Highfield and Brookham Schools are charming country prep and pre prep boarding and day schools set in sumptuous 175 acre grounds on the Hampshire/Surrey/Sussex border. Less than an hour outside of London, there are acres of playing fields and woodlands to explore and build camps in, and trees to climb. It is a place where children really can still be children.
Highfield and Brookham enjoy outstanding academic success. The recent ISI Report in January 2011 noted that “The level of pupils' attainment indicates that they make exceptional progress in relation to pupils of similar ability”. The schools are forward thinking, teaching traditional subjects creatively and using their beautiful environment as much as possible to enhance learning. The Good Schools Guide verdict is ‘All in all one of the most innovative boarding and day preps we have visited’.
The facilities are enviable, including extensive sports pitches, together with a new indoor swimming pool, music school and art school. Yet alongside all the new technology and smart equipment, sits a traditional wood panelled dining room, where the school meet for meals served at tables where manners matter, ‘tradition with a twist’ as the Good Schools Guide puts it.
One of the great features of Highfield is the supportive, collaborative process it provides to parents helping them identify the right senior school for their child. Highfield feeds the top education establishments in the country and surrounding counties; Eton, Winchester, Welling ton, Marlborough, The Royal Grammar School, Wycombe Abbey and Guildford High School, to name but a few. They take great pride in their flawless track record of securing every child’s place at their first choice senior school on the strength of their Common Entrance results, not to mention their excellent Scholarship results.
Above all, with the balanced mix of girls and boys, boarding and day, Highfield and Brookham allow parents to keep their options open. Whether they eventually choose day or boarding schools, co-ed or single sex, at either 11+ or 13+, the schools provide the relevant experience for their child. The beautiful grounds, full of opportunities for fun and adventure, the fine academic tradition, the first rate teaching and distinguished record of Scholarship success creates happy, well-rounded pupils who join their senior schools self-confident, self-reliant and exceptionally well prepared.
“The combination of staggeringly beautiful grounds with very good Common Entrance results has caused numbers to soar.” Tatler Schools Guide 2011