Brighton College

Type of school: Co-Ed Senior school with a junior department or a prep school

Nearest international airport: Gatwick Airport

Age Range: 3-18

Number of pupils: 1000

Number of boarders: 325

Fees per term: Boarding: £10,430–£13,530
Day: £5,260–£7,600; Prep £4,900-£6,070; Pre-Prep £1,550-£4,180


AAGuide_Brighton_2Brighton College is one of England’s leading co-educational schools. The College regularly achieves the best A-level and GCSE results of any co-educational school in England whilst ensuring children enjoy a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities. Pupils are valued as unique individuals in an environment that is fun, stimulating and supportive. Brighton has a reputation for innovation, having introduced a Story of Our Land humanities course, an entrepreneurship programme, a ‘How to…’ life skills course, as well as compulsory Mandarin for all junior pupils. All sixth formers undertake a History and International Relations course, while a public speaking and presentation skills course forms part of the curriculum for younger pupils. Brighton was named ‘UK Independent School of the Year 2013/14’ at the Independent Schools Awards, and The Week described the College as ‘Britain’s most forward thinking school’ in 2016.

‘Outstanding’ boarding experience

Brighton College has a thriving boarding community. In 2013, an award-winning fifth boarding house opened, while the Simon Smith Building provides a wonderful social space for boarders. Full boarders enjoy weekend excursions and activities that take advantage of the College’s seaside location and proximity to London; alternatively, pupils can board from Monday to Friday. The pastoral framework is exceptional, and the stylish yet comfortable boarding houses provide a real home from home. In 2011, Brighton College merged with Handcross Park Prep Brigton CollegeSchool, giving applicants the opportunity to board between the ages of 11 and 13 before joining Brighton.

Academic excellence

Over the last three years, Brighton has achieved the best academic results of any co-educational school in England. Brighton is also the only Sussex school in the UK Top 100. In 2016, 97.1% of A-level grades were A* to B, and 91.1% of GCSE grades were A* or A. A record-breaking 39 pupils gained offers from Oxford and Cambridge in 2015/16. ThBrighton College Prefectse Independent Schools Inspectorate gave Brighton the highest possible grade across every single inspection category in 2015, with a rare ‘Exceptional’ for Achievement and Learning.

 Sport and the arts

Brighton has a national reputation for sporting excellence. Many pupils have gone on to play sport for their country, especially cricket, football, rugby and netball. Other sports at Brighton include hockey, tennis and volleyball. Several dramatic productions are staged annually, while the Dance School offers ballroom, street-dance, tap, ballet, modern and jazz. The new Music School, featuring a state-of-the-art recording studio and a stunning recital hall, opened in 2015

Britain’s most forward thinking school” – The Week, 2016