Bradfield College: Reading, Berkshire,UK

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Bradfield College: Reading, Berkshire,UK

Price Range ₤ 30,000 - 40,000 per annum

Introduction

A great boarding high school in England! Bradfield College is one of co-educational boarding schools, located in Reading, Berkshire for  Lower School Curriculum. Bradfield’s curriculum in the Lower School (Faulkner's, Shell and Fifth Forms) is designed to give pupils a wide experience of subjects and skills they may wish to pursue in future years. Whilst it recognises that breadth of study is important at this stage, the curriculum is organised to stress a number of priorities the College believes to be important. These aims can be summarised as follows: • to provide a curriculum suitable for pupils at all levels of the Bradfield ability range; • to provide a curriculum to stretch and motivate the most able; • to promote the learning of languages both ancient and modern; • to promote the learning of the sciences. The most significant difference in the teaching in the first year at the College is that all the pupils in the year group are taught History, Geography and Religious Studies in three parallel Divisions. Here, one or two teachers will guide the pupils through a course designed specifically for them, covering historical, philosophical, political and economic concerns. Writing weekly essays and being involved in stimulating discussion and research, pupils emerge from the course extremely well-prepared for the more prescriptive challenges of the GCSE courses. All pupils are encouraged to study ancient and modern languages, either ab initio or continuing the study begun in previous schools. The majority of the Bradfield intake will follow at least two of these languages on to GCSE and many will continue their study in the Sixth Form. All pupils take GCSE courses in the core subjects, English, Mathematics and Science, and most take an additional four of their own choice. There is scope for the most able and highly motivated to take fast track courses in some subjects, completing GCSE in the Shell and moving on to more advanced courses in the Fifth Form. Those for whom a reduced number of GCSE courses is more appropriate may be offered support and study skills lessons. ICT and PSHE lessons are provided for all, although not necessarily examined at GCSE level. All pupils throughout the College follow our lecture-based enrichment programme: the Athena Programme. Outside-speakers, many of whom are Old Bradfieldians, give lectures on a diverse and stimulating range of topics: from politics to potential careers, from sporting prowess to exotic adventures, and more. Sixth Form The Bradfield Sixth Form aims to provide an outstanding all-round education so as to prepare young people for success in a fast-changing world. We care about the individual and pride ourselves in the warmth of a community in which young people feel happy and valued. We aim to foster an environment of high expectations in which all our students are encouraged to believe in themselves, to be inquisitive, to be resilient and to show ambition both within and beyond the classroom. Bradfield actively promotes personal integrity, tolerance, understanding and independence of thought. We see our Sixth Formers as leaders and expect them to work with and learn from each other, as well as to show moral courage to stand up for what they believe in. All this requires them to challenge themselves and to develop their abilities to communicate with others. It also means that we need to listen to them, to trust them and to give them responsibility wherever possible, even if this sometimes means that they get things wrong. This approach is designed to empower and motivate so that our Sixth Formers leave with the social and intellectual self-confidence to flourish in their future lives. Bradfield wants to remain self-aware, outward-looking, open-minded and innovative in its approach. The introduction of the International Baccalaureate reflects this. We have always looked to develop the whole person and so we see the IB Diploma Programme as a natural fit. Many of the values that it embeds are consistent with how we have always approached educating young people, and its focus on developing Sixth Formers as independent thinkers is replicated in the way we approach our challenging and varied A Level programme. IB Why has Bradfield introduced the IB Diploma? Bradfield’s Sixth Form is large and varied and it requires a choice of educational pathways to reflect the needs of its pupils. The IB Diploma Programme complements an already strong A Level structure. Its philosophy of education, with its insistence on the education of the whole person within an international world view, is very much in line with Bradfield's own educational ethos. Its emphasis on the importance of languages and the sciences and mathematics as well as the international dimension it brings to the study of the Arts is to be admired. It requires involvement in critical thinking, community service and extra-curricular pursuits as part of its Core, all activities Bradfield sees as important parts of an all-round education. Further, the need to complete the IB Extended Essay sits squarely with Bradfield’s drive towards creating independently-minded young men and women by the end of the Sixth Form. In short, the IB Diploma and Bradfield fit very well together. The IB Diploma The IB Diploma is an international examination of high academic standing throughout the world. The programme was conceived in Oxford in 1960 and now involves some 200,000 students in 124 countries. The IB is recognised by all UK universities and is, of course, highly regarded internationally. IB Diploma holders gain admission to all selective universities throughout the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, LSE, all Medical Schools, Harvard, Yale and Stanford. The IB is also very popular with employers, because of the variety of skills that are developed as part of the programme. Since its founding, the IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual versatility. The pupil who satisfies its demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive international environment. It is for this reason that Bradfield offers its pupils the opportunity to follow the Diploma course as an alternative to an AS/A Level course. It is also true that so much of what the IB represents is already embedded in the Bradfield curriculum and any pupils who choose to follow the IB Diploma Programme on entering the Sixth Form will find themselves extending much of the work – Divisions, Minerva, Societies, extra-curricular involvement – that they enjoyed so much in the Junior School. The programme is attractive because it prescribes breadth, but not at the expense of depth. A range of exciting and challenging courses will be offered that will stretch the most able pupil, but which are within the grasp of all pupils at Bradfield if they are prepared to show commitment to their studies. A levels The College offers a wide selection of AS and A Level courses which seek to cater for pupils of wide aspirations and abilities, and a flexible approach to timetabling enables each pupil to have a free choice of subjects. As with the Junior School, the study of mathematics, the sciences and languages, classical and modern, are popular. Bradfield also has a strong reputation for the study of English and History as well as a number of creative disciplines, including Art, Design and Technology and Photography. The most able are invited to study Critical Thinking alongside their chosen A Level subjects and many will seek to extend their enjoyment of the classroom experience by joining some of the subject-based societies which operate outside of lesson time, in the evenings and at weekends. Most pupils at the College follow four AS Level courses in the Lower Sixth, which many continue through to full A Level in the second, Upper Sixth year. In addition, they will also choose a compulsory course from a number of options, which will run over one or two years of the Sixth Form. The options do vary from year to year but current courses available include the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a stand-alone Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course and various other GCSE courses, including GCSE foreign language options. Both the EPQ and TOK courses attract UCAS points and therefore contribute to a successful university application. The EPQ, where pupils are asked to investigate, in the form of an essay or project, something in which they have a strong academic interest, is a particularly sought after qualification. It is very popular with universities, which recognise the value of the independent-research skills developed in the process of completing the project. The same could be said of the Theory of Knowledge course, which universities value for the part it plays in developing thinking skills. The purpose of the courses is to make sure pupils choosing the A Level pathway have the same advantages as those who choose the IB Diploma route.

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Website: http://www.bradfieldcollege.org.uk

Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling

International application fee: 75 GBP

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 34 275 + 1 000 dep

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