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Braeside School
130 High Road, IG9 5SD, UK Buckhurst Hill
+44 (0)2085-041133

Braeside School

Braeside School Aims

to take full account of each girl’s capabilities and interests

to give each girl a sound moral and intellectual foundation for life
to encourage a sense of responsibility and confidence
to offer the potential to complete all eleven years of compulsory schooling within one organisation
to create a secure and stable atmosphere
to set high standards in academic achievement and behaviour



The school comprises two sites, the Junior School and the Senior School.

Junior School - 82 Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill. IG9 5LG
A pleasant late Victorian house with infant classes on the ground floor and junior rooms on the first floor. All form rooms are equipped with computers, with appropriate infant, primary or junior software supporting the Key Stage subjects. There are separate Art and Music rooms and a modern hall. The tree-lined site also has plenty of playing space outside.


Senior School - 130 High Road, Buckhurst Hill. IG9 5SD

An extended mid Victorian House this site has subject based teaching rooms.  These are well supported by specialist rooms for Art, Careers, ICT with full Broadband Internet access, Music, Drama and a Library.   A purpose built block houses two Science Laboratories. Outside the wooded grounds provide a restful recreation area and a Netball/Tennis court


Thank you for your interest in Braeside School.

Braeside is a small Independent day school for girls aged three to sixteen, and its success over sixty years, demonstrates the advantages of single sex education in a small and close-knit community.

Research into what makes for success in education emphasises the advantages of schools for girls only. Braeside examination results support these findings, and its well qualified staff are determined to maintain its excellent and distinctive character.

The school is able to offer small class sizes throughout both Junior and Senior schools, with the significant advantage of teaching in small groups for many subjects in the Senior School, and in all subjects from Year 10.

The high pupil-teacher ratio and individual attention builds confidence both academically and socially, and enables our pupils to reach their full potential. Experience has shown that our girls make a confident and successful transition to further studies when they leave Braeside at age sixteen.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact the school office to receive a prospectus or to visit the school.

Clare Naismith


The Junior School offers a caring atmosphere in which girls can develop to their true potential.  At Kindergarten level the focus is on the six learning areas and, as they move through the school, girls also acquire additional practical skills from their studies in  Art, Music, P.E. and Drama. Junior Class teachers are supported by specialists in French, Music and P.E.   

Girls are admitted to the Junior school part time, mornings only, in the September after their third birthday. The Lower Kindergarten gives a gentle introduction to school life. Girls are admitted full time in the Kindergarten class starting in the September after their fourth birthday. 

At the beginning of their final year in the Junior school girls transfer to the Senior school building. This enables them to experience the many activities of a senior school while retaining the security of the junior school routine. Contact with specialist staff, started in the Junior school, enables them to feel quickly at home in their new surroundings.

Areas of Study
Lower Kindergarten and Kindergarten Key Stage 1 (Years 1 -2)

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6)

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Art
  • ICT
  • English
  • Geography
  • Handicraft/Technology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Art
  • Country Dancing
  • ICT
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Handicraft/Technology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Swimming



The Senior School provides a secure and stable atmosphere in which the girls are offered the full range of National Curriculum subjects.

The small Junior School classes are continued.  The average number in each form is 24 (one form entry), with a staff/pupil ratio of 1:10.5

This helps to enhance the personal development of each individual girl.

Areas of Study
Key Stage 3
Years 7 - 9
GCSE Key Stage 4 
Years 10 and 11 
  Compulsory GCSE subjects: GCSE Option subjects:
  • Art
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • P.S.H.E.
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Textile technology
  • Business and Communication Systems
  • English
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Double Science

Non examinable:

  • Citizenship
  • P.E
  • P.S.H.E.
  • Art
  • Child Development
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies


Girls are admitted to the school from Lower Kindergarten - rising four, Kindergarten - rising five, and all other ages up to the start of the year nine, whenever vacancies arise.

A Nursery Education Grant is accepted in part payment of fees where applicable and one free place per term is offered to a pupil in Lower Kindergarten as required by the Essex Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership.

Visiting the School
Parents are invited to visit the schools on their respective
Open Days.
Appointments can be made at other times to view the schools with the Headmistress.

Making an Application
An application form is included with the prospectus.
Request a Prospectus

A registration fee of £50 plus, where applicable, an assessment fee of £50, is charged to all entrants. Once an offer has been made and accepted, the full amount will be deducted from the first terms fees. If an offered place is declined for any reason, Braeside School will retain the full £100. (If no offer is made the £50 assessment fee will be returned.)

Entry Procedure
Junior School

Interview for parents and a tour of the school
Informal assessment (Lower Kindergarten and Kindergarten)
Written entrance test (Infants)
Entrance Examination (7+ Juniors) (held in February)
Infants and Juniors - Confidential report from the previous school and copies of previous school reports

Senior School

Entrance examination 11+ (held in January)
Pupil Interview with the Headmistress
Confidential report from the previous school and copies of previous school reports

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