For us as a family it is very important that the children’s education is holistic in that they have the opportunity to learn from experience as well as the more formal core subjects. In our opinion, Brill School excels in offering extra activities alongside the “traditional” curriculum that give everyone the chance to discover their strengths and make the most of their own talents. The boys have been lucky enough to be involved with Forest School, numerous sports fixtures (tennis, badminton, football, rounders, athletics, dodgeball to name a few) dance festivals, day trips, ‘Brill’s got Talent’, drama productions, residential stays including a trip to France! It gives all pupils the chance to shine not just those who are more academically able.
Furthermore being part of a community school has allowed them to develop their experiential learning through fostering various relationships; not only within the spectrum of the School (eg. year 6 pupils becoming 'buddies' to new starters) but also with local people and community groups. They have helped at the lunch club for older people in the village, sung in the choir for village audiences, played active parts in community church services, been part of 'Big Brill Camp' and have learnt from others from differing generations (including their own grandparents) who have been invited in to school to share their own life experiences. All of which is encompassed within the core values of an inclusive faith school. We believe that school is as much about social development as academic achievement and preparing youngsters for life in a rapidly changing world context. In what we have described we consider Brill School is providing them with a firm foundation to build upon.
Mother of boys in Years 5 and 6