Bryanston School is an independent co-educational school situated in Dorset, near the village of Bryanston. The school belongs to the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and the eminent Eton Group.
Bryanston is a practitioner of the Dalton Plan, a form of liberal progressive education in which students are taught according to their specific needs and their use to the community as a whole.
Among the more traditionally expected subjects on offer, the school has a curriculum providing the Classics, the History of Art, Drama, History and Politics, PSRE and ICT, all of which combine the practical with the more theoretical subjects.
Bryanston has one of the broadest and most involving arts programmes available to any independent school anywhere in the country. Every year it holds the A3 Festival, which is organised and put on by members of the sixth form.
Art is taken very seriously too, and at present includes sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles and ceramics, among other subjects.
Music is equally diverse, and the department can be said to be on a par with the best in Europe, having produced such internationally renowned professionals as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Robert Saxton, Sir Mark Elder, Amy Carson and Fiona Cross.
The school has outstanding boarding facilities, and even has the Bryanston e-chart which allows the parents of international students to check how their child is doing, covering such areas as grades, comments from teachers and recent development pertaining to academic or co-curricular elements.
The sports facilities are excellent, with an equestrian centre, exquisite grass tennis courts, hockey pitches and rugby pitches.
Drama and music are provided for by a semi-professional theatre, dance studio, several recording pods/booths, and a full costume department to accommodate the twenty shows put on every year.
The art studios are kitted with state-of-the-art technology, and have many solo/group art spaces and rooms for parallel lessons.
Boarding is split into three main houses, all of which have the latest modern appliances, onsite staff, medical facilities and fully integrated security systems. Boys board into two houses, while the girls board in one house, where the seniors also play a vital role in full-time monitoring of their younger boarders.