Over the past few years, Brighton College has established itself as one of the UK’s leading co-educational schools. In the year 2011/12, it was named the title of England’s Independent School of the Year by The Sunday Times. At the Independent Schools Awards for 2013/14, it was awarded UK Independent School of the Year.
With a special Story of Our Land humanities course, a programme in Enterprise for entrepreneurs of the future, and a ‘How to…’ life skills course, as well as compulsory Mandarin for all junior pupils, the school’s reputation for innovation and keeping up with the times goes from strength to strength, This recognition is further represented by a new structured public speaking and presentation skills course which forms part of the curriculum for younger pupils.
‘Outstanding’ boarding experience
There are now more boarders at Brighton College than at any time in its history. To cope with demand, a fifth boarding house opened in 2013, which has since been named one of the UK’s best new buildings by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Moreover, the new award-winning Simon Smith Building provides an elegant space for socialising.
Under the direction of a resident master or mistress, a team of tutors is present in each house to ensure that the pastoral framework and organisation runs like clockwork. In 2009, Ofsted classed all pastoral aspects of boarding as ‘outstanding’. The same was true in 2011 when the Independent Schools Inspectorate visited the College.
Many Monday-Friday boarders enjoy sports fixtures and rehearsals. Upwards of 140 activities and clubs are on offer in addition to the core curriculum. The College’s proximity to London enables those staying at weekends to enjoy trips, while fun activities make full use of the sea – as well as the beautiful southern England countryside.
In 2011, a merger between Brighton College and Handcross Park Prep School enabled applicants to board between the ages of 11 and 13 before enrolling into Brighton College.
Brighton regularly achieves the best A-level and GCSE results of any co-educational school in England. In 2013, 96.3% of A-level grades were A* to B, with 20 pupils leaving for Oxford or Cambridge, while 95.6% of all GCSE grades were A or A*.
Excellence in the arts
Brighton College has three orchestras, five choirs, a concert band, swing band and numerous chamber groups and rock bands. The Dance School offers various kinds of dance such as ballroom, street-dance, ballet and jazz. Pupils are accustomed to performing in cathedrals and palaces, government departments and major concert venues from the Theatre Royal to the Montreux Jazz Festival. Many dramatic productions are held annually, including a Boarders’ Play and a major musical.
The new Music School, featuring a state-of-the-art recording studio, practice rooms and a recital hall was recently opened.
It is common for Brighton College’s pupils to play sport for their country, especially rugby, football, cricket and netball. Stars of the future also come through in hockey, golf, tennis, squash, volleyball and swimming.