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. We pride ourselves on our lively Christian ethos, excellent exam results and our strong pastoral care. At Monkton, we are setting standards for life; giving young people the qualities of character they need.
Monkton is a very special and unusual place, as you will see if you come to visit. Our pupils are grounded, real and kind but equally they are thoughtful, diligent and ambitious in their goals.
So what’s different about Monkton? Aside from the stunning views, outstanding academic exam results and passionate teachers which many schools boast, Monkton focuses on the journey of each individual in a way that is tangibly different.
As pioneers in pastoral tracking, Monkton holds true to the belief that self-discovery is the key to success; not only do happy children learn but they also explore their strengths and weaknesses, develop resilience and face challenges with greater strength. We believe in the power of failure of taking on challenges, accepting this will mean you get some things wrong and become better people because of that. Yes, many of our pupils achieve excellent grades at both GCSE and A-level, but we are just as concerned to create a genuine appetite for learning, in helping pupils develop minds that are open and questioning and in equipping them with the independent study skills that will enable them to follow through private passions and enthusiasms long after they have left school.
Boarding is at the very heart of Monkton, and the unique atmosphere of the School is enjoyed by boarders and day pupils alike. All the Houses reflect the spirit and ethos of the School, but each exudes its own personality generated by its pupils, houseparents and staff as well as by its size, individual geography and location within the School.
Monkton was founded on Christian values which still underpin the vision, mission and values of our School today. Our ethos promotes an environment of tolerance, where everyone in the Monkton community learns to develop respect for others and forge caring relationships, sympathetic to the needs of other people.
We are a school which recognises that each student is a unique creation with individual characteristics and needs, living within a community of other unique individuals. We have pupils practising a variety of faiths and some who do not practice any, and we welcome families from all of these backgrounds.