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  • Brymore Academy
    TA5 2NB
  • Head: Mr Mark Thomas
  • T 01278 652369
  • F 01278 653244
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 17.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Somerset
  • Pupils: 330
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding £12,500 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
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 21st March 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 28th 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.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Understandably, Brymore is popular with aspiring farmers, but these days the broad curriculum offers a good balance of academia, sports and some arts too. Boys admitted they were homesick at first but they soon settled, thriving on the routine making good friends. One boy confided: ‘It makes me appreciate home more.‘A private school feel but without the fees,’ we heard, although we felt it seemed...

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011, Mark Thomas. Originally from Cornwall, he 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 after studying geography at Kingston and a PGCE at Liverpool.

Married to a PE teacher. Their young son is delighted that his dad works in a castle (the main house has turrets) and drives tractors. A geography and PE teacher himself, his main sport has always been athletics and he loves to run. Parents have ‘nothing but praise’ for this down-to-earth and approachable head. With his zero-tolerance approach to bullying, he is ‘very firm but fair’, we were told; ‘it’s obvious he cares deeply about the boys and wants them all to...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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