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  • Brymore Academy
    Cannington
    Bridgwater
    Somerset
    TA5 2NB
  • Head: Mr Mark Thomas
  • T 01278 652369
  • F 01278 653244
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.brymoreacademy.co.uk
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 17.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Somerset
  • Pupils: 318
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding £10,500 pa
  • Open days: Last Saturday in June - but guided tours and interviews take place throughout the year.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 21st March 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 29th April 2015

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Satisfactory on 14th March 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Articulate, friendly boys are not afraid of the pressures and daily grind of farm work. If this is what hands on experience and responsibility gives to children, schools could do with more of it. Since a major refurbish, boarding is comfortable and clean, the slightly institutional layout softened by posters of giant tractors, ‘great big combine harvesters’, animals and sport and no institutional smell. Brymore is a sporty school with good rugby, doing respectably at district level – no mean achievement with year groups of under 30 in competition with...

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What the school says...

Based in Somerset on the edge on Cannington village, surrounded by views of the Quantock Hills and the Bristol Channel, Brymore Academy is a small, friendly state boarding and day school providing a 'hands-on' experience of learning for boys aged 11 to 17.

Proud to be unique. Brymore is not just about what we offer but the way in which we approach everything, an education at Brymore is quite simply - an experience to last a life-time. Brymore Academy offers something different for boys today, a hands-on experience for learning. With a farm, walled garden, greenhouses and workshops including a foundry and forge, plus high standards of sporting achievement, Brymore is an active, physical place for boys aged 11-17 years.
Add the boarding experience and Brymores own three Rs of Resilience, Responsibility and Resourcefulness and Brymore brings out more from the boys than most. It is an opportunity that appeals to many but is offered to few.

Our best advocates are the boys themselves and all boys show visitors around, often within their first term of being at Brymore Academy. Parents speak highly of the change that Brymore brings. Half of the school's governing body are parents of past or present pupils. Brymore does attract great loyalty and affection.
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Resistant Materials at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE Full Course)

School associations

State boarding school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2011, Mr Mark Thomas (acting head since September 2010). Originally from Cornwall, Mr Thomas came to Brymore from Courtfields School, Wellington where he had been deputy and acting head. Previously deputy head at Brittons Academy in Rainham, his early teaching career was mainly in London. Down to earth, no-nonsense and determined, he is married with one young son – ‘too young to think about Brymore yet!' - and his wife teaches locally. He spends several nights each week in his school house in the grounds. Sport is both his subject and his hobby though he says, cheerfully, that he hasn’t had time for anything except Brymore since his appointment. Determined to ‘keep the unique identity and nature of Brymore but create a truly secure atmosphere while raising academic expectations and achievement’. The pride...

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Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The SEN department at Brymore is staffed by a friendly and experienced team. We aim to support 90% of the timetable in year 9 lower sets. We offer daily reading sessions for small groups and individuals, and daily help is offered to support prep. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
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
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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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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