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Bradfield College

In their own words

Bradfield is a remarkable place which has inspired generations of young people to venture out and make a difference to their world. Set in a stunning location, the College offers a memorable environment in which to discover and develop potential.

At its heart the iconic Greek theatre sees the College community meet annually and shake hands in a corporate act of common purpose. The theatre speaks therefore of Bradfield’s tradition – of the handing on of values, of learning, and of ambition.

The pupils who thrive here are characterised by their enthusiasm and their participation. Active and curious learners, they engage in the broadest imaginable field of activity and stretch themselves academically, creatively and physically. Through pursuing their passions they both acquire knowledge and develop self-knowledge, becoming resilient and compassionate young people, characterised by integrity rather than entitlement.

Bradfield’s outstanding pastoral care is rooted in its house system, beginning for Year 9 entrants in Faulkner’s, which provides a soft landing for transition to senior school. The relaxed unpretentiousness and family feel of the College enable pupils to learn independence and self-governance within an atmosphere of empathy and tolerance. Together these promote the happiness that is fundamental to the ethos of the school.

The pupils’ experiences are moulded by interaction with each other and with the adults who teach them and care for them. The pleasure of lifelong learning is communicated through collaborative lessons and independent study. The College’s extensive curriculum and co-curriculum facilitate interdisciplinary thinking and also promote excellence through specialisation. Our curriculum is designed for a generation that needs not just to be literate, numerate and articulate but also to be possessed of technological, global and emotional literacy. Crucially, the spiritual life of the College and the many outreach activities develop the pupils’ capacity to look beyond themselves and enhance their sense of responsibility.

A Bradfield education acts as a bridge to a life lived without boundaries. As our pupils move into an exciting but uncertain future, we nurture the ability to adapt the knowledge of the past to that future. We develop attributes that will enable pupils to thrive personally and professionally. We encourage pupils to understand the world around them and their place within it. In the same way, Bradfield itself continually looks forwards and looks outwards, embracing new opportunities whilst remaining true to its values.

I warmly invite you to come and see Bradfield in action.

Dr Christopher Stevens, Headmaster

The admissions process uses the online ISEB Common Pre Test (sometimes referred to as the Common Entrance Exam). This exam has a specific format and structure, includes a range of predictable questions types and is taken in an online/computer environment. Students should pay particular attention to the Non-Verbal and Verbal-Reasoning modules, as these sections may include question types they have never encountered before.

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