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Last update: 17 April 2021






When considering Boarding for your child it is important to ask as many questions as possible. We recognise that moving to boarding is a big decision for a family to make and may be a significant change from prep school life. Please contact us to discuss your family's requirements. Call the School Office on 01483 276377 or email [email protected]

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Year 11 pupils maintained last year’s record GCSE results, with 26% of all grades a 9, and 55% of all grades being 9/8. In addition, 68% of all grades were 9-7 (equivalent to A*-A) and 99% of students gained 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 grade.

The overall pass rate was 97%, with 50% of pupils achieving 8 or more A*-A (or equivalent). A quarter of the cohort achieved 10 or more A*-A (or equivalent). Grades in some subjects were exceptional, with more than 80% of pupils achieving 9-7 (equivalent to A*/A).

This year is the first which sees the new grading system adopted across almost all subjects. The change from letters to numbers, with more options for the grades, was designed to coincide with the upgrading of GCSEs to make them more rigorous. Although the two marks schema cannot really be compared directly, there are now three number grades corresponding to A*-A, 9,8 and 7, designed to give more differentiation at the top end.

"We are delighted with these results, particularly given that staff and pupils have been working towards significant changes to the exams and the grading schema. We’d like to offer congratulations to all of our Year 11 pupils and to the Common Room who have worked so hard to help them achieve their goals." - Mr David Boggitt, Deputy Head Academic.

A Level Success 

Students achieved an excellent set of A Level results this year, with 80 per cent of grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.

Sixth Formers experienced major changes to A Levels in England, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout their courses. Yet they scooped 44 per cent of A Level passes in the A*/A category and 80 per cent at A*-B.

"We have been working with some of the most significant reforms in decades, so we’re all delighted with these results, which show just how hard our students and staff have worked. The vast majority of our leaving Sixth Formers have achieved the grades they needed for further studies and we wish them all continued success in the next stage of their academic careers." - Mr David Boggitt, Deputy Head Academic

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 April 2021
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 April 2021


From September 2020, Mr Paul Dwyer will take over as Head of Redmaids' High Senior School, following on from Isabel Tobias who was its Headmistress for 19 years.

Mr Dwyer, who joins the Bristol-based girls' school from his previous Deputy Head post at North London Collegiate School, completed both his undergraduate degree in History and his PGCE at Oxford.

He has strong experience in girls’ education, having previously been the Director of Sixth Form at Putney High School.

As well as his expertise in teaching, Mr Dwyer is known for encouraging teachers across the globe to challenge themselves. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on education, hosts a podcast designed to help teachers reflect on their practice and was President and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Groups of Redmaids' High students were able to meet the candidates during the recruitment process. The nine girls who met Mr Dwyer, a married father with a two-year-old daughter, recalled that he was highly approachable and personable, adding that he recognised the high importance we place on tradition, and shared their desire for more sustainable practices within school to address climate change.

“I’m honoured to have been selected as the next Head of Redmaids’ High School,” says Mr Dwyer. “It is a vibrant and modern school, steeped in history with an excellent academic record and I’m looking forward to joining the RHS community.

“The founding aims of the School, with its provision of bursaries and scholarships to ambitious and able students, resonate strongly with me. I was the first of my family to attend university and did so thanks to the Sutton Trust – an organisation that identifies potential in children from non-traditional backgrounds.

“I know first-hand the benefit that a strong and supportive educational environment can have and can see that Redmaids’ High has this same life-changing impact on young women in Bristol."

Bristol Grammar School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 April 2021


Bristol Grammar School holds regular open mornings, when you can tour the School in the company of current students and chat to staff over refreshments. 

There are also individual tours on offer when you can see the School on a normal working day and find out more about life at BGS. 

Details of upcoming dates and how to book are available on the BGS website. 


Our next Whole School Open Morning is on Wednesday 16 March, from 10.00am–12 noon. Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.

Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend on the BGS website <<>>. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.

If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to BGS. 

Last update: 12 April 2021




At The Hampshire School, we are committed to delivering an education with everything your child needs to become an exceptional adult.

We recommend all parents to visit the school on one of our tours.

Entry to the school is subject to an informal interview with the Headmaster. Children will also be invited in for a play-date (pre-prep children) or taster day (prep children) with short assessments in Mathematics and English included.

Previous school reports are also required.

Please visit our Admissions page for more information or you are warmly welcome to call us directly on 020 7352 7077.

To register your interest, please click on the link below. For further information please contact the school's Admissions Office on:

Tel: 020 7352 7077
Email: [email protected] 




We pride ourselves on supporting individual progress with each pupil achieving their personalised goals and encourage all pupils to develop their sporting, artistic and creative talents. The Hampshire School is a very special place in which to work, learn and develop the skills needed to lead happy and fulfilling lives.

Dr Pamela Edmonds

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 10 April 2021



Pupils at Hydesville Tower School in Walsall joined over 45,000 children and young people around on Friday 27th September 2019 to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education.

Hydesville collapsed the curriculum for the entire day to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the group of 74 schools of which Hydesville Tower School is a member. 

With children ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old, the challenge at Hydesville Tower School was to create a meaningful series of events that would have value immediately but also for the months and years to come. Big favourites included the Animal Café, with time to pet and look after a range of animals; Zumba and kickboxing to get the pulse raising; meditation and yoga to help promote calm and mindfulness; and lots and lots of smiles.

Warren Honey, Headmaster at Hydesville Tower School, said: “this was a wonderful opportunity for the Hydesville community to come together and put mental health in the spotlight. As a school, we value the person and their emotional wellbeing, so planning these events felt a natural opportunity to prepare our children for the various challenges of life.

“The School’s Mental Health Champion Aimee Kingston was instrumental in designing elements of the day, and all the staff were involved at various stages to promote the initiative.”

Global Be Well Day emanated from conversations between the global leaders last October, and a commitment to action in all the Cognita schools. Resources from world experts in sleep and nutrition, alongside the shared ideas for activities have helped this initiative reach over 45,000 students, 7,000 staff and countless parents and families.




"New experiences enrich children’s lives and help them decide where their interests and passions lie."

For one lesson a week the timetable is collapsed and given over to pupil enrichment. The programme draws on the interests and talents of our teachers and is a chance for pupils to enjoy pastimes that are beyond the confines of the examination curriculum. The activities are carefully planned to ensure there is something to appeal to all pupils.



Hydesville Tower School Nursery has announced that it has received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid. With its robust processes and documentation, the nursery staff strive to keep children safe by minimising risks and accidents and giving parents that greater reassurance.


Hydesville Tower School Nursery has been awarded Millie’s Mark by National Day Nurseries Association in collaboration with Department for Education and Millie’s Trust. 


Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who tragically died as a result of choking in a nursery in 2012. Her parents Dan and Joanne Thompson have campaigned for all staff to have paediatric first aid training and having Millie’s Mark demonstrates that nurseries have met this. In addition, it shows they work hard to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of employees’ minds, so they are competent and can apply paediatric first aid in any situation.  

Sam Smith, Nursery Manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark.  This is a special achievement and shows how serious we are about ensuring children are safe when they are in our care. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us during this process and we are all very much looking forward to celebrating our success.”


Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) adds: “Achieving Millie’s Mark is a great achievement for the nursery, it shows that all staff are fully trained in paediatric first aid and that they have reflected on their current practice to improve competence and confidence. Becoming a Millie’s Mark’s nursery is a clear indicator for parents that this nursery has met the highest standards and gives them the reassurance that their children are safe’.





Pupils from Hydesville Tower School in Walsall are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, with 94% of all papers taken achieving a “good pass” or better at Grade 5+.  

Most impressively, 52% of exam grades at Hydesville were awarded at Grade 7 or above with almost half the cohort securing 5 or more GCSEs at Grades 7-9 – the previous A grade equivalent. Almost a third of all exams were awarded Grades 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance.  

Success this year has been even more poignant for pupils due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ‘no exam’ declaration has meant pupils who were due to sit GCSE exams this summer have received a centre-assessed grade in line with government directions.

Headmaster, Mr Honey, explains: “Although the last few days have been tumultuous for all concerned in education, we must not lose sight that these GCSE grades are a fitting reward for the efforts of the pupils prior to lockdown. It was not their choice that this occurred, and many were disappointed not to have the chance to demonstrate their full potential. We are delighted to celebrate with them today, even whilst being aware of safety requirements, and know that they are ready for the next stage of their education journey.”

The global lockdown didn’t stop Hydesville pupils excelling and results in specific subject areas this year were exceptional.  In the three separate sciences, 85% of grades were 7 or above. In Business Studies, a third of the cohort attained grade 9, and there was high levels of success in Maths, Religious Studies, History, Drama and Spanish, where the majority of pupils secured grade 7 or above.

All of the Year 11 cohort at Hydesville are to be congratulated for a superb set of results.  In particular, Rory, Shah, Landon, Rachna and Abdullah each collected seven or more of the highest grades – 8s and 9s.  

Miss Lauren Jenkins, Head of Senior School, remarked: “It is wonderful to congratulate the class of 2020 for their outstanding achievements. Their tenacity and resilience in dealing with the situation says a great deal for the character that is developed through Hydesville. We have been proud to see how this year group has grown in confidence, maturity and stature as the years have passed, and wish them well for the next steps.” 

Hydesville Tower School, situated on Broadway North in Walsall, is proudly non-selective and is fully committed to helping pupils achieve the very best results possible. 

Mr Warren Honey, Headmaster, added: “It is a pleasure to celebrate with our staff and pupils who have worked so hard to achieve these results. My congratulations go to all of our GCSE pupils and I wish them every success as they take their next steps into post-16 education and beyond. These results provide a clear indication that the personalised approach taken at Hydesville gives every child the opportunity to flourish and fulfil their potential.” 


Primary & Secondary
Last update: 10 April 2021

Abbotsholme is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2-18years.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 07 April 2021


Thursday 11th February 

Thursday 29th April

Saturday 19th June

All Open Mornings begin at 10am. Tour our campus, meet Mrs Joanna Wright, Head, staff and speak to the pupils.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 03 April 2021
Farlington School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 23 March 2021



Our Open Days are the perfect opportunity to find out all about what Farlington School could offer your child, including our recent move to co-education and our excellent Virtual School.


What to expect from our Virtual Open Events

- The Headmistress’s welcome live online

- Guided virtual tour of the school

- An overview of Farlington School through introductions to key staff

- Hear from a few of our students and parents

- Live Q&A session - type your questions for a response from the Head

- Chat to our friendly staff in Google breakout rooms for The Prep School, The Senior School (subject classrooms) and The Boarding Houses

Click on the link below to check the date our next Virtual Open Event 

Places are limited, so please click below to register today.

If you have any questions before the event, please contact our Head of Admissions, Louise Mursell, on 01403 282573, or by email at [email protected], and she will be delighted to help.






Farlington School offers its pupils an exemplary remote learning experience that is set up to ensure daily face-to-face contact and a structured day for its students, who have continued to follow their normal timetable throughout each lockdown.

In March last year, when the UK entered its first lockdown, Farlington quickly launched Farlington’s Virtual School. From age seven upwards, Farlington pupils already work with Chromebook laptops as standard, both in and out of school, so with schools closed, teachers are able to deliver whole class lessons face-to-face, following the students’ normal timetables. A full school day of lessons, including all subjects from English, Maths and Science, to Modern Languages, PE and Drama - and even live cooking lessons - means that parents can get on with their own work, without worrying about their child’s learning or progress. Farlington’s Virtual School was extremely well received by pupils and parents alike, and when the latest lockdown was announced in early January this year, the whole Farlington community transitioned seamlessly back into remote learning.

Parents have endlessly praised Farlington’s Virtual School, with one saying, “The structure and timetable of lessons has been consistent and comprehensive. Apart from the loss of actual physical interaction between pupils, I don't think there has been any meaningful drop in the level or quality of education received via remote learning, which is quite a remarkable achievement by Farlington staff.”

The effect of school closures on children’s mental health has been widely discussed in the media, but the daily face-to-face interaction provided by Farlington’s Virtual School, together with having a well-defined structure to each day, has made a huge difference to students’ wellbeing, counteracting the sense of isolation that would otherwise inevitably occur during such a difficult time. 




Farlington School has been awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) by the Geographical Association, in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in Geography.

A prestigious award that recognises and promotes quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development, and learning and teaching in schools, the Secondary Geography Quality Mark is recognised nationally and internationally, and is valid for three years.

Farlington is one of just 24 schools globally to receive this award in 2020. The selection process is a rigorous one, and schools are assessed on a number of challenging criteria, including quality of geographical education; how this education shapes behaviour, attitudes and values; how it supports students’ personal development; and how geography education is led and managed within the school. The department is required to provide evidence to demonstrate excellence across all these areas.

'I am absolutely thrilled to have successfully led the Geography Department through the Secondary Geography Quality Mark,’ says Nicky Edgar, Head of Geography at Farlington School. ‘To be awarded the prestigious mark of quality for excellence in geographical teaching and learning is testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the Geography Department at Farlington School over the past 18 months.'

Varsha, an A-Level Geography student at Farlington, says, 'Geography is a subject that I find inspiring and intriguing, due to the complex interrelationship between people and the physical environment. What attracted me to studying Geography at Farlington was the enthusiasm shown by the teachers when I attended the Open Days. I believe the best teachers are those who have a real passion for the subject they teach, and I felt that was clearly evident with Mrs Edgar and Mr Smith.'

Indeed, in awarding this prestigious accolade, Alan Parkinson from the National Moderation Team for the Geographical Association said, 'The evidence showed a department that is always looking for opportunities to develop further, even though it is one with a great deal of prior teaching experience.'

St Joseph's College
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 22 March 2021



Andrew Colpus, Headmaster, recently answered this question on the St Joseph's College Blog.

"Choosing a school for your child, whether primary or secondary, can be a minefield. Considering factors such as academic results, wider social and moral education, ethics, school reputation, class sizes, peers, facilities – the list is endless and mind boggling.

However, it can be argued that the most important thing is the environment that your child will be in. This is the heart of a school, the hub from which all other aspects radiate. Faith schools undoubtedly have a strong basis for this environment, an ethos that stems from the religious establishment. Read the full story here >>



Primary & Secondary
Last update: 22 March 2021


Whole School Virtual Open Day on 8 May 2021 9.30-12.30.

Should you wish to book, please register for the event HERE. 

Should you wish to book a tour, please email: [email protected] or call 01423 33 33 33.

In the meantime you can request a printed prospectus or view them online here.



Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is proud to announce that this year nine student have received offers for Oxford and Cambridge Universities. This is our highest ever numbre of offers. We are very proud of all nine students who have successfully navigated a rigorous and challenging application process to gain offers across a range of subjects.

The focus and drive required to succeed, especially in the challenging conditions of the last year, by these students is very impressive. Since September, they have studied hard to gain the highest scores in admissions tests whilst remaining focused on their challenging schoolwork, and were then faced with the experience of online university interviews, given their inability to visit Oxford or Cambridge in person.

Kevin Oldershaw, Head of Queen Ethelburga’s College, said “We are incredibly pleased for each of them, as we are for all of our students when they receive offers and go onto take up places at their chosen universities. This success is testament to their academic abilities and the comprehensive programme of support on offer. The combination of our experienced subject teachers and Sixth Form tutor team, alongside the dedicated Careers Department, means that students are helped to identify their strengths and interests, inspired and encouraged to follow their ambitions, and then supported to achieve them.

Students with high aspirations, aiming for the top universities, can also take advantage of QE-appointed admissions consultants, gaining access to additional online and in-person tuition from subject-specific Cambridge and Oxford tutors. This also helps with admission test preparation and small-group meetings to really stretch and challenge the most able.





During these challenging and unprecedented times, while students and staff are missing the PE lessons, coaching and training on site at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, Head of Sport Rob Rawlinson and Performance Football Coach Tom Newey have been seeking out virtual opportunities to inspire QE’s sporting students. 

Virtual presentations and interactive sessions on Microsoft Teams from a series of sporting stars are taking place, to offer students a direct insight into their journey to success, and the routes they have taken to get where they are today.  

To date, QE’s football students have heard from Paul Warne, Rotherham United Football Club Manager, who discussed his journey to sporting success, and spoke about honesty, humility and how to recover from adversity to keep pushing forwards. He also stressed with the students how it is important a solid academic foundation is to their future. Former RFU Head Coach and current Leinster Rugby Coach Stuart Lancaster openly shared his thoughts on team culture and leadership styles that enable success and England Rugby U20s Head Coach Alan Dickens presented an interactive and informative discussion about the pathway to the England Team.  

Further sessions are planned and are set to include Lee Blackett, Wasps Rugby Head CoachEngland and Wasps Netball player Fran WilliamsStuart Hooper, Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby; and Joe Thompson, an ex-professional footballer who beat cancer twice and scored the winning goal in his comeback game. Joe is taking part in a chat about resilience for an assembly for QE’s Faculty students. 

Feedback about the sessions has been overwhelmingly positive, with one parent commenting ‘What a fantastic job the sports department is doing with remote learning, in particular Mr Rawlinson who arranged a Teams meeting with Stuart Lancaster tonight. Both my children were invited to attend. The meeting was both informative and inspiring and I just wanted to say what an amazing opportunity for young children to be able to partake in such an experience. Credit should be given to all those who are making such an effort during these difficult times.’ 

Rob Rawlinson, Head of Sport at QE, said ‘These sessions have been a great insight for the students at a time when they are unable to take part in their sporting sessions in person. It also presents a good opportunity for them to ask probing questions and use this time positively to think about the future of their own sporting journeys.’ 

Last update: 20 March 2021

Our upcoming Open Events are as follows but please check the link below for the latest information.


Kingswood Prep School

12 June - KPS Summer Virtual Event

21 September - Prep School Open Morning, 10am – 12.00pm


Senior School

19 June - KS Summer Virtual Event, Years 7 & 8. Virtual Event and offering timed tours throughout the morning.

23 September - Sixth Form Evening, 6.30pm – 9.00pm

25 September - Senior School Open Day, 9.00am – 12.00pm



The event will provide prospective pupils and their families with the opportunity to see what life is like at Kingswood School as well as the chance to speak to key members of staff, including the new Headmaster, Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown.

Come and find out what makes Kingswood so special - a warm welcome awaits you and your family.

Please ensure you complete the event registration form via the link below to help us provide appropriate COVID-19 controls. We thank you for your interest in Kingswood and details of the events will be made available nearer to the dates.


Personal Visits 

We are unable to offer personal visits at this time, but we can share with you some virtual tours of our facilities and the enviable space we have here at Kingswood. You can also meet some of our pupils and staff by watching our Kingswood Stories films. 

Please do contact our admissions teams for information on when we may be able to offer a personal visit.

Please email Senara Derrick via [email protected] or click on the link below. 



‘The Garden At Kingswood’ opened in September 2018 and is open for 50 weeks of the year welcoming children from 9 months.  The Pre-School will give our younger children a space to make the most of their first steps in a school-based environment which will aim to stimulate these young minds at a stage when they are so open to learning new skills. Our children will have access to Science, ICT, PE, Music, languages, yoga, swimming and outdoor education.

Come and explore all of what Kingswood has to offer your child.





• 90% of our Sixth Form students gain entry to their preferred choice of University

• 11% of the School Roll is made up of students from overseas

• The average class size for pupils in Years 7-11 is 18

• The average Sixth Form class size is 10 pupils per class

• We fully support and guide students with their University applications and work experience, including one-to-one tutorials on writing their Personal Statements

• Activity programmes provide important foundations for the development of character and personality in young people. The value and benefit of these experiences cannot be achieved by classroom teaching alone

• The City of Bath not only offers a culturally rich and stimulating experience; it is also a very safe and secure environment for international pupils to live in. isit the Kingswood website




Kingswood School has announced that the Governing Body have appointed Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown to succeed Simon Morris as Principal of the Kingswood Foundation and Head of the Senior School from September 2020.

Andrew Gordon-Brown is currently Head of Truro School, which is a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust and therefore shares the ethos and values which are central to the success of Kingswood.  Educated at Hyde Park High School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Andrew was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town before joining Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.  He rowed for South Africa in the 1992 Olympics and then studied at Oxford University, gaining a Diploma in Social Studies and a MSc in Agricultural Economics as well as a rowing Blue.  He rejoined Deloittes for a period before moving to the UK, spending six years working in the City, before switching careers to teaching. 

Married with three children, Andrew is both a sportsman and a music lover. He is a founding trustee of a charity which provides teachers who deliver much of the music in the state education sector in Cornwall.

Kingswood Preparatory School
Last update: 20 March 2021


Our upcoming Open Events are as follows but please check the link below for the latest information.


Kingswood Prep School

12 June - KPS Summer Virtual Event

21 September - Prep School Open Morning, 10am – 12.00pm


Senior School

19 June - KS Summer Virtual Event, Years 7 & 8. Virtual Event and offering timed tours throughout the morning.

23 September - Sixth Form Evening, 6.30pm – 9.00pm

25 September - Senior School Open Day, 9.00am – 12.00pm



The event will provide prospective pupils and their families with the opportunity to see what life is like at Kingswood School as well as the chance to speak to key members of staff, including the new Headmaster, Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown.

Come and find out what makes Kingswood so special - a warm welcome awaits you and your family.

Please ensure you complete the event registration form via the link below to help us provide appropriate COVID-19 controls. We thank you for your interest in Kingswood and details of the events will be made available nearer to the dates.


Personal Visits 

We are unable to offer personal visits at this time, but we can share with you some virtual tours of our facilities and the enviable space we have here at Kingswood. You can also meet some of our pupils and staff by watching our Kingswood Stories films. 

Please do contact our admissions teams for information on when we may be able to offer a personal visit.

Please email Senara Derrick via [email protected] or click on the link below. 

Last update: 19 March 2021

We invite all children wishing to join Brackenfield to spend a day at the school. This allows them to meet some current pupils and to experience life at Brackenfield for themselves. These Taster Days also enable staff to become acquainted with pupils prior to admission to the school.


Every day is an Open Day at Brackenfield! We are always very happy to provide individual tours of the school. These can be arranged at a time to suit the visitor and the Headteacher usually conducts the tour, socially distanced, of course. 

For those that prefer, we hold Open Mornings at regular intervals during the academic year. These provide an opportunity for prospective families to visit the School to meet the staff and pupils, and to view the facilities and grounds. 


The Governors of Brackenfield School in Harrogate are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Joe Masterson as Headteacher from August 2020.


Joe is joining Brackenfield from his role as Head of Primary at A’Soud Global School in Oman, a large British international school with over 800 pupils. Joe’s previous roles include Deputy Head of Primary at St. George’s British International School in Rome and Head of Achievement and Progress at the British School in the Netherlands, a leading international school with over 2000 pupils. In addition to his extensive leadership roles at some of the world’s top British International Schools, Joe is a member of the peer accreditation team of COBIS (the Council of British International Schools), and has supported schools through Ofsted, ISI and COBIS.


Joe is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys endurance events and walking in the mountains, as well as spending time with his family. Joe is an avid follower and reader of educational research and evidence-based practice. He is a strong advocate of continuous professional learning for staff through literature, webinars, the ResearchEd movement, the Chartered College and various social media streams. Joe’s three children will be joining Brackenfield School so it will truly be a family affair.


John Forsyth, Chairman of Brackenfield School, said ‘we are delighted with the appointment of Joe into such a wonderful school. We know that he will bring the ideal combination of passion, energy, warmth and professionalism to the role, and are looking forward to working closely with him in further developing Brackenfield as the best Prep School in Harrogate.’


Brackenfield is a small, independent school with a friendly, family feel for pupils aged 2 to 11. The school is idyllically located in the Duchy conservation area of Harrogate.  

Brackenfield offers:

Brackenfield is unique in Harrogate in that it is not directly associated with any senior school and pupils leaving Year 6 move on to a mix of independent and state secondary schools.  Selecting the right school for your child is a very big decision, particularly when making that choice at birth.  We look at each child’s unique strengths, abilities and learning style to advise you on next steps, whether this be in independent or state education.


Mumbler Love Local Awards

We are delighted to announce that Brackenfield School were the 2020 winners of the Harrogate Mumbler Love Local awards! During such a difficult time with Covid 19, we really appreciated all of the positive comments and kind recognition. The school was nominated for two awards and this is testament to all the hard work from the staff at Brackenfield. We wanted to share some of the comments with you: