|Bricklehurst Manor School|
|Bardown Road, Stonegate, TN5 7EL, UK Wadhurst|
+44 (0)1580 200448
Bricklehurst Manor School was founded in 1959 as an independent day school for boys and girls. Today, it remains a flourishing co-educational IAPS school with its own high achieving Kindergarten and a reputation for happy children who go onto their next schools with a keen, sensible attitude towards learning and the ability to think and work independently and with enjoyment. Bricklehurst is a non-selective school, with small classes, a high teacher pupil ratio and competitive fees. Our aim is to provide a happy environment for all the children so that we can help them grow naturally and successfully into confident, well-balanced, self disciplined and considerate individuals who are aware of their responsibilities within a community.
We set out to develop their capacity for the intellectual, creative and physical skills appropriate to their age, so that each child achieves a sense of personal fulfilment and feels both successful and appreciated.
Previously a private house, with records to show that the house dates back to the thirteenth century, Bricklehurst retains many home-like characteristics not least a friendly, family atmosphere which helps young children bridge the gap between home and school, enabling them to gain confidence in the security of familiar surroundings.
It has always been a family run business and the present owners, Stephen and Christine Flowers, have lived there since 2001. Christine was appointed as Head teacher in September 2000 and has worked tirelessly to improve facilities, broaden the curriculum and update resources.
“My aim is to provide a safe environment in which children may grow and thrive happily, whilst receiving an exemplary education from a dedicated team of professionals.”
The school is open from 8.00 a.m. and registration is at 8.40 followed by assembly on 3 days of the week at 8.45. The vicar visits regularly to conduct assemblies and classes also enjoy taking an assembly once a term.
Children may bring a healthy snack for break time. We do not allow crisps or sweets but positively encourage fruit.
From Kindergarten onwards children enjoy a cooked lunch prepared from an imaginative menu, which is carefully planned to provide a well balanced diet. There is always a salad option and on most days bread and butter is also available alongside the main meal.
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Our food is supplied by local suppliers as far as we are able (milk, yoghurt etc from a local dairy and many Kent grown vegetables and fruit.)
Seasonal produce from the school vegetable garden and orchard also supplement the lunches.
At the end of the day, 3.30 for the pre prep and 4.00 for the prep department, children may be collected either from their classrooms or from the Front Hall. However, many children choose to stay for clubs or homework class and may be picked up at any time up to 5.45 p.m.
“All three of our girls have been so happy at Bricklehurst and we will leave with some wonderful and very fond memories.”
We have four Houses at Bricklehurst and children are allocated to a House as soon as they arrive here.
Chartwell, Scotney, Pashley and Bateman’s are all famous houses in the area and the children are very keen to work hard to gain merits for their House. The merits are awarded for good work, good manners, good attitude or sporting achievement. There are inter–house activities, including a pancake race on Shrove Tuesday!
A large cup is the final prize each year given out at Prize Giving to the winning house.
School facilities are improved continually. Each classroom has its own computing equipment, which is regularly extended and updated. Children in the prep school have controlled access to the internet to support their learning.
After a successful trial of an interactive whiteboard in the prep school a further two boards, one of which is located in the pre-prep department have been installed and the provision of additional boards will continue to be an ongoing project.
Children have access to an extensive collection of books and learning resources and are encouraged to use these both to support their classroom work and for leisure purposes.
Each classroom has its own fiction library, whilst the non-fiction library is housed centrally, is fully computerised and stored under the Dewey Decimal system. We have over 2000 books, which are continually updated.
“We have 2 book fairs and a book week every year.”
Bricklehurst offers extensive optional activities, some of
which take place after school. Children have the opportunity
to participate in Spanish classes, Gymnastics, Netball, Football, Tag Rugby, Swimming including synchronised lessons, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Tennis, Golf, Karate, Modern Dance, Jazz, Ballet, Art and Craft, Sewing, Pottery, and Lamda examinations.
At break times there is a purpose built playground for the children to use, which is shortly to be extended to include a further adventure trail thanks to the Friends of Bricklehurst.
The Sports field may often be utilised in free time as well as
the tennis and netball court.
Our swimming pool is covered and heated and is utilised for half of the year. A major update of the changing rooms was completed over the summer of 2006 so that we can now boast heated changing rooms with hot showers.
Bricklehurst is very lucky to have such wonderful grounds and the children are encouraged to take an interest in their beautiful surroundings.
Reception children regularly plant sunflower seeds and gain great satisfaction in following the whole cycle through to seed collection in the following Autumn.
Kindergarten and Year 1 grow beans/herbs/tomatoes etc and very often eat their produce at harvest time.
Other classes use the grounds for environmental science studies; minibeast hunts or observation of the wide variety of bird and butterfly life may spark off a range of studies including of course, art work.
Year 5 harvested the lavender to make beautiful lavender cushions for presents as part of their design technology programme. These are just a few examples.
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“As the schools inspector said, it really is a special school and long may it stay.”
The Foundation stage begins in Kindergarten where we aim to make the transition from home or playgroup to school a positive experience by ensuring that children quickly feel happy, secure and settled.
Children attend the Kindergarten from the age of three and progress into the Reception class in the academic year of their fifth birthday. Children may attend morning sessions to 12.30pm or 1.30pm if they wish to stay for lunch. Afternoon sessions are also offered and many children progress to a full day in readiness for their start in Reception.
We provide a happy purpose built environment where the children begin to grasp the concepts of reading, writing and number, and have the opportunity to safely develop all aspects of their character in work and play.
The Kindergarten aims to provide a sound basis for later education; to give all children the ability to listen, talk about and record their experiences with increasing concentration, understanding, competence and fluency.
The curriculum in Kindergarten is organised to take account of Early Learning Goals in accordance with government guidelines. The children will cover a range of topics such as The Seasons, Ourselves, Festivals, Nursery Rhymes, People who help us,
and Growth. They will explore the subjects via art, number, literature, discussion and play.
“...it was those all-important formative
years with you that provided the educational foundation on which we have worked.”
The children also have the chance to explore the outside
environment, enjoy physical activities, including swimming
and participate in dance, drama, singing and playing musical instruments as part of their overall learning experience.
At all times children’s progress is carefully monitored and
consultation takes place twice a year or at parental request. The Stepping Forward Profile is completed and relevant
information passed on to the Reception class teacher.
From Reception all children stay at school for the full day and receive a thorough, broad education from experienced, qualified staff. In addition to our class teachers we have additional support teachers and this enables us to keep a high teacher pupil ratio, as well as giving flexibility in providing extra help to individual children and to small groups.
We have a specialist teacher for children who need additional academic support. Extra help may be given along side the child in the classroom or on a one to one basis in a support room. Each child is assessed to maximise the benefits of an individual programme.
We offer an extensive curriculum throughout the school; English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art, Design, Information Technology, French, Music, Drama, Dance and Physical Education with the emphasis on the core subjects.
The content of the National Curriculum Council documents has been fully incorporated into our schemes of work. The children take the Standard Assessment Tests at Key Stage 2, which are marked externally. Children are also prepared for the Kent Selection Examination at 11 and are prepared for Common Entrance or the equivalent standard entrance examination for the school of their choice.
“...both Thomas and Ella have been extremely happy in the warm and caring environment of Bricklehurst, which has given them security and confidence to move onto a larger environment.”
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Children have specialist teachers for French, Music, Dance, Drama and Physical Education.
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