New parent guide
Welcome from the Head
We ask all of our pupils to embrace school life with enthusiasm, to support others and to be kind. Bryanston is a place where children learn to love their minds, free their spirits and find their mission. We are a community, and as such, our goal is to optimise pupil outcomes in every area of school life. Our culture is open-minded and inspiring, with an emphasis on how you learn, not just what you learn.
As a parent or a guardian, you will play a key role in working with us to support your child’s education. We welcome your involvement and encourage you to contact us if you have any concerns. We will do everything we can to ensure that you know how your child is doing, and acknowledge that openness and good communication is paramount.
Together, we are committed to providing every pupil with the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their own individual character. Our distinctive culture nurtures purposeful, curious and well-rounded individuals.
As you prepare for your child’s time at Bryanston, and for what I am confident will be a long and happy association with the School, please take the time to read through this booklet. Within these pages, you will find clear guidance and helpful information, along with an introduction to some of our values, expectations and policies.
Pastoral care and boarding
Our houses and houseparents
Our year groups
The tutorial system
A day in the life of a Bryanstonian
The school shop
Safety and security
Digital technology and mobile phones
Who to contact
Opportunities for parents
Checklist for online forms
Applied creative thinking across all disciplines
Creativity is in our DNA and at the heart of everything we do.
We see creativity as a practical and
essential element in thinking across all disciplines.
This makes Bryanston a distinctive learning experience.
At the heart of our approach and
culture and in our people
Bryanston has a unique culture which celebrates
the individual and their unbounded potential.
We are proud to be different.
We don’t ‘do education’ to our pupils, we encourage them to be independent and travel beside them and guide them on their journey.
Open-minded, challenging and inspiring
Bryanston offers an environment which enables personal growth.
We provide the space for pupils to look further to find their own passions.
Our offer reflects the breadth of pupils’ interests, beyond the conventional to the creative, practical and vocational.
Pastoral care and boarding
At Bryanston, pastoral care is central to the School’s ethos and essential to the success of our pupils. We believe that achieving a balance between the academic and out-of-classroom life of the child is essential and every child benefits from the support and care of their houseparent along with their tutor in their day-to-day life.
Boarding houses at Bryanston are designed to provide a home at school for pupils and give them the opportunity to get fully involved in the wide range of activities on offer and to develop lasting relationships with friends and teachers. Day pupils are fully integrated into the boarding houses and they play a full part in evening activities and are welcome to join in at the weekend as well.
Bryanston’s unique one-to-one approach ensures that all pupils have a member of staff they can turn to for help and advice, whether it’s their tutor, their houseparent, matron, a member of the house team, an independent listener or the School chaplain who is a popular confidante for all regardless of their faith or beliefs.
An overview of the arrangements for boarding at Bryanston can be found in the Boarding Policy which is available on the school website.
OUR HOUSES and houseparents
OUR year groups
OUR tutorial system
Allan – Katie Kean
Greenleaves – Hannah Fearnley
Harthan – Emma Morris
Purbeck – Jo Simpson
Hunter – Janet Velasco
Junior boys’ houses
Beechwood – James Ralphs
Cranborne – Richard Johnson
Senior boys’ houses
Dorset – George Drake
Connaught – Nick Welford
Portman – Ben Craig
Salisbury – Mark Christie
Shaftesbury – Tom Strongman
At Bryanston we have different names for our year groups – you will get used to this very quickly – but just for reference:
Every pupil has a hand-picked tutor who provides support and guidance through their time at Bryanston. This unique five-year relationship focuses on not only their academic progress, but also their personal development and engagement across the breadth of opportunities at the School.
One-to-one tutorials take place on a weekly basis but tutors are always available to provide input or help to resolve any issues throughout the week.
The tutorial focuses mainly on the pupil’s weekly academic achievements. Our online record of progress, the Chart acts as the source of information for the discussion and progress is assessed weekly by a combination of grades and comments which are recorded electronically and shared with the pupil and teachers internally. Each subject is considered in turn and the pupil reflects on their work over the week and the progress they have made.
Parents can also access their child’s Chart and keep up to date with their achievements throughout their time at Bryanston. Any concerns you have as a parent about your child’s academic progress should be addressed to their tutor.
Tutors also help pupils to plan their assignments to ensure they allocate sufficient time to each subject each week. Some pupils pick this up very easily, while others take longer and need more tutorial support to learn these planning and organisational skills.
Other activities for the week along with the previous week’s extra and co-curricular activities, sports, concerts etc. are also discussed.
Tutors work closely with houseparents and together will ensure that all is well in the house and that pupils are making friends and are engaged socially.
Assistant Head Tutoring
A day in the life
of a Bryanstonian
Our approach to education is firmly focused on the individual. This means that pupils benefit from extensive one-to-one time with their handpicked tutor providing the academic and pastoral encouragement they need to achieve their full potential as individuals. Therefore, no two days are the same for our pupils but we hope that the following gives you a sense of their daily routines.
Pupils are woken by a member of the house team around 7.30am. They go to the dining hall for breakfast, which is open until 8.00am. After breakfast most pupils return to their house where they will see their matron and houseparent or one of their residents. This allows pupils to ask any questions they may have or for messages to be passed on. At 8.30am on a Monday, all pupils attend the Head's assembly and there is another whole school assembly on a Friday at the same time. All pupils in D attend chapel one morning each week and every house has a full house meeting on a Thursday morning before Period 1.
Lessons are 35 minutes long with 5 minutes’ movement time between them. The timetable consists of single and double lessons.
8.50am – 9.25am
9.30am – 10.05am
10.10am – 10.45am
The Bryanston café is a popular option at break. Tea, coffee and toast are available in the dining hall. Many pupils will return to their house.
11.10am – 11.45am
11.50am – 12.25pm
12.30pm – 1.05pm
There is no Period 6 on a Saturday, when morning lessons finish at 12.25pm.
1.05pm – 2.25pm
Lunch is eaten in the dining hall by all pupils.
Many pupils have their one-to-one tutorials during this time. Choir practice, music, dance, riding and academic support lessons also happen at this time. Pupils without commitments return to house after they have eaten lunch where they will see their matron, houseparent and resident.
10.45am – 11.10am
Afternoons take a different format depending on the day of the week or time of the year. On a Monday, Wednesday and Friday pupils have three further lessons in addition to sport or activities, whereas on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon there are no lessons and the time is taken up by sport, activities and some free time. In the second half of the Autumn term and the first half of the Spring term, the School is on winter timetable so lessons happen later in the afternoon after sport and activities. At other times, afternoon lessons start after lunch.
(6.25pm on Monday and Wednesday during the winter timetable).
Many pupils will attend music or dance lessons and rehearsals after supper.
Pupils return to house by 7.20pm for roll call with a member of their house team before they start prep (homework). One or two members of the house team will be on duty in each house during prep and senior pupils will supervise junior pupils.
7.30pm – 8.10pm
8.15pm – 9.00pm
If a pupil is up to date with their work and with their houseparent’s permission they may choose to go to an activity. A list of the activities on offer can be found on SOCS, which is the system used for all co-curricular activities.
The houseparent, deputy houseparent or resident teacher will be on duty from 9.00pm and put the pupils to bed. Pupils in C and above are allowed out of house after prep. Again, the café is a popular option at this time but each year group has a social space in main school which pupils may choose to visit. Pupils have staggered times for being back in house, in bed and for lights out. All pupils must be in house between 10.20pm and 7.00am.
In house by
In bed by
Lights out by
As a seven-day-a-week boarding school, weekends form an important part of Bryanston life.
The School has three types of weekend, which are clearly identified in the school calendar:
whole school weekends, when all pupils are expected to be in School
exeat weekends, when all pupils are expected to leave the School from Friday at 4.20pm and return by 9.00pm on Sunday
open weekends, when pupils can choose to remain at School or choose to go home after their school commitments on a Saturday.
The School has a weekend coordinator who organises activities for Saturday evening and/or Sunday afternoon, so whether it is a whole school weekend or an open weekend, there is always something for pupils to get involved in.
Saturday mornings are normal teaching sessions with five lessons before lunch. In the afternoon there are sports fixtures with matches for all teams and abilities. On open weekends, pupils can choose to go home after their match commitment or other school commitment on a Saturday. Details on how to gain houseparent’s permission for a weekend leave can be found in the Boarding Policy on the school website.
Open weekends include off-site activities such as trips to the cinema, water park, paintballing, go-karting or shopping and on-site activities such as quizzes, pancake making and smaller year-group focused occasions in the social clubs. In addition, the houseparent or resident on duty may organise something within the house. On an open weekend it may be possible for pupils to sleep over with their friend who may be in another house.
Whole school weekends include activities such as the House Drama Festival, the Charities Fair, the year group balls, House Suppers and the Whole School Walk. On a Sunday morning, pupils can have a lie in and are treated to a late morning brunch, which is one of the most popular mealtimes in the week. All pupils are invited to attend the Church Service on a Sunday morning and Houses take it in turns to be on duty in Church. Parents are very welcome to come to the Church Service and come to brunch on any Sunday. In addition, all on-site facilities such as the sports centre, art, D&T and music are open to the pupils as well as the opportunity for private study in one of the many assignment areas.
The School encourages everyone to get involved in whole school weekends. They help to develop the strong sense of community that Bryanston enjoys through the pupils participating in a common endeavour. It is a great way to get to know those in a different house
WHOLE SCHOOL WEEKENDS
or year group. Day pupils are welcome to be in School with their houseparent’s permission and many day pupils do for parts, if not all, of whole school weekends. If your child tells you that everyone is going out on a whole school weekend, this is unlikely to be the case and it is worth checking with their houseparent as “everyone” may just mean one other person, or their best friend! To maximise the impact of a whole school weekend, we appreciate the support of parents to ensure that the activities organised are well supported.
The School has four exeat weekends when all pupils must leave the school. The dates are published in the school calendar and on the website. There are two in the Autumn term, one in the Spring term and one in the Summer term.
On an open weekend and, exceptionally, on a whole school weekend, the houseparent may grant permission for a weekend leave request via Orah. If so, your child is free to go home after meeting all their school commitments on the Saturday afternoon and must return by 9.00pm on the Sunday.
It is important to emphasise that all pupils are required to honour all school or house commitments at the weekend. All pupils must represent the School, if selected, in weekend sports fixtures as well as fulfilling any training requirements. Another example is performing with the choir in church on Sunday morning. The School takes a firm and consistent line on this, and only in exceptional, one-off cases will permission be granted to miss any such commitment. Such absence is unfair on the staff and other pupils involved. Any request for exceptional absence must be made at least two weeks in advance of the weekend in question. Thank you in advance for your support of the School’s policy in this area.
Weekend schedule example
7:25 – 8:10am
8:50am – 12:25pm
12:30 – 1:15pm
Saturday sporting commitments
1:15 – 4pm
D year group – dodgeball tournament
C year group – cinema night in
B year group – house takeaway
A3 and A2 year groups – Socials
9:00 – 9:30am
11:00am – 12:00pm
2:00 – 5:00pm
D year group – tug of war competition
C year group – tug of war competition
Green Committee tree planting
Down time in houses (sports hall/art block/music block open)
5:00 – 5:30pm
Supper – roast dinner
5:30 – 7:00pm
Assembly speaker and/or chapel
We use a secure and easy-to-use platform called Orah that has enhanced our ability to know where our children are when they are not in their boarding house. Bryanston pupils use this system to sign in and out of their house during the school day.
As parents, we ask that you create an account and use this system each time to request weekend leave for your child. It is the only way that parents can make a weekend leave request for their child on any weekend of the school year. Parents of children studying on a Child Student visa must complete the ‘Child Student visa leave request’ every time their child leaves the School for an overnight stay.
Details of how to create an account with Orah will be sent to you before your child starts.
The School appreciates that our pupils lead very busy lives and after their lessons, games, music and other co-curricular activities, it is important that they have sufficient and suitably timed free time each day to themselves when they may choose to socialise, read quietly, watch a film or programme with friends, go for a walk or capitalise on the availability of other facilities such as going to the gym.
Pupils are welcome to visit their friends in other houses during their free time but it is good manners to request permission to do so from the houseparent, matron or member of staff on duty before entering another house.
Visiting other houses
The School encourages pupils to spend time with friends in and out of their house so, in addition to house common rooms and gardens, there are a number of social spaces on the campus for the pupils to enjoy. Each social space has a sound and lighting system so that pupils can create the atmosphere they want.
Social clubs and
other social spaces
The EEMR is a junior social space for pupils in C and D to use. It is open in the evenings after supper time and again after prep time for pupils in C and D. The EEMR is supervised by a combination of prefects and staff who often organise events at the weekend for the pupils, such as a quiz or a disco. Food and drink is available to the junior pupils at various times in the EEMR.
The B Social Club is a space for pupils in B. It is open all the time but mainly used at the weekend. A member of staff is responsible for the B Social Club and will often organise theme nights. Pupils in B who have their own sound decks often take on the role of DJ for an evening.
The B Social Club
The A3 Social Club runs in a very similar way to the B Social Club.
The A3 Social Club
The A2 Social Club is open most of the time. At break time pupils often use it for coffee and toast and to read the daily papers. On a Friday and Saturday evening the A2 bar is open. This is run by staff on an honesty policy and is very closely monitored by houseparents.
The A2 Social Club
The basement corridor is the social hub of the School. The A2, A3 and B Social Clubs are situated off the basement corridor. The cafe@bryanston and the newly refurbished wellbeing room are also found in the basement corridor. The basement corridor is usually busy most evenings after prep time with pupils from all year groups and the atmosphere is relaxed and happy. The quad area in between the music school and the D&T building acts as an extension to the basement corridor and is a well-used space during a sunny afternoon or evening.
The basement corridor
Beechwood Lawn is probably the closest thing Bryanston has to a playground. It is situated at the back of the School and leads to Beechwood, Portman and Dorset boarding houses. It is a very popular spot for pupils to enjoy a game of football or a chat during the summer months.
Pupils may visit Blandford during a free afternoon or at the weekend but must gain their houseparent’s permission to do so. They must use the usual signing out and in procedures. Pupils must return from Blandford in plenty of time for ‘in school’ time, which varies from 4.15pm to 6.30pm depending on the time of the year. Pupils in D are not permitted into Blandford before the first fixed exeat and all pupils are advised to go into Blandford in groups of at least two or three and to take their mobile phones with them. School dress does not need to be worn in Blandford at the weekend but pupils should be tidily and respectfully dressed. Pupils need to stay within the permitted areas of Blandford and not stray beyond these. More detailed guidance is provided on house noticeboards and explained to pupils by their houseparent.
While Bryanston may not have a conventional uniform, we do have a dress code. These guidelines encourage our pupils to take responsibility for and make informed decisions about their appearance. The code is clearly defined and we rely on pupils and their parents or guardians to support and uphold the principles that we have agreed.
The School dress code and packing/clothing lists are published annually and can be found on
bryanston.co.uk/newparents and also within the Parent Area of the Bryanston website. They will also be sent to you via email within the next few weeks.
The dress code operates under directions from the Head and Senior Deputy Head. Houseparents have the final decision regarding the suitability of all items of dress and general appearance. Pupils who identify as transgender or gender non-binary are welcome to adhere to the dress code as appropriate to their gender identity.
All clothes must be in good repair, clean and smart, including shoes, and clearly labelled. In addition, they should be machine washable and suitable for tumble-drying. Recommended minimum quantities and other specific dress and equipment requirements are found in the packing/clothing lists.
In addition to wearing the correct clothing, pupils are expected to take pride in their general appearance. At all times, they are ambassadors for Bryanston. Prospective parents, visitors and members of the public will often draw conclusions about the School on first impressions.
no facial hair
nail varnish must be natural in colour
no obtrusive make-up
no tattoos or body piercings
earrings, if worn, must be small studs and only one stud per ear for pupils in B,C and D
no excessive jewellery
dyeing or bleaching of hair is not allowed.
School dress is to be worn from 8.30am until:
after Period 9 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
after lunch on Tuesday and Thursday
after lunch on Saturday
Sunday Church Services
visits to Blandford (Monday to Friday)
other specific occasions.
Pupils wear school dress during lesson times, and at assemblies and church services, and specific items of Bryanston sports kit for games and matches. Formal dress is worn for special events such as Speech Day and concerts.
the school shop
The school shop is situated in the quad and is open all year round providing games kit, school dress clothing, games equipment, essential toiletries, postal service, text books and stationery for study.
School dress clothing can be purchased from anywhere but all games kit needs to be purchased from the school shop. The school shop offers a complete personal service for new and existing pupils via face-to-face appointment only service in the summer holidays. If visiting the shop is not possible during this time parents may also purchase sports kits from our supplier:
If you require the kit to be labelled at a charge of £1.60 per item (charged to your school account), please select school delivery at the checkout. Once received the kit will be labelled and stored safely at the pupil’s boarding house ready for the start of term. The shop opening times are Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 4.00pm during the summer holiday.
Appointments are essential and take approximately one hour. It is advisable to pre-book early as the shop gets very busy during peak times. Please note that full payment for uniform purchases will be required at the time of purchase via card payment only.
Order from https://teamwear.specialistsports.
Tel: 01258 484635
There is a laundry service at Bryanston. Laundry is collected every weekday from the boarding house and returned the next day, except Saturday. In the older years, pupils can do their own washing as all houses have washing machines and tumble dryers. If pupils have an allergy to washing powders, they should speak to their matron.
All members of the School are expected to behave in a manner that promotes a strong sense of community. The School Rules and Regulations are brief and simple. We believe that pupils cannot go far wrong if they show common sense, courtesy and good manners, adhere to the rules and treat others with kindness and respect.
For more information on expected standards of behaviour, please refer to the following policy documents available on the school website:
Equal Opportunities Policy
Child-on-Child Abuse Policy
Policy on Alcohol
Policy on Cyberbullying
Policy on Illegal Drugs and Substance Abuse
Policy on Smoking
Rules and Regulations
School Behaviour Policy.
Safety and security
The safety of our pupils is paramount and it is critical that we know where they are at all times. It is the responsibility of every pupil to make sure that their houseparent knows where they are and we have a number of systems to ensure that this is so.
There are two formal face-to-face registration sessions every day. Pupils must have registered with their Matron by 08.15 every morning and by 14.15 every afternoon. In addition, there is an evening roll call in house at 7.20pm. If a pupil is late and misses the morning or afternoon registration window, they must make face-to-face contact with their houseparent or matron as soon as possible.
When a pupil is not at a lesson, sport or other activity during the working day, they must sign out on the iPad in their boarding house, stating where they are and what time they will be back. They then need to sign back in once they return to house.
Accounting for pupils/signing in and out
‘School bounds’ represent the estate owned by the School. If a pupil needs to leave the School bounds, they must have their houseparent’s permission to do so and follow the correct signing out and signing in procedures in their house.‘In School’ time represents the time after which all pupils must be in the immediate vicinity of the main school building and the boarding houses. It varies depending on the time of year from 4.15pm to 9.30pm. After ‘In School’ time, pupils are not permitted to wander around outside unless they are heading towards a school building. During the lighter evenings in the Summer term and early part of the Autumn term, pupils are only permitted in a smaller subsection of the School bounds from 6.30pm onwards, even though ‘In School’ time may be later.
‘School bounds’ and ‘In School’ time
More detailed guidance is provided on house noticeboards and explained to pupils by their houseparent.
The School employs a Head of Security who manages a team of security officers. The Main School bulding and all boarding houses have biometric face recognition devices for pupils to gain access.
Biometric registration details will be sent to you via email within the next couple of weeks. It is vital that this form is completed before your child joins us. For further details on registration and pupil absence, please refer to the Attendance and Registration Policy on the school website.
Security team and access to buildings
Bryanston School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and requires all staff, visitors, contractors and volunteers to share this commitment. All visitors must report to the gatehouse on arrival and sign in. All visitors will be issued with a visitor’s badge, which must be worn at all times. When leaving the School site, all visitors must sign out at the gatehouse.
The Fire Safety Policy, procedures and risk assessments at the School are designed to help our community to respond calmly and effectively in the event that fire breaks out in one of our buildings. Daytime and night time fire drills for the main school and the outlying boarding houses are carried out frequently. The risks of and impact of fire is reinforced regularly through whole school assemblies and in houses.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the range of portable electrical equipment that is available for pupils to bring to School. The School carries out regular Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and all personal items need to conform to British Safety Standard and display the CE safety marking. The Guidance for Parents and Pupils on Electrical Safety document can be found at bryanston.co.uk/newparents to help reduce the risk of electric shock, personal injury and fire at the School.
Pupils are encouraged to bring items from home that they can use to make their areas in their boarding house comfortable and familiar such as cushions, throws or fabric drapes. However, there is some guidance as to what standards these should meet in order to help reduce the risk of a fire at the School. Therefore we recommend reading the Guidance for Parents and Pupils: Personal Items of Soft Furnishings and Bedding document which can be found at bryanston.co.uk/newparents.
Fire safety standards for
Digital technology and mobile phones
Access to digital technology is a vital part of today’s dynamic, fast moving and ever-changing world. The School will ensure that pupils have access to digital technology and, in turn, expects pupils to be responsible users in terms of their actions, conduct and behaviour online.
Most pupils like to bring a smartphone and an Apple laptop, some may also have a tablet. All pupils are set up with a Bryanston email address in their first ICT lesson of the school year. This address follows the format of firstname.lastname@example.org.
All pupils receive information about e-safety regularly in PSRE, assemblies and houses. Pupils must ensure they protect themselves online, never leave themselves logged on to an unsupervised device and never reveal their password to another person. All pupils agree to abide by the School’s Acceptable Use Policy every time they log onto the school network. The internet is a vital tool for independent research and help with assignments and should be used positively. Access to the internet is provided via a filtering system that provides differing access according to the time of day and year group. The system actively monitors the use of VPN tools and removes pupils’ access if detected.
At Bryanston we are determined to play our part in educating our pupils to use screens sensibly and at suitable times. Our motivation for this is twofold. Firstly, and more obviously, is the potential distraction to learning, but our second and more fundamental objective is to give our pupils a break from social media platforms and/or gaming. We feel the latter will enhance social interaction while also having further positive effects such as promoting mental health and encouraging better sleep patterns. We do not want to discourage our pupils from engaging with today’s technological world, but do want them to learn to take ownership of this rather than the other way around. The School runs a no-visibility policy on mobile phones during the working day, so phones should not be heard or seen in classrooms. In addition, pupils are asked to avoid the use of mobile phones in the dining hall and Coade Hall and are reminded that the use of mobile technology in other communal places on the campus can appear rude.
Every pupil in C and D has a secure personal locker in their house in which they can store and charge up to three mobile devices. It is a requirement for junior pupils to lock their devices away at specific times when they are in house. These times are outlined below:
Additional measures taken for pupils in C and D
(7.30pm – 9.00pm)
Phones and tablets to be locked away at 7.20pm. Pupils will have access to laptops only.
(from approx. 9.30pm)
All electronic devices are to be locked away overnight. Morning time in house (from approx. 8.00am – 8.45am). All electronic devices remain locked away. Pupils have access to mobile phones at their houseparent’s discretion such as making a phone call overseas to a different time zone or any other relevant pastoral reason. All pupils who use laptops in exams will be allowed to take them to lessons as required.
We hope that the plan meets with the approval of our parents. It means that your child should be out of direct contact via mobile phone between 7.30pm and 9pm and again after 9.30pm during weekday evenings. Furthermore, pupils are without their mobile phones in the morning, unless arrangements have been made with your child(ren)’s houseparent. It goes without saying that, in the case of an emergency, please call either your child’s houseparent on their mobile or the landline of their house.
How does this affect parents of pupils in C and D?
We ask that parents support our aims by ensuring that your child does not return to school with multiple electronic devices. For example, two mobile phones, one that they store away in their locker at bedtime and the other that they sneak into their dorm and hide under
their duvet cover, something that houseparents and residents are on the lookout for. Please also consider the mobile phone contract you provide for your child. Unlimited or large data plans (more than 1Gb per month) tend to promote use of the internet outside the School’s protective filtering. All pupils have access to fast but filtered internet on any device they choose to enrol onto the school system. The School encourages parents to speak to their child’s houseparent if they have any particular concern in this regard.
Houseparents, tutors and teaching staff encourage pupils to turn their phones off during the working day or consider leaving them in their rooms. The use of electronic devices is closely monitored during prep and bed times in houses. Pupils in B hand in their phones when they go to bed and have access to them again the next morning. In addition, houseparents have a number of secure lockers at their disposal where they can
Additional measures taken for pupils in A2, A3 and B
store the mobile devices of any pupil who they feel is spending so much time on their screens that it is causing their academic progress or wellbeing to be adversely affected. The School encourages parents to speak to their child’s houseparent if they have any particular concern in this regard.
The School’s Digital Communications Policy is available on the school website.
Pupils are made aware that the recording of still or moving images of another person without their permission is a serious offence. This is particularly the case if the image is taken in a room in a boarding house or in the dining hall. Pupils are also made aware that the possession or sharing of indecent images is illegal and will be dealt with as a serious offence.
The School’s Youth Involved Sexual Imagery Policy is available on the school website.
Still or moving images
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There are a number of options for getting to and from the school at the start and end of term, for exeats and other trips - including coaches organised by the school, transfers to stations and airports and taxi services for individual trips.
Pupils make regular use of taxis. This may be to take them to or from Blandford, or to help weekend travel arrangements to or from Salisbury train station. The local taxi service used most frequently is Riverside Taxis (01258 453553). Parents can set up an account directly with Riverside or pupils can use a chit, signed by the houseparent or matron, which gets returned to the Finance Office and charges will appear on the pupil’s bill. Other local and reputable firms that will take a Bryanston chit as payment are:
Abell Cars: 01258 450260
Amerc Cars Ltd: 01202 770777
Tinks Corry: 01258 454609
Grosvenor Travel: 01747 853656
J & R Taxis: 01258 450077
Kens Kabs: 01258 456136
Oakwood Taxis: 01258 455555
Sunrise Taxis: 01258 268528
Turners Coaches: 01929 472552
(John Hilliard): 01258 454415
We provide a coach service with a chaperone for pupils travelling to and from School at the beginning and end of terms, half terms and exeat weekends. Routes served include London, Oxford, Lewes, Exeter and Heathrow (not available for exeats) and Southampton airports. Coach timetables can be found at bryanston.co.uk/coaches.
At the start of each term the School provides a ‘meet-and-greet’ service at the coach point of Terminal Five, Heathrow Airport to coordinate the arrival of pupils travelling from overseas.
Please note, we are unable to offer these services to unaccompanied minors for both inbound and outbound journeys.
Pupils are not allowed to drive a car and/or be driven in a car by anyone under the age of 21. Pupils learning to drive can take driving lessons from School during their free time in the afternoon. Driving lessons are not permitted during morning school. Houseparents can provide parents with a list of driving schools used by our pupils.
The closest station to Bryanston is Salisbury with direct links to London Waterloo. We run a minibus/taxi transfer service to the station which takes 45 minutes.
Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton, Bournemouth and Bristol are the closest airports to Bryanston.
London Clapham Junction
Fleet Services (M3)
Coach links to airports
Coach links and set-down points
Taxi link to Salisbury Station
It is recommended that every pupil has a lockable tuck box, or equivalent, in which to keep their valuable items. Pupils are reminded on a regular basis not to leave valuable items such as laptops, iPods and tablets lying around.
The School also recommends that items such as these are insured against accidental damage or theft. Although theft is a rare occurrence at Bryanston, items do get left around or misplaced and screens are especially vulnerable to damage if dropped or knocked from a desk. The School does offer a voluntary, opt-in personal insurance scheme and details of this will be sent to you within the next few weeks. It is a requirement that valuable items are clearly named and every pupil is provided with a number of security labels for this purpose. Houseparents and matrons are always happy to lock valuable items away.
We are cashless, so recommend that children pay using Applepay or have a debit card for café purchases.
The medical centre is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term time with a nurse in residence covering the full 24 hours in case of emergencies. The medical centre team consists of highly qualified nurses, a healthcare assistant and administrator. The medical centre also has a specialist young people’s mental health nurse and physiotherapy team.
Emotional wellbeing and mental health
The medical centre, as part of the wider Bryanston pastoral care team, offers pupils support and guidance with any health concerns and/or minor illnesses referring to appropriate services where necessary. The emphasis is on professional, individual care using evidence-based practice, encouraging the pupils to be partners in their own health needs.
Medical Centre Manager
On weekday mornings a GP from The Quarter Jack Surgery in Wimborne attends the medical centre where we run a practice very much like the NHS, offering appointments, prescriptions, blood testing, vaccinations, etc. The physiotherapy service is also appointment based. There are nurse-led clinics at specified times throughout the day; these are accessible independently by the pupils, ensuring confidentiality where needed. We do encourage pupils to talk to their matron regarding minor illnesses and if matron is concerned, she can refer the pupil directly to the medical centre as well.
To enable your child to see a GP as an NHS patient, they will need to be registered with the medical centre. All new pupils will be given a new patient medical during their first half of term at Bryanston. This gives the pupils the opportunity to be introduced to the medical centre, learn how the centre works, meet some members of the team and know how to access healthcare should they need to.
We recognise that a young person’s emotional wellbeing is equally as important as their physical health. Together with nurturing and support, these form a helpful foundation for pupils to learn, achieve and flourish. In addition to the exceptional day-to-day pastoral care provided by the school staff we also have a team of mental health professionals onboard including an independent listener, school counsellors, GPs as well as a specialist mental health nurse.
We provide a screening, assessment, early intervention and treatment service to pupils with emotional, psychological or mental health difficulties. If a pupil’s difficulties require additional specialist treatment, we can refer them (at additional cost), to our visiting cognitive behavioural therapist or consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. We can also refer externally to voluntary or statutory services as necessary.
We aim to deliver a timely, accessible and confidential service so that pupils receive the most appropriate support and intervention as seamlessly as possible to promote their health and wellbeing.
Pupils can be referred to physiotherapy by the school doctor or one of the nursing team. Our physiotherapists work alongside the doctors and nurses ensuring a multi-disciplinary approach and continuity of care.The physiotherapists work between the medical centre and the sports centre, which enables close working with the medical team as well as access to all the outstanding facilities for rehabilitation.In addition to the medical team they also work closely with the strength and conditioning coaches, heads of games and sports coaches to provide individualised exercise programmes for pupils specific to their injuries as well as highlighting any risk factors for future injuries. This, alongside weekly rehabilitation classes where required, and a thorough ‘return to play protocol’ ensure a safe return to sport.
It is preferable that your child visits their own dentist or optician for regular check-ups in the school holiday. Any emergency appointments need to be booked via your child’s matron.
Orthodontic, dental or optician appointments
If a parent is not able to take their child to an appointment, the School will escort the pupil in a taxi at the parent’s expense. In an emergency, either the houseparent, the matron or one of the residents will stay with your child at all times and will keep in regular contact with you. For routine appointments, such as an X-ray or similar follow-up appointment, the School has a team of responsible adults who act as the chaperone.
In order to register your child at the medical centre as an NHS patient you will need to complete the new pupil medical questionnaire which will be sent to you via email within the next few weeks. Please note, you will be required to enter a validation code to submit the form and you can choose to receive this by either text message or email. Their NHS number is also vital for registration.
To contact the medical centre you can either email the team at: email@example.com or telephone 01258 484621.
Escorting pupils to medical appointments
The menus are on a ternary week cycle, and offer vast choice of meals at each sitting. The kitchen team produce a comprehensive choice including main dishes, a theatre bar and a light bite option for lunch, and an extensive range of flavoursome main courses for supper. In addition they offer daily salad specials incorporating different grains, proteins and super foods, to tie in with the nutritional requirements each pupil needs. Further to this the Catering Department is always striving to keep up with contemporary trends within the industry, to maintain a plentiful choice, including plant-based options, and vegan choices daily. Menus are reviewed and updated termly to ensure food is kept seasonal and current.
At Bryanston we know how important food is to our pupils and our award-winning catering team provide a huge variety of dishes to suit all tastes and preferences. They take great care and attention to ensure that the food at Bryanston is outstanding.
Catering General Manager
The dining hall
The Catering Department also offer pop-up bars at lunchtime every term including various concepts e.g. South American street food (Brazilian, Peruvian and Columbian), Norse or French etc. Fun theme nights are held on a termly basis, e.g. Harry Potter, Wild West, Sushi, Jamaican and American Diner.
Situated in the basement corridor of the main building, the café is open to pupils at set times each day providing delicious homemade cakes and pastries, fruit pots, savoury snacks and a daily special. The team consider caring for your children a most important element of their role, which is reflected in the café’s popularity and the relaxed atmosphere they have created.
The combination of quality produce and friendly, experienced staff ensure that the café is probably most pupils’ favourite part of the School.
In addition to the food available in the dining hall and the café, and the bread, milk and butter in each boarding house, pupils are allowed to have a sensible amount and selection of tuck with them that they keep in their lockable tuckbox. The houseparent and matron try to keep an eye on the type of and quantity of tuck the pupils are buying but this is not always easy to monitor and poor choices in this respect can have a negative impact on the pupil’s academic performance, energy levels, sleep patterns, mood and, ultimately, perhaps even their long-term health. So, we ask for parents’ support with this by ensuring that your child does not bring too many unhealthy or sugary snacks in their tuckbox and that food delivered to the pupils while they are at School is monitored as far as possible. We are very thankful of your help and support in this matter. If you have any queries or would like to discuss further, please contact your child’s houseparent or matron.
If your child suffers from a food allergy, please alert your child’s houseparent. They will put the necessary precautions in place within the boarding house and will liaise with the Catering Manager.
Christian inspiration and Christian ideals are fundamental to the Bryanston philosophy, but the School recognises that pupils may come from homes which follow other faiths or have no strong religious affiliation. There is, therefore, no attempt to impose worship on pupils; rather, the intention is to provide an atmosphere in which spiritual values can be discovered and developed.
To that end, first year pupils meet in the chapel once a week to be prepared for that freedom of choice in worship which is the normal Bryanston pattern.
Pupils can choose to attend either church or a secular assembly.
The School’s chaplaincy is fully involved with the pastoral care of the community. The chapel is always open and provides a haven of quiet in the centre of the School.
Jo arrived as Chaplain in September 2019, having spent five years as chaplain at Milton Abbey, and previous to ordination teaching religious studies in Surrey. She combines her role with being a wife and mother, and sees it as supporting the whole community of the School, celebrating diversity and supporting those of all faiths and none.
the location where your child is staying
the name of the host they are staying with
the contact details of the host
the date and time of departure from School
the departure transport (to include flight details where relevant)
the date and time of return to School
the return transport (to include flight details where relevant).
All pupils who do not have parents living in the UK must have a UK-based guardian who is responsible for the pupil when not in School, e.g. exeat weekends, half term, holidays and early returns to the UK at the start of term, etc.
The School does not appoint guardians but does take appropriate steps to ensure that children are safe and that the guardianship arrangement is promoting the physical and emotional wellbeing of your child.
We welcome pupils to Bryanston from all over the world and embrace the opportunities for staff and pupils that such cultural diversity brings, not least in preparing all pupils for today’s world. Improvements in travel and communication have produced a wider range of international pupils than in the past and they usually make up about 12-15% of the total number. Whilst it might be a daunting prospect to study abroad, all of our overseas pupils are fully integrated within the school community and, apart from four exeat weekends, our boarding houses are always open at the weekends during term time, throughout the year. We feel we are offering a truly international education whilst restricting numbers of pupils from each country so that the ethos of an English boarding school is enriched rather than diluted. Friendships quickly form between the British and international pupils at Bryanston and from the very beginning, international pupils will be part of their boarding house and their year group.
Any concerns about guardianship arrangements are referred to the relevant agency, and where the guardianship arrangements may constitute private fostering (where a child aged 16 or under is accommodated by somebody outside the School who is not a close family member for 28 days or more), this is referred to the local authority.
Boarding houses open at 6pm on the first day of each half term. However, we recognise that the flight times of some pupils travelling from overseas mean that they will arrive at Bryanston before 6pm. This is not a problem. The School offers a comfortable area for the pupils to relax and unwind from their journey, which is usually in one of the boarding houses under the supervision of a matron. A hot lunch and supper is available in the dining hall. Pupils can return to their own boarding house once it opens at 6pm.
Arrival at School
at the start of term
The Admissions Team will assign a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) and you will need this to apply for a Child Student visa. Once the visa has been issued, a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will be sent to Bryanston ahead of your child’s arrival, and we will keep this safe. Once they arrive in School, their BRP should be kept safely with their passport. It is a critical document and should not be mislaid; whilst it can be replaced, it can be costly and time consuming to do so.
Child Student visas
On page 14 of this booklet, parents and guardians are introduced to Orah, which is the system the School uses for parents or guardians to request permission from the houseparent for their child to be away from school. To ensure the School is compliant with the stringent regulations of UKVI, parents or guardians are required to complete and submit the Student visa when making a request to your child’s houseparent for leave on any weekend of the school year, for a fixed exeat or for half term and end of term holidays. As a parent or guardian of a student visa pupil, when you receive the invitation from the School to set up an Orah account, you will also be sent a help video that shows you how to complete all the necessary details that must include:
STUDENT VISA PUPIL leave request
Please always use this system to request permission for an overnight leave from School.
All pupils are retested on arrival at Bryanston. It may already have been highlighted that your child will require EAL support once at the School, but if, as a result of the testing, we believe that it is in their best interest to receive support, your child’s tutor will contact you to arrange this.
English as an Additional
Once your child has started at Bryanston, you may wish to open a UK bank account for them. To do so, you will require a letter from the Head, stating that your child is a pupil at the School. Parents or guardians should then accompany their child to your bank of choice to set up an account. School staff cannot accompany your child to set up a bank account.
All boarding houses are let to external agencies during the Easter and summer holidays, so boarders’ dorms must be cleared for these periods. When most other pupils have to take their belongings home at the end of each term, storage is available for overseas pupils to store their clothing, bedding and books safely during the holidays.
academic matters should be directed to the tutor, e.g. set changes, academic difficulties, exam results, GCSE and A level choices
concerns about organisation, working and attainment
worries about learning difficulties
concerns about extra-curricular activities or lack of them!
Who to contact
You may be used to contacting he Head of your previous school with questions or issues; at Bryanston the system is different. Throughout your child’s time at the School your first point of contact will be the houseparent or tutor. Their roles overlap, but the following will give you an idea of who to talk to on a specific issue. They can also direct your concerns to other members of staff as necessary.
Opportunities for parents
pastoral or welfare concerns
permission for weekends out
permission to miss school
worries about friendships
messages that need to get to your child promptly
Other key contacts:
Senior Deputy Head firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Head (Academic)
Deputy Head Co-Curricular
Head of Sixth Form
Director of Sport
Director of Music
Head of B Year
Head of C Year
Becky Martin and Ed Musgrove
Heads of D Year
There are many opportunities for parents to play an active part in school life. Parents are encouraged to watch their children play in sports matches on Thursday and Saturday afternoons, and there are numerous drama productions and music concerts, both at the School and at venues away from School such as London or Salisbury, which parents are welcome to attend.
In alternate years there is an open air music concert in the Summer term. Speech Day on the last day of the Summer term is a good opportunity for parents to get together with their children in the School grounds before the speeches.
Parents can meet up with their child’s houseparent in the house and with the tutor by arrangement. There is a formal parents’ meeting once a year for each year group, when all the teachers are available to talk about progress.
The Bryanston Parents’ Association (BPA) is
a representative group of parents. It supports
the School in a number of areas including organising events for parents that are either
social (drinks before the Autumn term musical and tea before exeats) or informative (the Autumn term parenting workshops and the Spring term annual talk).
Towards the end of the summer (August) the BPA invites all new Ds and their parents to a beach party so that you have the opportunity to meet and mingle ahead of your child starting at Bryanston. There is also a BPA Facebook group which you can join.
Parents are also warmly invited to participate in the careers and professional networking to support Old Bryanstonians as they develop
17 Market Place
Fee bills are provided at least fourteen (14) days before the start of each term and are due in full seven (7) days before the start of each term. For bank transfers, the bank details are:
Sort code: 40-12-18
A/C no: 61218093
Notification of changes to bank account details will only be communicated by the School’s Finance Director. Up-to-date bank details can be found on the school website if verification is needed: bryanston.co.uk/fees
To contact the Finance Office please email: email@example.com or phone: 01258 484626.
All Bryanston parents are given access to a secure area of the school website called the ‘My School Portal’ via unique login details. Within the My School Portal, parents are able to view information about their child’s academic progress via the Bryanston Chart, end-of-term reports and exam results. There are also links to book weekend leave. Useful information such as the calendar and term dates, sports fixtures, policy and guidance documents, coach timetables and other reference materials can also be found here. Most communications about day-to-day school matters are sent via email and are usually collated into one daily bulletin sent at 4.30pm. You can also access school emails via a mailbox within the My School Portal.
My School Portal
Checklist for online forms
You will receive a number of messages from Bryanston via email within the next few weeks. Some of these messages have forms that need to be completed (see below table). You will receive a helpful checklist for these forms to help you keep track of what needs to be done and when.
Fees and insurances
Not compulsory, but there is a deadline
Music lesson booking forms
Compulsory website form
Outdoor education (D and C pupils only)
Previous school updates
Compulsory for every parent and/or guardian to set up an account
New pupils – important info
For info only
Policies available to view on our website
Academic Honesty Policy
Academic Support Policy
Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy Summary
Anti-Money Laundering Policy
Attendance, Accounting for Pupils and
Bryanston Foundation Investment Policy
Code of Conduct for Staff
Data Subject Access Request Policy
Digital Communications Policy
Equal Opportunities Policy
Exams Internal Appeals Procedures
Exams Special Consideration Policy
Exams Word Processor Policy
Fire Safety Policy and Procedures
First Aid Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Illegal Drugs & Substance Abuse Policy
Child-on-Child Abuse Policy
Privacy Notice Part A: Overview
Privacy Notice Part B: Pupils, Parents
Privacy Notice Part B: Staff
Pupil Privacy Notice
Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) Policy
Rules and Regulations
Safeguarding Policy and Child
Safer Recruitment Policy
Search and Confiscation Policy
Statement of Boarding Principles and Practice
Taking, Storing and Using Images of Pupils Policy
Child Student Visa Policy (formally Tier 4 Policy)
Use of Reasonable Force Policy
Youth Involved Sexual Imagery Policy
View all policies here
Main School Building
Salisbury House (Sa)
Shaftesbury House (Sh)
Connaught House (C)
Main School Building
Salisbury House (Sa)
Shaftesbury House (Sh)
Connaught House (C)
Old Music School
Edwin Evans Music Room
The Tom Wheare Music School
The Sanger Centre for Science & Mathematics
The Don Potter Art School
St Martin’s Church
Climbing Tower & Outdoor Adventure
CJ Pavilion (First Aid Hut)
Indoor Riding School
Old Music School
Edwin Evans Music Room
The Tom Wheare Music School
The Sanger Centre for Science & Mathematics
The Don Potter Art School
St Martin’s Church
Climbing Tower & Outdoor Adventure
CJ Pavilion (First Aid Hut)
Indoor Riding School
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