Bredon School: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Bredon School: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


One of great boarding schools in the UK! Bredon School in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire in a co-educational boarding school in England for boys and girls. Senior School
The Senior School runs from Year 7 to Year 11. We offer a wide range of subjects with English, Maths and Science as the core subjects.

English – Good written and communication skills are vital for everyone in life, so as pupils move into Year 7, they are taught English as a discrete subject.

The three main strands of English are given equal weighting so that pupils become confident readers, writers and oral communicators.

As well as sitting written examinations each year, pupils take part in English Speaking Board exams at various stages. Although we do not ask the pupils to sit the external SATs in English, the schemes of work are designed to fully cover the National Curriculum. In Years 10 and 11 we offer courses that are tailored to pupils’ abilities. Most are entered for GCSE English, with some taking the combined Language and Literature qualification. Others embark on Entry Level courses in English. Pupils also follow a Functional Skills course at KS4 at a range of levels suitable for the students.

Maths – Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World. The subject transcends cultural and language boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. In schools it enables pupils to build a secure framework of Mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence in all aspects of their lives.

As one of the National Curriculum core subjects, Mathematics forms a significant part of every Bredon pupil’s education. Mathematics contributes to our curriculum by developing our pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Our main focus is to ensure that all our pupils fulfil their individual potential in this hugely important subject. We have high expectations, set challenging targets and offer a variety of approaches to engage and motivate pupils.

In KS3 all pupils follow the Collins New Maths Frameworking programme of study covering National Curriculum levels 3 to 8. During KS4 most pupils will study towards Mathematics GCSE and from September 2012, our pupils will follow the new Edexcel linear specification. The qualification is entered at either Foundation or Higher level depending on the pupil’s abilities and awards grades from G to A*. The examination at the end of year 11 takes the form of two written papers, the first of which is non-calculator.

Pupils who might find the full rigours of a GCSE course too challenging can take the Entry Level Certificate. This covers skills needed for life, such as money, time and measurements, as well as basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. This course is made as practical as possible.

Science – We want every child to enjoy Science and to understand that it is a voyage of discovery to understand the planet that we live on. There are always interesting things to do, from understanding how fireworks are made, taking a closer look at the animals housed in the Biology laboratory or using telescopes to investigate astronomical events.

Science is a core subject within the school’s programme, following the National Curriculum throughout the key stages. Laboratory-based tuition for the three Science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) begins formally in Key Stage 3 (ages 11 – 14) and the children are placed in groups to accommodate their educational needs and abilities. The Science department always welcomes the close involvement of the Learning Support Team to allow the children to benefit fully from their lessons.

At Key Stage 4, the combined Sciences are offered as a Single Award GCSE or the Single and Additional Science GCSE as a combination or as the Entry Level GCSE.  There is also the optional choice of the Environment and Land-Based GCSE or the BTEC Land and Environment qualification for 14 – 16 year olds and these courses obviously incorporate the Farm and Horticultural Unit as a teaching resource.

Geography - Students are shown how geography is part of everyday life by looking at topics such as: world weather; food costs; multinational companies; politics; population movements; urban and rural change; maps and even holidays. They find out that geography spans all scales from local issues to global ones. Our aim is that students can:

• Read and use maps, atlases and diagrams
• Analyse and evaluate data
• Develop decision-making skills
• Gain a knowledge of the world and understand current events
• Appreciate different cultures in their own country and abroad
• Become aware of physical and human environments.

We believe that studying geography widens children’s horizons and helps them become better world citizens. Geography is an option at GCSE level, where the syllabus includes fieldwork and personal research, as well as written examinations. We also offer entry level Humanities at KS4.

Spanish – All children from Year 3-9 learn Spanish. Spanish is the school’s principal modern foreign language because it is one of the easier European languages to learn and is spoken widely in many parts of the world. French is also available as one of the extra-curricular activities. In all language teaching at the school, the emphasis is on giving children the ability to converse comfortably.

Spanish is one of the GCSE optional subjects at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11), when students are entered either at Foundation Tier (grades G-C) and Higher Tier (grades D-A*). In previous years, GCSE Chinese has proved a popular option for native speakers who are pupils at Bredon School. Similarly, Japanese GCSE may also be offered if there is sufficient interest from native speakers.

Visual and Peforming Arts - Music, art and drama have developed rapidly at Bredon School in recent years. We strongly encourage all pupils to get involved. Children prepare to showcase their talents at a number of events during the school year, including:

  • Arts Festival
  • Dance Night
  • Fashion Show (which usually follows a visit to the UKs Clothes Show)
  • Christmas Review
  • Carol Service
  • Musical medley at Founder’s Day.

There are cross-curricular elements to many of these events. In addition to the above events, children can also develop their creativity by using facilities such as the 3D studio or by adding exhibits on the sculpture trail in the school grounds. One recent innovation at the school has been the presence of an artist-in-residence/art technician.

For GCSE Art & Design, students can choose either to cover a range of disciplines, or to focus on one of the following areas: fine art, graphic design, photography, textiles or 3D design. GCSE Drama and GCSE Dance are also available as options at Key Stage 4.

Media Studies – We offer a GCSE in Media Studies which has a flexible syllabus, making it ideal for students who have good creative or analytical skills and who may experience difficulty with written responses. A popular option in Key Stage 4, this subject looks closely at media products and develops pupils’ critical and creative engagement with them.

It covers television, film, radio, photography, popular music, printed materials, books, comics, magazines, press and computer software, as well as interactive multi-media technology. Whilst much of the course is practical, students will need to be able to write analytically in order to complete aspects of the Portfolio coursework and, of course, to complete exam answers. Students are entered for either the Foundation Tier (Grades C-G) or Higher Tier (A*-D).

GCSE Media Studies forms an ideal complement to GCSE Art or Technology. It also provides a useful springboard to Sixth Form studies including the WJEC A level in Media Studies.

We also teach Business Studies, History, Technology: Resistant Materials and Engineering, Cookery, Textiles, Religious Education, Citizenship, ICT and PE/Sport.

When pupils reach Year 9, they will begin to think about what subjects they would like to study at GCSE (or equivalent). Each year, an options booklet is sent out outlining which subjects are available to choose from along with a description of the syllabus. To see the latest Options Booklet, click here (Options for Academic Year 2013-2015).

Sixth Form

Joining the Sixth Form at Bredon School is an exciting time for any student, both those moving up from our Year 11 and those joining us from another school. The Sixth Form is part of the Senior School at Bredon, but has a strong identity of its own.

The years spent in our Sixth Form are primarily designed to help students make the transition from the tightly structured life of a school child to the freedom and responsibility of life as an adult.

Under the guidance of their tutors, Bredon’s Sixth-Formers enjoy extra privileges, such as no longer having to wear a uniform, access to a separate activity and events programme, a dedicated Sixth Form centre and social areas, as well as dedicated art rooms and galleries.

They are also actively encouraged to take more responsibility for themselves, planning their own studies, sports, charity projects and social events.

What to study?
Our range of subjects change each year, according to demand. The potential choice of subjects is very wide – read the subject booklet here (PDF), but ensure you double check your choices against this list (Excel) to see which courses are actually scheduled to run in September (list correct at 1st March 2013). 

Year of foundation:
Some history: Lt. Col A K Sharp OBE, who died on 24 August 2009 aged 90, had two successful careers: firstly as a brave, wise and compassionate leader of men in the Army; secondly, as the Founder and first Headmaster of Bredon School, then a boarding school for boys who had failed the Common Entrance examination.

Bredon School began with 17 pupils in September 1962. Money was tight and conditions somewhat Spartan for staff and pupils alike; for the first two years, Col Sharp drew no salary. He remained clear-sighted and focused – getting the cricket pitch into good condition was a high priority, for example.

There was never any desire to run the School like an Army base: all that had been left behind. Indeed, it was his non-disciplinarian, encouraging approach to boys who had all too often known only discouragement before their arrival at Bredon, that gradually brought in more boys as word spread.

“While qualifications represent an important destination, the educational process by which that destination is reached is equally, if not more, important.” Lt Col Sharp

From the beginning, developing self-discipline and self-confidence was part of the Bredon package. Leadership and teamwork skills were reinforced through expeditions based around a tumbledown cottage owned by the Sharps in the Brecon Beacons.

Col Sharp’s approach was ahead of its time in many ways. One achievement of which he was particularly proud was that it was the first independent school to be officially recognised by the then Department of Education as offering special provision for dyslexic children. The pupil roll grew and had reached three figures by the early 1970s.

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Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: GBP 28 185

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