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  • Bryanston School
    Bryanston
    Blandford Forum
    Dorset
    DT11 0PX
  • Head: Mr Mark Mortimer
  • 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: 690; sixth formers: 299
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £32,547; Boarding £39,693 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..

‘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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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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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 September 2019, Mark Mortimer, previously head of Warminster School. History degrees from Loughborough and London; PGCE from Oxford, MBA from Henley Business School. Also spent time at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Has worked, inter alia, at Hampton and Giggleswick, and been deputy head at St John’s School, Leatherhead. Interested in the arts, especially ballet, and a keen sportsman, particularly rugby, cricket and cycling. His other interests include cooking, leadership development and military history. He has twice rowed across the Atlantic Ocean and in 2017 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables race across the Sahara.

Academic matters

Academically they do things differently at Bryanston. It’s a DNA thing. It derives from an educational theory adopted by the school’s founders favouring self-reliance - the Dalton System, they used to call it. Assignments aren’t bite-size, set...

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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

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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