Boarding and International Visits
Our International Recruitment Manager, Brian Hays attends a variety of fairs and expos around the world to meet prospective families and students to discuss international boarding admission at Brentwood School.
If you are interested in meeting with Brian, he will be visiting:
- Milan - Keiron Education Offices on 2nd October 2023 from 5-6pm
- London - British Boarding Schools' Workshop, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow from 7th - 9th March 2024
To arrange a meeting with our International Recruitment Manager in Milan, please email Alessandra Mor: [email protected].
To arrange a meeting with our International Recruitment Manager in London, please email Brian Hays: [email protected].
Boarding at Brentwood School
We offer full and weekly boarding for 13 to 18-year-olds in comfortable houses where experienced husband and wife teams ensure the best possible care for all the boarders. The School benefits hugely from our boarders’ rich mixture of backgrounds - we are a truly international community.
Mill Hill and Hough House are our girls’ and boys’ boarding houses. They are set within Brentwood School’s site close to the town and only 23 minutes from central London. Both houses overlook our extensive playing fields, and the atmosphere is peaceful and friendly. The wellbeing of our boarders is paramount, so we make sure their home-from-home environment is maintained to provide comfort and security.
Our pastoral care is outstanding and the safety of our students is our highest priority, we have an excellent team in place to support each young person individually. The level of care in our boarding houses was highly praised in a recent independent boarding inspection assessing National Child Care standards. Please click here to view the full inspection report.
Academically, we believe in developing broad horizons, so keep a wide subject base for as long as possible. At Sixth Form level, we have virtually no restrictions on subject combinations. Alongside diverse and challenging A Level subjects, we offer the International Baccalaureate, which fosters internationalism as well as academic rigour. Brentwood School is a top 10 UK IB School and offer the Prep-IB pathway for high-achieving ambitious students.
Our boarders enhance the warmth and diversity of our School community, and they participate fully in all aspects of it. Boarders have access to the School’s sports facilities seven days a week as well as the opportunity to participate in inter-House competitions and other co-curricular activities. We offer an exceptional inclusive programme of co-curricular and enrichment activities with a wide and diverse selection of trips, societies and clubs available including our Tennis Academy, Equestrian Team, Chess Club, Fencing Club and Football Academy.
Our students can take part in competitive and recreational sports (we were ranked 17th in School Sport Magazine’s ‘Top 20 Sporting Schools), musical activities (we are a Steinway School and have a partnership with the Guildhall School of Music), drama groups and productions, public speaking and Model United Nations, STEAM and much more. There is something for everyone.
Housemasters and Housemistresses make sure there is also a wide range of activities on offer for boarders in the evenings and at weekends. In the past, boarders have enjoyed weekends in the Peak District, visits to Theme Parks and shows in London’s West End. Our Christmas celebrations include a shopping trip and a formal dinner. We also celebrate the Chinese New Year, a lively occasion attended by boarders and staff.
Weekly boarding is an option that offers great flexibility to students who wish to board during the week and return home at weekends. Full boarding fees still apply to weekly boarding students. Weekly boarders can focus on school activities during the week and enjoy time with their family at weekends and is particularly popular for those students whose parents are both working or for those who have a long commute to school. All meals and laundry services are included and students may choose to stay at the boarding houses over the weekend if they want to get involved in co-curricular activities or simply spend quiet time studying.
Weekend Activity Programme
Here at Brentwood, we offer our boarding pupils a wide range of activities. We believe in the merits of a mixed weekend program, from the larger trips - where all pupils join us to embed a sense of community within each house - to smaller trips, such as visiting the opera, ballet or some of the numerous London attractions (that are less than half an hour away by train), paintballing, escape rooms, the cinema and local restaurants.
Our boarders also have the opportunity to visit some of the wonderful shopping towns that lie in close proximity to Brentwood, such as Oxford Street in London, Chelmsford, Basildon and Romford. Pupils are allowed to visit Brentwood town centre too, with its eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. We truly believe in creating a family environment in the boarding houses and encourage our boarding students to invite friends over for weekend activities such as spa nights, quiz nights and karaoke. We also strongly take into account the boarder’s voice and our boarding girls and boys have the opportunity to feed into the trips we undertake.
A Typical Weekend
|8.30am||Wake up||10am||Lie in this morning|
|9am||Breakfast||10.30am||Leisurely breakfast in the house with other boarders|
|9.30am||Sports fixtures or prep time||11.30am||Brunch|
|11.30am||Pop into town for some relaxation, shopping and a coffee with cake||12noon||Visit to London to see the cultural sights, museums, galleries, Tower of London or London eye, sometimes a thrill-filled day at a theme park|
|1pm||Lunch||6pm||Dinner - Sunday roast!|
|1.30pm||Boarding trip - local shopping, bowling or a jump park, visit Brentwood or relax in the house||6.30pm||Social time in the house, catch up with some prep or revision, plan for the week ahead|
|6pm||Dinner - in the dining hall or possibly a trip with other boarders to a restaurant||8pm||House meeting - setting out what is happening next week (all boarders should be back if they have been away for the weekend)|
|7pm||Movie night, spa night or karaoke in the house, alternatively a visit to the cinema or theatre||9pm onwards||Time for bed!|
|9pm onwards||Time for bed!|
Main Boarding Admissions
Apply by 1st December. Interviews and other assessments follow the date of application and are personalised to the student. Early boarding admissions can apply for Brentwood School scholarships.
English Entry Requirements
- Year 9 & 10: equivalent to B1 on Common European Framework
- Year 11: equivalent to B2 on Common European Framework
- Lower Sixth: equivalent to B2 on Common European Framework
Decisions and offers by 14th December
Late Boarding Admissions
Apply by 1st March. Interviews and other assessments follow the date of application and are personalised to the student. Late boarding admissions can apply for a Boarding Talent Award.
Decisions and offers by 31st March
After 31st March, we anticipate our boarding will be full, but please contact Brian Hays, International Recruitment Manager at [email protected] if you are looking for a chance place or would like to go onto a waiting list.
Decisions and offers at the point of application
We offer a Pre-IB pathway for high-achieving ambitious students, who would like to join us in Year 11. Our Pre-IB pathway is part of a 3-year educational programme, rather than a stand-alone entity.
Click here to find out more.
Brentwood School is located in the town centre and is a stone's throw away from London, the exciting capital of England, steeped in history with its iconic sightseeing spots and attractions, theatres and top restaurants, which are just 23 minutes away.
Brentwood has excellent transport links and access to main airports. With buses, trains and the Elizabeth Line, connecting 40 stations to Heathrow airport, our location is ideal for travel. We also have ample car parking at the School.
Our boarding houses are located within our spacious 75-acre campus, making access to school quick and without the worries of a long journey home.
"Everything is just so easy to get to and participate in - I never have a dull day boarding at Brentwood."
At Brentwood School, we maintain an environment that provides comfort and security as well as a peaceful and friendly atmosphere. Our boarding students benefit hugely from this supportive environment and we ensure that their boarding experience is a happy one. Read more about our boarding student experience here.
Contact Our International Recruitment Manager
For any questions about boarding or help during the boarding admissions process, please get in touch with our International Recruitment Manager using the details below.
Our International Recruitment Manager attends a variety of fairs and expos around the world to meet prospective families and students to discuss international boarding admission at Brentwood School. If you would like to find out where he will be visiting, please click here.
Mr Brian Hays
|International Recruitment Manager|