Bryanston School,布莱恩斯顿中学,布莱恩斯顿学校 Blandford,
Dorset DT11 0PX
Tel: 01258 452411 Fax: 01258 484661
• CO-ED, 13–18, Day & Boarding
• Pupils 651, Upper sixth 133
• Termly fees £5815 (Day), £7269 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1928, it lies in a magnificent 400-acre estate just outside Blandford
Forum, bordering a 2_ mile stretch of the Stour in one of the most beautiful
parts of England. The main building is a palatial country house in red brick
banded with Portland stone, designed by Shaw and completed in 1897: an example
of monumental classicism, its main corridor is 100 yards long and it is the
heart of the school. Fine facilities include new art and technology buildings, a
purpose-built theatre and an open-air Greek theatre. Originally a boys’ school,
it has been fully co-educational since the mid-seventies. Academic standards are
high and examination results are very good. There is much emphasis on creativity
and on developing self-discipline, self-motivation, self-organisation and
finding out how to find out on your own. There is a very friendly atmosphere and
pupils have considerable support from personal tutor, teachers and pastoral
staff. Music, art and drama are all very strong. Sport is compulsory for
virtually everyone and high standards are attained. The school has its own
riding stables and there is sailing in Poole harbour. Many pupils are involved
in local community activities, adventure training and the Duke of Edinburgh’s
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 13–18; 651 pupils, 76 day (53 boys, 23 girls),
575 boarding (325 boys, 250 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own exam used;
for sixth-form entry, 40 points at GCSE. No special skills or religious
requirements. Small state school entry at 13; 15% to sixth form.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Up to 32 scholarships, value 10%–50%
fees (may be supplemented by means-tested bursaries): 10 academic,1 art, 1
technology, 6 music, 14 sport and all-rounder (26 at 13, 6 at 16). Parents
expected to buy textbooks.
Parents 40+% in industry or commerce; 13+% are doctors, lawyers etc;
3+% in the armed services; 5+% in theatre, media and music. Up to 35% live
within 30 miles; 9+% live overseas.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Tom Wheare, in post from 1983. Educated at Magdalen College
School and universities of Cambridge (history) and Oxford (education).
Previously Housemaster at Shrewsbury and Assistant Master at Eton.
Teaching staff: 75 full time, 22 part time. Annual turnover 8%.
GCSE: In 2003, 125 pupils in upper fifth; 87% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects, 13% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 58 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 118 in upper sixth; 75% passed in 4+ subjects, 21% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 333.
University & college entrance 93% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (70% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 38% took courses in
arts, 16% in science, 5% in engineering/technology, 20% in social sciences, 15%
in vocational subjects and 5% in combined subjects.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 17 GCSE subjects, 22+ AS/A-level.
Every pupil has (and meets weekly) a personal tutor.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. 6% take maths/science only at A-level; 48%
arts/humanities; 46% both. Key skills, optional, are integrated.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level;
also GCSE Italian in sixth form. Exchanges can be arranged.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week in Years 9–11)
and across the curriculum. 140 computers for pupil use (12 hours a day), all
networked and with e-mail and (filtered) internet access. Many pupils have their
own laptops. Most pupils take an IT related subject at GCSE IT or Clait.
Music: Over 60% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. 2 full orchestras, string chamber orchestra, concert band, 5
choirs and many smaller informal ensembles and bands. Many musical events.
Drama: Drama offered. A-level theatre studies and LAMDA exams taken. Some
15 pa plays produced; 12 pa professional musical/dramatic performances in the
Art & design: On average, 50 take GCSE, 20 A-level. Sculpture, pottery,
photography, print-making and textiles. Pupils regularly accepted at art
Sport & activities
Sport: Pupils must choose from a range including rugby, hockey, cricket,
tennis, rowing, athletics, netball, swimming, canoeing, lacrosse, cross-country,
squash, badminton, fencing, riding, sailing. A-level sport studies may be taken.
Pupils regularly represent county in eg rugby, hockey, athletics.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service and Adventure Training programme. Up to 50 clubs eg
chess, film, bell ringing, jazz.
Uniform: School dress code but no uniform.
Houses & prefects: Prefects, head boy and girl, heads of houses and house
Religion: Religious worship encouraged but not compulsory.
Social: Visits to France, Italy, Spain, Greece; skiing trips. Pupils
allowed to bring own bike to school. Meals self-service. School shop. Alcohol
allowed for the upper sixth.
Discipline Overseen centrally by the Headmaster, punishments are
administered by pastoral and tutorial staff and can lead ultimately to
suspension or expulsion.
Boarding Upper sixth have own study bedroom, lower sixth share in 2s;
remainder in rooms of about 4. Single-sex houses of 55, divided by age group.
Sanatorium with resident qualified nurse. Central dining room. Pupils can
provide and cook some own food. Visits to local town allowed – any age, twice a
week on average.
Former pupils Sir Terence Conran; Jasper Conran; Lucien Freud; Fred
Sanger OM; Sir John Eliot Gardner; Mark Elder; Howard Hodgkin; Philip de
Glanville; Mark Wigglesworth.