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  • Bryanston School
    Bryanston
    Blandford Forum
    Dorset
    DT11 0PX
  • Head: Ms Sarah J Thomas
  • T 01258 452411
  • F 01258 484657
  • E admissions@bryanston.co.uk
  • W www.bryanston.co.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 13 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 685
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £29,229; Boarding £35,646 pa
  • Open days: Small group visits on Tuesday and Friday mornings – contact school.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

School’s reputation for a creative curriculum is well deserved, and fulfils the aspiration for ‘the joy of the abundant life’ which an early headmaster articulated. A carousel of adventurous options takes place in the second year, comprising (amongst other things) falconry, canoeing and rock-climbing. Riding might seem quite mundane...Too much too young? Possibly. A great deal more traditional than its reputation would suggest, but myths can take a long time to...

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What the school says...

At Bryanston our aim is to develop well-balanced 18-year-olds, ready to go out into the wider world, to lead happy and fulfilling lives and to contribute, positively and generously.

We provide every pupil with individual attention and support. The school's tailored approach means that pupils benefit from extensive one-to-one time with their tutor providing the academic and pastoral encouragement they need to achieve their full potential as individuals.

We believe pupils do best when they learn to relish every opportunity and discover their own individual talents and interests, exploring them to the best of their abilities. Pupils are encouraged to experience a wide range of academic subjects and extra-curricular activities, all of which helps them to discover areas where they can flourish and excel.

Education is not about moulding, nor are children end products. We believe that education is an exciting process, organic and ongoing; that pupils learn better actively, growing up in secure surroundings, than if passively taught; that to lead successful lives, at school and beyond, each needs to be prepared to give of his or her own talents and to value those of others.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (3D Studies) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Product Design at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

Curricula

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

Sports

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

Rowing

Fencing

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2005, Ms Sarah Thomas (50s). A GDST girl hailing from Birkenhead and proud of it, Ms Thomas read Lit Hum (classics – the proper kind with Greek) at Oxford, before becoming an articled clerk to a notary public. Both her parents taught, but their entreaties not to follow in their footsteps clearly fell on deaf ears, for she left the law to do her PGCE at King's College London, before longish stints at Sevenoaks and Uppingham. All that formative experience of co-ed boarding has equipped her admirably for Bryanston. ‘A female head is just a part of who we are, and the best part of my job is recruiting outstanding staff’, she says. We found her a (charming) force to be reckoned with, whom we can imagine causing stuffier members of HMC to...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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