Midford Valley it is surrounded by rolling hills and woodland. Our Longmead Cricket ground lies near the famous Dundas aqueduct and has been voted into the top 3 most picturesque cricket grounds in the country by Wisden. The original school buildings are at the heart of the school and provide the beautiful period features and character expected of a school with such rich history. These buildings and facilities have been enhanced by developments of state-of-the-art facilities for our curricular and extra-curricular programmes. The school’s facilities include a state-of-the-art Maths and Science Centre, Music Centre and a recording studio. Art & DT facilities include a large multi-purpose exhibition area and dedicated areas for print-making, ceramics and textiles and sculpture, as well as a fully equipped darkroom and ICT suite for animation and film work.

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    Our Prep School can be found a mile up the hill and has the most impressive views over rolling countryside. Our lower Prep School (Nursery to Year 4) is housed in a purpose built building where every classroom has direct access to outdoor space, there is a hall where the school can come together for assembly and chapel, a library, kitchen and messy play areas. The children also benefit from all of the facilities at the Upper School, including an indoor swimming pool, a woodland adventure area, all weather Astroturf pitches, sports hall and music room.

    The upper Prep School (Year 5 to Year 8) has year group classrooms for our younger children and dedicated subject specific classrooms, labs, studios and a theatre for specific subject areas as our pupils’ progress through the curriculum. Our oldest pupils are given leadership opportunities to develop these skills and build confidence.

    Monkton has a strong sporting tradition and provides fantastic sporting facilities and opportunities for its pupils. The major games are rugby, hockey, rowing, cricket and tennis for boys and hockey, netball, rowing and tennis for girls. Other sports include athletics, badminton, basketball, football, fencing, golf, judo, squash, swimming and volleyball. The School also has extensive playing fields, an Astroturf all-weather playing area for Hockey and Tennis, boathouses on the River Avon, 3 Netball courts, 18 Tennis courts, a covered Rifle Range, a rowing tank, 2 Squash courts, a Sports Centre and a 25m indoor Swimming Centre and Fitness Centre.

    We have six boarding houses at the Senior School: 3 boys’, 3 girls’ and a junior house at the Prep School. The Boarding ethos at Monkton is a strong part of our offering. This does not mean all pupils are boarders, nor that our provision is focused on those who are; far from it. Our day pupils benefit from the same advantages as our boarders do with sector leading pastoral care from dedicated staff, 1:1 tutoring and a full, diverse and responsive 6 day programme which allows us to cater for all interests and options from rowing to reeling, from fencing to philately


    Scholarships are awarded on entry to the school for candidates at Year 9 and Year 12.

    Entrance Requirements

    • Nursery to Year 2

    For those entering the Prep at age 2 years through to 7 years, admission is by visit, informal interview and a reference from a current school if appropriate.

    • Year 3 to Year 8

    For those entering Prep at age 7, 8, 9 and 10 admission is through a series of short standardised tests in reading, spelling and mathematical skills, a reference from the candidate’s current school and, where possible, feedback from the staff involved during a taster day at the Prep School.

    For those entering at age 11 to 13 years, admission is through a standardised assessment involving reasoning, mathematical and English skills, a reference from the candidate’s current school and an interview where possible.

    Those students also looking for through entry into the Senior School, in Year 9, will be invited to take part in a fun assessment day, held at the Senior School, which will broadly assess pupils in seven areas: Creativity, Collaboration, Confidence, Craftsmanship, Communication, Commitment and Curiosity.

    • Senior School

    Year 9 entry: When an applicant is in Year 6, we would look to obtain CAT scores if available from the candidate’s current school, invite applicants to attend an Assessment Day held in October, or June each year, and obtain a reference from the candidate’s current school.

    Year 10 entry: For entry into Year 10, candidates will usually sit online CAT4 tests.  A reference from the candidate’s current school will be sought and an interview.

    Year 12 entry: For entry into Year 12, candidates will usually sit online CAT4 tests and attend an interview, where possible. A school reference will be sought.  Any place then offered is subject to pupils obtaining a minimum average of 6 in all of the GCSE subjects taken. Please note that to study certain AS subjects, a minimum grade at GCSE in that subject may be a prerequisite.

    International Students: Along with many other top independent schools in the UK, Monkton School is participating in a new entrance test called UKiset – the UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test. For details, please contact the school.


    Lent and Summer Terms 2022

    Nursery (age 2–3): £65 per day. Kindergarten (age 3-4): £3,495 per term (full time). Pre-Prep Reception – Year 2: £3,495 – £3,595 per term.

    Prep. Years 3 – 6. Day: £4,220 – £4,350 per term. Boarding: £8,200 – £8,525 per term. Years 7 – 8. Extended Day: £6,145 per term. Boarding: £8,860 per term.

    Weekly Boarding: Years 3-6: £7,845 per term.  Years 7-8: £8,045

    Senior. Years 9-11. Day: £7,135 per term. Boarding: £11,655 per term. Years 12-13. Day: £7,500 per term. Boarding: £11,960 per term.

    Flexi-boarding: Years 3 – 8 £65 per night, Years 9-11 £73 per night.

    Fees are inclusive of all costs that apply to all pupils and include meals, textbooks and transport to school fixtures – there are no hidden costs.

    Armed Forces and sibling discounts are available as well as a limited number of small endowment funds. Please contact the school for further details.


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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Our Admissions team will be delighted to show you around the School, or to arrange a virtual visit.

    To arrange a visit, please call Cat Lowe-Acton on 01225 721 141 or email:


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