A week before I was due to start at Bradfield, I could not have been more excited. I had seen my two older brothers come through the College and I couldn’t wait to start the next chapter of my education. I came downstairs to my family wearing my new sports kit and telling them how excited I was. Promptly after I finished speaking my mother sat me down and explained to me that, given my expectations were so high, I needed to understand that starting boarding school would be scary and there was a chance I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping. I cannot explain in words how wrong she was.

From the moment I stepped through the doors of Faulkner’s I have loved Bradfield. This is not to say that there haven’t been moments when I was sad or wanted to go home. However, this feeling never lasted too long as the Faulkner’s House staff were extremely understanding of my situation and helped me through all the hard times.

When I arrived here, I was extremely sure of my interests. I liked sport and I would spend the next five years of my life playing as much of it as I could. Looking back, I can’t believe how naïve I was to think that this would be all I was interested in. One of the things that is so amazing about Bradfield is the variety of activities there are in which to get involved. It wasn’t long before I discovered my love for drama; a subject I had no interest in before and am now taking as one of my A Levels. Before starting this part of my life, I was under the impression that a person had one thing they were interested in and that was it. Some four and a half years later I can see how wrong I was and Bradfield has allowed me to develop my other interests alongside my love for sport.


Bradfield has catered for all of us and provided five years that we will all look back on very fondly.


The support I have received is another thing that I am extremely grateful for. When I have wanted to start new things, I have been given every opportunity to do so and helped throughout the journey. I have always had a love of watching football and had wanted to begin playing for a long time but was always too nervous to join a club. I finally decided to do it and in the Fifth Form I attended my first ever football training session. The coaching staff and my friends gave me so much support when I was finding it difficult and I am proud to say that I am now the Co-Captain of girls’ football. This is testament to the nurturing environment that Bradfield provides as the support I was given is what has enabled me to succeed in a sport that I now love.

I am aware that I am just one person giving you my point of view on Bradfield so to give you a more diverse perspective I want to talk about my family. I am one of three siblings and as I mentioned previously, my two older brothers attended Bradfield before me. All of us loved the College and the thing that is surprising about this is that we are all very different people.

My eldest brother was a sports fiend who never had any interest in academics. He went on to study Politics at university and is currently working for a PR company. My middle brother didn’t have any clear interests when he came to Bradfield, but this school nurtured him his love for film. He went on to read it at university and is now working for Disney. And then there is me who took an interest in both sport and drama. Bradfield has catered for all of us and provided five years that we will all look back on very fondly. This goes to show that no matter who you are, what your interests are or whether you know them yet or not, Bradfield will find a way to provide you with everything you need to excel in what you choose to do.


There isn’t a school I would rather attend and I honestly don’t believe I would be the person I am now had I gone anywhere else.


I spent a long time thinking about how I could explain how special Bradfield is and after being here for nearly five years, studying English at A Level and hoping to pursue a career in journalism, I still cannot put it into words. All I can say is that the atmosphere around the College is like no other that I have experienced.

My Bradfield journey is now coming to an end and, looking at the future of the school, I am extremely envious of all the prospective pupils. Of course, I still have a little bit to go, possibly the most important part of my Bradfield career, but I will forever be grateful for the lessons Bradfield has taught me, the friendships I have made here and the endless support I have been given from my teachers. There isn’t a school I would rather attend and I honestly don’t believe I would be the person I am now had I gone anywhere else.