We want our pupils to be first-rate versions of themselves, not second-rate versions of someone else. This is at the core of our school ethos and so we place great emphasis on mutual respect and acceptance.
Young people thrive when they are happy. Life at the College is defined by everyone feeling valued for who they uniquely are.
There is a rich vein of kindness and inclusivity running through the school.”
A culture of kindness
Along with achieving some of the best academic results in the country, our pupils leave the College as well-rounded and confident young adults. Our pastoral system, overseen by a dedicated Deputy Head, ensures that everyone feels supported in academic and personal matters.
All pupils are assigned to a House, each of which has a Housemaster or Housemistress. Each House has a common room for relaxing, and a team of tutors who act as day-to-day points of contact.
There are no social hierarchies in Houses: all forms mix together, and older pupils are actively involved in mentoring younger pupils. Each term is full of inter-house competitions - including chess, poker, volleyball, and the incredibly popular annual House Song competition.
New pupils joining the Lower Third are given a mentor from the Upper Third. This relationship is often cited by our pupils as one of their most memorable experiences.
Kindness is at the core of the school.”
— Independent Schools Inspectorate 2021Inspection reports
Health and well-being
Well-being is at the centre of our school culture. We have weekly classes on mindfulness, and complement these with a range of initiatives. These include meditation workshops, yoga classes, and the Brighton Five-A-Day programme to encourage a pro-active approach to health.
We also have an on-site Health Centre. This is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and caters for all members of the school community.
Preparing for life
Being a twenty-first century teenager is not always easy. Our Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) provision equips pupils with both knowledge and skills to be confident in making good decisions, regardless of what others may expect.
Our pupils play an active role in deciding on themes and topics which they feel are important to cover in PSHEE and their feedback is vital in reviewing and improving the sessions provided.”
— Michael Sloan (Deputy Headmaster: Pupils)
Teenage years are transformative for every child. This time of life can also be confusing and complicated. We are here to support not only our pupils and staff, but our parents too.
Our pastoral team holds regular seminars for parents throughout the term. They speak about topics ranging from teenagers and social media, to how to help your child get the most from their revision. Details about these seminars are provided each term.
Our beautiful nineteenth-century chapel is both metaphorically and physically at the heart of the College. We welcome pupils of all faiths and none, with the principles of kindness and tolerance underpinning all that we do. We encourage an open and inquisitive approach to spirituality, and believe that moments of quiet reflection should be available to all.