Our school sits at the lower end of Glastonbury, with the Church of St Benedict directly opposite and the larger Church of St John the Baptist some 100 metres up the High Street.
The town is centred on Glastonbury Abbey, the ruins of what had been the longest and wealthiest church in England and the site, according to 12th century monks, of the grave of King Arthur. The Abbey, which attracts visitors from home and abroad, and hosts annual Anglican and Roman Catholic pilgrimages, has a museum, an active Education Department for school visits, a wild life area and activities for all the family.
The Christian faith is served by Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed, Baptist and Mid-Somerset Community churches.
Glastonbury attracts a wide diversity of other faiths and spiritualities, and is a vibrant, colourful community.
Overlooking the town are the famous Glastonbury Tor, with its medieval tower, and Wearyall Hill, where according to legend Joseph of Arimathea planted the first Glastonbury Holy Thorn, perhaps accompanied by his great-nephew Jesus as suggested in the hymn, Jerusalem. On the lower slopes of the Tor lies Chalice Hill, with its red spring, where Joseph is said to have hidden the Holy Grail, never to be found.
From these hills one looks out across the Somerset Moors and Wetlands, with its wild life reserves and SSSIs, where the last battle on English soil took place and where the Glastonbury Lake Village, one of the most important wetland sites in Europe, was discovered. In addition to a small museum of finds from the Lake Village in town, there is, towards the Tor, a Museum of Rural Life in the Abbey Tithe Barn, which also runs activities for visiting schools and families.
The nearby ’village’ of Street is home to Clarks Shoes and its Shoe Museum, to the Clarks Village Discount Retail complex, and also to the public school, Millfield, whose preparatory school is situated on the outskirts of Glastonbury, and Strode College, the nearest state tertiary college. Street boasts two swimming pools, a thriving theatre/cinema which not only has a programme of live professional and amateur events, and film and visual art, but also digital links to London theatres.
Some six miles away, and nestling at the foot of the beautiful, and historically and geologically significant, Mendip Hills, is the city of Wells with its Cathedral and moated Bishop’s Palace, with Wells Cathedral School, internationally famous for its specialist Music Department, close by.
The area offers a wide variety of sports, and youth activities such as Scouts and Guides, Army, Air and Sea Cadets, whilst Glastonbury itself is a major venue for the Guy Fawkes Winter Carnival Circuit which attracts thousands of spectators each year in raising money for local charities.
Also, just six miles away, is Worthy Farm in Pilton, venue for the internationally renowned Glastonbury Festival, which offers fund-raising opportunities for local schools and organisations.
All in all, we think this a great place to call home!