Bruton is known for it's three popular secondary schools - King's School, Bruton (founded 1519); Sexey's School (founded 1889) and Bruton School for Girls - Sunny Hill (founed 1900). Each school has a sixth form and a tradition of boarding. Also Bruton has a popular primary school - Bruton Primary, plus three toddler groups.
One of Bruton's notable historic characters was Hugh Sexey (1556-1619), who was bornin the local area and attended Bruton Grammer School. By the age of43 he had appointed as Royal auditor of the Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth I and later King James I. After his death the trustees of his will established Sexey's Hospital, Bruton as an institution to care for the elderly. Sexey's trust was mainly involved with educational causes. The national politician behind the 1902 Education Act, The Right Hon. Henry Hobhouse MP (1854-1937), was involved in the founding of Sexey's School and Sunny Hill.