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  • Bryanston School
    Bryanston
    Blandford Forum
    Dorset
    DT11 0PX
  • Head: Ms Sarah J Thomas
  • T 01258 452411
  • F 01258 484657
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.bryanston.co.uk
  • Bryanston School is an English independent day and boarding school for boys and girls, located next to the village of Bryanston in Dorset. It educates over 650 pupils and was founded in 1928.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 673; sixth formers: 287
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £31,311; Boarding £38,184 pa
  • Open days: Small group visits on Tuesday and Friday mornings – contact school.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

In the head’s words, ‘Bryanston likes change, new ideas, we like to challenge convention’ while at the same time remaining, in this Guide’s view, in many ways thoroughly conventional. It’s the near-paradox of ‘et nova et vetera’ that explains why the school eludes lazy stereotyping. There’s high-level coaching for those who love their sport and, they claim, healthy fun for those averse to being buried alive under a scrum. We met the head of sport and discovered that he’s the sort who really means it...

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Meet Bryanston School at the Independent Schools Show 2018, Stand 101

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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What the parents say...

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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, Sarah Thomas. She is an Oxford-educated classicist who before coming here did time at Sevenoaks and Uppingham. The kind of head who listens, thinks, questions and fixes. Very much embodies Bryanston values. ‘She knows us all,’ one parent told us, ‘and she’s always approachable.’ Another added ‘and funny.’ Ms Thomas likes to switch off by losing herself in a good book. When we visited her in the blissful rural idyll that is Bryanston she was relishing John Emsley’s Molecules of Murder.

Thirteen years on since she took the reins, Ms Thomas will soon be free to reflect on, inter alia, a legacy of astute management, some excellent staff appointments and the oversight of the creation of some fine buildings, viz, a Riba award-winning science and maths block, a...

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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.

Special Education Needs

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