The magnificent Norman Shaw house is the school’s heart and Bryanston’s family home. The entrance hall and 100-yard central corridor are both a meeting place and main thoroughfare, providing areas of work and relaxation for the whole community.
The award-winning Sanger Centre for Science and Mathematics (£7.5 million) opened in September 2007. The three-storey building, designed by Hopkins Architects, houses five laboratories for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Its design was heavily influenced by the experience of the teaching staff and the needs of the pupils, and the teaching ethos of the science faculty is incorporated into the architecture of the building. Accessibility to resources, both practical and human, is achieved through the large, open assignment areas, while the teaching laboratories offer space for a vast range of practical activities for all year groups. The David Jones Lecture Theatre seats 150 and hosts a variety of lectures, from both Bryanston staff and visiting lecturers, throughout the year.
The Hopkins-designed humanities building, known as Bramall (£2.5 million), opened in 2012 and provides 11 classrooms for the Classics, Economics, History and Geography departments. Staff offices are arranged centrally around the open assignment areas, providing easy access to teachers.
The facilities within the school for the arts are outstanding. The Tom Wheare Music School (£8.5 million), designed by Hopkins and opened in 2014, contains 35 teaching or practice rooms, two large academic classrooms (one of which also houses the music library), a recital room, a chamber music room, recording studio and a film-music editing suite, two keyboard computer rooms, a large percussion studio, a specially sound-proofed band room and a courtyard for outdoor performances. Its centrepiece is a 300-seat concert hall with a 150 square-metre stage.
The school has a purpose-built theatre, the Coade Hall, with a raked auditorium seating 600, a fly tower, a large stage, an orchestra pit and a sophisticated system of stage lighting and sound. In addition, a large Greek theatre provides a beautiful setting for outdoor productions.
The Don Potter Art School contains a sculpture studio, senior ceramic studio, library and junior and senior art studios. A new creative link was added in 2006 and provides a textile room, junior ceramic studio, professionally-equipped kitchen and dance studio.
The school has excellent sports facilities. The playing fields cover 56 acres and include two artificial pitches, numerous tennis and netball courts and a 400-metre grass athletics track. The playing fields are bounded by the River Stour, which allows the school to offer rowing and kayaking to pupils. The school has its own riding stables, all-weather riding manege, indoor school and cross-country course.
The Sports Centre contains a multi-use sports hall, a well-equipped gymnasium, fitness rooms, squash courts, fives courts and a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool. Plans are currently being prepared to refurbish and extend the existing facility to include a second sports hall, indoor practice running track, new pool hall, fitness suites and dance/fitness studios.
The Boathouse (£700,000) on the banks of the River Stour opened in June 2012 and is split into three elements – a low boat shed, a clubroom on the first floor and an open viewing balcony.
The school’s Dining Hall, redesigned by Conran Associates in 2011, is a bright, warm and welcoming room. In addition to the main 340-seat dining hall, there are two further rooms seating 32 and 60.