Brighton College

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Location: Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Brighton College

The School

Brighton College is one of Britain’s leading schools and the oldest public school in Sussex. Since 2000, the college roll has increased from 500 to 1,100 pupils, aged 11 to 18, with three associated prep schools educating a further 1,150 children aged 3 to 13: BCPS, St Christopher’s and Handcross Park.

Brighton College offers a caring, supportive and tolerant environment in which children thrive and love to learn.  Our teaching body ranks among the best in England; our superb reputation draws pupils from across Sussex and, with full and weekly boarding available from age 13, from across London and the South East, the UK and the world.  We pride ourselves on being a warm and inclusive community; the staff are delightful, positive and committed, and our pupils are intellectually curious and charming.

Notable Successes

The College has enjoyed great success; it was recently named Most Forward Looking School in Britain by The Week, having previously been awarded the coveted titles of UK Independent School of the Year 2013 at the Independent Schools Awards, and England’s Independent School of the Year 2011/12 by The Sunday Times. Richard Cairns, Head Master, was named England’s Headmaster of the Year by Tatler magazine in September 2012.

Academic results consistently place Brighton among the top 10 schools for boys and girls in England; provision for art, music, dance and drama is exceptional, and the College's sporting prowess is nationally renowned.  Every year, more and more of Brighton's pupils secure places at the UK's most esteemed universities, particularly Oxford and Cambridge, with 29 pupils receiving offers in 2013/14.  The College's former pupils number amongst Britain's foremost business, professional and political leaders; they entrance the nation with their sporting, creative and artistic talent; they are busy shaping the future for generations to come.

In 2011, there was a full ISI inspection in which the College was graded excellent in every single category.


There has been major investment in new facilities at the College, with over £20 million spent since 2008 as part of a £90+ million Development Plan. This has entailed the construction of three major buildings on the main site, a new cricket pavilion, and a major sports hub on our Jubilee Ground site. Brighton has also purchased Roedean Junior School, assumed control of two other prep schools, expanded the size of Brighton College Prep School (to 500 pupils) and opened Brighton College Abu Dhabi and Brighton College Al Ain. A new boarding house was opened in September 2013 in the Main Quad which, together with a new Entrance Tower due for completion in December 2014, completes the original Thomas Jackson designs of the 1880s.  Construction of a new Music School in the heart of the campus began in July 2013 and is due for completion in 2015, to be followed by a £9 million teaching block, designed by Hopkins architects.  Brighton College is also involved in partnerships with local Brighton state schools, has strong links with Kingsford Community School in London, and plays a key role in the London Academy of Excellence project, including operating a buddy system between pupils and opportunities for staff to visit and share ideas.

The City of Brighton

Brighton is one of Britain’s youngest cities, and one of the most vibrant in Europe. It is close to the beautiful South Downs, within easy travelling distance of London (about 50 minutes by train) and 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport. Portsmouth, Newhaven and the Channel Tunnel provide accessible links with the Continent. Brighton is a university town and the school has good links with both the Universities of Sussex and of Brighton.

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Address: Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 0AL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1273 704200
Positions available at Brighton College