International Boarding Agents' Handbook 2018-2019 - Brentwood School

 
International Boarding Agents' Handbook 2018-2019 - Brentwood School
International Boarding
  Agents’ Handbook
       2018-2019
International Boarding Agents' Handbook 2018-2019 - Brentwood School
Our mission statement
Brentwood School develops and nurtures high
achieving, enterprising and articulate individuals
who have the academic and social skills, integrity
and commitment to lead the next generation.

Our aim and ethos

Brentwood School aims to provide a first class
education for pupils aged between 3 and 18. We
aim to treat every single child as an individual
and to ensure that all our pupils achieve the best
possible academic results. In addition, we provide a
wide range of opportunities outside the classroom
which are designed to develop pupils who are well
qualified, creative thinkers, caring and insightful.

Our ethos cultivates an appetite for achievement,
a determination to succeed and a lifelong love of
learning. Within the classroom, we encourage
pupils to strive for the highest academic standards,
to seize the many learning opportunities provided
and to celebrate their achievements and those of
their peers. Academic learning is enriched outside
the classroom with a wealth of activities that enable
pupils to grow in confidence, work effectively in
teams, develop leadership skills and gain a sense of
service to others.

Our School motto, ‘Virtue, Learning and Manners’,
is taken from the School statutes of 1622. The
principles of academic achievement within a caring
Christian ethos remain a cornerstone of the School’s
philosophy today.

   “You just get so much freedom. You can make use of School facilities
   even at weekends, which is great for studying and practising. I certainly
   appreciate that!”
   Boarding student
International Boarding Agents' Handbook 2018-2019 - Brentwood School
Contents

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Contacts & information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Working with Boarding Agents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Boarding & tuition fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .    .    .    .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .6
Diamond Model. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           .    .    .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .6
Location & access. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           .   .    .    .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .7
Size of School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         .    .    .    .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .7

Curriculum & subjects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Curriculum offered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Subjects offered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Co-curricular activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Free English as an additional language (EAL). . . . .                       . . . . . . . . . . .10

Exam results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
IB Diploma results. . . . . . . . . . . . .   .    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
GCSE results. . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
A Level results. . . . . . . . . . . . .      .    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Leavers’ destinations & subjects . .          .    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-17

Key dates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Guardianship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Boarding admissions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Admissions process via International Agents. . . . . . . . . . . . . .20-21

Boarding accommodation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

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International Boarding Agents' Handbook 2018-2019 - Brentwood School
Contacts & information
Brentwood School is an independent day and boarding school in
Essex for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. Boarding places are available for
pupils aged 13-18.

Address          Middleton Hall Lane
                 Brentwood
                 Essex
                 CM15 8EE

Telephone        School Reception + 44 (0)1277 243 243

Email            headmaster@brentwood.sch.uk
Website          www.brentwoodschool.co.uk

  Boarding Agents’ general enquiries

                                                Mr Oli Adams
                                        Director of Communications,
                                         Admissions & Development

                                   Email: adamso@brentwood.essex.sch.uk

  Specific admission enquiries

                                Admissions Team
                                 Mrs Sue Hilton &
                                Mrs Beth Gobeille

                   Email: admissions@brentwood.essex.sch.uk

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Working with Boarding Agents
Boarding & tuition fees
We have a small number of boarding places available each year and our aim is to
always have a diverse mix of nationalities and age groups for each boarding house.
Therefore, we do not sign exclusive agreements with agents. We treat each application
individually. Please also see our Boarding admissions process, page 18. Where a
boarder has been introduced to the School and placed successfully by an international
agent, we will pay to the agent the equivalent of 10% of the first year’s boarding fees.

• £37,128 per annum
• £12,376 per term
Above fees include all meals and laundry, term time.

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Registration fee                     £100

Deposit                              One term’s fee payable by 1st December
                                     preceding September of entry. £2,500 is retained
                                     as a deposit refundable when the student leaves.

Exam fees                            Parents are invoiced for public examinations,
                                     resits and remarks individually.

Combined Cadet Force                 £55 per annum.

Music Lessons, LAMDA and             Parents will be invoiced directly for charges by
optional sports coaching             the respective tutors.

                                  £50.00 per annum

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Overview
Brentwood School is a Christian school and was founded in 1557. Initially established
as a School for boys, the School has taught both boys and girls since 1988. We are
a day and boarding School with a difference. We follow the ‘Diamond Model’ of
teaching which means that in the Senior School, from the age of 11, our boys and
girls are taught separately until the Sixth Form. This means we can tailor academic
teaching more specifically to their needs.

Diamond Model
We believe this model provides the best environment for learning and there is a
growing body of research which supports this view.

                                Boys & Girls
                                ages 16 to 18
                             (taught together)

       Boys                                                      Girls
   ages 11 to 16                                             ages 11 to 16
(taught separately)                                       (taught separately)

                                Boys & Girls
                                ages 3 to 11
                             (taught together)

Pupils may be taught separately but socialise together, the Diamond Model gives both
social and cultural benefits. All pupils have the opportunity to mix socially outside
the classroom, enjoying modern facilities set in the heart of Brentwood town and
surrounded by 72 acres of playing fields and gardens.

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Location & access
                                              Luton                         Stansted

                                      M1
                                                                   M11

                                                                                       A12

                                                      M25
                                                                     Brentwood
                                                                                         Southend

                                                      London City Airport          A13

                                                 London
                                           Heathrow

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                                                      M23

                                           Gatwick

Our close proximity to London is especially helpful for international families looking
to place their children in a safe UK location but within easy reach of London. Our
suburban site is safe yet not completely cut off. Older boarders in particular enjoy
being able to walk to the shops in the High Street at the weekend and the easy access
to London. From May 2017 Brentwood and Shenfield will be connected to London
Liverpool Street via the Crossrail development, (which will be named the Elizabeth
Line), meaning that passengers will be able to reach Central and West London without
having to change.

Nearest airports
• Stansted - 30 minutes             • Gatwick - 1 hour
• Southend - 30 minutes             • Luton - 1 hour
• London City Airport - 30          • Heathrow - 1 hour 30 minutes
  minutes

Size of School                       Current Totals
We provide education to
                                     Preparatory                            410
children from 3 – 18 years
of age. Boarding places are          Senior                                 912

available to pupils from 13 – 18.    Sixth Form                             311

                                     Boarders                               63
Total number of students
across the whole School is           Boarding Houses                Mill Hill 25 girls
around 1500.                                                     Hough House 38 boys

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Curriculum & subjects
Curriculum offered
• GCSEs & IGCSEs                             • English as an Additional Language
• A Levels                                   • A choice of 27 subjects for A Level
• International Baccalaureate Diploma        • A choice of 39 subjects for IB
  Programme                                    Diploma
• Global Perspectives                        • Oxbridge/Medical/Law preparation
• European Computer Driving Licence

Subjects offered
GCSEs
•   Art & Design                             •   Latin
•   Biology, Chemistry & Physics IGCSE       •   Mathematics IGCSE
•   Classical Greek                          •   Music
•   Computer Science IGCSE                   •   Physical Education
•   Design & Technology                      •   Religious Education
•   Drama
•   English IGCSE
•   English Literature IGCSE
•   Food Preparation & Nutrition
•   French, German & Spanish IGCSEs
•   Geography
•   History

A Levels
•   Art                                      •   Government & Politics
•   Biology                                  •   History
•   Business Studies                         •   Latin
•   Chemistry                                •   Mathematics
•   Classical Civilisation                   •   Further Mathematics
•   Classical Greek                          •   Music
•   Computer Science                         •   Photography
•   Design Tech (Product Design)             •   Physical Education
•   Drama and Theatre Studies                •   Physics
•   Economics                                •   Psychology
•   English                                  •   Religious Studies
•   English Literature                       •   Spanish
•   French
•   Geography
•   German

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International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)
• English Literature                         • Dance
• English Language B                         • Design Technology
• German A Literature                        • Film
• German Language B                          • Psychology
• German ab initio                           • Geography
• French A Literature                        • Global Politics
• French Language B                          • Business Management
• Spanish A Literature                       • World Religions
• Spanish Language B                         • Astronomy
• Italian ab initio                          • Physics
• Italian A Literature                       • Chemistry
• Mandarin ab initio                         • Biology
• Classical Greek & Roman Studies            • Computer Science
• Latin                                      • Mathematics

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• Classical Greek                            • Mathematical Studies
• Language A Literature (e.g. Russian,       • Music
  Hindi, Chinese)                            • Theatre
• History                                    • Environmental Systems & Societies
• Philosophy                                 • Sport, Exercise & Health Science
• Economics                                  • Visual Arts

Co-curricular activities
• Art Club                                 • Gymnastics
• Biology Society                          • Running Club
• Digital Leaders Club                     • Chess
• The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award            • History Club
• Combined Cadet Force (CCF)               • Sir Antony Browne Society (SABS) for
• Community Service Unit (CSU)               lectures and debates
• Football                                 • Junior SABS (JSABS)
• Rugby                                    • Junior Colloquium
• Cricket                                  • Junior Robotics
• Hockey                                   • Plays & drama performances
• Tennis                                   • Public Speaking
• Fencing                                  • Big Band & orchestras
• Squash                                   • Choir
• Swimming                                 • Maths Enrichment & Support
• Water Polo                               • Science Club
• Equestrian                               Various lunchtime and after-school
                                           clubs, including Italian Film Club,
• Athletics
                                           Geography & Orienteering Club,
• Archery                                  German & Grammar Support and
• Dance                                    Creative Writing Club.
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Free English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The EAL Department provides an                      support will be implemented for each
academic learning environment in                    pupil as necessary. A standard level of
which non-native speakers of English                extra support is provided at no extra
are able to develop their skills in the four        cost. However, if additional support is
key areas of the language – reading,                required, extra lessons can be arranged
writing, speaking and listening. The                and are subject to additional fees.
department ensures that international
                                                    English is the common language of
students who do not have a proficient
                                                    the School and boarders are expected
level of English are given dedicated
                                                    to speak English in all public areas of
lessons each week.
                                                    the School and the boarding house.
All applicants for whom English is not              All study within School and all public
their first language will be asked to sit           examinations are taken in the English
an appropriate level EAL paper as part              language to encourage all non-English
of the Admissions process. Once a                   speakers to practise speaking the
new boarder joins, they will undertake              language as an aid to their academic
a full EAL assessment shortly after                 success.
arrival and a programme of extra

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Exam results
IB Diploma results 2018 (subjects graded 1-7, 7 being highest) 36 Point Average

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GCSE results 2018

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A Level results 2018
Leavers’ destinations and subjects
A Level and IB students (2018)

 Course                                                                                          No. of students
 Business                                                                                        10
 Economics                                                                                       10
 Engineering                                                                                     10
 Law                                                                                             8
 Art                                                                                             6
 Banking/Finance                                                                                 6
 Geography                                                                                       6
 Drama                                                                                           5
 English                                                                                         5
 History                                                                                         5
 Modern Languages                                                                                5
 Psychology                                                                                      5
 Classics                                                                                        4
 Fashion                                                                                         4
 Sport and Exercise                                                                              4
 Architecture                                                                                    3
 Biology                                                                                         3
 Politics                                                                                        3
 Aeronautics                                                                                     2
 Design & Technology                                                                             2
 Medicine                                                                                        2
 Music                                                                                           2
 Neuroscience                                                                                    2
 Veterinary Medicine                                                                             2
 Advertising/Marketing                                                                           1

All university destinations and subjects listed are to the best of Brentwood School’s knowledge at the time of printing.

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Course                                                    No. of students
Biomedical Science                                        1
Childhood Studies                                         1
Criminology                                               1
Environmental Science                                     1
Journalism                                                1
Nutrition                                                 1
Mathematics                                               1
Philosophy                                                1
Physics                                                   1

 All university destinations and subjects listed are to the best of Brentwood School’s knowledge at the time of printing
                            and some subjects listed above are part of joint honours degrees.
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Leavers’ destinations and subjects
A Level and IB students (2018)

 University                                     No. of students
 Employment/Apprenticeship                      13
 Exeter                                         10
 Nottingham                                     9
 Gap Year                                       7
 Warwick                                        6
 Bristol                                        5
 Cambridge                                      5
 Leeds                                          4
 Loughborough                                   4
 Birmingham                                     3
 Kent                                           3
 Leicester                                      3
 Manchester                                     3
 Oxford                                         3
 Queen Mary                                     3
 Bath                                           2
 Bournemouth                                    2
 Cardiff                                        2
 Glasgow                                        2
 Greenwich                                      2
 Liverpool                                      2
 Ravensbourne                                   2
 RHUL                                           2
 Southampton                                    2
 University of the Creative Arts                2
 Aberdeen                                       1
 American Academy of Dramatic Arts (New York)   1
 Anglia Ruskin University                       1
 Brighton                                       1
 Brunel                                         1

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Leavers’ destinations and subjects
A Level and IB students (2018)

 University                                        No. of students
 Canterbury Christ Church                          1
 City                                              1
 Coventry                                          1
 Essex                                             1
 Guildhall School of Music                         1
 Hull                                              1
 Imperial College London                           1
 Keele                                             1
 Kings College London                              1
 Kingston                                          1

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 Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics   1
 Lancaster                                         1
 Lincoln                                           1
 LSE                                               1
 National Youth Theatre                            1
 Nottingham Trent                                  1
 Plymouth                                          1
 Queen’s Belfast                                   1
 Reading                                           1
 Royal Veterinary College                          1
 Sheffield                                         1
 St George’s University of London                  1
 Surrey                                            1
 Sussex                                            1
 The Royal Drawing School                          1
 Toronto                                           1
 UEA                                               1
 Westminster                                       1
 York                                              1

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Key dates
Michaelmas Term 2018

Term starts Tuesday 4th September (Staff Training Day); New boarding
		students arrive

		Wednesday 5th September (Senior School First Years, L6, U6
		 Senior Praepostors and all pupils new to the Senior School,
		 existing boarding students (6-9pm)

		Thursday 6th September Term starts

Half term starts Friday 19th October (boarders depart by 6pm)

Half term ends Sunday 4th November (boarders return between 6pm – 9pm)

Term ends        Friday 14th December (boarders depart by 6pm)

Lent Term 2019

Term starts      Sunday 6th January (Boarders return between 6pm - 9pm)

		Monday 7th January Term starts

Half term starts Friday 15th February (boarders depart by 6pm)

Half term ends Sunday 24th February (boarders return between 6pm – 9pm)

Term ends        Friday 5th April (boarders depart by 6pm)

Trinity Term 2019

Term starts      Tuesday 23rd April 2019 (Staff Training Day); Boarders return
		               between 6pm – 9pm

		Wednesday 24th April 2019 Term starts

Bank Holiday     Monday 6th May Boarding house closed from Friday 3rd May
		               at 6pm until Monday 6th May at 6pm

Half term starts Friday 24th May (boarders depart by 6pm)

Half term ends Sunday 2nd June (boarders return between 6pm – 9pm)

Term ends        Thursday 4th July (boarders depart by 6pm)

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Guardianship
It is a requirement of the School that all boarders, irrespective of age,
whose parents live overseas, must have a guardian appointed in the UK.

The School reserves the right to refuse         to take or communicate decisions
entry if satisfactory guardianship              concerning the student and generally
arrangements are not made. In general           co-operate in any matter relating to the
terms, guardians must be responsible            students’ welfare in UK and in the case
adults, resident in the UK, available           of any emergency arrangements.
during term time and School holidays,
                                                Guardians are also responsible, if
aged over 25 and not be living in
                                                required by parents, for making travel
student/sheltered accommodation or a
                                                arrangements for students to and from
nursing home.
                                                school at both ends of holiday periods

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In order for guardians to fulfil their          or Exeat weekends. The School has no
obligations, they should live locally or        direct responsibility in this area.
live within easy and quick access of the
                                                Full details on guardians’
School.
                                                responsibilities are available from the
Guardians are expected to represent             Admissions Registrar.
the parents whilst parents are abroad,

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Boarding admissions
Admissions process via International Agents
These are the main steps we anticipate for admissions of boarding students via an
international agency. We treat each application individually so there may be slight
variations to these procedures as appropriate. However, we hope this is a helpful
reference to the main aspects for boarding admissions. We are happy to provide
advice or discuss your queries at any stage and hope that you can visit us in person.
You will receive a warm welcome.

Step 1
To introduce your company, in the first
instance please write to or email the
Headmaster with background information
about your company. Contact details to send
this information are:
headmaster@brentwood.essex.sch.uk or
The Headmaster, Middleton Hall Lane,
Brentwood, Essex CM15 8EE, UK.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1277 243243.

Step 2
We will confirm our agreement to work
with your company and any commercial terms. We will also supply you with some
introductory information about Brentwood School and arrange a visit if you require
one at this stage. We encourage all boarding agents to come to visit us if at all possible
so that you can see for yourself the first class facilities and education we offer, and so
we can discuss in detail the requirements of your students.

Step 3
Once you have selected individual students that you wish to propose for a boarding
place, please send a copy of their latest school report and grades, together with a
personal statement to the Headmaster for his initial consideration.

Step 4
With the Headmaster’s approval, the student will be requested to complete the UK
Independent Schools’ assessment (UKiset). Please visit the Brentwood School website
at http://www.brentwoodschool.co.uk/International-Applications for instructions
on how to register for the Entry Test. The student’s test results will then be sent to the
School. UKiset test measurements are detailed in the notes section.

Step 5
The School will review the UKiset results. If successful, and there is space in the

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boarding house, the student will be required to formally register with the School. This
can be done online using our online registration form or by email or sent by post. A
completed registration form and payment of registration fee of £100 must be received
to secure the registration. We will also wish to interview the student. If the student is
able to visit the School we will arrange a mutually convenient time for an interview and
tour, otherwise candidates will be interviewed via Skype.

Step 6
When the results of the examination/assessment, interview and references are
available, the Headmaster will be able to consider making a formal offer of a boarding
place. We try to respond with our decision within 48 hours.

Step 7
If a formal offer is made, we will send an Acceptance form to be completed and
returned with the Acceptance Deposit of £11,378 (first term’s fees) within the required
deadline. Once we have received your form and deposit we will confirm  Mill the
                                                                            Hill House girl’s room
                                                                                 boarding
place at the School.

    Notes
    • The School is a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor and will provide the
      necessary support and documentation for visa applications, should this be
      required
    • The boarding housemasters/mistresses provide full admission information
      to all those joining well in advance of the September start date
    • The boarding house spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis
      and the houses are usually full by March for admission the following
      September.
    • UKiset measures five principal areas:
    • Non-Verbal Reasoning (a form of problem solving based around diagrams
      rather than words)
    • Spatial Ability (tests the ability to mentally rotate and manipulate shapes in
      two and three dimensions)
    • Verbal Reasoning (problem solving with words)
    • Quantitative (is the application of mathematical concepts and skills to
      solve real-world problems)
    • English (grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening and
      creative writing).
Boarding accommodation
There are two boarding houses at Brentwood School, Mill Hill for girls and
Hough House for boys.

Each house has a large comfortable           or tea. Healthy snacks are also provided
common room with sofas and                   and there is a daily laundry service.
equipment, areas to relax, play music or
games such as pool or table football.        All meals are provided in the main
                                             School Dining Halls where there is a
There is plenty of storage space for kit     healthy choice catering to most dietary
bags and boots, and a fully equipped         requirements.
kitchen for chatting over a cup of coffee

                                                                    Mill Hill bedroom

Boarding house rooms
Hough House provides single                  rooms are prioritised for older students
accommodation throughout to give             while younger girls are allocated shared
boys the space they need to settle, relax    bedrooms and we find this helps them
and work effectively. The bathrooms          to settle in quickly. Bathroom facilities
are shared. In Mill Hill there is a mix      are shared, although there are sinks in
of single and shared bedrooms. Single        most rooms.
                                                              Mill Hill House kitchen

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Hough Housemaster and
Housemistress Steve and Sue Taylor

                                                            Hough House bedroom

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                                     Mill Hill Housemaster and Housemistress Mark
                                            and Jackie Monro with Mill Hill boarders

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Middleton Hall Lane Brentwood Essex CM15 8EE
telephone: 01277 243243 email: headmaster@brentwood.essex.sch.uk
                   www.brentwoodschool.co.uk
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