Bromsgrove is one of the UK’s leading co-educational boarding schools. Bromsgrove School’s results are impressive, but Bromsgrove is much more than a place to get good grades, it prides itself on being a happy school where children of all ages can thrive both academically and outside of the classroom. A recent parental survey supported this with over 97% saying their child was happy or very happy at School. The opportunity to develop and excel in non-academic areas is of huge importance and a massive range of sports and activities are on offer every day and at the weekend.
Catering for 1600 pupils aged 3 -18 on three sites (although the Prep and Senior Schools are adjacent to each other) gives the school a unique position within the town of Bromsgrove. With over 470 boarders, including international pupils coming from 40 different nationalities, together with a strong contingent of British boarders, the School is a small global community – a place to live, work and make friends for life.
This co-educational boarding and day school is situated some 13 miles north of the Cathedral City of Worcester and an equal distance south of Birmingham. Birmingham International Airport and Station are a 20-minute drive by motorway. The M5, M6, M42 and M40 motorways provide easy access to the School. The School stands in 100 acres of grounds on the south side and within walking distance of the market town of Bromsgrove.
The school’s recent £25 million building and development programme has included a major new sports complex including an eight badminton court sized sports hall, dance studios, gym, teaching rooms and hospitality suite / sports viewing room. These new facilities enhance the existing all-weather, floodlit sports facilities. Other recently completed building projects include a state of the art Library and Resources Centre, extensions to the Maths and Modern Languages facilities, an award winning Art, Design and Technology Building and a new Humanities building, extended and improved Science facilities with eighteen new and refurbished laboratories.
Bromsgrove School has five Houses for Senior pupils, including an off-campus mixed house for Sixth Formers, and a 70 bed prep boarding house. Boarding facilities are of the highest standard with all the boarding houses having recently undergone complete renovation and in some cases new buildings. The boarding environment is happy, stable, disciplined and nurturing. The stability and continuity that enable boarders to thrive are provided by resident houseparents (all academic members of staff) and their families, assistant houseparents, house mothers and a team of house-based tutors. All meals are taken centrally in the School except in the case of the evening meal at Housman Hall, the Sixth Form-only House sited in the town.
Academic Results and the Curriculum
Bromsgrove offers qualifications to GCSE, iGCSE, A level and IB Diploma. A one-year Accelerated learning programme is available to international pupils aged 15+.
A level subjects include, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Design, Drama, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Graphics, ICT, Latin, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Religious Studies, Spanish and Textiles. Under the IB umbrella, Italian, Environmental Systems, Mandarin and Psychology are also on offer. Virtually all pupils proceed to degree courses at top UK and World universities.
The school employs a fully qualified, full-time careers advisor and a comprehensive careers counselling programme is pursued for pupils of all ages. The majority of pupils continue to top UK and World universities.
Music and the Arts
Music flourishes as important and integral parts of the School’s activities both within and outside the formal curriculum under the leadership of Jonathan Kingston. House Music Competitions fill four afternoons, Pop & Jazz Festival two evenings and Music Scholars hold concerts twice a year. There is plenty of scope for involvement in the School Orchestra and String, Wind and Brass Ensembles, Chamber Groups, Jazz & Swing Bands, a 50-strong Chapel Choir and large Choral Society. Drama at Bromsgrove is exciting and inclusive – recent productions have included Lloyd Webber’s CATS, Shakepeare plays and modern pieces all performed to great acclaim.
Sport at Bromsgrove is particularly strong with individuals and teams regularly reaching national finals in sports such as rugby, hockey, netball, rugby, swimming and cricket.
A wide range of sports and activities is offered, giving opportunities to participate at a competitive level in Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Clay Pigeon shooting, Cricket, Cross-Country, Debating, Fencing, Golf, Rounders, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis and Young Enterprise. The Saturday timetable, in conjunction with the weekday programme, allows the activities programme more flexibility to offer both recreational and academic choices. The Duke of Edinburgh is hugely popular and there is a thriving Combined Cadet Force (Army and RAF), whilst approximately 100 pupils are currently involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.