Bruton School for Girls

Bruton School for Girls

Bruton School for Girls is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 – 18 located in on the Somerset/Dorset Border, England.

The school comprises Sunny Hill Nursery and Pre-Preparatory, Sunny Hill Preparatory, a senior school and sixth form with an overall attendance of approximately 350 pupils, of whom a third are boarders. A small number of boys also attend the nursery and pre-prep.


Bruton School for Girls celebrated its Centenary in 2001. The School was originally founded as a private day and boarding school and named Sunny Hill School. In 1911 it became a public secondary school and received an annual endowment from the Hugh Sexey’s Charity and grants from Somerset County Council. After the passing of the 1944 Education Act, Sunny Hill School became fully independent. In 1961, the school changed its name to Bruton School for Girls and in 1997 extended its Junior Department to take students from age 3.

The school Motto is “Follow the Gleam”.

The headmaster is Mr John Burrough, with deputy head teachers Mrs Linda Smallwood and Mrs Rachel Robbins.

Notable Alumnae

  • Ethel Knight, Britan's first female Vet.
  • Louisa Gritt, one of only two women ship commanding officers in the Royal Navy.
  • Helen Roberts, awarded MBE in 2001 for services to eye care in East Africa after setting up a successful eye clinic in Kenya. '
  • Catherine Davis, BBC journalist
  • Clarissa Farr, High Mistress of St Paul's Girl's School, London
  • Emily Eavis'' co-organiser of the Glastonbury Festival


The school is four miles from Wincanton and the M3/A303 corridor between London and the South West. It lies 25 miles south of Bristol and Bath and within 40 miles of Salisbury and the south coast. The Paddington London railway to Exeter and Plymouth is one mile away and the line to Waterloo is 12 miles – the school offers minibus connections. Students are collected from Heathrow and other airports at the beginning and end of term. A network of daily buses for day students serves the school.

External links

Bruton School for Girls Website Bruton Friends Website (

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