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


Brighton is one of England’s leading schools and the oldest public school in Sussex. The College comprises the Senior School, educating 1,000 pupils aged 13–18, and the Lower School, educating 100 pupils aged 11–13.

The Brighton College family of schools also includes Brighton College Prep School, St Christopher’s and Handcross Park, educating a further 1,150 children aged 3 to 13. Overseas, the College has opened Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Brighton College Al Ain and Brighton College Dubai in the UAE, and Brighton College Bangkok in Thailand.    

Examination results are strong and the College is among the highest performing schools in England at GCSE and A-level. In 2018, 90.3% of grades at GCSE were at 9, 8 or 7 (equivalent to the old A* and A), whilst 98.7% of grades at A-level were at A*, A or B. The last five years have also been the best five for Oxbridge success in the 168-year history of the College, with 39 pupils securing offers in 2018.

The Sunday Times awarded Brighton College the title of UK Independent School of the Year 2011-12. Tatler magazine awarded Richard Cairns the title of Head Master of the Year 2012-13. And Brighton College was named the United Kingdom Independent School of the Year 2013-14 (Independent Schools Awards). In 2014 The Week magazine named Brighton College the “Most Forward Looking School in Britain”. In 2015, there was a full ISI inspection in which the College was awarded the top grade in every single category, including an ‘Exceptional’ for Teaching and Learning.

There has also been major investment in new facilities over the last ten years. This has seen the construction of five major buildings on the main site, a new cricket pavilion and a major sports hub on our Jubilee Ground site. Brighton has also purchased the former site of Roedean Junior School, allowing for the relocation of the Pre-Prep School, and the expansion of the College on the main site. A new boarding house opened in September 2013 in the Main Quad which, together with a new Entrance Tower completed in December 2014, completes the original Thomas Jackson designs of the 1880s. A new Music School opened in January 2016, and a new teaching block (including 22 classrooms for Maths, History, Economics, Politics and EAL, alongside an innovative Creative Learning Centre) opened in September 2017.  A new Centre for Sport and Science is under construction (due for completion in September 2019); it will include eighteen state-of-the-art laboratories, alongside a new sports hall, 25-metre swimming pool, fitness centre and roof-top running track.

Above all, Brighton is a very happy place. We pride ourselves on being a warm, inclusive and respectful community, where our staff are delightful and positive and our pupils are intellectually curious and charming.


The College enjoys its location in Brighton, one of Britain’s youngest cities and one of the most vibrant in Europe. 

In 2017, a national survey identified Brighton as the “happiest” city in the UK. It is close to the beautiful South Downs, within easy travelling distance of London (about 50 minutes by train), and about 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport. Portsmouth, Newhaven and the Channel Tunnel provide accessible links with the Continent.

Brighton is also a university city, and the College has good links with both the University of Sussex and Brighton University.

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