Founded in 1850 by Thomas Stevens, and set in the village of Bradfield amidst unspoilt Berkshire countryside, Bradfield College enjoys a well-established reputation for being one of the country’s leading co-educational, independent schools through its provision of academic excellence and a well-rounded education.

The College welcomes pupils from the UK and overseas with the pupil body numbering approximately 780, comprising 310 girls and 470 boys from 13 to 18 years of age.

Boys and girls enter Bradfield at 13+ (Year 9) and many more join the College’s popular and vibrant Sixth Form, where they can choose to study either the IB or A Levels. Faulkner’s, a state-of-the-art boarding house, is specially designed to help all girls and boys make a happy and successful transition from prep school (we recruit from more than 70) to senior school; pupils then move into one of 11 senior houses.

We offer an unrivalled co-curricular programme for all our pupils which ensures that every girl and boy has the opportunity to develop valuable skills outside the classroom, wherever their interests lie.

Our Aims

Bradfield College’s purpose is to provide an outstanding education for the young people in its care, equipping them to lead happy and successful adult lives. To achieve this, the College aims:

  1. For young people to enjoy school and to have the confidence both to take responsibility for themselves and to try things that they can’t quite do yet
  2. To develop intellectual curiosity and ambition in the pursuit of academic excellence
  3. To provide a breadth and depth of experience beyond the classroom that inspires all pupils to identify and develop their own interests and talents 
  4. To offer outstanding pastoral care for each individual that develops positive character and attitude alongside physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
  5. To promote an open-minded and outward looking mentality, encouraging all pupils to play a positive role in serving their wider community
Our values
Bradfield College expects all members of the College community to work together and to display:
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Tolerance
  • Enthusiasm
  • Resilience