Brambletye School, East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK

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Brambletye is an independent day and boarding preparatory school for boys and girls aged 7-13.5 years, situated in beautiful grounds in rural Sussex. The school includes a Pre-preparatory department, which takes boys and girls aged 2.5-7 years. We aim to produce happy, confident, well-rounded children, who work hard and take a full share in the daily life of the school.

Number of students

Boarding School:







Day School:








7 days boarding: 

8,180 per term

About the school

Founded in 1919, Brambletye has moved from Sidcup, been evacuated to Devon during the second world war, grown and developed and added to its facilities, but always enjoyed a long history of high standards.

The school was founded at Sidcup Place in Kent in 1919 by the Reverend John Blencowe. Despite steady building and development for thirteen years, the Blencowes decided that Sidcup was no place for a boarding prep school and, in 1933, moved the school to Brambletye.


Boarding is at the heart of the Brambletye community both literally and metaphorically.  The boys’ and girls’ boarding houses are situated in the main building.  The dorms are bright and modern with common rooms to relax in.  Houseparents, pastoral and teaching staff, the Headmaster and his wife, parents and pupils are all involved with boarding and infuence its character.

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Academic life

Sport and culture

Fencing, Trampoline, Shooting, Chess, Squash, Climbing, Canoe, Polo, Ballet, Tae Kwondo, Dodgeball, Badminton, Modern Dance, Indoor hockey, Table Tennis, Golf, Gymnastics, Riding, Girls football, Basketball, Sailing, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Rugby, Netball, Rounders, Hockey, Lacrosse, Squash, Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics

State-of-the-art sports hall: a multi-purpose hall including badminton courts, a fencing track, a climbing wall and an indoor shooting gallery.

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • 2 squash courts
  • 3 tennis courts
  • 3 netball courts
  • Golf course
  • Our new all-weather pitch is under construction




Our sports hall is used all year round for basketball, indoor hockey, fencing, judo and air rifle shooting.  There are also two indoor cricket nets.


 The Department has a strong reputation for excellence. Art and Design/Technology at Brambletye is taught by qualified specialists and practicing artists. All pupils receive a double period of Art and DT weekly and they are taught a diverse range of skills and disciplines that include drawing and painting, printmaking, and three dimensional product design. Pupils are challenged to observe and record information, interpret their own ideas and to use their imagination when making works of art.
Music plays a huge part in the children’s lives at Brambletye, which is both an incredibly exciting and privileged opportunity for the three music staff and 16 Visiting Music Teachers who teach here. All of the children receive at least one class Music lesson each week where topics range from Graphic Scores, Calypso, Samba, Music theory, Film Music and Programme Music to name but a few. It’s an entertaining and educative curriculum, which allows for flexibility, fun and creative music making as well as the ability to introduce the children to many different genres and composers.

Location Description

50 miles from London
25 milesfrom Brighton

Lewes Road East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3PD

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