Brentwood is an independent co-educational school with 500 years of history to its name, yet balances traditional academic and social expectations with those of more immediate, contemporary ones. It has a huge school population of 1,100 students, who are taught according to their sex separately until sixth form.
Situated in Essex, a forty minute drive from London, boarding facilities have been significantly complimented and officially recognised through various inspection reports as being some of the best in the county and even surrounding regions.
The school is part of the town of Brentwood, a stone’s throw from the cathedral, in its own 72 acre grounds. Onsite is a chapel built (1868) and still used today by the school, which reflects its strong Christian ethos.
There is also a modern university sized lecture hall, a sixth form block, an onsite cafe, and a newly built resource centre.
The school view academic achievement as something done on a global level, rather than focusing domestically, which is often an attractive feature for parents of international students. Creative and critical thinking are key, with GCSE results from last year at 63% gaining A grades, whilst at A Level, 43% gained A grades.
Brentwood is a school with a strong leaning towards traditionalism, yet academically they have been making inroads in this area with the recent introduction of IGCSE, something often avoided by schools of similar educational stature.
The school has internationally recognised facilities, on a par with those offered in the most prestigious schools in London, and was one of only three independent schools in the country which was chosen for training purposes in the 2012 Olympics.
There is wide array of sports on offer including rugby, cricket, hockey, netball, water polo, squash and take great pride in having 30 major fencing championships in less than fifty years.
The school is rich in state-of-the arts facilities, which is clearly demonstrated in its Hardy Amies Design Centre, which has its own library separate to the main school library. There is also a Cadet Force with 500 plus members, a Spanish cinema club, a public debating team and various activities connected to the Duke of Edinburgh programme.