Somerset private school to close for good after 122 years

Bruton School for Girls is permanently shutting down at the end of the academic year. Governors have confirmed that the school in Bruton will be closing, saying it was “very sad news”. The Independent day and boarding school for girls aged 2 to 19-years-old and for boys aged 2 to 7-years-old, has been struggling for a while with low pupil numbers.

There had been some “optimism” that the school would push through when it joined The King’s School, Bruton Foundation in March 2022 and launched a new development plan. READ NEXT – Gary Barlow attends private party at Somerset’s ‘Millionaires Row’ In a statement the foundation said: “At the last ISI inspection in 2018 there were 199 pupils in the school. Unfortunately, pupil numbers have continued to fall at BSG with a total school roll of 45 pupils expected in September 2022.

“The Governors have reluctantly decided that these low pupil numbers are not educationally or economically viable, and have therefore decided to permanently close the school at the end of this academic year. ” The school, founded in 1900, said it will be “doing all it can” to support staff and its pupils through the closure. The closure doesn’t affect other schools within the same group.

The statement added: “It is with sadness that the Governors can confirm that Bruton School for Girls (BSG) will permanently close at the end of this academic year. There will be no change to the BSG Nursery, which will remain open. “There will also be no change to the location or operation of either King’s School, Bruton or Hazlegrove School, the two other schools in the Foundation.

The school will do all it can to support girls and staff over the coming weeks. ” Senior warden of The King’s School, Bruton Foundation, Stephen Edlmann, said it was “extremely sad” and had been an “extremely difficult decision”. Mr Edlmann also paid tribute to members of staff who have “worked tirelessly”.

He said: “This is extremely sad news after the optimism surrounding Bruton School for Girls joining the King’s Foundation earlier this year, when 114 pupils were expected at BSG in September 2022. Unfortunately, this optimism has not been translated into pupil retention, let alone further pupil growth. “This has been an extremely difficult decision, but with a projected pupil roll of under 50 girls across 9 year groups, from Years 5 to 13, it is not viable to run a school and offer the fully rounded education parents expect, or children deserve.

“I want to pay tribute to the staff who have worked tirelessly at BSG and will continue to do so through to July to celebrate the successes of our current pupils. There will be no impact on the operation of BSG for the remainder of the Summer Term. All current BSG pupils will be fully supported through their exams, and all activities will take place as programmed.

“I would like to thank all our staff and parents for their support of the school through these extremely uncertain and challenging times.

Governors do not underestimate the difficulties that this decision will bring, but are united in believing that not to act now would only magnify the problems down the line.

“We believe that taking this very difficult decision now and working with our parents and pupils is the best thing we can do for all those involved.”