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“The quality of the pupils’ academic and achievements is excellent. All groups of pupils enjoy excellent levels of achievement, particularly in entrance and scholarship to selective senior schools”
Independent Schools Inspectorate
Brockhurst & Marlston House prepares pupils for Common Entrance and Scholarship exams at the age of 13 to leading senior Independent Schools. We have never been a feeder for a particular senior school because we believe that the choice of a school should suit the attributes of the child. Consequently, our pupils go on to a very wide range of schools according to their abilities. A high proportion win academic, music, art, drama and sports awards on entry and a list of recent successes can be found on our web site.
Our academic programme is delivered with the support of a groundbreaking, integrated system of real classes and online learning using the WorldClass LMS (Learning management system). We call these 'hybrid classrooms'. All children start using this system from Year 3.
Our hybrid classrooms are equipped with the latest video technology which enable pupils to access live lessons online, if needed. All lessons are also recorded to the Cloud and available to parents and pupils in a catch-up library on our LMS together with associated teaching resources. The whole syllabus from Year 3 to scholarship level in Year 8 is also available to pupils and parents on catch-up to facilitate pupils’ learning whenever they want and wherever they are.
You can read more detail on why this system is ground breaking in the benefits it brings to parents and pupils in Groundbreaking Innovation.
The school teaches a very wide curriculum which encompasses a generous allocation in every pupil’s timetable for Music, Art, Drama and Physical Education. All pupils study English, Mathematics, Science, French, Technology, History, Geography and Scripture from the outset, and are introduced to Latin in Year 5 and another modern foreign language thereafter. Pupils sitting for scholarships are also taught ancient Greek and in addition Mandarin is offered as an optional further language.
The school has a well-equipped ICT suite, and computing, including programming and robotics, is taught to all pupils as a subject in its own right as well as being used in other subjects as an aid to learning.
Considerable advantage is taken of field trips and outings both locally and further afield including to France and to the school’s field studies centre on Exmoor.
Parents are informed of their children's progress through regular written reports and meetings with teachers, Deputy Heads and the Head. The school is continually looking to refine and improve the quality of education it provides.
Pupils' progress is closely monitored and assessed. The school streams pupils according to ability and operates a setting system in some subjects in the senior part of the school. In addition, there is a scholarship set in the final year.At the Head's determination, able pupils may at any point be moved up by a year for their academic work and these pupils will be directed towards scholarship entrance papers.
The Gifted and Talented programme monitors exceptional ability throughout the school. Talented pupils are invited to join the Quest Club and Debating Society both of which are designed to add challenge and enrichment to the curriculum.