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REVIEW “The best A-level results of any co-educational school in England� The Daily Telegraph, 2009 in association with Sussex Life magazine

All the world’s a stage Audiences flocked to see the college’s revival of Grease. The stunning set included a car that was suspended from the roof of the Great Hall as the colourful cast and chorus sang, danced and swung their way through the big numbers with passion. This year’s Strictly Come Dancing contest was also a huge success, a thrilling contest and a sell-out. Another highlight of the Lent Term was the annual sortie to Brighton’s Theatre Royal for A Celebration of the Performing Arts: a near capacity audience witnessed an extraordinarily high standard of drama, dance and music.

Pastoral care is “outstanding” The pastoral care at Brighton College has been judged “outstanding” by Ofsted (2009). The inspectors looked at every aspect of pupils’ lives at school, and were impressed by the college’s close pastoral care and warm, friendly environment.

The best A-level results of any co-educational school in England

Sunday Times puts Brighton top in Sussex Once again, the results of college pupils put Brighton College top of the tables for exam performance in Sussex. Only 4% of A-level grades were below grade B compared to an average of 25% at the other independent schools in Sussex and almost 50% in the state sector. Given that good universities are now demanding A and B grades from all applicants, the chances of Brighton College sixth formers securing top university offers are up to ten times higher than elsewhere. This is reflected in the high numbers securing offers from Russell Group universities. Sixty college pupils have secured Oxbridge places in the last four years. One of the school’s twelve houses, Ryle House, had the distinction of gaining more Oxbridge offers this year than all but one school in Sussex.

Oxford remains the most popular destination for college leavers Oxford University has consistently been the top destination for Brighton College leavers over the past four years: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Oxford London (UCL) Bath Cambridge Durham

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Exeter Nottingham Bristol Loughborough Warwick

Other popular Russell Group universities for Brighton leavers include: Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Imperial, KCL, LSE), Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton. BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

100 Group Conference In January, the Head Master co-hosted a national conference with Kingsford Community School in East London on behalf of the 100 Group, the annual gathering of the most influential Heads from the state and independent education sectors. The Prime Minister praised the ‘pioneering work of Brighton College and Kingsford’ while Vince Cable MP, Michael Gove MP and the Heads of Eton, Brighton, Harrow, Kingsford, St Paul’s, Mossbourne Academy and Manchester Grammar led discussions on social mobility and raising academic attainment across the nation. The Head Master was also interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme. Brighton College is the only school in Sussex to be represented in this prestigious group.

Vince Cable MP

Richard Cairns, Head Master

Michael Gove MP

Distinguished visitors Recent visitors to the college have included Lord Carlile (the counterterrorism expert), Sir John Chilcot (Chairman of the Iraq inquiry and once a boy in School House), Shadow Defence Minister Dr Liam Fox MP, Chairman of Governors Lord Skidelsky (recently knighted by the President of Italy), Caroline Lucas MEP (Leader of the Green Party), Lord Renton (former chief whip under Margaret Thatcher), the historian Dr David Starkey and Olympic athlete Daley Thompson. BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

Caroline Lucas MEP Lord Carlile

Dr Liam Fox MP Sir John Chilcot

Dr David Starkey

Make a Difference Day 2010 This year’s programme for the annual MADD was even more ambitious than before, with nearly every pupil and teacher involved in projects across the city. From serving soup to the homeless to painting the pier, from staging a Fair Trade fashion show to entertaining the elderly, the programme was vast, reminding everyone that the college is a part of society and must never be apart from it. This photo shows boys clearing scrubland outside Brighton.

Green Week Parents, pupils and staff all helped to make Brighton College’s first ever Green Week a great success. It was a week not only for discussing ‘green’ ideas – highlighted by the visit to the college of Caroline Lucas MEP, leader of the Green Party – but also for action; this was directed towards a different theme each day, with a series of house and individual competitions. Zan Kidd (Lower 5th, Seldon House) got up at 5.00am and walked 14 miles to school to raise money for Haiti and Save the Rainforest; Adam Cro (Upper 6th, Ryle House) designed a water filter made from a milk carton; and the ‘swishing’ (clothes swapping) event was a high point, with boys and girls of all ages swapping their clothes and helping to reduce the amount of clothing being sent to landfill. Many pupils chose to wear green on this special day (see photo). BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

Sport Go Georgia!

Georgia Adams progressed from the Sussex county cricket ranks to be selected for the England Under 17 tour to South Africa over the Easter holidays. Meanwhile, the Under 15 girls are national cricketing champions, and the Under 17s made it to the finals of their national tournament.

Netball county champions The girls’ Under 14 and Under 15 netball teams are county champions following their convincing wins over Imberhorne and Hurstpierpoint respectively. The Under 16s also progressed to the regional finals after their stunning 63-22 defeat of Roedean. Caroline Jeffery, Charlotte Royall and Georgina Tyas have all been selected to attend England development training.

Riding high

Sevens success

Emily Keighley (Upper 6th), Tabitha Worsley (Upper 5th) and Alexandra Kitcher (Upper 6th) won the National Schools Championships at Hickstead for Brighton College, beating off competition from over sixty teams. The girls hope to compete annually in this competition, attending other show jumping competitions throughout the year in order to prepare.

The college became the first Sussex school for eight years to claim the prestigious SET Tours Sussex Open Sevens title, sweeping aside John Fisher School 43-10 in the final. Brighton beat Eastbourne 34-0, Tonbridge 17-10, and several other schools, too, to win the Worth 7s tournament. They also put in a terrific performance at the National Schools 7s Festival in front of a big crowd at Rosslyn Park in Roehampton, defeating Ampleforth and Bradford Grammar School, amongst others, but narrowly missing a place in the final.


The College’s Under 14 and Under 15 7s teams both became county champions at the Sussex Sevens competition held at Christ’s Hospital. On their routes to victory, the Under 15s beat Shoreham, Ardingly, Christ’s Hospital and Warden Park, and the Under 14s beat Angmering, Worth, St Bede’s, Warden Park and Christ’s Hospital.

Brighton’s national rugby stars Harry Leonard, this year’s 1st XV captain, has been selected to play for Scotland’s Under 18 squad. Harry played in a warm up game against France’s U18s, during which he scored three times; he was also part of the Scottish team that defeated Italy during the Easter break. Meanwhile, our current 1st XV lock James Tyas ran out for Scotland’s unbeaten Under 19s this season; he has played against Italy and helped his team win against France in what The Scotsman described as “a hugely impressive all round performance”. James Tyas (left) and Harry Leonard

Under 15 rugby at Twickenham The Under 15s beat six teams from across the country on their way to the final at Twickenham. Last to fall were St Columba’s College from Hertfordshire in a bruising semifinal encounter, earning our boys a place in the final, against Lymm High School, in the Daily Mail Vase Competition at Twickenham on March 31st. Brighton lost 24-10 to Lymm, despite our centre, Lewis Moyle, scoring a stunning try by using right wing Kiran Rajkumar as a decoy runner on his run to the line. This was a great occasion and a tremendous privilege for the boys to play on such hallowed turf.


2020 Vision Brighton College has embarked on an ambitious programme of development, entitled 2020 Vision, to provide facilities for teaching, sport and music that will match Brighton’s reputation as one of the country’s leading schools. The college is very grateful to a number of anonymous donors whose generosity is helping to realise these ambitions: 2008 • New Alexander Art and Photography School opened by Lady Alexander • New History and Politics Department opened by Charles Kennedy MP, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats 2009 • Sammy Woods Pavilion opened by Mike Gatting • New Sixth Form Lecture Theatre opened by Jonathan Dimbleby • New Sixth Form girls’ boarding house opened by John Leach, former Head Master 2010 • New English Department – opening September • New Design and Technology School – opening September • New Lower School – opening September • New girls’ boarding house – opening September • New fitness centre – opening November 2011 • New overseas study centre in France – opening January • New study and leisure facilities for boarders – opening September • New Sixth Form café – opening September • New Senior Common Room – opening September • New Health Centre – opening September 2012 onwards • New Pavilion on New Ground – construction to commence January 2012 • New Music School – construction to commence July 2012 Beyond 2013, we have plans to create new teaching spaces, state-of-the-art science facilities, a new swimming pool and sports centre, and a new Drama Centre. All in all, it is the most ambitious and exciting phase of development at the college since the 1880s. BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW


Brighton College goes international Brighton College Abu Dhabi is currently under construction and is due to open in August 2011. This is the first in what is planned to be a series of international schools with a view to generating funds for Brighton College in the UK; these will be used for keeping fees down, funding bursaries and paying for further improvements to our Kemp Town site. A separate company will run the schools, which will appoint headmasters, bursars, teachers and other staff, so there will be no distraction from our core mission here in the UK but plenty of benefits for the boys and girls of Brighton College.

New boarding house

Chapel’s 150th anniversary On 27 September 1859, the first service was held in the College chapel (it was smaller then than it is now); and in October a service was held to commemorate its 150th anniversary. College pupils were joined by about 100 visitors, including clergy from the diocese, former chaplains (one of whom joined the college in 1950), ordained Old Brightonians and former heads, staff and governors. BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

Demand for boarding continues to grow and the college now has more boarders than at any time since the 1930s. To accommodate this expansion, a new girls’ boarding house, to be called Head’s House, will open in September 2010. It will be located in the beautiful Gilbert Scott building in the Main Quad, which used to be the Head Master’s House.

Artistic flair In another bumper year for the college’s Art department, eight A-level finalists have been offered places at the country’s top art schools. The photograph shows the successful pupils: from left, Annie Ounstead (London College of Fashion), Lauren Howells-Green (Camberwell College of Art), Jade Foolheea (Brighton), Jack Idle (Central St Martins, Art and Architecture), Georgia Hicks (Camberwell College of Art), Steph Hartop (Central St Martins), Rosie Pariser (Brighton), Rob Thomson (Central St Martins) and Alex Lambert (Falmouth College of Art, not pictured).

It’s a world record! Four Old Brightonians entered The Guinness Book of World Records for the longest game of croquet. They achieved their aim – a little over 24 hours of non-stop play – on the lawns in the front quad of their alma mater.

Snow, snow…and more snow The wintry weather at the start of the year provided inspiration not only for some fabulous snowmen and energetic snowballing, but also for the college photographers. The Head Master launched a competition for the best wintry photograph; it was won by Upper 5th pupil Charlie Runcorn, whose image of a boat on Brighton beach is shown above. BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

Bugsy Malone Actors, singers and dancers from Years 7 and 8 received rave reviews for their stunning performances in the popular musical Bugsy Malone. Parents and guests alike were impressed by the exceptional standards achieved by the pupils, and their energy and enthusiasm captured everyone’s hearts.

National History award Year 8 pupil Sam Watling (pictured here) gained second place in the prestigious Townsend Warner History Prize 2010. This competition is entered by around 800 young historians from prep schools across Britain. Sam was praised for his lively interview with Robert Aske and his essay on Margaret Thatcher. BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

Speaking up for the ladies The Year 8 debating team won the public speaking competition held at St Aubyns School, which involved seven independent schools. The team of three boys was praised by the judges for their risk-taking and humour on their chosen topic: ‘Too few women reach the top positions in society.’

Seven in a row BCPS’s Under 13 netballers won the county netball title for an amazing seventh year in a row. They came from behind to beat an excellent side from Burgess Hill School for Girls, 25-21, in the final held in March. Twenty five of the county’s top netball schools were in the Sussex Cup this year, so this was no mean feat.

Charity heights This has been a record year for charity fund-raising at BCPS. The organisation Readathon (which raises money for the Roald Dahl Foundation and CLIC Sargent) paid a special visit to our school to congratulate us for being their top fund-raising prep school in the UK over the last fifteen years. Other charity initiatives include our continued support of Tenderfoot Self-Help School in Nairobi, Kenya. Pupils at Tenderfoot School, Nairobi, Kenya BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

Fun in the snow Although the heavy snowfalls made getting into school tricky, those children who did make it in certainly had fun.

Samba sunshine Some Brazilian sunshine was brought to the Pre-Prep in January with an inspiring Samba workshop in which all children enjoyed participating.

Steeped in literature For a week in February, Pre-Prep pupils went off their usual timetable and were immersed in literature and literacy activities during Book Week. The week started with the Rainbow Theatre Company’s production of Traditional Fairy Tales. Parents, grandparents and staff from the Prep and Senior Schools popped into classes to read stories. Children’s author and illustrator David Lucas also visited for a day. The culmination of the week was the Book Character Parade in the Sports Hall. BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

Fantastic fayre As always, the Easter fayre was huge fun. The Sports Hall was transformed with bunting, balloons and daffodils and buzzing with activity. Over £2,500 was raised for “Age Concern” and “Fun in Action” which provides a befriending service to disadvantaged families in Brighton and Hove.

People who help us Reception children have been learning about people who help us and have enjoyed visits from the Fire Brigade, WPC Owen and parents who are doctors, dentists, a pharmacist and a radiologist – all possible vocations for the future!

First matches Year 3 pupils enjoyed their first competitive football, tag rugby and netball matches against other schools. BRIGHTON COLLEGE REVIEW

“One of England’s leading schools” The Times, 2010

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Brighton College Review Summer 2010  

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