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'The school hasn’t lost any of its charm but the children really benefit from being able to use the facilities at the senior school,’ a parent told us. The only gripe was that the girls’ distinctive and much-loved red dungarees of old have gone by the board and have been replaced by a smart new navy uniform. ‘It was really sad,’ said one girl about the disappearance of the dungarees, although another piped up: ‘They were fine when I was in year 5 but I mentally grew out of them...’

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What the school says...

In 2020 we celebrated our 70th anniversary year, one in which we cemented a closer relationship with Bryanston School and welcomed boys up to Year 8.

The merger between us and Bryanston School brings new opportunities, ambitious aspirations and a clear vision for the future. Now as part of the Bryanston family, Bryanston Prep has access to world-class facilities from music, drama, D&T, sport and more.

The Bryanston Prep ethos is to truly understand how each child learns by giving them time, nurture and inspiration to find their passion for a love of learning.

Outdoor adventure and embracing the wonders of our beautiful Dorset countryside setting, is woven into the fabric of our curriculum alongside a commitment to teach empathy, kindness and compassion at all ages.

The strength of the merger between Bryanston and Knighton House is a clear vision: to guide pupils as they develop into confident, curious, open-minded and kind members of society. We do this by enabling creative and rigorous thinking. What they will have learned here matters, but how they learned it matters more.

Learning is a lifelong journey for us all. There is a culture at Bryanston Prep that celebrates the individual spirit within each child. This will always be at the centre of our aspirations for every boy and girl. Our job is to nurture, encourage and guide every pupil to realise their own abilities and passions.

As quoted by Will Lockett, our Headmaster, "I am deeply committed to leading a school where each child will look back at their time with us and say with their hand on their heart – I loved my school days at Bryanston Prep."
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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

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.


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

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2021, Will Lockett, previously head of Abberley Hall in Worcestershire. A classicist, he was educated at Winchester and the University of Manchester. After a master’s in manufacturing management at Cambridge, he worked in engineering before deciding he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life ‘making widgets’ and switched to teaching. His first job was at Dauntsey’s, where he taught classics for three years. He then spent ten years at Bryanston, where he was a housemaster, six at Abberley Hall and a year at Shrewsbury High School GDST teaching classics – before taking the reins at Bryanston Prep.

His experience of Abberley Hall’s merger with Malvern College proved fortuitous when Bryanston Prep (formerly Knighton House) merged with Bryanston in September 2021. ‘The ethos of Bryanston and Bryanston Prep...

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Special Education Needs

Bryanston Prep has high expectations for all pupils and aims to ensure the development of the whole child, helping each pupil fulfil their full potential through effective teaching and learning. The Learning Support department co-ordinates support programmes for pupils beyond whole class teaching - this includes short term small group work to embed their learning, regular 1:1 work to overcome barriers to learning, EAL lessons and gifted and talented activities.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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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