Bryanston School opened in January 1928 with the objective of providing an education which incorporated the best ideas of the past and of the present, drawing from both traditional and progressive educational philosophy. This is reflected in the School's motto "Et Nova et Vetera", the new and the old. Originally a boys' school, Bryanston admitted sixth form girls in 1972 and junior girls in 1975, which makes it one of the country's most experienced co-educational boarding schools.
Such things are excellent, but we aim to provide more. We believe that education should impart a real sense of meaning and purpose and develop open and enquiring minds. We value creativity, individuality and variety and we want our young people to fulfil their talents wherever they lie. At the same time, we seek to nurture integrity, responsibility, compassion and self-discipline within the context of the demands set by the lively school community.
Most pupils join the School at 13+, having taken either Scholarship or Common Entrance examinations in May or June of their year of entry. Children who have not been prepared for Common Entrance may sit the School's own Special Papers in English, Maths and French.
Unless admission is dependent upon the award of a scholarship, all prospective pupils should be registered in advance. A non-returnable fee is payable at the time of registration. Eighteen months before entry, parents are asked pay a deposit (credited to the last term's account).
If space is available it may be possible to join the School's Second Year, for the start of GCSE courses. Candidates will be required to demonstrate appropriate academic ability.
The Bryanston Society includes in its membership all former pupils, former and current parents, staff and governors and friends of the school. It is independently managed by a committee representing the different branches of its membership.
The Society exists to further the cause of Bryanston in the broadest possible sense. Of primary importance is the role it plays in bringing together the whole Bryanston family and to that end it organises a number of social events each year.
Former pupils of the School receive the annual Old Bryanstonian Yearbook, which provides a term-by-term account of the School's academic, sporting and artistic achievements, together with news from Old Bryanstonians about careers, travel and domestic circumstances. Old Bryanstonians may also apply for grants for university vacation travel and charitable work.
The Bryanston society is always pleased to hear from its members. Please contact Mrs Anne Macfarlane, Bryanston Society Coordinator, with changes of address, latest news, information for the OB Yearbook etc. on 01258 484588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school maintains a searchable database of former pupils. To access this database, please go to the Networking page.
6th Form Admission
Some places are available annually for entry to the Sixth Form. Bryanston's aim is to admit a mixture of pupils who will integrate happily and successfully into the existing community, maintain the balance of ability and talent therein and make full use of the opportunities the School offers.
Applications are accepted one year in advance, i.e. at the beginning of a candidate's final GCSE year. Open Afternoons for Sixth Form candidates are held during the first half of the Autumn Term and interviews during the second half. Candidates entering the Sixth Form are expected to achieve at least 40 points at GCSE (where A* = 8, A = 7, B = 6, C = 5). Selection is based on interview by the Head and a report from the candidate's present school.