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Welcome from the Head

It is a truism that education is what is left when you have forgotten what you were taught, but the key ingredients of a fine education do not change. At Bryanston they are about planting the roots of the child in the right soil, nurturing that child through the ups and downs of adolescence, feeding that child with brain, body and soul food, and encouraging them to be the person they can be.

Our aim is that Bryanstonians will leave as well-balanced 18-year-olds, ready to go out into the wider world, to lead happy and fulfilling lives and to contribute, positively and generously. We believe a school can have no more joyful, dynamic ambition.

Sarah Thomas

Why Bryanston?

We encourage pupils to discover their individual talents and strengths, to explore these to the best of their abilities: we strive to give our pupils the ability to achieve remarkable things.

At Bryanston we make sure that individuals are understood and accepted and that each can contribute to the larger body of the house and then school. We want all our pupils to feel that they belong: that they are recognised and valued.

Our one-to-one approach goes some way to achieving this, but it is also the breadth and depth of opportunities available to pupils that help them to realise their full potential as an individual.

 

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What makes our location special?

For many Old Bryanstonians the beauty of the campus figures vividly in their memory long after they have left. The surrounding area is also one of the most unspoilt counties in the country.

Occupying a magnificent 400-acre estate in North Dorset, Bryanston is arguably one of the most idyllically located boarding schools in the country. 

The scale of the grounds allows for a wide range of activities: extensive fields for games, a magical stretch of the River Stour for water sports. There is room for top-class facilities, from modern boarding houses to the remarkable Don Potter Art School, award-winning Sanger Centre for Science and Mathematics, and Tom Wheare Music School. The grounds also contain St Martin’s, formerly the village church and now our spiritual heart.

Our location provides less tangible benefits too. As adults we know that the quality of our working environment can have a profound impact on our productivity and well-being. The same is true of our children. Far removed from the noise and pollution of the city, and with everything our pupils need provided on site, Bryanston’s rural environment gives space for thinking, concentration and creativity.

Having a child at Bryanston provides your whole family with opportunities for weekend relaxation. Dorset offers a different lifestyle. Accessible by motorways but without any motorway in the county itself, the pace of life is more leisurely while internet access to the world is fast. Using Bryanston as a base is a great way to get to know rural England. Dorset can become your home away from home as you turn your weekends into proper ‘down time’ with the family.

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Beyond Bryanston

If the quality of a school can be measured in any meaningful way, it might be through the calibre of its alumni: Old Bryanstonians tend to be happy in their own skin, to think for themselves, and to follow the paths which interest and motivate them. They know what they require to succeed and have well-practised strategies for achieving their potential.

One-to-one support from tutors and subject specialists throughout a structured HE preparation programme ensures that pupils apply to courses best suited to their individual strengths and aspirations, at a wide range of universities including Oxbridge and the Russell Group, prestigious Art Foundation courses, as well a variety of universities overseas. Nearly all pupils are placed in their first choice institution.

A pupil’s connection with Bryanston doesn’t end when they leave at the end of their time with us. We have an active alumni programme that supports Old Bryanstonians with careers advice and networking, organises reunions and provides ways for Old Bryanstonians to stay in touch with each other and to get involved with the school.

 VISIT US TO FIND OUT MORE

Most families first visit the school as part of a small group on a Tuesday or Friday morning. During the visit there will be a welcome from the Head, a tour of the school by a pupil and an interactive session with a housemaster/housemistress to explore the academic and pastoral structures of the school. It is a fantastic opportunity to get to know the school better.