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 Hugh Sexey was born in 1556 in Bruton.
 He was a poor boy, but went to school 
 in Bruton and finally became Auditor  
 to the exchequer for the Queen.He died
 childless in 1619. He left money and a
 lot of land to the Blackford trust.   
 With this money, a hospital was built 
 and a school was founded in Bruton. A 
 co_educational boarding school, one of
 the first in the country, was built in
 Blackford and was named Hugh Sexeys.  
 The school started in 1897 in a barn  
 in Stoughton with 7 boys and 5 girls  
 and then moved to its existing site in
 1899. In 1948 it was taken over by the
 County Council as a voluntary         
 controlled Grammar School and was     
 reorganised as a middle school in 1976
 There have been only 5 headmasters;   
 G.H.Smith,1897-1923; L.Abram,1923-1934
 1964-1984 and R.G.Smallshaw,1984-     

Map of the area

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