FOCUS: Curiosity, confidence, kindness
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Its commitment to turning out well-educated, intellectually curious and kind pupils explains why Brighton College regularly tops the UK academic tables.
Inclusivity is key and the individual is celebrated – motivated self-starters do well here. There is a progressive outlook, with gender-neutral uniform and an innovative approach, using technology to excite and inspire learning.
Brighton College is one of the world’s leading independent schools for girls and boys aged 3-18. The College regularly achieves the best A-level and GCSE results of any co-educational school in the UK, whilst ensuring children enjoy a wealth of extracurricular opportunities.
Renowned for its focus on kindness, the College also excels in art, music, dance, drama and sport. Recently named UK ‘School of the Decade’ by The Sunday Times, and twice winner of ‘England’s Independent School of the Year’, Brighton College has also been called ‘Britain’s most forward-thinking school’ and ‘Top in Britain for STEM’ by The Week.
Brighton College provides a bridge between a historic past and a pioneering future. It sits, too, at the heart of one of Britain’s most vibrant and creative cities.
Founded in 1845, the College fuses stirring Victorian architecture by Sir George Gilbert Scott with a host of bold and contemporary buildings. Many of these have received awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), including the Music School with its world-class Recital Hall, and the Yeoh Building, where pupils study economics, politics, mathematics and history.
Most recently, Brighton College opened a stunning new School of Science and Sport designed by renowned European architect OMA to create a novel interplay between two disciplines often kept apart. The stunning green technology building includes 18 superbly equipped science labs, while sports facilities include a roof-top running track with views over the sea and the South Downs.
Top co-educational school
Brighton College is a beacon of academic success. In the most recent exam results, Sixth Formers achieved 100 per cent A*-B in their A-levels, while the most common grade at GCSE was the top grade of 9, with 98% of exam grades being 9-7/A*-A. The school ranked top of The Telegraph’s league table of 2,000 co-educational schools in England.
While celebrating success across the board in both academic disciplines and sports – a steady stream of Old Brightonians have gone on to play professionally and for their countries – Brighton College strives to create an inclusive culture where all pupils can feel happy and confident to be themselves. Its ethos is one of kindness, personal development, and awareness of the wider world.
The College overseas
The College also has five international schools; in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Bangkok, Dubai and Singapore. Each shares Brighton College’s aims and ethos, combining academic excellence with a wealth of co-curricular opportunities. This is underpinned by a deep commitment to the needs and enthusiasms of all pupils. All the schools believe in the importance of the individual, encouraging every pupil to develop their talents in an inclusive and intellectually curious community where every achievement, however small, is noticed.