Brentwood School

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Basic Information

Address: Middleton Hall Ln, Brentwood CM15 8EE, UK
County: Essex
School District: Brentwood
Phone Number: 01277243243
President: Ian Davies, MA, FRSA
Diploma Coordinator: Jonathan Barfield Moore
School Type: Private
Programme: DP

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Additional Information

IB Region: UK
Founded: 1557
Organization Affiliation: HMC, BSA
Ages/Grades: 11-18
School Setting:


School Schedule: 8.35 - 15.50
School days in Calendar Year: 175


School Size: 1600
Classroom Size: 8-10
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:8

Business Studies
Design Technology
Food Technology
Modern Languages
Performing Arts
Physical Education
Religion & Philosophy


A Level

IB Candidates: 90
IB Classes Offered: IBDP
Percentage of Graduating Class: 30
Support Services:

Learning Development
English as an Additional Language

School Championships:

Various Sports

School Clubs:

Various co-curricular

School Holidays: Summer (8 weeks), October Half Term (2 weeks), Christmas (3 weeks), February Half Term (1 week), Easter (2.5 weeks), May Half Term (1 week)
Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Rt Hon Jack Straw, Lord Lansley, Lord Black, Lord Flight, Lord Carter, Noel Edmunds, Griff Rhys Jones, Frank Lampard, Chris Jarvis, Sir Robin Day,

Parking Spaces/Availability:


Uniform Guidelines:

As detailed on website

Admissions Requirements:

IELTS Band 5.5

Admissions Deadline: June
Mission Statement:

Virtue, Learning, Manners

School History:

n 1557 Sir Antony Browne, the Lord Chief Justice, acquired the land on which Brentwood School was first built. During Mary Tudor's reign, hundreds of Protestants were burned at the stake and a well-known Brentwood Protestant, William Hunter, was ordered by Sir Antony Browne to be executed. This act may have led Sir Antony Browne to found Brentwood School.

Programs and Services:

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme
Combined Cadet Force

Social Media:


Notes/School Information:

Brentwood School is one of the UK's leading independent schools for boys and girls aged 3 - 18. Steeped in almost 500 years of history, we take our heritage seriously and it still remains the backdrop for our School today.

However, we are not slaves to tradition. We use the freedom of independence wisely to focus on what is best for our pupils. This means we will break the boundaries where we see fit - e.g. offering both GCSEs and IGCSEs; A Levels and the IB Diploma; the Diamond Model of single-sex classes for ages 11 -16 within an overall mixed gender environment; one of the biggest Combined Cadet Forces in the country... I could go on!

In terms of academic results, we are thrilled by the high standards our pupils achieve. Perhaps this is not surprising given the exceptional facilities and inspirational teaching on hand. From an early age, we encourage pupils to be dynamically intellectual, culturally creatively and develop independence, so by the time they leave Sixth Form, they are well prepared for the expected, but can also tackle the unknowns. To quote our latest ISI Inspectorate report (2013) our "pupils emerge as intellectually curious, resilient and enterprising life-long learners."

Just as you might expect, it is not all confined to the classroom. School life is busy here and there are rich experiences in which even the smallest of pupils flourish. There is a large selection of clubs and activities to choose from, and as any pupil will tell you, the confidence they gain on the playing field, or in the music studio adds an extra dimension in the classroom.

In this way it is the whole-school experience that is transformative. Quite simply, at Brentwood we asked ourselves a very simple question - "What is a well-educated human being?", and that question led us to introduce the International Baccalaureate Diploma as a Sixth Form course in 2007. The International Baccalaureate learner profile describes people who are intellectually curious, independent learners with a love of learning. The well-educated human being is able to analyse complex problems and communicate and listen effectively. So it follows that to get the most out of school, pupils need to feel confident and cared for - and it is in this respect that I believe Brentwood makes a difference. To quote the ISI report again, "the quality of relationships between staff and pupils, and amongst the pupils themselves is outstanding. Pupils and teachers cherish the ethos of trust which permeates school life."

Highly pleasing though these official endorsements are, what is more gratifying to me is the individual testimony of our pupils, parents and staff. I would urge you to read more in the various sections of this website - or better still, come and see for yourself. We would be delighted to meet you.