|Shenfield Road, CM15 8BD, UK Brentwood|
+44 (0)1277 243239
I am delighted to welcome you to this website, and to introduce myself as the Headmaster of Brentwood School.
This website aims to give you an insight into why our pupils are so successful, and is designed only as a brief introduction to our thriving school.
During the past few years, the school has invested almost £15 million to ensure that it remains at the forefront of independent education.
Outstanding teachers and superb facilities ensure that every pupil fulfils
her or his potential, both inside the classroom and in our wide-ranging
The school is proud of its pupils’ achievements and I hope that you will
take the opportunity to visit us. I look forward to meeting you in person then.
The Senior School has an almost unique co-educational system, which allows boys and girls to be taught separately from 11 - 16, but together in the Sixth Form. Pupils enjoy excellent facilities both inside and outside the classroom and, for the majority of their extra-curricular activities, boys and girls participate together. In this way they have the social advantages of a mixed community and the academic advantages of single-sex teaching.
A carefully developed curriculum, available to both boys and girls, provides every opportunity for pupils to develop lively and enquiring minds while extra-curricular activities ensure the development of the whole person. There are 27 subjects available at A Level and 24 at GCSE. From 2007 we will be offering the IB alongside A Levels. In addition to the mainstream subjects, English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Languages and Humanities, the choice also includes traditional subjects such as Latin and Greek and more recent introductions, e.g. ICT throughout the school and Psychology in the Sixth Form.
Click here to see an outline of the curriculum
Click here to see the 2006 GCSE and A Level Examination results
The Sixth Form plays a special part at Brentwood School. Sixth Formers have their own Sixth Form Centre, comprising common rooms, computer facilities, private study rooms and a University Entrance and Careers Library. A broad academic curriculum including A levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is on offer. The large size of the Sixth Form provides ample opportunities for participation in sporting, musical and dramatic events. Expeditions, charitable work and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award are also popular. Sixth Formers take on positions of responsibility throughout the school and represent the school on public occasions.
Extra-curricular activities play an important part in the life of Brentwood School. Time is set aside for younger pupils on Friday afternoons to participate in most of the major sports plus various other junior clubs such as chess, Australian rules football for girls, archery, pottery and web page building. From the Third Form onwards pupils opt to join either the Community Service Unit, or the Combined Cadet Force. Music and drama have a high profile with regular concerts and plays performed by pupils of all ages.
Sporting facilities are of the highest standard and allow pupils of all abilities to participate, whilst enabling our talented sportsmen and women to achieve success in national competitions.
The school holds an Open Day in October but parents are also encouraged to contact the Headmaster’s Secretary to make an individual appointment to visit during a working day. The meeting generally lasts an hour and includes a tour of the school as well as an opportunity to meet the Headmaster and ask any questions you may have. The next step is to register your child, after which time you will receive details of the entrance examination, which for 2007 takes place on Saturday, 24th February. Pupils are notified whether they have been successful in gaining a place or not within a week of the examination. Fee details are available in the current prospectus.
Please click here to see a copy of the parent contract
The school offers a challenging curriculum, leading to excellent SAT’s results in the National Curriculum Key Stage 2 level. Our Form teachers are responsible for the teaching of English and Maths, and specialist subject teachers provide in-depth classes in additional areas such as Science, Humanities, ICT, Music and Arts. Class sizes are small, with no more than 20 pupils, to allow the highest level of individual attention. The school also offers outstanding sporting and extra-curricular facilities and a wide choice of drama and music activities to develop the child personally as well as academically.
Children joining the Pre-Preparatory School start in the Nursery, which they join after their third birthday. Admission to the Nursery takes place in September. The school believes strongly that at this early stage in a child’s development, a half-day’s schooling is sufficient. Pupils are admitted to either a morning or an afternoon place, and this is reversed after the Lent Half Term to enable equality of opportunity for all children. Pupils in the Nursery proceed to the Reception Class the following September.
The school follows the Government’s Foundation Years Curriculum for
3-5-year-olds, which focuses on personal, social, linguistic, cognitive and physical development. Pupils then follow the National Curriculum between the ages of 5 and 7, which offers a broad and balanced subject range in addition to the core subjects, English, Maths and Science. Class sizes are small with no more than 18 pupils and an adult to pupil ratio as high as 1:9. Emphasis is placed on multi-sensory learning and first-hand experience. In this way, learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom environment. Extra-curricular activities are offered outside the school day, including dance lessons, sports coaching, music and drama lessons.
Boarders at Brentwood are a special part of the school community. There are two boarding houses, Mill Hill for girls and Hough for boys, attractively furnished with spacious recreational and study areas and, in addition, the boarders can use school facilities such as the swimming pool in the evening. Our boarders are drawn from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds, within the U.K. and abroad. Each boarding house is run by a resident Housemaster, Housemistress and resident assistant staff who provide a high level of pastoral care within a family environment, supported by the school’s Nursing Sister.
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