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Bryanston School

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Established  1928
Phone  +44 1258 452411
Staff  118
Name  Bryanston School
Head  Sarah Thomas

DfE URN  113910 Tables
Founded  1928
Religion  Church of England
Founder  J. G. Jeffreys
Gender  Mixed-sex education
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Motto  Et nova et vetera(Both the new and the old)
Type  Public SchoolIndependent school
Location  BryanstonBlandford ForumDorsetDT11 0PXEnglandCoordinates: 50°51′58″N 2°11′10″W / 50.866°N 2.186°W / 50.866; -2.186
Role  Independent school in Blandford Forum, England
Address  Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0PX, United Kingdom
Similar  Clayes Pre-Prep & Nursery, Milton Abbey School, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury School, Port Regis School

Bryanston school

Bryanston School is a co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils, located next to the village of Bryanston, and near the town of Blandford Forum, in Dorset in South West England. It was founded in 1928. It occupies a palatial country house designed and built in 1889–94 by Richard Norman Shaw, the champion of a renewed academic tradition, for Viscount Portman, the owner of large tracts in the West End of London, in the early version of neo-Georgian style that Sir Edwin Lutyens called "Wrenaissance", to replace an earlier house, and is set in 400 acres (1.6 km2).


Bryanston is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and the Eton Group. It has a reputation as a liberal and artistic school using some ideas of the Dalton Plan.

Bryanston from the Sky


The school opened on 24 January 1928 with 23 pupils and seven members of staff. In 2004, the school had around 650 pupils and 80 teachers.

During the mid-1930s, Bryanston School was the location of Anglo-German youth camps where the Hitler Youth and Boy Scouts tried to develop links.

In 2005 the school was one of fifty of the country's leading independent schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel.

In 2014 the school opened a new music building, the Tom Wheare Music School, designed by Hopkins Architects and named after a headteacher of Bryanston. The 300-seat concert hall was named after conductor Sir Mark Elder, who had been a pupil at the school. The interior of the building won a 2015 Wood Award.


The school has many facilities at the disposal of its pupils, including:

  • Over 400 acres (1.6 km2) of grounds
  • A 25-metre indoor heated pool
  • 4 indoor squash courts
  • 3 indoor eton fives courts
  • 1 Free weights room
  • Gym (Rowing machines, treadmills, cross-trainers, exercise bikes, benches, multi gyms)
  • 2 sport halls (1 wooden gymnasium)
  • A cafe
  • Up to 50 tennis courts ( 37 permanent: 10 grass, 12 carpet, 15 hard)
  • 2 AstroTurf pitches
  • Medical centre, with over 20 beds
  • 600 seat theatre (Coade Hall, named after Thorold Coade)
  • 3 tier science centre with 1 tier for each of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Cafeteria
  • A darkroom
  • 2 tier technology centre (upstairs ICT and Design & Technology downstairs)
  • Tom Wheare Music School, hosting approximately 600 individual music lessons, a senior orchestra, string chamber orchestra, junior wind band, concert band, six choirs, choral society, brass trio, wind, string and vocal ensembles, many different chamber groups, jazz bands and rock bands.
  • Outdoor Greek Theatre
  • St Martin's Church in the grounds of the school
  • St Anthony's Chapel in the heart of the main house
  • Houses

  • Allan (Girls)
  • Beechwood (Junior Boys)
  • Cranborne (Junior Boys)
  • Connaught (Senior Boys)
  • Dorset (Senior Boys)
  • Greenleaves (Girls)
  • Harthan (Girls)
  • Hunter (Girls)
  • Portman (Senior Boys)
  • Purbeck (Girls)
  • Salisbury (Senior Boys)
  • Shaftesbury (Senior Boys)
  • Heads of Bryanston

  • J. G. Jeffreys (1928–32)
  • Thorold Coade (1932–59)
  • Robson Fisher (1959–74)
  • Rev. David Jones (1974–82)
  • Bob Allan (acting head, 1982–83)
  • Tom Wheare (1983–2005)
  • Sarah Thomas (2005–present) — first female head of Bryanston.
  • Old Bryanstonians

    Alumni of the school are known as Old Bryanstonians; there is an alumni organisation called the Bryanston Society. "The Society exists to further the cause of Bryanston in the broadest possible sense. It aims to bring together the whole Bryanston family through social and sporting events."

    Other information

  • The school estate has Europe's tallest London Plane tree (160 ft).
  • Each year, the JACT Ancient Greek Summer School is held at Bryanston; the school has played host to many of the United Kingdom's classicists, both as teachers and pupils.
  • The school hosts the annual Dorset Opera Festival, which combines amateur and professional performers. Operas are staged at the conclusion of a two-week summer school.
  • References

    Bryanston School Wikipedia