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Bradfield College

Bradfield, Reading, RG7 6AU

Bradfield College was founded in 1850, and is an independent, co-educational school for day and boarding students, situated in West Berkshire. The College’s ethos is to provide an ‘Education for Life’, aiming to develop in its students 6 attributes in...

Phone: 01189644500

Website: www.bradfieldcollege.org.uk

Head: Dr C Stevens

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01189644516

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Bradfield College was founded in 1850, and is an independent, co-educational school for day and boarding students, situated in West Berkshire. The College’s ethos is to provide an ‘Education for Life’, aiming to develop in its students 6 attributes in particular: confidence, open-mindedness, resilience, inquiry, communication and innovation. 

The School is within a ten-minute radius to Reading, allowing the boarders to visit the town at weekends. The rural setting spreads the school buildings across a wide ranging campus in the village of Bradfield. Whilst the junior boarding houses and Science Centre are more contemporary, the rest of Bradfield College maintains a traditional aesthetic, with stone corridors and wooden floors enhancing the historic feel. The dining room in particular boasts a Gothic aesthetic, with pointed arches, wooden benches and stained glass windows.

There are twelve boarding houses at Bradfield College. First-year pupils (Year 9) enter into Faulkner House for a year, then move into one of eleven senior Houses at the College for the remaining 4 years at the College, comprising four girls’ houses, and seven boys’ houses. Boarding is fairly traditional, with kitchenettes, shared bathrooms and shared communal spaces for games and relaxation.

The co-curricular activities include Music, Drama, CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, Service (in which students volunteer and assist in the community), and ‘Activities & Societies’ comprising various clubs, societies and activities from Croquet to Concert Band. Sports is a core element of Bradfield College, and one in which participation is very important. There are over 30 physical activities on offer, with the main boys’ sports of football, hockey, cricket, tennis and athletics, and for girls: hockey, netball, lacrosse, tennis and athletics. Facilities include a 9-hole golf course, 10 football pitches, 11 tennis courts (3 indoor, 2 outdoor hard, and 6 outdoor clay) and a 25m indoor swimming pool – to name but a few.

Bradfield College believes in the future of technology, and the advantages this can grant to a three-dimensional education. The College provides a Careers Department, called ‘Bradfield Horizons’, in order to maintain support for each pupil for whichever path they take after leaving Bradfield. Popular university destinations include Bristol, Edinburgh and Nottingham, and many students choose to study overseas, as the College offers both A-Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) qualifications.

Sector: Independent

Type: Senior School, Sixth Form

Day/Boarding: Boarding Only

Setting: Countryside

Total Pupils: 808

Ages Covered: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Gender: Co-ed

Religious Ethos: Church of England

Opening Date: 1/1/1912

Sibling Policy: Yes

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Selection: Not Academically Selective

Curriculum:

  • British
  • International Baccalaureate DP