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Although selective, this is no hothouse and there is a genuine emphasis on demonstrating real-world application of learning. Teachers are also praised for regular interactions with pupils outside the classroom – it’s not just about whether you’re in their class. ‘The school has a strong ethos of developing the whole person,’ say parents. International reputation as a breeding ground for top sportsmen and women – certainly in football (Frank Lampard et al) but in other disciplines too such as...

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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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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.

UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test

Sports

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

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2019, Michael Bond, previously vice principal (education) of Berkhamsted Schools Group. Classical studies degree from Liverpool and PGCE from Newcastle. Has taught at RGS Newcastle, Merchant Taylors’ School (head of sixth form) and Christ College Brecon (head of history and boarding housemaster). Much in evidence around the school, ‘eagerly chatting and engaging with students,’ according to parents who describe him as happy, kind, enthusiastic and personable, with ‘a visible passion for learning and his role as head’ and ‘a nice sense of humour’.

Hasn’t allowed Covid to hamper the implementation of his ‘overarching vision’ for the school which hinges on improvements to facilities (though ‘nothing is missing,’ he says), partnerships with other organisations and a boost to boarding and bursaries. Senior leadership structure has already been flattened and the...

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

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