Our Building & History

St Julian’s is situated in the attractive and friendly village of Wellow, just south of Bath.  The main school building, which dates from 1843, provides the school hall, one classroom, the library and the offices.  There are three additional classrooms close to the main building, each with its own facilities.  Adjacent to the school is the main playground, a small field, known as ‘the paddock’, an adventure play area and a conservation area.


In September 2018 the provision for Early Years outdoor learning was enhanced through the building of a purpose built canopy with water features, mark making areas, a mud kitchen and a large role play area. This allows children in both Oak and Chestnut classes free flow access to excellent outdoor learning experiences. 

We are very lucky to be situated in a beautiful village, surrounded by countryside, open spaces and woodland. The school is committed to outdoor learning and many Forest School type activities are planned within the school day to bring learning to life for our children.

Our School is named after the saint Julian.
Only nine or ten churches in England are dedicated to a saint named Julian. There are several saints of that name, and, in most instances, it is not clear which is the patron. In the case of Wellow, however, it is thought that the church is dedicated to St Julian the Hospitaller.
Very little is known about St Julian the Hospitaller. Stories vary, but it seems that he was born a nobleman in the early 4th century. He had a passion for hunting and whilst pursuing that obsession one day, he was warned by a stag that he would kill his parents. This duly happened as a result of mistaken identity. As a penance, he and his wife devoted their lives to the poor, setting up an inn on a riverbank where they took in pilgrims and acting as ferrymen for those crossing the river. It is not known when or how Julian died.