Brentwood School (England)

Infobox Secondary school
name = Brentwood School
logo =
motto = "Incipe"
"to begin/start"
type = Public School
city = Brentwood
state = Essex
country = England
established = 1557
founder = Sir Anthony Browne
head_label = Headmaster
head = Ian Davies
faculty = 114 full time, 23 part time
students = 1,121
grades = Reception - Sixth Form
website = []

Brentwood School is a public school in Brentwood, Essex, England. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and of the Haileybury Group of independent schools.



Browne had sentenced Hunter when Justice of the Peace for the area under Queen Mary, and founded the school as penance for Hunter's martyrdom when Queen Elizabeth I came to the throne. An Elm grew on the spot of his incineration.

In the 1960s and early 70s the school was a Direct Grant school, until the abolition of the scheme in the mid 1970s

The FoBS (Friends of Brentwood School) was founded in 1982 to help raise funds within the school, mainly via large events and excursions for pupils.


The school is separated into three main sections: Senior School (ages 11 to 18), Preparatory School (ages 7 to 11) and Pre-Preparatory School (ages 3 to 7).

Originally the whole school was for boys, but in 1974 the Governors took the decision to allow a small number of girls to enter the Sixth form. The Girls School opened in 1986, admitting girls from ages 11 to 18, with the Preparatory School following suit in 1998.

The school has two mottos, "Virtue, Learning and Manners" and "Incipe", the latter being a Latin motto (roughly meaning "to begin" or "to start") added in the 19th century.

The school is considered in terms of Independent Schools' A-Level results to be third division [ Telegraph Independent Schools A-Level Results] ] (with there being five divisions of which Premier League is the highest).

In 2007 Brentwood School celebrated its 450th anniversary in St. Paul's Cathedral.


The School is notable for its sporting achievements, particularly in football and fencing. The school has consistently performed well as part of the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA), winning the national Boodle and Dunthorne ISFA cup in 2002. It has also been historically successful in the prestigious Public Schools Fencing Championships, winning the overall title 32 times since 1962, with the last team victory coming in 2006. The school has had students and teachers win medals for fencing at the World and Commonwealth Games. Additionally, Brentwood has produced national and international standard squash, cricket and netball players, among others. A number of improvements in sporting facilities have been made in recent years. These include a 25 metre indoor swimming pool and learner pool, a fitness suite, 4 additional glass-backed squash courts and an indoor rifle range. The school is set in 70 acres of grounds and has two playing fields, one situated directly on the school site and another, the Heseltines, adjacent to the school. These contain many football, rugby, cricket and hockey pitches, an all-weather pitch, tennis and netball courts and an athletics track and field as well as a woods used for cross-country runs.

Drama and Music

The school hosts various theatrical performances and shows. In one academic year the theatrical line up usually consists of a winter/spring play, a sixth form comedy charity show, a dance show alongside various other acts.

The school's musical performances match the popularity of the drama productions. Brentwood often hosts concerts such as the orchestral concerts and chamber concerts comprising of the school's big band, orchestra and choir.

There is also an exchange program in the school where those involved in the musical activities and perform. There are also exchange programs for the language students to go on.

enior School

Between the ages of 11 and 16 (up to GCSE level), boys and girls are taught separately. After this, in the Sixth Form, teaching is co-educational.

* Age range: 11 - 18
* Day pupils: 649 male, 399 female, (£15,144 annual fees)
* Full boarding: 46 male, 27 female, (£21,426 annual fees)
* Total Pupils: 695 male, 426 female
* Including 6th form/FE: 179 male, 116 female
* Staff numbers: 114 full time, 23 part time
* Method of entry: School exam.
* Professional affiliations: HMC, IAPS, ISC, AGBIS (formerly GBA and GBGSA)
* Religious affiliation: Church of England

Entrance in to the school at Year 7 is by an Entrance Examination, testing students' skills in Arithmetic, Writing and General Problem Solving, Verbal Reasoning. Scholarships can be offered to entrants based on five aspects:

* Academic Merit in the Entrance ExaminationTalent in:
* Music
* Sport
* Art
* Drama

Bursaries are also offered to entrants under special conditions.


There are five day houses named North Town, South Town, East Town, West Town and Weald, together with two boarding houses, Mill Hill for girls and Hough for boys; the latter two making up a sixth house, School house. Prior to the mid-1940s the school was entirely boarding, however, as Brentwood grew into the large commuter town that it is today, demand for day education increased and accordingly the number of boarding houses were reduced. It remains one of only a select few schools in the country in which boarding students have their own rooms rather than shared dormitories. The boarding house consists of mainly academic individuals from other countries, namely China, Russia and India, who must pass an internal exam to gain entrance.

Competitions in sport, music, drama, debating and various other activities are held on a regular basis between the houses. Each house has its own styled tie, for North the defining colour is yellow, for South it is red, East's is light blue, West's is dark blue, Weald is represented by burgundy and the male and female boarders of the school have separate ties of maroon with two bordering white stripes and green ties respectively.

Notable Old Brentwoods

*David Acfield (born 1947), cricketer
*Douglas Adams (1952–2001), author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
*Keith Allen (born 1953), comedian, actor, singer and writer (father of the singer Lily Allen)
*Peter Allen, BBC broadcaster and journalist, []
*Sir Hardy Amies (1909–2003), Couturier and Dressmaker by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen
*Peter Barker (born 1983), squash player and influential member of winning English team in European Team Championships 2006 [ [ Dunlop PSA World Rankings ] ]
*Charlie Bean (born 1953), Executive Director and Chief Economist of the Bank of England
*Guy Black (born 1964), former Press Secretary to Michael Howard, and Director of PCC
*Patrick Carter, Baron Carter of Coles (born 1946), politician and life peer
*Colonel Sir Neville Chamberlain (1856–1944), army officer, Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary and inventor of snooker
*Philip Arthur William Collins (1923-2007), Dickensian scholar and emeritus professor of English, Leicester University
*Roger Cowley (born 1939), professor of experimental philosophy at the University of Oxford
*Alan Cuell (born 1953), printing tycoon and founder of MC Print Services
*Ralph Dellor, (born 1952), cricket broadcaster and journalist
*Hugo Drayton, former Managing Director of The Daily Telegraph newspaper
*David Eldridge (born 1973), playwright
*Noel Edmonds (born 1948), disc jockey and broadcaster
*Dr Stephen Fleet (1936-2006), Master of Downing College, University of Cambridge
*Howard Flight (born 1948), politician
*Prof. Sir Roderick Floud, academic, Vice-President of the European Universities Association
*Fabian Hamilton (born 1955), politician
*Neil Harris (born 1977), footballer
*Keith Hopkins (1934-2004), Influential historian and sociologist, professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge
*David Irving (born 1938), controversial historical writer
*Chris Jarvis (born 1969), television presenter
*Paul Neil Milne Johnstone (1952–2004) poet and butt of Douglas Adams' jokes in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
*Nic Jones (born 1947), musician
*Frank Lampard (born 1978), footballer
*Andrew Lansley (born 1956), politician
*Sir Frank Lee (1903–1971), civil servant and Master of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
*Sir Ralph Murray, diplomat
*Jodie Marsh (born 1978), glamour model
*Robert Andrew Muter Macindoe Ogilvie (1853-1938), England international footballercite book | last= Betts |first=Graham| title=England: Player by player | publisher=Green Umbrella Publishing | year=2006|pages=p.181| isbn=1-905009-63-1]
*Hal Ozsan (born 1976), actor
*Griff Rhys Jones (born 1953), comedian and actor
*Stewart Robson (born 1964), footballer
*Sir John Rogers (1928), Air Marshall in the Royal Air Force
*Sir Robin Day (1923 - 2000)attended the school 1934 - 1938 [ [] Brentwood School Records]
*Vivian Rosewarne (1917-May 1940) reported in December [see] ), Wellington bomber pilot memorialised in the film 'An Airman's Letter to His Mother', 1941
*Sir Nick Scheele (born 1943), former President of the Ford Motor Company
*Sir Peter Stothard (born 1951), Former editor of "The Times"
*Jack Straw (born 1946), Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain since June 2007
*Charles Thomson (born 1953), founder of the Stuckists art movement


External links

* [ Official School Site]
* [ The Brentwood School Big Band]
* [ Society of Old Brentwoods]

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