Brighton College Review
united kingdom independent school of the year 2013â€“14
"Britainâ€™s leading co-educational school" Country Life
The UK’s top co-educational school The Sunday Times has named Brighton College the UK’s top co-educational school.
Top 10 Co-educational Schools 1
Sevenoaks School The Perse School Alleyn’s School Latymer Upper School Concord College Wellington College Bancroft’s School Highgate School Oundle School
3 4 5 6 7 8
Record Oxbridge offers Twenty-nine college pupils secured offers from Oxford and Cambridge this year – the highest number in the school’s history, breaking the previous record set in 2013. It is now harder University of Cambridge Osaid Ather Downing College Medicine Hugo Gale Girton College Engineering Emma Harris Magdalene College English Pat Hirunpatawong Gonville and Caius College Economics Mike Hong Pembroke College Natural Sciences Shan Hu Clare College Mathematics Tabitha Jackson Trinity Hall Modern Languages 2
Lucinda Jones Girton College Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Owen Male Girton College Natural Sciences (Biology) Omar Mohamed Emmanuel College Human, Social and Political Science Jan Noszczyk Homerton College Engineering Emily Simmons Peterhouse Natural Sciences Hannah Steiner Churchill College Mathematics Angelica van Clarke King’s College English
than ever to win a place at the two universities, with 18,000 applicants at each for only 3,000 places, so the success of so many sixth formers is particularly noteworthy. Calum Wheeler Clare College Medicine Cathy Wong Newnham College Psychological and Behavioural Sciences University of Oxford Gabriel Bickler Wadham College Medicine Edward Coombs Wadham College Chemistry Olivia Garry New College Chemistry Noah GlasgowSimmonds Corpus Christi College Chemistry Ben Keeling St Catherine’s College Chemistry
Joe Lloyd St Peter’s College Modern Languages Katherine Macfarlane Oriel College Chemistry Tom McQuillin Lady Margaret Hall Philosophy, Politics and Economics Thomas Mohan St Catherine’s College Philosophy, Politics and Economics Jemima Poffley Trinity College French Rupert Sparling Wadham College Classics Alex Trafford Christ Church Engineering Nicholas Yung St Catherine’s College Mathematics
Brighton is also the only school in the nation to have improved its results every single year for seven years. The Sunday Times' highly influential annual survey of schools’ academic performances, Parent Power, published at the end of 2013, covers both GCSE and A-Level results. In its table of the country’s top schools,
GCSE success: 100% A*-C For the third year running, government figures released in the spring show Brighton College pupils achieved a 100% success rate in terms of securing five GCSE grades at A*-C, a record that is unmatched in the county. The average GCSE points per pupil (based on the top 8 GCSEs)
was also the highest in Sussex, reflecting a year in which 95.6% of all GCSE results at the school were at grades A*/A. Results Day was particularly pleasing for the many pupils who don’t always find exams easy, yet secured A grades in virtually all of their GCSEs.
the newspaper placed Brighton 12th – the highest performing co-educational school. Having ranked 147th in the same table in 2006, Brighton’s national position has climbed for an unparalleled seven years in a row; this unbroken record of academic improvement is unmatched in the country. Equal 12th with St Paul’s School, Brighton is ahead of much more selective schools like Eton, Winchester and Manchester Grammar School. No other Sussex school is in the UK Top 100.
Independent School Rankings, Sussex UK Range
Roedean School St Leonards-Mayfield School Burgess Hill School for Girls Eastbourne College Ardingly College Brighton and Hove High School Farlington School Christ’s Hospital Lancing College Worth School Our Lady of Sion School Moira House Girls’ School Battle Abbey School Bede’s Senior School Lewes Old Grammar School Seaford College
199th 201st= 210th 214th 219th= 254th 314th= 325th 335th 351st 363rd
Source: Sunday Times' Parent Power rankings, based on 2013 GCSE and A-Level results Some schools have not released their full results
Top boarding school trophy For the third year in a row, the online schools guide best-schools.co.uk has named Brighton one of the UK’s top co-educational boarding schools, and presented the College with a Crystal Award to mark its success. Provision for boarding has been a particular focus in recent years, with considerable investment in additional staff and matrons, improvement in the fabric of buildings, and enhanced extra-curricular provision.
Two boys chosen to represent the United Kingdom
Transformation underway The wonderful new Music School that will bring music to the very heart of the campus is rapidly taking shape. Due for completion later this year, it will bring all of Brighton’s musical facilities under one roof. The state-of-the-art school will include a 150-seat recital hall, practice and teaching rooms, a recording control facility and percussion room. Our thanks to all who have given so generously to support the project. Fundraising continues and any gift, great or small, is very greatly appreciated. If you would like to help, please contact our Development Team on 01273 704375.
Brighton College has been named the UK Independent School of the Year 2013-14. Presenting the accolade at the Independent Schools Awards held at the Belfry, judges cited “the College's extraordinary academic success, clear strategic vision, strong social mission and dynamic expansion”. The trophy was presented to Head Master
Two pupils have qualified to represent the country in international Olympiad science competitions – a superb achievement. Osaid Ather (Upper Sixth) is one of just four pupils who will represent the UK at the International Final of the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad in Vietnam. Olivia Garry (Upper Sixth) also made it to the top 23 of all 5682 entrants, marking the first time in the College’s history that two pupils have made it to Round 2.
130 years late – but opening in September The final element of Sir Thomas Jackson’s vision for the College will soon be realised with the completion of the Gate Tower, originally designed in 1884 but never completed. Thanks to an anonymous donation, the tower – abandoned a century ago when funds ran out – is rapidly taking shape and will transform the College’s main entrance when it opens later this year. 4
United Kingdom Independent School of the Year
Sir Thomas Jackson's vision
Meanwhile, at the British Physics Olympiad Competition, William McCorkindale (Lower Sixth) has been chosen as one of five pupils to represent the UK at the International Physics Olympiad final which takes place in Kazakhstan.
Richard Cairns by journalist and broadcaster John McCarthy, CBE. It is the third such national award for the College in three years: Sunday Times School of the Year 2011-12, Tatler Headmaster of the Year 2012-13, and now UK Independent School of the Year 2013-14.
In celebration of co-education Brighton has this year celebrated two key anniversaries in its history as a co-educational school. It is 40 years since the College first opened its doors to girls – then, just in the Sixth Form – and 25 years since the school became fully co-educational. From 7 girls in 1973, the College is now home to almost 500. Formal celebrations took place in April and included a series of talks from some of our distinguished Old Brightonians, including Sky newsreader Samantha Washington and banker Tosin Ajayi, pictured far right with Chichester Housemistress Ms Elizabeth Cody. Current pupils showcased their many talents in a Performance Evening, while many ‘old’ girls joined the College for a black-tie dinner filled with laughter and wonderful memories. 5
Sir John Chilcot opens new boarding house The College was delighted to welcome many friends to the campus for the official opening of New House – our fantastic new girls’ boarding house – by Sir John Chilcot, Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry and President of the Old Brightonians. The boarding house, the school’s fifth, completes the front quad in the way originally designed by Sir Thomas Jackson in the 19th century and allows more pupils than ever before to enjoy boarding at the school.
Brighton College in the news
New House has recently been shortlisted for a Royal Institute of British Architects’ Award. Should it win, this will be the third RIBA Award for Brighton College in as many years, following in the footsteps of both the Skidelsky (home to the Lower School) and Simon Smith Buildings.
“An extremely accepting school with happy pupils” A glowing report from Country Life
Brighton College has found itself regularly in – and making – the news over recent months. In October, the College featured on BBC2’s Newsnight as part of a discussion about how individuals from all walks of life, with or without formal teaching qualifications, can make the most talented and inspirational teachers.
Following a visit to the school, Country Life magazine featured Brighton in an in-depth article in March. Under an introduction which read “smart parents will do almost anything to secure a place for their child at Brighton College, now Britain’s leading co-educational light,” the magazine’s journalist extended high praise for all she experienced during her time with pupils and staff. Here are a few of the highlights of her review: “The open co-educational atmosphere brings community spirit and other benefits to both girls and boys.”
ITV News filmed an education feature at the College, which explored the way in which pupils play a part in assessing teachers’ performance. Finally, the school’s academic successes were cited recently both by Andrew Neill in BBC1’s Sunday Politics show and on Channel 4 News.
Winning Chemists For the second year in a row, a team from Brighton College scored the highest mark in the Downland heat of the RSC Chemistry Challenge, a competition for Year 10 pupils organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Brighton, current holders of the trophy, will now compete in the Regional Final at King’s College, London.
Nation’s top mathematicians Of the 90 Brighton pupils who entered this year’s national Intermediate Maths Challenge, an incredible 42 achieved Gold – a new record. Gold awards are awarded only to the top 6% 6
nationally. Seven pupils progressed to the Intermediate Maths Olympiad, which places them in the top 0.5% in the country. Congratulations to all who took part.
“Hand in hand with academic excellence comes a supportive environment for other activities.”
“No hothousing here.” “Weekly boarding, where pupils (who can get from the King’s Road to the school gates in little over an hour) spend Friday night at home and arrive back in time for lessons on Monday morning, has been another popular innovation.” “Right now, [Lower Sixth pupil] Alfie’s focus is on Brighton College’s own version of the BBC hit Strictly Come Dancing. Each year, six Sixth Form couples foxtrot and quickstep competitively around the stage in front of their peers. Alfie, who looks as if he’d be handy in a scrum, is hopeful he’ll make the cut – as, apparently, are many of the school’s alpha males. This sort of open-mindedness is one of Brighton College’s great selling points – and a direct result of the school admitting both boys and girls.”
“Brighton College is fast making a name for itself all over the world.” “It’s break time. Around us, groups of cheerful, cosmopolitan young people are making their way purposefully to the music studio, the workshops and the sports pitches. It’s easy to imagine them sailing through any job interview. Or starting their own businesses. Entrepreneurship is taken seriously at Brighton College.”
“An extremely accepting school with happy pupils.” “Since arriving in 2006, [Mr Richard Cairns] has presided over a period of growth unparalleled in the school’s 167-year history, which has seen it leapfrog more than 100 places in the league tables to become the highest-ranking co-educational institution in the country.” “Brighton College has well and truly taken a seat with the greats.”
Brighton-inspired Academy is making a real difference Over 80% of the first cohort of pupils at the London Academy of Excellence secured offers this year at Russell Group universities, and six received offers from Oxford and Cambridge – double the number previously received in the whole of the East End borough that is the school’s home. The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, visited the LAE in February and described it as a “wonderful example of what’s changing in state education”.
The LAE was the brainchild of the Head Master, Mr Richard Cairns, and is intended to provide a route to top universities for youngsters from deprived backgrounds. Brighton pupils are closely involved in the partnership, with 50 of our sixth formers acting as buddies and participating in sporting and other extracurricular links. In June, Mr John Weeks, currently Deputy Headmaster of the College, will take over as Headmaster of the LAE.
Handcross Park grows
County and national honours
Handcross Park Prep School – which joined the Brighton College Family of Schools some three years ago – continues to flourish under the charismatic leadership of Mr Graeme Owton. The school is home to Brighton College’s 11 to 13-year-old boarders, providing two years of preparation for college life prior to entry via Common Entrance or Scholarship. Numbers at Handcross have doubled since Brighton’s involvement in the school, with 350 pupils now on roll.
Taking our social responsibility seriously Once again, pupils have shown immense commitment to their house charities this year. Amongst others, Durnford House boys slept out on the Home Ground to raise money for the Clock Tower Sanctuary, a local charity helping
National design finalists
young homeless people, whilst Fenwick delivered a Hollywood Glamour Fashion Show, raising funds for Chestnut Tree House. Chichester girls raised £4,000 for the Rockinghorse charity at the annual Strictly Come Dancing event.
Making a difference the Brighton way The College’s sixth annual Make a Difference Day was blessed – unusually! – with warm, dry weather this year, to the delight of the hundreds of pupils and staff taking part. Make a Difference Day sees every member of the college community head out into the local area to do something to help the lives of others in some small way. Pupils and teachers took part in over 80 different community service activities this year, from serving meals at a food bank, putting on a play for elderly residents of a care home, filling Christmas shoeboxes for children in
Fine debating performances
For the third year running, a team of Fourth Form designers reached the finals in the Design Museum’s national Design Ventura competition. Along with just nine other teams from around the country, pupils travelled to London for the national final and came home with the award for ‘Outstanding Entry’ for their unique Hammer Helper design.
Romania, and clearing litter from the city’s beaches, to giving blood, looking after toddlers at a crèche, and playing with puppies at an animal sanctuary. Pupils offered their hard work and positive attitude in numerous parks and gardens across the city, including the sheltered housing gardens at two local homes. Across the city and Sussex, pupils genuinely made a very great difference to their community and, as a result, many have volunteered on a more regular basis throughout the year.
College to offer chess scholarships The College’s senior debating pair, Varadhan Kalidasan and Osaid Ather (both Upper Sixth), put in fine performances to qualify for two major finals this year. They finished in third place in the ESU (English-Speaking Union) Mace Debate Regional Final, held at Dartmouth House, before a strong performance in the national final of the Oxford Schools' Debating competition, held at the Oxford Union, which saw them ranked amongst the top 50 debating pairs nationally.
Congratulations to the 34 pupils who have this year gained representative honours – county, regional and national – in rugby, hockey and netball.
From September, Brighton College will be ramping up its chess provision! Teams have been entered for the Butler Cup and the Sadd Cup in Sussex, and there will be lots of activity every day as pupils take part in the UK Chess Challenge. We hope that some will enjoy success in national events; to this end the College will now be offering Chess Scholarships at 13+ and will be employing coaches to hone the skills of the already very talented individuals. 9
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1st XV unbeaten for seven years in Sussex and Hampshire Another fine season for the 1st XV included excellent wins against local opposition. The team also reached the last eight of the National Schools’ 15-a-side Festival at St Joseph’s College, Ipswich. Calum Waters (Upper Sixth) led by example as captain and James Lasis (Upper Sixth) gained national recognition, being selected for the England Clubs and Schools Under 18 squad.
International selection for cricketers Izzy Collis (Lower Sixth) and Freya Davies (Upper Sixth) took part in the Under 19 Women’s England cricket tour in South Africa in October. Freya was also selected for the England Women’s Academy squad which contested four T20s and two fifty-over fixtures against Sri Lanka Women.
Izzy and Freya were also part of the Sussex Women’s team who won the County Cricket Championship. Together with fellow team members and former pupils Sarah Taylor, Holly Colvin, Izi Noakes and Georgia Adams, they visited Buckingham Palace this autumn to receive their trophy from Prince Philip.
Sevens trophy winners County plaudits Will Crombie (Fourth Form) and Alex Hunt (Lower Third) secured district honours at the annual Sussex Cricket Junior Awards night, as they took District Player of the Year awards. Former pupil Sam Grant was also announced Sussex Academy Player of the Year.
Football trophy winners Excellent performances across the age groups from Brighton’s footballers resulted in a great overall showing for the College in the Sussex and Kent Independent Schools' League this season. Brighton took the Under 14 trophy and the 1st XI, 2nd XI and Under 15s all emerged as runners-up. 10
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International rugby honours
Hockey success leads to county call-ups A hockey season that kicked off with a third Christ’s Hospital Tournament win for the 1st XI finished on a high with block fixture wins against local rivals Eastbourne and Hurstpierpoint College. The junior teams in particular had a great year, with the Under 14A team narrowly missing out on a place in the regional finals when they lost their semi-final on penalties. No fewer than 14 college girls have this year been selected for the Sussex Under 14 to Under 17 squads. Many congratulations to all.
Brighton’s superb Rugby Sevens record continues. Winning the Worth Sevens tournament for the fifth time in seven years, the boys beat Sherborne, Worth and Tonbridge on the way to a thrilling final against Bedford, which they won 26-19. They also won the prestigious Hampton Sevens, beating all the best London schools, including Whitgift in the final.
Four former pupils were called to represent their country this season. Old boy Kiba Richards played for the England Counties against France in Paris; Jake Henry and Joe Beckett were selected for England Students against Wales; and James Chisholm played for England U20s in the Six Nations tournament.
It was then time for the Rosslyn Park National Schools' Sevens, where the boys comfortably won their group, before progressing through to the final stages and the semi-finals, where they succumbed to Millfield, the eventual winners.
Cross Country Success
First class netball season
The Cross Country team competed very successfully in the prestigious Sussex Schools' Championship, winning no fewer than four of the six team titles: Intermediate Boys, Intermediate Girls, Senior Girls and Senior Boys. After their impressive performances, a number of college competitors qualified to run for Sussex in the English Schools' Championship in March, where they achieved outstanding results. Emma Maynard and Amy Davila (both Lower Sixth) were part of the Senior Girls’ team that won Sussex the Harold Witham cup for being the first county to finish all eight members of their team. Tomer Tarragano (Upper Third) and Brodie Denholm (Lower Fifth) both made superb debuts and Toby Lewis (Lower Fifth) finished in 33rd position overall, the second athlete from Sussex to cross the line in the Intermediate Race. Toby also became Brighton College’s first ever winner of the South-East Independent Schools’ Championship.
Golfers reach HMC Foursomes finals A good run in the HMC Foursomes knockout, including wins against Bede’s and Winchester, has taken the college golfers to a regional final place. They will play either Whitgift or Tonbridge, whose semi-final has yet to take
place. Congratulations, too, to Anya Olsen (Fourth Form) who successfully defended her title at the Worthing Golf Club Spring meeting for the Pond Cup and gained a place in the select squad at Worthing for the top 10 juniors.
Sussex Squash Player of the Year Harvey von Biel (Upper Sixth) was awarded the Sussex Player of the Year award for his contribution to county squash both on and off-court. He has been a consistently highlyranked player and often-time captain since the age of eleven. He is also now qualified as a coach and supports the county coaching staff with the development of junior players.
College netball enjoyed an exceptional season. Block fixture wins included a 15 out of 15 clean sweep of wins against Eastbourne College and 21 out of 22 wins against both Caterham and Portsmouth Grammar. The 1st VII netball team won the Under 18 Birley's Invitational Netball Tournament, held at King's Canterbury School, winning five and drawing one of their six fixtures, while the Under 14s took the King’s Canterbury Tournament plate. In the National Schools’ Netball competition, the 1st VII won the Sussex round of the Under 19 section and finished in the top three in the south at the regional finals.
Tennis champion Ellie Watts (Fourth Form) and her doubles partner won the national Save the Children Tennis Tournament, an annual champions’ league for winners of tennis tournaments run by schools and clubs across the country.
Sussex netball champions It was truly Brighton’s year in the annual Sussex Independent Schools’ Netball Association tournament, where the school’s teams emerged champions in the Under 14, Under 15 and Under 16 categories, with the Under 13A team and 1st VII both runners-up.
Brighton’s netballers also put in an incredible set of performances in the Sussex Knockout Cup. The 1st VII were crowned county champions after a 70-29 win in the final; the Under 15As also took the county trophy for their age group, defeating Hurstpierpoint College in the final. Congratulations, too, to the Under 14 and Under 16A teams, who both finished as runners-up.
International Women’s Cricketer of the Year
Former pupil Sarah Taylor was named the T20 International Women’s Cricketer of the Year at the LG ICC Awards which took place over Christmas. She followed this in January by helping England to retain the Women’s Ashes with a Twenty20 win.
Meanwhile, England cricketer and former pupil Matt Prior has signed a further two-year contract with Sussex. It was his off-pitch heroics that made the headlines earlier this year, however, as his dramatic rescue of a suicidal man from a Sydney bridge, post-Ashes, drew praise from all quarters.
Macbeth – menacing and macabre
The Fourth Form production of Macbeth was a steam punk-fuelled spectacular with splendid and menacing key performances by Dixie McDevitt as Macbeth and India Gale as the protagonist’s
Jesus Christ Superstar rocks
terrifying wife. By presenting the action en promenade, the dynamic cast invited the audience into this macabre visual feast, guiding them with their terrific performances.
Exploring themes of media saturation within contemporary society and the way in which cultural heroes are revered, the college production of Jesus Christ Superstar was always going to be special. The strength of the ensemble cast and musicians made for a very accomplished piece of musical theatre, with scores of stand-out performances, including Will Emery (Upper Sixth) as Jesus, a true tour-de-force.
In fine voice December saw the Brighton College Choral Society perform Verdi’s Requiem at St George’s Church in Kemptown. The choir of around 180 pupils, parents, staff and friends, joined by professional soloists as well as the college orchestra, treated the audience to a moving performance.
Astonishing drama results Outstanding work by Upper Fifth GCSE Drama pupils in their final practical exams saw every pupil secure an A* for performance. At A-Level, pupils also received phenomenal marks, as all AS and A2 pupils achieved at least 93% in their practical exams, with fourteen receiving a full 100%.
Theatre Royal extravaganza For a seventh year, the college community packed the city’s historic Theatre Royal as hundreds of pupils – including those from across the Brighton College Family of Schools in a joint choir performance – took to
the stage in a celebration of the performing arts. Drawing together highlights from the last year in drama, dance and music, it was, as ever, a spellbinding evening.
Zoë Ball judges Strictly Come Dancing It was standing room only at this year’s sell-out Strictly, as six Sixth Form couples took to the stage to perform romantic waltzes and electrifying 1970s disco. Guest judge Zoë Ball added warmth and professional insight and the
college Swing Band provided roof-raising support throughout. Winning pair Owen Male and Lucinda Jones celebrated a double triumph, both having recently received offers to study at Girton College, Cambridge.
Dance scholars’ professional debut Ten college dance scholars performed at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley in a professional contemporary dance piece with Joss Arnott Dance Company. 14
The scholars performed with exceptional professionalism and they and Joss alike look forward to continuing to work together in the future.
A musical triumph A packed audience was treated to a varied programme at the Autumn Concert, including performances from the Symphony Orchestra, Concert and Swing Bands, as well as the Guitar Ensemble, Flute Quartet, String Quintet, Chamber Choir and Girls’ Choir. A wonderfully varied evening of music. 15
Public speaking trophies
INDIVIDUAL SUCCESSES Mandarin finalist is Beijing-bound Robin Denham (Lower Fifth) has been selected to fly to Beijing as a winner of the annual HSBC and British Council Mandarin-speaking competition. He was one of eight Brighton pupils to make it to the Grand Final at the British Museum.
Growing Pains Upper Sixth pupil Sophia Razvi toured local schools in support of the National Anti-Bullying Campaign with her drama group’s much acclaimed performance of Growing Pains – a series of pieces focusing on growing up and the issues of bullying that some young people face.
National science prize Mavis Chan (Upper Fifth) won the prize for the best essay in the biology category of the national final of the Royal College of Science Union’s Science Challenge, with her essay entitled ‘How should we choose what species to prioritise for conservation?’.
Tough Guy competitors
Bella Bainbridge (Upper Sixth) made it through to the final of the National Science and Engineering competition with her project ‘Red pandas at Drusillas Park: Enclosure usage and behaviour’ and was invited to showcase her entry at the Big Bang: UK Young Scientist and Engineers' Fair. Judges described At the Branch Final of the ESU Public Speaking Competition, Ellice Hetherington (Lower Fifth) was named the Outstanding Personality of the competition for her superb speech arguing that ‘we should spend less time thinking about the Kardashians and more time thinking about the Kinshasans’, whilst Andrew Lin (Upper Fifth) was recognised as the Best Speaker from the qualifying rounds.
Lower Sixth pupils Tom Williams and Alex Maguire completed the gruelling Tough Guy long-distance assault course in January. In unbelievably damp and muddy conditions, both boys excelled, finishing in the top half of the runners and raising over £400 for Leo House in the process.
Fine performance in The 7.39 Izzy Meikle-Small (Upper Sixth) starred in BBC One’s two-part romantic drama, The 7.39. Watched by no fewer than 5.7 million viewers, Izzy played the daughter of David Morrissey and 16
Olivia Colman in the drama, which also starred Sheridan Smith.
West End performance Sophie Sheridan (Fourth Form) is appearing in the London Children’s Ballet’s 20th Anniversary production of Nanny McPhee at the Peacock Theatre.
her work as being “of a very high standard” and “one of the best science and engineering projects in the UK”. Bella was also awarded a Gold CREST Award at the STEM Sussex award ceremony for her project, which she produced as part of a Nuffield Research Placement.
Singing diploma Sophia Liu (Upper Sixth) has been awarded her DipABRSM Singing Diploma, a professional qualification that is an outstanding achievement for any musician, particularly for one of school age.
Double badminton win Sean Richardson (Lower Sixth) demonstrated excellent all-court ability and power at the East Sussex Junior Badminton Championships, winning both the singles and doubles competitions.
National Youth Chamber Orchestra win Annabel Kidd (Lower Sixth) has won a place with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra for the second year in a row.
US golf scholarships Congratulations to Upper Sixth twins Oliver and Toby Graves, who have been awarded full golf scholarships to Northwood University, a specialist business college in Florida. The boys are amongst the finest young golfers in the country, with handicaps below 3, and have made appearances in the past two Andalusian Masters competitions.
National achievement in Biology
Singing star Mia Williams-Watson (Upper Fifth) was named Under 16 runner–up in the national final of Open Mic UK, held at the Birmingham NEC. Judges commended Mia on her “beautiful voice, control and stage presence”.
Show-jumping success Lower Fifth pupil Louis Frost took part in his first international showjumping competition in Paris. Despite being the youngest competitor, he achieved third and fifth places in his competitions.
Designer of the Year Tom Sparham (Lower Fifth) has won the Design Museum’s 14-16 Student Design Competition – the first pupil in the competition’s history ever to win it two years in a row. His adventurous design for a pop-up exhibition space was described as ‘exciting’ by the panel of distinguished judges. 17
EVENTS In Remembrance
The whole school community came together in November to remember those who had fallen in war. Pupils from Years 2 and 3 in the Pre-Prep joined the Prep School and the College for a moving ceremony in the quad. Wreaths were laid by the three Heads and by the school’s CCF Contingent Commander.
Dubai cricket tour In February, a group of boys took part in a cricket tour under the clear blue skies of Dubai. The side, which was a mixture of Under 15 and senior players, had a number of training sessions, visited Brighton College’s sister school in Abu Dhabi and won two out of the three fixtures they played.
Brighton College Abu Dhabi has received a glowing first full inspection report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate. This coincides with an exciting time at the College with the opening of the Sixth Form in September.
Beijing adventure December saw a group of 17 pupils spend a week at our partner school, Tsinghua, in Beijing. Highlights included visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, the Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing Zoo and the Science Museum. The pupils also greatly enjoyed practising their Chinese at local markets! Spending time in the homes of their hosts gave them a rare insight into Chinese culture.
Meanwhile, Brighton College Al Ain has enjoyed an extremely successful inaugural year in which the school has developed its house system, co-curricular activities and scholarship programmes. Between them, the two schools are now home to 1500 pupils.
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Charity Swing Night Organised by Upper Sixth pupil Matthew Pearse, the Charity Swing Night saw college pupils perform alongside professional musicians, raising £1,300 for Macmillan Cancer Care and the new Music School in the process.
Europe 1944-56; professor of government Anthony King, speaking on ‘The Blunders of our Governments’; and the former president of the FIA and campaigner for Hacked Off, Max Mosley, discussing – along with actor Hugh Grant – 'Press Freedom in a Democracy'.
Striking Gold in the Atlas Mountains
In the footsteps of Real Madrid
Selected to shadow MP Charlotte Haney (Lower Sixth) was chosen to spend a day shadowing MP Caroline Lucas to celebrate International Women’s Day. Charlotte, who is studying A-Level Politics, visited a children’s charity and a centre for the homeless, and her report on the day was published in the local media.
Visitors to the College this summer include: Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Michael Gove, MP; former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, speaking about Margaret Thatcher, her power and personality; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum, discussing her book Iron Curtain: the Crushing of Eastern
In January, 22 Sixth Form footballers took part in a pre-season training camp at ‘Ciudad de Real Madrid’, the training facility of the Real Madrid 1st team squad and academy, located on the outskirts of Madrid in Valdebabas. The camp included four training sessions (coached by the Real Madrid U11 Academy coaches) and matches against local Spanish opposition. The squad also got the chance to experience a little culture, with visits to the Palacio Real, Puerta del Sol, Arco de la Victoria and the Royal Gardens.
For the Brighton College Gold Duke of Edinburgh participants who trekked through the Atlas Mountains in the autumn, the beautiful views and stunning scenery made the intense heat and uphill struggles more than bearable. Taking routes through traditional Moroccan villages gave them an intriguing taste of the culture and lifestyles of the people in these remote communities.
Pupils provided a heart-warming service on a chilly December evening at the College’s annual Carol Service. Set in the glorious All Saint’s Church, Hove, festive favourites and classic readings enchanted the congregation who in turn gave generously in support of St Anne’s Day Centre in Kemptown.
Budding entrepreneurs taste success This year’s Entrepreneurship Competition saw three teams of Lower Sixth pupils battle their way through to win the final and a share of the £10,000 prize money offered by the College to invest in developing their ideas. The entrepreneurial pupils are now putting their hard-won funding to very good use as they take their proposals – for a charity upcycling business, a utility harness for extreme cyclists, and a web portal for schools – to the next stage of development.
Alpine adventure The first Brighton College ski trip in a number of years was a great success, as more than 40 pupils enjoyed the wonderful slopes of Les Menuires, part of the 3 Valleys in the French Alps, during the Christmas break.
PREP SCHOOL Return to the Forbidden Planet Year 7 and 8 pupils performed a stunning rendition of the musical Return to the Forbidden Planet, by Bob Carlton. Set in space, and loosely based on The Tempest, the show brims with rock 'n’ roll classics such as ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’ and ‘Good Vibrations’. The cast delivered the complex Shakespearean lines in time to underscored music and got the audience laughing out loud, while the dance troupe brought the musical to life with their lively and rhythmic performances.
Making wonderful music This year’s house Music Competition was a buzzing event, with eight adjudicators treated to over 280 performances in classes ranging from Junior Wind and Brass to Senior Strings, Junior Percussion to Battle of the Bands. Congratulations to all who took part. Congratulations also to Martha Wilson, who has been awarded a Music Scholarship to Brighton College, and to Felix Schleif, who has secured a Music Exhibition.
This year, Brighton College Prep School is supporting two main charities: the Chestnut Tree House Appeal (a hospice in Sussex which cares for 280 children and young adults with progressive life-limiting conditions) and the Garden Route Trust Fund (providing food and education for young children living in poverty in South Africa). The school has donated an incredible £4,500 to each charity so far, including proceeds from the Christmas Fair. 20
The school has also donated £1,000 to a local charity called Fun in Action, which provides a one-to-one befriending service to children from disadvantaged and lone-parent families in the Brighton and Hove area. Fifteen BCPS pupils were lucky enough to visit Chestnut Tree House in the Michaelmas term to see the wonderful facilities on offer and to help them with their 10th birthday celebrations.
The Eagle Cup
The highly innovative English curriculum for Year 4 includes the extremely popular topic ‘Dragonology’. The children have produced some fantastic pieces of work, including an exciting newspaper report about the discovery of a new species of dragon.
Ever conscious of the need to develop sport for everyone in the school, BCPS created and hosted the inaugural Eagle Cup competition. This rugby tournament is for the enjoyment and development of players in 4th or 5th teams, giving them the opportunity to experience the highs and lows of tournament rugby. Five teams competed, including all four of the Brighton College family: BCPS, BCLS, St Christopher’s and Handcross Park. Bede’s was also invited to attend this new festival. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, played in a very positive spirit, with the boys developing their attitude and performance as the tournament progressed. Congratulations to the winners, St Christopher’s.
‘Dragonology Day’ saw the children come dressed as dragonologists and take part in a range of themed activities, from making dragon bait to painting dragon eggs, making their very own gemstones and translating ancient runes to playing the dragon version of battleships!
The dancers, dressed in colourful wigs and space age silver dresses, welcomed the audience with “forbidden water” and sherbet flying saucers and provided a mature and professional accompaniment to the lead roles and chorus. A fabulously entertaining evening from start to finish: it was wonderful to see how much the pupils enjoyed performing, and they fully deserved the standing ovation they received at the end.
In support of charity
Dragons at large
Sussex netball champions The U12A VII netball team emerged as champions at the Sussex Independent Schools’ Netball Tournament in January. The team won in fine style, beating all nine of their opponents in this round-robin competition. The team scored 74 goals and conceded just 16 in a dominant display. The U10A VII and U11A VII netball teams also had their own successes, with both teams winning the Burgess Hill Tournament in their respective age groups.
New developments in Art This year has seen many developments and new techniques in the Art Department. A new roller press means pupils are now able to produce etchings. Year 7 have also tried mono-printing and lino printing; Year 8 pupils turned their hands to making figurative sculptures from wire and plaster; and Year 5 made cups, saucers and jugs from air-drying clay. Most excitingly, the recent arrival of a new kiln means pupils can now use ‘real’ clay! 21
Peter and the Wolf
The library was filled with some rather grown-up pupils when Miss Dixon ran a special ukulele workshop for parents. The “pupils” learned how to tune a ukulele and how to play some of the basic chords that the Year 3 children are taught during their music lessons.
Children from Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 were treated to a music workshop led by the professional ensemble Chamberhouse Winds.
Fire engine fun
Chinese New Year
Reception pupils have thrown themselves into their new topic ‘People who help us’, focusing on the emergency services, and were lucky enough to have a special visit from the fire brigade.
The children were treated to a traditional Lion Dance in the Prep School. Pupils from Reception to Year 3 enjoyed learning about all of the traditions in their weekly Mandarin lesson.
Odd Art! Year 1 pupils have been looking at the work of Austrian–born artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. He designed buildings all over the world and they all have his vibrant and irregular style. He also always wore odd socks, the children learned to their surprise!
Parents’ ukulele workshop
The world’s longest climb
The Quintet consisted of a flute, oboe (plus Cor Anglais), French horn, bassoon and clarinet, whilst the hour-long session was led by a separate narrator.
Year 3 pupils were treated to an inspirational talk by Pauline Sanderson, who took part in the longest climb on earth from the Dead Sea in Jordan to the top of Mount Everest.
Each instrument was introduced and demonstrated in turn. The children learned about the different reeds required (double reeds for oboe and bassoon and a single reed for clarinet), were awed by the high notes of
the flute and saw how the French horn mouthpiece can make beautiful music even when attached to a length of hose pipe and a funnel!
Green Week The children were challenged to come to school either in green or in a recycled outfit during this special week.
There then followed a first class performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s story Peter and the Wolf, with each musician wearing a hat representing their specific character. It was an inspiring performance and the children were obviously engrossed, with some of them miming along as the musicians played.
Year 3 trip to the Amex Stadium Year 3 visited the Amex Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion, spending time in the training room, changing and press conference areas. The children were amused to discover that every Saturday a hawk is set free to fly around the stadium. Seagulls don’t like the scent this leaves behind and it stops them from coming into the stadium. The children found this very funny, given Brighton and Hove Albion’s nickname is the SEAGULLS! 23
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