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Brighton College
Eastern Road, BN2 0AL, UK Brighton
+44 (0)1273 704200

Brighton College

Brighton College is a charity registered in England and Wales
Company registration number: 7663 - Charity registration number: 307061
Registered office address: Brighton College, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0AL


Welcome from the Headmistress

We believe it is the early years, from the ages of three to eight, when the educational foundations are laid for everything that follows. Children are learning to learn. Very young children have curiosity and enthusiasm. Our aim is to harness these qualities in an active, stimulating, happy and secure environment. We nurture children into confident, well prepared and highly motivated learners who will go on to achieve the best for themselves. At the same time, we help them to develop the 'whole person', with good manners, self discipline, honesty and consideration for others, working and playing in a positive and rewarding way. Please explore the options on the left to find out more about the Pre-Prep. This includes information about our Curriculum, latest news, event reviews and details of forthcoming events and trips.

Sue Wicks

Academic Life

We follow the National Curriculum guidelines starting with the Foundation Stage in Pre-Reception and Reception, taking the children through to Year 3. All core curriculum subjects are taught by class teachers with Music, Art, French and PE taught by specialist staff. Please choose a subject area from the options on the left to find out more.

Pre-Prep Inspection, February 2005

The Pre-Prep received a glowing report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in February 2005.  Click here to read the report in full

Here is a summary of the main findings:
Brighton College Pre-Prep School is a happy community that provides very well for its pupils’ personal development and pastoral care.  The strong commitment of staff to pupils’ welfare and progress is reflected in very good relationships throughout the school.  Very good teaching promotes pupils’ good standards and very good attitudes to learning.  The school successfully encourages pupils to work hard, to be honest and well behaved. 

The school’s aim of preparing all children to leave the Pre-Prep as confident, well-prepared and highly motivated learners is manifested strongly in the work of the school.  The very good teaching ensures that pupils of all abilities, including those with learning difficulties and the most able, attain high standards and make good progress. Very effective pastoral care and very good relationships are major contributory factors towards the very good learning and behaviour. Pupils’ very good personal development reflects the positive ethos.The very good curriculum contributes strongly to the very good standards achieved by pupils of all abilties. 
(Independent Schools Inspectorate, February 2005)


Extended Day, After School Care and Holiday Clubs

Children may be brought to school at any time between 8.15 and 8.45 a.m. to enable parents to arrive at work on time. Every afternoon during term time we run a very popular After-School Care Group.  This runs as two bookable sessions from 3.45-4.45 p.m and 4.45-5.45 p.m. There is a charge for this facility. Please contact the school office for current fees.  A variety of activities, plus a light tea, is supervised by qualified staff. If demand is sufficient we run a Holiday Club during the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.



The Brighton College Pre-Prep Parents Association was formed to provide opportunities for special social events during the school year where pupils and their families can come together to enjoy themselves.  Profits from these events are donated to charity or put to the benefit of the pupils in the school.

The Parents Association organises an annual Fireworks Party and Easter Fayre.  These events are always hugely successful as a result of the committee members, other parents and Pre-Prep teachers working together.  Support from parents, whatever form that may take, is greatly appreciated and contributes towards very special memories for our children.


Welcome from the Headmaster

BCPS is an all-action school, well known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and its high standard of pastoral care. We prioritise the children’s enjoyment of school, the fulfilling of their differing potential, the provision of a very broad range of opportunities and the building of warm and strong character.

Features of the school include:

  • "The quality of pupils' learning, attitudes and behaviour is very good and is a strength of the school… The teaching is characterised by high expectations which often lead to very good levels of achievement and to local or national honours". (Independent Schools Inspectorate 2005)
  • One of the strongest sports departments in the region - in 2006/7 we gained county titles in netball, rugby, cricket and tennis. We also excel in swimming, rugby and football
  • Exceptional music with two choirs, two selective vocal ensembles, two orchestras, a concert band and various groups for guitars, strings, wind and percussion. This year there are five concerts and three shows
  • Many opportunities for dance and drama, including a thriving programme for LAMDA coaching (speech and drama awards)
  • Renowned art and DT departments with an impressive track record of success in national competitions
  • Around 80 extracurricular clubs/activities at lunchtime and after school with a huge range of trips and house competitions. "Achievement and quality in the activities are outstanding in relation to the ages and aptitudes of the pupils." (ISI 2005)

Brian Melia

The Curriculum

The prep school follows a broad and balanced curriculum leading to common entrance. There is plenty of sport, music, art, DT and extra curricular clubs to complement the expected academic subjects.

Each child’s progress is carefully monitored and assessed throughout the year.  There are two main sets of formal examinations, in the Michaelmas term and summer term. These are supplemented with annual standardised tests.

Examinations are accompanied by written reports in all subjects.  Parents’ evenings are held in the Lent term.

There are further shorter assessment periods referred to as interims, which usually take place twice per term.  These are reported directly to parents on a cumulative information sheet showing grades for achievement, effort and house points awarded in academic subjects.  These house points are awarded for EFFORT.

Children receive certificates to recognise defined totals of house points, i.e. 25, 50, 75 etc. gained in each term.  Further commendation certificates are awarded for outstanding pieces of work, or an average effort grade of 1.0 on interims. These are worth 5 house points.

The children are placed in sets according to ability for different subjects in different year groups. There are more set blockings the older the children get. Main movements in sets are made after the Michaelmas and summer examinations, but movements can be made at other times if circumstances dictate.

In general:

Year 4 is form-based and set for maths.
Year 5 is form based and set for maths and 2 periods of English.
Year 6 is set for maths, French and English/history/geography/science.
Years 7 and 8 are set, in blocks, for all academic subjects.

All children, in all year groups, sit standardised tests in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, spelling and reading, which the school uses to monitor individual progress. The tests take place in the Michaelmas term and are tests of aptitude and potential. There is no preparation required for these tests.

In the summer term, children in year 8 sit the common entrance examinations for entry into the senior school.  This is preceded by a trial set of similar examinations in the Lent term.  The children are given careful guidance and preparation for these important examinations, which involves a revision programme during each of the Lent and summer half-term holidays.

There are school-based policies on presentation, marking and classroom behaviour with which all staff uphold on a daily basis.

All subjects have schemes of work in a variety of depth and detail. These are available on the school website.

Prep (Homework)

Homework tasks are an essential part of the day’s learning process and will often give children the chance to consolidate and reflect on the day’s events.
The nature of the particular homework set will change from subject to subject and from task to task, but there is a variety of activities to enhance and extend the learning that has taken place during the day.

Typical tasks could include:

Preparing work in draft
Upgrading from draft to finished version
Learning spellings
Learning facts
Finishing classwork
Mental arithmetic
Repetition to consolidate new material
Revision for class tests
Corrections, and so on.

Homework will be set that occasionally requires parental involvement such as learning or research.

The following guidelines are issued for staff and pupils, although clearly, (unless it is a timed piece of work) it can sometimes be difficult setting work that takes every child the exact recommended time to complete. In general, these times should not be exceeded; however, children who are naturally slower, or have work to catch up, may take longer on an occasional basis.

Year 4 15 minutes per night + 15 minutes reading time.

Year 5 30 minutes per night + reading time

Year 6 30 minutes per night

Year 7 60 minutes per night.  Each piece of prep should last 30 minutes, except science, where the individual preps should last 20 minutes.

Year 8 60 minutes per night, Monday to Thursday each piece of prep should last 30 minutes, except science, where the individual preps should last 20 minutes.

The weekend is used for extra work as necessary.

Commendations are awarded for an outstanding effort with a piece of work.  A commendation is a certificate signed by the headmaster and handed out in assembly.

Reporting and Assessment

Full reports are sent to all parents at the end of the Michaelmas and summer terms. 

A parents’ evening is held during the Lent term for each year group, when parents can discuss the progress of their children with staff.

The prep school and the college give out a limited number of scholarships to encourage excellence. We are always very pleased with the prep school children who gain awards, though by their nature, awards are highly selective and few in number.  Academic scholarship awards at 13 plus are awarded to the top common entrance exam performers, so no separate scholarship entries are necessary for academic awards.  Other 13 plus awards currently available include: art, sports, DT, music, drama and millennium scholarships (for outstanding strength in two or more areas). 

It is our policy that the heads of departments or the senior management of the prep school contact the parents of pupils in year 8 who have shown themselves as having a realistic chance of an award, to ascertain whether parents are happy for their children to be entered.  We feel that those members of staff, who work most closely with the children, have the most accurate judgement of those pupils who have a realistic chance.  The relevant heads of department always give a professional and honest opinion if contacted by parents concerning questions about potential scholarship entry.

For the ‘internal’ 11 plus scholarships, the school recommends those pupils who have a realistic chance of success. In this case, we collate scores over the year in exams and assessments in mathematics, English and verbal reasoning in choosing pupils from year 6 who have a realistic chance of gaining an award, as these are the subjects tested by the senior school.  The parents of the pupils chosen are then contacted with the relevant information in advance of the exams.

Parents do, of course, have the right to ask that their child is entered for an award at 13 plus or 11 plus and if asked we will proceed with an entry. However, it is only fair to point out that experience shows that where a candidate has not been selected by senior management or a head of department, then sadly the result usually causes disappointment.

The 11 plus assessments and scholarships are in January each year for external pupils from other schools who enter our year 7.  The continuation scholarships for our own pupils generally match these awards and are judged by the same standards.

No new bursaries were given out in the last academic year and the prep school will be following this policy again in the next year.

The school currently has a full roll.  Also, a policy of not giving out bursaries helps us keep fee increases below the national average for independent schools, as well as maximizing investment improvements that benefit all pupils.

There is a huge array of clubs and societies on offer to the pupils in the Prep School. These include shooting, canoeing, drama, ICT, cricket, rugby, football, netball, swimming and other sports. There are also many musical activities to become involved in, such as orchestra, wind band and various choirs. Clubs are run most breaktimes and after school. Children are encouraged to take part in some sort of activity and the take up is very high. This has helped to create a very vibrant and lively atmosphere in school throughout the day.


Welcome from the Headmaster

If you were to ask current parents why they chose Brighton College for their son or daughter, they would tell you that the children here are cheerful, balanced, at ease with themselves and each other - yet excited and enthused by the challenges before them. They might add that Brighton College succeeds in combining academic excellence with a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities, all underpinned by a deep commitment to the individual needs and enthusiasms of each child.

As Headmaster, I believe passionately in the importance of the individual. Every child at Brighton College is valued for his or her own sake, encouraged to develop his or her talents to the full in a community where there are no stereotypes and where every achievement, however small, is noticed.

Richard Cairns MA Oxon

Academic Life

The Senior School at Brighton College is a tremendously diverse and challenging environment.

The aim of the Brighton College curriculum is to offer a broad range of subjects for study to GCSE and A level, whilst at the same time allowing students to specialise in their strengths.  The core National Curriculum subjects provide the basis for GCSE studies, after which students can opt for an extra language, or a creative subject or two.  Core subjects are covered in between 6 to 8 lessons per week, whilst other options are given 4 thirty five minute lessons per week.

The Senior School is about much more than academic study however.  There are abundant opportunities to excel inside and outside the classroom, in sport, music, dance and drama. 

The philosophy is that everyone should be able to contribute something to college life, and every student is encouraged to achieve their maximum potential.  For some, this may happen performing on a stage, whilst for others it may come through the college Community Service programme or the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Should you wish to know any more, please contact our Assistant Head (Academic), Mrs. Jo-Anne Riley, on

Senior School Departments

The information for individual departments can be found under departmental headings on this website.

Should you wish to know any more, please contact our Assistant Head (Academic), Mrs. Jo-Anne Riley, on

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