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 There is a strong sense of the traditional alongside the modern – bright and lively classrooms, decorated with pupil’s work, are housed in both 19th and 16th century buildings. In the gorgeous chapel (1868), pupils listen to biblical stories with a modern twist. School encourages creative and critical thinking across all subjects, whether improving goal-scoring in sport, performing West Side Story in German, or applying maths in the composition of music. It made world headlines when it opened up its doors to rescue an African Paralympic team left stranded at the airport...

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What the school says...

Brentwood School offers a unique blend of the traditional with the modern. It is one of the few independent schools which teaches boys and girls separately from 11 to 16 in an otherwise mixed community. The school prides itself on its strong academic success, sporting prowess and extra-curricular opportunities. We hope you will be able to visit us to see the school's strengths for yourself. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Religious Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE Short Course)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2004, Ian Davies PGCE MA (50s), theology degrees from Oxford and Cambridge. Previously head of St Dunstan’s College. Taught religious studies at Sackville School and became head of year and head of RE at The Latymer, Edmonton. He sees the school as ‘educationally… more sophisticated than most’ thanks to its diamond structure, educating boys and girls in separate gender classes from age 11 to 16, but together at other ages. So the school employs all ‘the benefits of single sex education’ while enabling pupils to ‘also get the social benefits of choir, orchestra, combined cadets...as part of a co-educational environment’. He adds, ‘Nothing pleases me more than having a girl who is great at maths and physics go off to university to do engineering.’

Retiring in July 2019. His...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Development Department at Brentwood School aims to support those students who need additional help to access the curriculum fully and become more efficient and effective learners. The Department provides specialist teaching and resources. Throughout the secondary years, small group tuition, targeted intervention and English as a Foreign Language classes take place. International students are prepared for IGCSE and IELTS. Students with specific learning difficulties or other special needs are advised and assisted in all aspects of school life. The emphasis of the department is on developing independent learners, fully integrated into school life, assisted by specialist and subject teachers. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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