Famous for its Georgian architecture and natural hot springs, Bath is a World Heritage City and recently secured the coveted UNESCO title of one of only ten ‘Great Spa Towns of Europe’. The city is also named one of the ‘Worlds Greatest Places’ in TIME’s annual list. It is a rich cultural destination and a hugely popular place to live, work and visit.
Bath is renowned for its excellent schools and universities, which are a big draw for families looking to relocate to the city. Holburne Park is within easy reach of a wide selection of choices, from primary to post-16 education, including highly regarded independents plus sought-after state schools.
Here, you’ll find a summary of the range of options available across both the independent and state school sectors within three miles of Holburne Park.
Senior Schools & Sixth Forms
Secondary state and independent schools include King Edward’s School within walking distance, with Prior Park School, Beechen Cliff School, Ralph Allen School, Kingswood School and Monkton Combe School all within a 5-mile radius of Holburne Park.
King Edward’s School
Type: Pre Prep, Nursery, Junior, Senior & Sixth Form • Distance: Less than 1 mile • Ofsted: Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate
Founded in 1552, King Edward’s School, Bath has held a special place in this wonderful city for well over four and a half centuries and is now firmly established as one of the leading schools in the south-west of England.
The ethos of the School is one that encourages all pupils to play as hard as they work and to make the most of all the wonderful opportunities here, both in and out of the classroom, that enable them to grow and thrive within a supportive and caring framework. We set the bar high, but we also give our pupils all the tools that they need to reach those ambitious standards. We aim to foster talent in all its forms and to open doors to enquiry and discovery. Independent-mindedness and creative spirit are strong suits, but so too is the sense of community that seeks to respect and value all its members.
As a family of three schools, the Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior sections of King Edward’s offer an inspiring and supportive environment for children age 3 to 18. Some join us just for the Sixth Form; many stay for their entire school career. All pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be and all are nurtured along the pathway to leading happy, fulfilled and successful lives at school and beyond.
With the Junior and Senior sections of the School a short 5 minute walk from Holburne Park (and with the Pre-Prep based on Weston Lane near the RUH), equally accessible via the School’s shuttle bus service, KES is ideally situated for families considering local schools as part of their move to Holburne Park.
Type: Independent school • Distance: 2.2 Miles • Ofsted: Excellent
Through its Prep School and Senior School, Kingswood teaches children from the age of nine months to 18 years, with an aim of encouraging an enthusiasm for learning and a spirit of enquiry.
Driven by a goal of providing an excellent all-round education, Kingswood offers a broad range of co-curricular opportunities, which celebrate both cultural and sporting achievement.
Beechen Cliff School
Type: Comprehensive school for boys • Distance: 2.4 Miles • Ofsted: Outstanding
A comprehensive school for boys, Beechen Cliff is less than two miles away from Holburne Park and aims to encourage pupils to grow and mature at their own pace, embracing learning styles specific to boys.
Rated ‘Outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted inspection, the school celebrates all aspects of success, including the creative and physical as much as the intellectual.
Monkton Combe School
Type: Independent boarding & day school • Distance: 3.1 Miles • Ofsted: Excellent
Within a few miles of Holburne Park, Monkton supports pupils aged 2-18 years-old. As well as its outstanding academic results and passionate teachers, Monkton takes a ‘tangibly different’ approach to the journey of each individual taught there.
In the school’s own words, it offers a culture that promotes self confidence, “underpinned by a powerful humility to ensure that above all else pupils have integrity”. To this end, failure is celebrated, mistakes are reflected on and the school seeks to embed a culture of service both within and beyond its community.
Type: Independent college • Distance: 1.5 Miles • Ofsted: Good
An independent college and language school, the Bath Academy offers courses from GCSE level to university foundation programmes, plus a Pre-Masters provision. A personal approach is taken, with an aim to create an encouraging atmosphere. Bath Academy’s ambition is for students to leave with the academic skills and confidence to enjoy and succeed at university and beyond.
Royal High School
Type: Independent day and boarding school for girls • Distance: 2.1 Miles • Ofsted: Excellent
Part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Bath’s Royal High School provides education for girls aged 3-18 years, aiming to help pupils grow in self-confidence as they uncover their talents and pursue their passions. The school has a long history of specialising in girls’ education and prides itself on a reputation as a kind, supportive and academically excellent choice.
In 2020, the school opened its new state-of-the-art Steinway Music School, including a large recital room and professional standard recording studio.
Infant, Prep and Junior Schools
There are a wide range of state primary schools to choose from within three miles of Holburne Park. To help focus such a broad selection, each of the following have a minimum rating of ‘Good’ by Ofsted (apart from the Free schools not rated by the regulator).
Bathampton Primary School
Type: State Primary School • Distance: 1.3 Miles • Ofsted: Outstanding
Set in the nearby village of Bathampton, this ‘Outstanding’-rated Ofsted school is another popular option in the state sector. A Victorian village school on the outside, the school offers modern learning facilities inside and is surrounded by generous grounds for children to play in and explore nature. The school prides itself on a friendly and inclusive learning environment and has a vision for all pupils to be adventurous learners.
Bathford Church School
Type: Wells Multi Academy Trust. • Distance: 3.2 Miles • Ofsted: Outstanding
With an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, Bathford Church School aims to be a caring, nurturing and happy school. Among its aims is to help children grow by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and values they need to make sense of the world and become caring, responsible global citizens.
Bathwick St Mary Church School
Type: State primary • Distance: 6 min walk • Ofsted: Outstanding
Just a short walk from Holburne Park, Bathwick St Mary Church School is a popular choice for local parents and has an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. With a vision of ‘achieving excellence through the pursuit of good’, the school aims to provide a caring, supportive and secure environment where children can flourish as individuals as well as part of the school family and community.
Widcombe CofE Infant and Junior Schools
Type: CofE Infant and Junior Schools • Distance: 1 Mile • Ofsted: Outstanding
Other primary schools within close proximity to Holburne Park include the Widcome CofE Infant and Junior Schools. Both are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and have strong links between each other, with the majority of Infant pupils transferring to the Junior School at Key Stage 2.
The Infant school’s vision is ‘preparing children to be lifelong learners and make the most of life within this world’, while Widcombe Junior School describes itself as ‘busy but friendly’ and is driven by its values of friendship, kindness, honesty, respect, perseverance and hope.
Combe Down CofE Primary School
Type: CofE Primary School • Distance: 2.8 Miles • Ofsted: Good
With a strong Christian ethos, Combe Down CofE Primary School offers values-based learning aimed at encouraging a love of learning in an inclusive environment. The school’s values include love, respect, trust, honesty, compassion and forgiveness.
St Stephens Church School
Type: Academy Trust • Distance: 2 Miles • Ofsted: Good
St Stephens Church School is less than a mile from Holburne Park and has an ethos centred on its values of love, courage, creativity and joy. With an aim to create a family atmosphere of warmth, fun and nurture, this is an accredited Thrive school and among its focuses is the development of children’s social and emotional resilience.
With many green spaces, sporting clubs and activities on your doorstep it is easy to stay active in Bath.
A trim trail providing a pathway down to the Kennet and Avon Canal will form part of the development at Holburne Park giving easy access to leisurely waterside walks and activities.
The Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, almost surrounds Bath and is easily accessible from Holburne Park.
Bath Boating Station, Bath Golf Club and the Health and Wellbeing Club at the Bath Spa Hotel are all within walking distance of Holburne Park.
As the only city in the UK to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage City, Bath is rich in history and boasts many opportunities to discover the stories that will bring this history to life.
Bath is featured in many period dramas including the latest Netflix blockbuster, Bridgerton. The city has an array of superb galleries, museums and buildings of historic interest.
The Holburne Museum, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey are all within a mile of Holburne Park.
Holburne Park is ideally situated for easy access to the M4 motorway and Bath Spa Railway Station.
Bath has a well-connected local bus service and its proximity to excellent infrastructure makes it the ideal place from which to commute to London and other major cities.
Journey time to London Paddington from Bath Spa is 1 hour 18 minutes.*
*Monday to Friday. Source gwr.com, October 2020.