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  • Prior Park College
    Ralph Allen Drive
    BA2 5AH
  • Head: Ben Horan
  • T 01225 831000
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Bath and North East Somerset
  • Pupils: 624; sixth formers: 203
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £15,942 - £17,595 Boarding £23,058 - £35,001 pa
  • Open days: Open Door Mornings scheduled for: Friday 4th March 2021 & Friday 6 May 2022
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: The Paragon School

What says..

One of the lessons we learn from sport, they say, is humility. That’s so Prior Park. No, it’s emphatically not a philosophy of loser takes all - they love to win. Sizeable contingent of parents are dahn-from-Londoners, who have colonised Bath in recent years - yes, even raggle-taggle Walcot Street has capitulated to the hipsters. Monocultural tendency is mitigated by ... 

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What the school says...

Prior Park College is a friendly, purposeful Christian community; Catholic in tradition and ecumenical in spirit. Praise and positive teaching encourage academic confidence and success.

Our ethos is to care for our students so they feel empowered to develop as fully as possible their academic and other talents, to ensure an education of the whole person.

An excellent enrichment programme includes music, dance, art, drama, sport, the Combined Cadet Force, our own community service programme and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme.

Our aim is to enable Leavers to be confident, capable compassionate and independent-minded.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head master

Since 2019, Ben Horan (late 30s). Brought up on a council estate in south east London and encouraged to apply to Oxford to read history by an inspirational teacher, he went straight into teaching, taking in some prestigious schools: St Benedict's in Ealing, Eton and finally senior deputy head academic at Merchant Taylors'. He has done the lot: head of department, pastoral tutor, cricket and rugby coach; all excellent preparation for his first headship. Of Prior Park he says, ‘I was swayed by the sixth form guides – I felt the community was so full of love.’ It is heartwarming to hear this big burly ‘cricket-crazy’ historian talk so disarmingly of love: ‘It’s a verb, not a noun, and it’s central to all we do here,’ he told us, adding that he never...

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Special Education Needs

Prior Park College provides very limited support for up to 4 children (for entry into Year 7 and a further 4 in Year 9) with very mild dyslexia. We accept up to 10 registrations for pupils who are seeking a place on our Learning Development Programme. Currently we are unable to accept any further registrations until 2011. 09-09

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