Brinsbury Campus - hands on learning

Brinsbury CollegeUNIQUE, inspiring and diverse is the best way to describe Brinsbury Campus. Offering a hands on, highly practical learning experience, this dynamic college is unlike any other.

As you exit the A29 near Pulborough you are welcomed by a large tree trunk carved with the words “outstanding Brinsbury”, setting the tone for this surprisingly vast campus.

Set in 570 acres of stunning countryside it has two lakes, large woodlands and a working farm. Moorhens and ducks happily wander around the college pond complete with wooden duckhouse created by students.
Inspiring quotes from famous people adorn the walls like these wise words from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world”.

“Do your best and be your best” is what Brinsbury director Alison Kent encourages of all her students. ” Students leaving Brinsbury are highly employable and hands on, able to apply their knowledge to whatever situation they are faced with.”

World class facilities provide an amazing learning opportunity that students can take straight into industry.
Brinsbury offers courses in agriculture, equine, animal management, dog grooming, horticulture, arboriculture, floristry, blacksmithing, welding, motor vehicle, engineering, carpentry and joinery.

Equine yard is home to around 28 horses and sits alongside indoor and outdoor schools. Brinsbury is a British Horse Society approved training and exam centre and students not only learn to ride and look after the horses but also about organising competitions and events. They are taught in purpose built classrooms, which provide the perfect environment to learn.

Horticulture courses are diverse, teaching skills like propagation, landscaping, pest and disease management, tree surgery and forestry. For the last three years Brinsbury’s students have won gold in the Ideal Home Show Young Gardeners of the Year competition. Alongside practical skills, business acumen is taught like costing a job and working out VAT and labour charges.
Blacksmithing, which covers both heritage and artistic skills, farriery and forging, is easy to find with the sound of hammering metal echoing out followed by the heat from the forge as you get close. Students work on a vast range of objects, from creating a garden bench or lantern to designing their own bespoke decorative item.

The smell of wood fills the air as you approach carpentry and joinery – students learn everything from how to build a roof to fine woodwork skills.

Brinsbury’s farm is home to more than 300 sheep and over 140 dairy cattle. This working commercial farm is the classroom where students learn key skills like milking, ploughing, livestock breeding, welfare and countryside management.

Floristry, dog grooming and animal management are housed in Brinsbury’s new £3.5 million state-of-the-art building, `The Copse’.
Flourish floristry shop, run by volunteers and open from 10am-3pm daily, allows students to sell what they have created as well as teaching them valuable skills in running a business.

Distinguished Dogs grooming parlour is home to award winning students who compete on a national level. State-of-the-art facilities mean students have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques and trends.

Animal management is home to a plethora of species – sugar gliders, tarantulas, rats, mice, guinea pigs, snakes, fish, giant land snails and Gandalf the giant rabbit to name but a few! Students approach to caring for them is scientific – they have to create the right habitat, check their health, clean them and design feeding programmes. Set out in different zones, including a pet shop and zoo, students are prepared for all the different environments they will find in industry. Outside they have llamas, alpacas and goats to work with and care for, alongside chicken coops, an aviary, kennels and even a pig sty.

Vet nursing suite has state-of-the-art laboratories and theatres, creating a hands on approach to learning but in a safe, nurturing environment.

Brinsbury welcomes students with learning difficulties on its SEN Foundation Programme. An informal, happy and relaxed learning environment with modern facilities allows students to study at a level tailored to their individual needs and learning goals.
The library is packed with specialist publications while the student area complete with pool tables, computer games and Costa Coffee shop provides a relaxing place to study or unwind.

Brinsbury is part of Chichester College, which in 2013 was ranked the number one college in Sussex for best overall success rates.
It is clearly a happy, very welcoming, unique and enjoyable place to study that achieves outstanding results.

Note from the Head

I’d like to wish you a very warm welcome to Brinsbury, the Countryside Campus of Chichester College. I’m pleased you’re thinking of coming here to study and want to find out more about the services we offer. We boast a wide range of courses, so I am sure you will find the right subject and level for you.

Whether you’re seeking to gain a qualification, go to university or get the job of your dreams, we can help you achieve your goals. Our vision is to change lives through learning.

With over 1000 students at our Brinsbury campuses it really is a vibrant and unique place to learn. Specialising in land-based education and skills, Brinsbury is home to Equine, Animal Care, Floristry, Dog Grooming, Horticulture, Agriculture, Blacksmithing and a wonderful working farm. Its 570 acres of rolling countryside provide the perfect natural setting for the bespoke and traditional qualifications.

Our students tell me that what they like about Brinsbury is that it’s a really friendly place, where you are free to be yourself and that you can feel that the moment you walk through the door.

If you are a parent or guardian wanting to help your son or daughter make an informed choice, we do our best to provide you with all the help you need. Visit the ‘Information for Parents’ section on our website for further details.

See what attracted our current students to Brinsbury, by attending one of our forthcoming Open Mornings. Our staff can talk to you about your needs and aspirations and guide you through our excellent facilities. Get in touch with our Admissions team by ringing them on 01243 786321 for further details, email or pop in to the Student Centre at either campus to speak with an adviser.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the college.

Shelagh Legrave


“No other college appealed to me like Brinsbury, the whole place is really friendly and my tutors are friendly and encouraging”

“The Animal care unit is friendly and a great place to learn”

“ I really enjoy my floristry course. I have learnt such a lot about different flower types and how they complement each other for different arrangements , styles and occasions”

School news

3rd Jun 2019
Fun for all the family. That was the verdict after another brilliant Brinsbury Show at the weekend. Thousands of visitors enjoyed this year's Brinsbury Show and Country Fayre, held at the beautiful Brinsbury College campus, near Pulborough. Animal antics proved popular with pig obstacle ... more
15th May 2019
Spring has sprung in style at the Brinsbury farm. The farm, part of Brinsbury College's campus, has welcomed more than 500 new additions - all born during March and April. Lambing season concluded last week, with a total of 420 lambs born this season. They have been joined by 84 ... more
15th May 2019
Preparations are in full swing as Brinsbury College gets ready to open its gates for its annual country show in May. The Brinsbury Show and Country Fayre returns to the Pulborough campus on Sunday 19 May, 11am-4pm. The show promises to be bigger and better than ever, offering a great day ... more
10th Sep 2018
Ahead of the new academic year, Brinsbury has welcomed two very important new additions. Barnaby and Dudley will be working with students from September – but they aren’t lecturers. The duo are the college’s new donkeys and arrived from the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon earlier this ... more
28th Jun 2018
It’s official. Brinsbury is the best land-based campus in the south! That’s according to data provided by Landex, an organisation comprising of 36 colleges and universities across England who deliver land-based qualifications including agriculture and horticulture. Brinsbury – part of the ... more
21st Jun 2018
Families flocked to Brinsbury for a fantastic family fun day at the weekend. Around 5,000 visitors enjoyed this year's Brinsbury Show and Country Fayre, held at the beautiful Brinsbury campus which is part of the Chichester College Group. As ever, animal antics were a popular draw with pig ... more
13th Jun 2018
The Brinsbury Show and Country Fayre returns to Pulborough on this weekend (Sunday 17 June). One of the highlights of the Chichester College calendar, the show – held at the college’s Brinsbury campus – offers a great day out that’s fun for all the family. Animal lovers will particularly ... more
19th Mar 2018
The arrival of spring lambs brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of children at Brinsbury. Around 1,000 people braved the wet weather to visit the campus’ Lambing Live events last weekend (Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 March), where they enjoyed meeting the new additions in the lambing ... more
23rd Aug 2017
The work of Brinsbury blacksmith students has been celebrated with a trio of awards at the recent New Forest Show. Vlad Navratil and Tilly Mitchell both won first prizes in the ‘Artistic Sculpture’ and ‘Industrial’ classes respectively. Both Vlad and Tilly were students at Brinsbury ... more
24th May 2017
A bumper crowd turned out for this year’s Brinsbury Show and Country Fayre. Around 4,000 visitors turned out and enjoyed a day filled with fun and games at the beautiful Brinsbury campus of Chichester College. As ever, animal antics proved popular with people drawn to watching the dog ... more

School details

Address: Brinsbury, North Heath, Pulborough, RH20 1DL
Phone: 01243 786321
Head: Shelagh Legrave
Founded: 1965
Pupils: 1000
Ages: 14+
Prospectus: N/A


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