|Motto||Pro Patria Populoque
(For the country and the people)
|Type||"Independent day and "boarding school|
|Chairman of the Governors||C. M. Clapp|
|"DfE URN||113575 Tables|
|Students||550 (senior school approx.)
/300 (preparatory school approx.)
|Colours||red & white|
|Former pupils||"Old Blundellians|
Blundell's School is a "co-educational day and boarding "independent school located in the town of "Tiverton in the county of "Devon, England. It was founded in 1604 under the will of "Peter Blundell, one of the richest men in England at the time, and moved to its present site on the outskirts of the town in May 1882. It was known until the 19th century as Tiverton Grammar School.
While the full boarding fees are £31,755 per year, the school offers several scholarships and bursaries, and provides flexi-boarding. The school has 350 boys and 225 girls, including 107 boys and 65 girls in the Sixth Form, and is a member of the "Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.
"Peter Blundell, one of the wealthiest merchants of Elizabethan England, died in 1601, having made his fortune principally in the cloth industry. His will set aside considerable money and land to establish a school in his home town "to maintain sound learning and true religion". Blundell asked his friend "John Popham, "Lord Chief Justice of England, to carry out his wishes, and appointed a number of local merchants and gentry as his first trustees (known as "feoffees). The position of feoffee is no longer hereditary, but a number of notable local families have held the position for a considerable period: the first ancestor of the current Chairman of the Governors to hold that position was elected more than 250 years ago, and the "Heathcoat-Amory family have a long tradition of service on the Governing Body, since Sir John Heathcoat-Amory was appointed in 1865.
The Old Blundell's School was built to be much larger and grander than any other in the West Country, with room for 150 scholars and accommodation for a master and an usher. The "Grade 1 listed building is now in the care of the "National Trust and the forecourt is usually open to visitors. One ex-Blundell's boy was the writer "R. D. Blackmore, who in the novel "Lorna Doone set the stage for a fight between John Ridd and Robin Snell on the Blundell's triangular lawn.
Peter Blundell's executors established links with "Balliol College, Oxford, and with "Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and large sums were settled to provide for scholarships for pupils of the school to attend those colleges. The first Sidney Sussex scholar was nominated in 1610 and the first Blundell's Balliol scholar in 1615. The links with these colleges continue today, although without the closed scholarships.
In 1882 the school moved to the present Horsdon site, one mile from the original location. The new buildings were designed by "Hayward & Son of Exeter, and built in red Halberton stone, the foundation stone was laid by the "William Courtenay, 11th Earl of Devon, chairman of the governors, in June 1880. "Reginald Blomfield, the architect and garden designer, was responsible for the additions to the school, which were completed in 1901.["citation needed]
The clock tower contains a statue by "Alain John, a pupil of the School and aspiring sculptor, who joined the "RAF as a navigator and was killed during the Second World War. The statue was subsequently re-cast at the commission of "Neville Gorton, then "Bishop of Coventry, and stands in the ruins of the old "Coventry Cathedral as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the war.
In recent years Blundell's has undergone some reorganisation and development. In 1989 Ondaatje Hall was opened, following a donation by OB "Christopher Ondaatje for its construction. Among its many facilities is a 150-seat professional theatre, which as well as putting on in-house productions is also used for public performances.
Girls were admitted at 13 in 1993 making the school fully co-ed, and to make room for them the boys' boarding house North Close (NC) was converted into a girls' house. In 1997 School House (SH) became a junior house for pupils aged 11–13.
The prep school St Aubyn's was moved to the Blundell's campus in 2000, taking over the day-boy house Milestones (M) and the Sanatorium, and was renamed Blundell's Prep School. It currently has about 300 pupils aged from two-and-a-half years to eleven. The current Headmaster is Andy Southgate.
A change to the way the U6 boarders are housed took place when the old Westlake (W) was sold off and a new Westlake built on the site of the "CCF parade ground. Opened in 2004, the new Westlake houses all boys and girls who are in their final year.
The two latest developments to be completed are an extension to the Music school, and the building of the Popham Academic Centre, which houses the new Economics and Business School department, the new server for the school intranet and a dedicated IT teaching area.
Rugby is the main sport played at Blundell's in the Autumn and Spring terms. The earliest mention of "football" in the Blundellian was in 1861 and the first recorded "rugger" match played by boys at Blundell's was in 1868 against "Tiverton Rugby Club, making the school one of the oldest anywhere formally to play the game. The Blundell's crest still hangs in the main room at Twickenham in recognition of this.
The strongest years for Blundell's were the two decades after World War 2, when "Clem Thomas gained 26 caps for Wales in 1949–59 (in 1958–59 as captain), "Richard Sharp won 14 caps for England 1960-67 (Captain 1963 and 1967) and "David Shepherd won five caps for Australia in 1964–66. Both Thomas and Sharp played in two tests for Britain in South Africa.
Blundell's won the Rosslyn Park National Sevens title in 1981 and won the second ever Open Final 28–0 against Dulwich College, in 1940. The Blundell's XVs continue to compete at the highest level among the public schools of the South West, with Bryanston, Millfield, Cheltenham College and Clifton College among their regular opponents.
Jack Maunder (pupil) currentlyl plays U16 rugby for England.
One annual tradition is the school's cross-country run known as the Russell, named after OB "Jack Russell, a vicar and dog-breeder. It was first run in 1887, and 2009 saw the 129th run. The Russell has changed over the years with different courses introduced to accommodate the different ages and sexes of pupils at the school. The current senior course is 4.85 miles.
Four "Old Blundellians played in the gold medal-winning Great Britain cricket team at the "1900 Summer Olympics, the only time cricket featured in the Olympics. Britain was represented by an unofficial touring club team, the Devon & Somerset Wanderers Cricket Club (formed by "William Donne in 1894 and made up of Old Blundellians and members of Castle Cary Cricket Club).
The School lent its name to the thirty-third steam "locomotive ("Engine 932) in the "Southern Railway's "Class V of which there were 40. This class was also known as the Schools Class because all "40 of the class were named after prominent English public schools. Blundell's, as it was called, was built in 1934. The locomotive bearing the school's name was withdrawn from service in January 1961. In 2009 Hornby produced a model of this particular Schools class locomotive. As the product photograph shows, while the name of this locomotive has been variously quoted as Blundells or Blundell's the apostrophe does actually appear on the nameplate.
"William Hogarth engraved the Letterhead for the invitation to a dinner for former pupils of the School in 1725 and the Ticket for Tiverton School Feast in 1740, (image of print courtesy of Antiqueprints.com).
Notable former pupils include the following and those on the separate list at "Old Blundellians.
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Former masters of Blundell's have included:
John Alexander Marrack was born on February 10, 1921 in Barnet and educated at Downsend School, Leatherhead, and Blundell's. He joined the Navy as a special entry in September 1938.