Welcome to Brentwood School
The Sixth Form years are the most exciting and inspiring phase of your school education. Brentwood Sixth Form is a community of around 340 students that is warm and down-to-earth. We encourage students to have a broad range of interests no matter what their specialism, and alongside academic studies we help them develop self-discipline, communication and leadership skills.
We provide inspiring and focused teaching in an environment enjoying top level facilities across all subjects. You will be taught to maximise your natural talents through self-discipline and creativity. There is a wide choice of subjects, whether you want to follow A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) and we support any combination of options to suit your individual strengths or areas of interest. Academic progress is carefully monitored – and this shows in the excellent results our students achieve year on year. You will have a personal tutor who keeps track of both your academic and pastoral care.
Student life centres on a purpose-built Sixth Form building where there are state-of the-art classrooms, a fully-equipped computer suite and the Wessex Auditorium seating 400 people. These sit alongside common rooms, private study areas and spaces where you can relax. At the same time, you have the benefit of being part of the whole School, and a huge range of clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities are on offer to expand your experience.
Sixth Formers automatically become members of our Alumni association, a forum for keeping in touch with fellow students and the School after leaving. The extensive Alumni database also provides access to experts in their fields who can give careers advice and help with networking.
All this adds up to an incredibly challenging and vibrant two years. Study and leisure intermingle; increasing responsibility rewards hard work and commitment, and intellectual challenge leads to achievements you never thought possible.
Miss Anna Feldman
Head of Sixth Form
The facilities at Brentwood School are of the highest quality across academic, arts and sports areas for all ages from 3 – 18 years. Set within a 72-acre site, in the heart of Brentwood town, and a direct train ride from London Stratford station, our campus provides a stimulating environment for innovative teaching and a first class education.
We are continually improving and developing the School site to support our innovative approach to learning. Being mindful of our great heritage, we blend the traditional with the modern, helping to keep our campus in shape for the next generation.
These iconic developments are indeed impressive, but what is more important is the impact they have on pupils’ learning. At the heart of our development plans is the desire to enrich the everyday learning experience of our students, to raise their aspirations and to support a multi-faceted curriculum both inside and outside the classroom. It is often the small details which make the difference - the quiet spaces for personal study and reflection, or the social places for collaborative learning, the largest skylight flooding the art studios with bright, clear daylight or the secure, walled garden and willow tunnel encouraging even the shyest young pupil to play outside.
Sixth Form Centre: Our most recently completed development, comprising the award winning Sixth Form Centre and Wessex auditorium, provides hi-tech resources more common to university than secondary education. This modern, dedicated seat of learning for the Sixth Form students includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a fully equipped computer suite with over 50 PCs and a 400 seat auditorium. These sit alongside a common room and both private and collaborative study areas, bridging the gap between secondary and higher education perfectly.
Bean Academic Centre: This latest development is centred around the Cunliffe Building (home to Classics and Learning Support) and the Bean Library. It provides a magnificent new multi-media Learning Resource Centre, complete with a lecture and seminar space, social and quiet study areas, new classrooms, a multi-purpose assembly hall and a new cafeteria.
Homework Club: Our new Learning Resource Centre will provide the perfect environment for after school study. Reading and computing facilities are available and a member of staff is on hand to supervise and guide students. Operating from 5pm until 6.30pm Monday to Thursday, an optional supper is also available from 6.30 – 7pm.
Allison Building: This is where Modern Languages are taught in spacious classrooms and the purpose-built language laboratory.
Hardy Amies Design Centre: This purpose-built centre was named after Old Brentwood Sir Hardy Amies, couturier to the Queen. This creative design hub provides spacious facilities for ICT, Computing, Art, Design Technology and Food Technology. An annual exhibition, showcasing work from all of these areas is held every summer in the Centre.
Lawrence Building: This is the hub of the Mathematics Department where light airy and large classrooms have all the space and hi-tech equipment you would expect for this very popular subject.
Main School: Facing Brentwood Cathedral, on the Ingrave Road, with its well-known clock tower, this is what most people think of as "Brentwood School". It houses a variety of Departments including English and the Humanities subjects such as Geography, History and Politics. The Memorial Hall is also based here - a quaint wood-panelled hall with stage and balcony seating.
Queen's Building: The three Sciences are taught in this impressive building, opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1957. Today you will find dedicated laboratories for Biology, Chemistry and Physics large enough to provide pupils with direct hands-on practical experience for these subjects. There is also a specialist Sixth Form Science Study Centre equipped with computers, periodicals and reference materials.
Chapel: The beautiful Chapel was constructed in 1867 and is at the heart of the School community providing a place of quiet for reflection and peace for all religious faiths. Christian services are held regularly for pupils.
Dining Halls: The self-service Dining Halls are renowned for their excellent cuisine, satisfying all pupils at lunchtime and boarders at breakfast and dinner. There is a variety of hot choices at lunch, one of which is always vegetarian, and an extensive salad bar and range of hot and cold desserts.
Old Big School: The original School building still stands and is used for meetings and debates. Steeped in history, with carvings made by pupils hundreds of years ago, it provides a real sense of Brentwood School's heritage.
School House: This is now the administrative base of the School, but used to be a boarding house. Reception, the Headmaster's Office, the Bursary, and our Communications, Admissions and Alumni Development are just some of the departments to be found here.
Courage Hall: The School has an on-site Sports Centre which features a 25m indoor swimming pool and a learner pool. There is a fitness suite with computerised equipment, 4 glass-backed squash courts, indoor rifle range, a main hall large enough to accommodate 7 badminton courts plus a multi-purpose room for fencing, dance and other activities. There is also a purpose-built Fencing Salle that was used by our famous ex-pupils and Commonwealth Gold medal winners Alex O'Connell, Anthony and Alex Crutchett, and is now the practice home of the School's strong fencing community.
Outdoor Sporting Facilities: Our 72-acre site offers many football, rugby, cricket and hockey pitches, tennis and netball courts and an athletics track. There is also an all-weather floodlit pitch. We were privileged to host the Modern Pentathlon team as an official training venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Cricket Pavilion: With changing rooms on the ground floor, and a balcony overlooking the School's vast grounds, this is the home of Brentwood School's cricketers.
Hough House: This is the boys' boarding house, containing single study bedrooms and the all-important shared facilities for communal living including a common room with table tennis, pool and table football, three television rooms with Sky and X-Box and a well-equipped kitchen. There is wireless internet available throughout the building with supervised and controlled access and a separate computer suite.
Mill Hill: This large Victorian house is the girls' boarding house which provides a warm, home-from-home accommodation for up to 28 girls. This building has been completely modernised whilst retaining its character to provide a mix of single and multiple occupancy study bedrooms, a large common room equipped with games and music practice area, a modern kitchen and computer suite. The secluded gardens extend the social space for boarders in the summer.
Higgs Building: Home to the younger Prep children in Nursery and Reception, Years One and Two (aged 3-6).
Middleton Hall: An 18C mansion with dedicated classrooms and facilities for older pupils in Years Three to –Six (aged 7-10).
Prep Playgrounds: There is a separate, secure playground for Nursery children, and two further playgrounds for older children. There are lots of spaces for children to play, a climbing frame, a wooden house, play tables and quiet sitting areas. We have a beautiful Walled Garden which is a perfect haven in the summer months with plenty of grass to run on, a willow tunnel, sandpit and seed beds to nurture early horticultural skills.
Sports Facilities: We have many acres of sports pitches and three netball/tennis courts which are used exclusively by Preparatory School pupils. We also make use of the excellent facilities of our Sports Centre, including the 25m indoor swimming pool, sports hall, fencing salle and squash courts. The School's all-weather floodlit pitch and athletics track are also used regularly.
Light, airy classrooms: Both buildings benefit from light and spacious classrooms with interactive whiteboards and state-of-the-art equipment used throughout.
Well-stocked libraries: At the heart of each building are two well-stocked libraries which provide tranquil areas for pupils to study and relax. There are plenty of books and resources and a computerised lending system which even the youngest pupils enjoy. Our libraries are well-used places where pupils are encouraged to enjoy reading from an early age.
Computer Suites: Technology abounds across the School. There are seven computer suites in all, including one fully dedicated to the Early Years and Key Stage 1. The use of technology is threaded across the Curriculum as an everyday part of the learning environment. In addition, weekly ICT lessons in the ICT suites help to embed knowledge with hands-on learning - there are enough computers for each pupil to work individually or in groups. Older children have lessons in the Music Technology room using computer software to read and write music, or in our Design Technology to aid the design process.
Science Laboratory, Art Studios and Design Room: At Middleton Hall, we have dedicated Art, Design and Science suites all located around a spacious courtyard. The Science laboratory is fully equipped and our two Art rooms include a wide range of materials including pottery equipment and a firing kiln. The Design Technology room includes a modern kitchen for the teaching of Food Technology and software to support the design process.
Music Facilities: All pupils take part in some musical learning activity. To support this wide participation we have extensive music facilities across the School, including a Music classroom, Music Technology Room and seven Music Practice Rooms.
Drama Studio: Our large and spacious Drama studio is fully resourced with props, costumes and recording and filming facilities.
Language Room: Modern foreign languages are introduced early here. French is taught from Year One which is taught in our dedicated French room. There is also an after school Spanish club.
School Hall: Each building has a traditional School Hall used for assemblies as well as PE. At Middleton Hall, the School Hall is furnished with a grand piano, staging and professionally fitted light and sound systems for theatrical productions.
Dining Hall: Our Dining Hall provides a light and airy location to enjoy a delicious selection of hot and cold lunches, served every day.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Brentwood School directly.