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Brockhurst & Marlston House Schools
Hermitage, RG18 9UL, UK Thatcham
+44 (0)1635 200293
www:http://www.brockmarl.org.uk/e-mail:info@brockmarl.org.uk

Brockhurst
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Marlston House

Preparatory Schools
Newbury, Berkshire

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Brockhurst

Newbury

 

Day and boarding for boys aged 3-13
Separate girls' school
Extensive grounds and sports facilities
Chateau in France for educational visits
New indoor swimming pool and teaching block opens 2004

  

Brockhurst is set in a glorious Victorian neo-Gothic mansion in the Berkshire countryside where pupils can grow up and learn in a stimulating and picturesque location. Together with its sister school, Marlston House which is located within Brockhurst's extensive grounds, it offers an enterprising combination of traditional single-sex and co-educational values.

Facilities include a modern Science and Art classroom block, three all-weather courts and one indoor court, a large multi-purpose sports hall and an outside swimming pool. Opening in late summer 2004 will be an indoor swimming pool and further sports and teaching facilities. The school also owns a large chateau in France where pupils are able to spend time to improve their French and indulge in the Gallic way of life.

   On moving up to the senior school from the co-educational pre-prep department aged six years, boys are taught in small single-sex classes because we believe this best enables them to realise their academic potential and to develop their self-confidence.

 However, in order to foster the social development of the boys, which we see as the great attraction of co-education, they join the girls of Marlston House for Music, Art and Drama, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. In this way, Brockhurst aims to offer a first-class all-round education founded on Christian principles and a disciplined, happy family atmosphere.

 

A short morning assembly is held each day in the school's Great Hall. Marlston Church, which stands in the school grounds, is used as the school chapel. Services are conducted by the Vicar of Bucklebury and lay readers or visiting preachers are invited to the school.

The school is non-denominational but the majority of boys are Church of England and religious worship is based on its teaching. Boys of other denominations are welcome in the school and their parents may make special arrangements with the school for them to attend a service elsewhere if they so choose.


Curriculum

The school prepares boys for Common Entrance and Scholarship exams at the age of 13. In recent years, the majority of boys have gone on to their chosen school and top Scholarships have been achieved with classes set for ability at the top of the school so that pupils can learn at the best pace.

The curriculum is governed by the syllabus laid down for the Common Entrance Examination though Brockhurst teaches a very wide curriculum which encompasses more than the requirements of the National Curriculum and in addition a generous allocation is made in every boy's timetable for Music, Art and Physical Education. All boys study English, Mathematics, Science, French Technology, History, Geography and Scripture from the outset. They normally begin Latin in the third year and German thereafter. Boys sitting for scholarships are also taught Greek, while Russian has also been studied at the top of the school. The school has a well-equipped computer centre and computing is taught to all boys as a subject in its own right as well as being used in other subjects as an aid to learning.

Pupils' progress is continually monitored and assessed, with progress reports every few weeks and a more substantial document at the end of the term.

The Special Needs' department is run by qualified staff for those boys who need extra help in the main subjects.


Music and Drama

Music is a special feature at Brockhurst and is encouraged in every possible way. There is a full-time Director of Music and all boys are taught singing and have lessons in musical appreciation. Pupils are prepared for the examinations of the Royal Schools of Music and the London College of Music. The school has a combined orchestra with Marlston House and several instrumental ensembles. In addition, there is a flourishing choir.

Art is taught throughout the school and visits are made to galleries, museums and exhibitions. Facilities include a new studio and a fully equipped pottery which is used both in and out of normal teaching periods. Advantage is taken of the school's fine architecture and surrounding countryside for painting and drawing and talented boys are entered for art scholarships.

Dramatic productions involve boys at all levels of the school. The main production is staged jointly with Marlston House in the Memorial Hall, which accommodates a professionally designed theatre seating up to three hundred in a tiered auditorium. Boys are involved in all aspects of the production including set design and lighting. Smaller productions, often involving individual classes, are staged at varying times during the year


Boarding

Brockhurst aims to make boarding an extension of family life. The Deputy Head and his family live in the school and he acts as Housemaster to the boarders with the assistance of his wife who is a qualified SRN and the resident matrons.

In recent years, boarding at Brockhurst has evolved into a flexible system which allows boys to board for one or more nights a week according to choice and in consequence our boarding places are now over-subscribed. Boarders have their own common room in which to relax.

Our system of flexi-boarding gives boys all the fun that is shared in a boarding community and enables them to take advantage of the many hobbies and activities provided for them during evenings and at weekends.

Outings and educational trips are an important part of boarding and school life at Brockhurst.

By living together they learn to share and to have consideration for others and, with encouragement, they learn to stand on their own feet and, increasingly, to shoulder responsibility.


Sport and Activities

Outdoor games are played every afternoon and all boys participate in the following:

Autumn Term Soccer and Hockey

Spring Term Rugby, Hockey and cross-country Running.

Summer Term Cricket, Athletics and Swimming.

Other activities include: 

Tennis: Three all weather courts and one indoor court

Riding: Ponies, all weather riding school, show jumps and cross country course

Shooting: .177 Indoor rifle range

Swimming: Outdoor heated pool 

Golf: Chip and putt course 

Indoor sports take place in a large multi- purpose sports hall and include: Tennis, Short Tennis, Badminton, Indoor Cricket nets, Five-a-side football, Basket Ball, Gymnastics, Judo and Fencing.

The school employs specialist physical education instructors and professional coaches for tennis, golf, fencing and Judo. Boys who are particularly talented at a game are encouraged to develop their skills by playing at county level.

Many extra-curricular activities are available to boys and expeditions and field trips to places of interest occur throughout the year.

Adventure training takes place in the Brecon Beacons under qualified instruction and includes rock climbing, caving, canoeing and hill walking. Camping takes place in the summer. In addition, the school organises a popular skiing trip during the Easter holidays.

Hobbies of all kinds are actively encouraged so that boys may make creative use of their spare time. Among the most popular are fishing for trout and coarse fish on the lake, natural history, desk top publishing, golf, snooker, cooking and table tennis but there are many others. An area of the grounds is set aside for the boys' gardens.



Marlston House

Newbury

Day and boarding for girls aged 8-13

* Day and boarding for girls aged 8-13 with pre-prep
* Separate boys' school
* Extensive grounds and sports facilities
* Chateau in France for educational visits
* New indoor swimming pool and teaching block opens 2004

Marlston House is set in the grounds of a glorious Victorian neo-Gothic mansion in the Berkshire countryside where pupils can grow up and learn in a stimulating and picturesque location. Together with its sister school, Brockhurst, it offers an enterprising combination of traditional single-sex and co-educational values.

Facilities include a modern Science and Art classroom block, three all-weather courts and one indoor court, a large multi-purpose sports hall and an outside swimming pool. Opening in late summer 2004 will be an indoor swimming pool and further sports and teaching facilities. The school also owns a large chateau in France where pupils are able to spend time to improve their French and indulge in the Gallic way of life.

   On moving up to the senior school from the co-educational pre-prep department aged six years, girls are taught in small single-sex classes because we believe this best enables them to realise their academic potential and to develop their self-confidence.

  However, in order to foster the social development of the girls, which we see as the great attraction of co-education, they join the boys of Brockhurst for Music, Art and Drama, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. In this way, Brockhurst aims to offer a first-class all-round education founded on Christian principles and a disciplined, happy family atmosphere.

 

A short morning assembly is held each day in the school's Great Hall. Marlston Church, which stands in the school grounds, is used as the school chapel. Services are conducted by the Vicar of Bucklebury and lay readers or visiting preachers are invited to the school.

The school is non-denominational but the majority of girls are Church of England and religious worship is based on its teaching. Girls of other denominations are welcome in the school and their parents may make special arrangements with the school for them to attend a service elsewhere if they so choose.


Boarding

Marlston House aims to make boarding an extension of family life. The Deputy Head and his family live in the school and he acts as Housemaster to the boarders with the assistance of his wife who is a qualified SRN and the resident matrons.

In recent years, boarding at Marlston House has evolved into a flexible system which allows girls to board for one or more nights a week according to choice and in consequence our boarding places are now over-subscribed. Boarders have their own common room in which to relax.

Our system of flexi-boarding gives boys all the fun that is shared in a boarding community and enables them to take advantage of the many hobbies and activities provided for them during evenings and at weekends.

Outings and educational trips are an important part of boarding and school life at Marlston House.

By living together they learn to share and to have consideration for others and, with encouragement, they learn to stand on their own feet and, increasingly, to shoulder responsibility.


Music and Drama

Music is a special feature at Marlston House and is encouraged in every possible way. There is a full-time Director of Music and all girls are taught singing and have lessons in musical appreciation. Pupils are prepared for the examinations of the Royal Schools of Music and the London College of Music. The school has a combined orchestra with Marlston House and several instrumental ensembles. In addition, there is a flourishing choir.

Art is taught throughout the school and visits are made to galleries, museums and exhibitions. Facilities include a new studio and a fully equipped pottery which is used both in and out of normal teaching periods. Advantage is taken of the school's fine architecture and surrounding countryside for painting and drawing and talented girls are entered for art scholarships.

Dramatic productions involve girls at all levels of the school. The main production is staged jointly with Marlston House in the Memorial Hall, which accommodates a professionally designed theatre seating up to three hundred in a tiered auditorium. Girls are involved in all aspects of the production including set design and lighting. Smaller productions, often involving individual classes, are staged at varying times during the year


Sport and Activities

Activities include: 

Tennis: Three all weather courts and one indoor court

Riding: Ponies, all weather riding school, show jumps and cross country course

Shooting: .177 Indoor rifle range

Swimming: Outdoor heated pool. New indoor pool schedule to open in 2004.

Golf: Chip and putt course 

Indoor sports take place in a large multi- purpose sports hall and include: Tennis, Short Tennis, Badminton, Indoor Cricket nets, Five-a-side football, Basket Ball, Gymnastics, Judo and Fencing.

Many extra-curricular activities are available to girls and expeditions and field trips to places of interest occur throughout the year.

Adventure training takes place in the Brecon Beacons under qualified instruction and includes rock climbing, caving, canoeing and hill walking. Camping takes place in the summer. In addition, the school organises a popular skiing trip during the Easter holidays.

Hobbies of all kinds are actively encouraged so that boys may make creative use of their spare time. Among the most popular are fishing for trout and coarse fish on the lake, natural history, desk top publishing, golf, snooker, cooking and table tennis but there are many others. An area of the grounds is set aside for the girls' gardens.


General Information

Health

The senior matron, Mrs J M Park, is a qualified State Registered Nurse. The School Doctor makes regular weekly visits and any medical treatment is arranged by Mrs Park in consultation with him and with a girl's parents. Should any girl become ill or injure himself he will be cared for by the matrons in the sick bay and the School Doctor will attend if required.

Entry

Most girls are admitted in September but it is not uncommon for girls to enter at other times subject to the availability of places.

The Junior School

The co-educational junior school was founded in 1929.

The aims of the school are to give children a happy start to school life, the opportunity to work and play together in an ordered and happy atmosphere, and to foster kindness, good manners and consideration for others.

We believe that a thorough grounding in the three R's lays the foundation of a confident and successful school career.

However, this is not at the expense of fun and creative activity and from their earliest days our children's introduction to school life is a gradual and sympathetic process designed to encourage their development as individuals.

Entry to the junior school is from the age of rising three and the youngest children join the nursery class for mornings only. In the junior school, the nursery class finishes at mid-day and afternoon lessons finish at 3.30 pm. Girls transfer to the senior school aged 6 years.

There is an 'After School Club' available which can look after junior school children until 6.00pm if desired.

The Senior School

The school day begins at 8.30 am.

For children aged between 6 and 7 years, the school day ends at 3.45pm. Thereafter, there is an optional after school activities club 'Carousel' which runs until 6.00pm.

For children aged 7 years or older, the school day ends at 6.00pm

Scholarships and Bursaries

The Brockhurst & Marlston House Centenary Scholarship is competed for each year, the value of which is one third of the fees. It is tenable throughout the successful candidate's career at Marlston House.

Bursaries are awarded to younger siblings and also to sons of former pupils. Additional awards may be made from time to time at the discretion of the school to children who have particular talents. Further details of awards may be obtained from the Headmaster.

Entry at 9 or over (Boarders and Day-Girls)

Girls may enter the school where vacancies occur at 9 or over. Normally, few difficulties are experienced in accommodating them to the curriculum at the appropriate stage. Special help can be given to them to catch up where necessary.

Those who start as day-girls often choose to become boarders in their last two years, if they have not done so earlier. Where appropriate, flexi-boarding - staying for some nights each week -allows a gentle introduction and makes it possible for girls to take advantage of the ethos and traditions of a boarding school. As well as enabling girls to take a full share in the hobbies and activities offered in the evenings and at week-ends, boarding prepares them to meet the demands that will be made on them at their next school and the challenge of increasing responsibility as prefects.

School Fees and notice of withdrawal

The school fees and terms and conditions relating to their payment are given on a separate sheet enclosed with this prospectus.

The Headmaster reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any pupil who, in the Headmaster's opinion, is not making satisfactory progress or whose continued presence in the school would not be conducive to the promotion of its aims and ethos.

The terms and conditions set out on this website may be amended from time to time and its provisions, subject to any such amendments, shall continue to apply for the whole period a pupil continues to attend the school, irrespective of age. The admission and retention of a pupil is conditional on an acceptance of them.



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