World class teaching within a caring environment is what Bellerbys College Brighton provides and for the first time ever it is available to UK students.
From September this international school with an outstanding record for academic excellence is opening its doors to UK students aged 13 plus who want to join its unique GCSE Pathway Programme.
Offering a global education in the heart of Sussex it is a testament to the work ethic of students and dedication of teachers that Bellerbys is in the top three per cent of schools in England* and its GCSE course not only provides an extensive academic curriculum but also prepares students for progression to A levels and a world class university education beyond.
Currently home to over 900 students from 59 countries, Bellerbys offers a modern interpretation of a traditional boarding school that caters for the modern student.
Bellerbys has been at its current state-of-the-art purpose built site in Brighton for seven years but as the founding school in the world-renowned Bellerbys group has been in the city over 50 years. Upon entering the college a sea of colourful flags from the around the globe gives you a taste of things to come.
Bright open spaces, modern facilities and passionate staff create a unique learning environment. The on-site cafeteria serves delicious home cooked food from around the world that includes vegetarian and halal options, themed days for cultural festivals and international delicacies created using family recipes provided by the students!
Common room is a dedicated space for students with comfortable seating, large plasma screen TV and DVD player, WiFi access, piano and college shop where all necessary books, supplies and occasional treats can be purchased. The tech room offers computers, printers, photocopier and all the facilities a modern student could need while the well stocked library is a quiet haven in which to study.
Walking through the building that feels more like a business environment than school, you encounter a different language at every turn.
“An exciting, dynamic, proactive and positive change” is how principal Simon Mower described the move to introduce UK students on to its innovative GCSE course where class sizes never exceed 16 students.
Learning with international students in a truly multicultural environment will help students become confident global citizens. They will make friends from around the world, creating networks for the future whilst learning to understand different cultures.
Six different GCSE pathways have been devised – Science and Engineering, Business and Economics, Creative Arts, Humanities, Global and Young Oxbridge – and students will choose the one that best fits their academic passion.
Each pathway has a tailored enrichment programme that helps students to “learn around the subject”. Students are immersed in the subject and their thinking is challenged, lateral thinking is stimulated and students discover what really interests them.
“We are feeding their passion for subjects” explained Mr Mower. By the time they get to university they will be fundamentally interested and have learned how to learn about their subject. They are genuinely interested in their subject area. It is a very different, very focussed and engaging experience.”
In year 9 students have the opportunity to try out all the different subject areas in four week intensive modules before selecting their chosen pathway in year 10. Maths, English and Science are compulsory whatever pathway they choose.
UK students will be day boarders with an average school day starting in the boarding house at 8.30am and lessons finishing at 5pm, followed by activities until 6pm, supper and then prep. There is no weekend school but pupils can join in the many activities available if they wish.
Bellerbys aims to educate young people to the highest academic standard, to fulfil their academic potential and achieve their personal goals.
One student explained: “My teachers taught me to experience and learn from the many things around me, not only at school but also in my life outside the college.” Another said: “Bellerbys gave me the motivation to compete with other students and achieve my personal goals. I loved the atmosphere of freedom and equality.”
(*Based on the average points score per A Level student Department for Education 2013 Performance Tables)