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Bradfield College

Bradfield, Berkshire, England

Bradfield College, Bradfield, Berkshire, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Bradfield College

Bradfield, Berkshire, England


Bradfield College, Bradfield, Berkshire, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Founded in 1850, Bradfield College's campus of Victorian and modern buildings is set in 250-acres of Berkshire countryside, only an hour from central London by train and 35 minutes by car from Heathrow. Bradfield aims to provide an all-round education, nurturing personal development as well as academic excellence, and offers an impressive breadth of co-curricular activities. Students develop intellectual curiosity and ambition, and leave the school as open-minded and outward-looking individuals.

At a glance

Age range: 13 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 834 / Boys: 501 / Girls: 333
Percentage of boarders: 95%
Percentage of International pupils: 5%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 353
Average class size: Senior school: 20 / Sixth Form: 12
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 23/24 £15,100
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Football, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis, Athletics, Shooting
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Athletics, Horse Riding
Linked prep/junior school: No
Nearest major airports: Heathrow (55km), Gatwick (90km)
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The 20 subject GCSE curriculum is complemented by the Bradfield Diploma, which assesses students on their co-curricular pursuits, whilst Sixth Formers can choose from 26 A Level options (and the EPQ) or opt for the IB Diploma. Classes are small and focused, with extra support available for EAL, whilst all students study PE and Wellbeing and a state-of-the-art Science Centre was opened in 2010. On average two-thirds of A Level grades are at A*/B and the same proportion of IB pupils score 35+.

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All Year 9 students spend their first year together in the purpose-built Faulkner’s house before progressing to one of the 11 senior houses. A housemaster/mistress oversees pastoral care in each house, aided by a team of matrons, tutors, counsellors and a chaplain. Students have a strong sense of community and show respect for each other’s traditions, whilst seniors mentor the younger pupils. A wide range of clubs runs every evening, and weekend trips include shopping, movie nights and picnics.

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Participation is encouraged and options range from traditional team sports to fencing, polo and even fly-fishing on the school's own stretch of river. The hockey team's coach is a former international player and the College has close links to top-level Reading Hockey Club. Impressive facilities include a large sports hall, 2 all-weather hockey pitches, a swimming pool, a tennis academy with 3 indoor and 2 outdoor hard courts and 6 outdoor clay courts, a 9-hole golf course and a shooting range.

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Creative arts

The Arts feature widely both in the classroom and as co-curricular options - many students have instrumental music lessons and play in ensembles, orchestras or choirs and enjoy drama and dance clubs, with opportunities to take ABRSM, Trinity and LAMDA examinations, and a drama production is held each term. The Art School is open outside class-hours and is home to ceramics, painting, textiles and photography, and visiting industry professionals are invited to work alongside pupils.

Did you know?

  • The College's Greek Theatre was excavated by hand in 1888 by the Headmaster and 10 pupils. A tradition of performances in Ancient Greek continues triennially to this day.
  • Alumni include Richard Adams, author of 'Watership Down', and Louis de Bernières, author of 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' and 'Birds Without Wings'.