It was a poignant reminder of the legacy of those who had come before us and the unifying ties there are in a School such as ours; bringing the past and present together in a very special way. I have recently got into cooking and I try my hand at Jamie Oliver and Happy Pear recipes with varying degrees of success, That would have to be French Day at the Pre-Prep. Talk about jumping out of your comfort zone! I could happily travel around the world, playing professional golf for huge sums of money. The school includes a Pre-preparatory department, which takes boys and girls aged 2.5-7 years. Appointments are recommended by a Governor Nominations Sub-Committee and approved by the full Board. I enjoy finding new and different strategies to enable every child to access the subject. I love the great outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. It’s full of fun, laughter and excitement. Brambletye has a stunning view overlooking  the Weir Wood Reservoir and we have a weekly sailing activity.It is possible to sail, swim, kayak .and fish on the reservoir. I have always been interested in biology and alternative medicine and so if I were not a teacher I would probably be an osteopath. Jasmine  joined Brambletye in 2018 and is fully involved in the boarding life of the school. I have worked in Early Years education for over 25 years. Book Day in the Pre-Prep – creative and colourful costumes bringing the children’s favourite books to life. I also enjoy reading, which may surprise some given that I teach maths and I love to travel. Whether you are applying for a teaching or support position, we consider our staff to be Brambletye’s greatest asset and aim to recruit the very best teachers, pastoral and support staff to join us. Being able to talk and enthuse about English all day with young people. I love the way they rise to the challenge– often leading me in direction! Families also  commute  to  London from a number of different stations including Cowden, Haywards Heath, Buxted, Tunbridge Wells. I enjoy gardening (when it’s sunny), exploring the gorgeous Sussex countryside with our black Labrador, Bramble and I love listening to The Archers. Nick was appointed Brambletye’s Bursar in November 2014 and is responsible for all non-academic elements of the School. There are lots of classes in the area. Listen to our pupils explain what they love about Brambletye, in their own words. If you weren’t the Director of Music…..what would you be? My two dogs are a huge part of my life and mean a great deal to me. Will and his family joined Brambletye in 2015. Having lived in China and Japan I enjoy bringing different cultures to life. I would be keen to run my own business in catering. Anything to do with renovating, buying or selling houses and I would be happy! My role involves working with all the year groups. I can easily be distracted by ‘The Bake Off’ or a good book. I love travelling with my two girls, especially in France. He was awarded an M.A. Create Make social videos in an instant: use custom templates to tell the right story for your business. FAR too many to mention as music lends itself very nicely to enjoying many wonderful moments. He completed his PGCE at Buckingham University and his MBA at Keele University. I would love to be a  primary school teacher, as much as I love working in HR I will always regret not making the leap into teaching but working in a school environment is a close second. Brambletye school really is a hidden treasure. Josh read English Literature and Spanish at the University of Exeter;  On graduating, he worked in Jersey in Offshore Finance for two years before qualifying as a teacher. Oh crikey….loads of things! I would definitely choose a job that involved close contact with people. I have to say though, I have always loved shoes and a Saturday job in a shoe shop would be rather fun. The children! Heather completed her MSc in Personnel and Development in 2013 before working in HR at Tonbridge School. After being Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn however, the pull of creative music making was too strong and she returned to teaching. Assistant Head (Academic) Head of History. The great outdoors. Catie later completed her PGCE in Brighton and has since taught in schools across West Sussex. Here Tom held multiple positions of responsibility, including Head of Maths, Data Manager (Academic) and Exams Officer. There are plenty of achievements to celebrate at Brambletye . I love spending time with my family and Hector our cocker spaniel. A vegetable patch, Labrador and chickens help complete the picture! In addition, the friendly and supportive community of children and staff at Brambletye makes the job  even more satisfying and enjoyable. After completing her degree, Catie moved to a prep school in St. Albans where she worked as an unqualified teacher and boarding assistant. All the children were dressed up in French outfits with little mustaches drawn on their faces. I like nothing more than seeing the happy faces of the children running out to the games fields on a sunny afternoon. Rachel has been at Brambletye since 2009 working variously as Head’s PA, School Secretary and Development Assistant. Dawn leads an outstanding team of Pre-Prep practitioners who work hard to inspire children with a passion for life and learning and the desire to be ‘their best selves’. G.S.M.D. Rory read Ancient History and was awarded a Distinction in his MA at Exeter University before going on to complete his PGCE at Roehampton University. I also love spending time with my young family, cooking (badly) and getting immersed in a really good TV series. In Canada, she taught French to classes of Canadian immigrants of  all ages, from 5 years old to adult. The sense of community spirit and genuine dedication and pride in everything that happens here is truly unique. Numerous parents remarked that it was “Back to the good old days” and I took this as a complement. I love the daily challenge of delivering my subject to a huge variety of age groups. 1,940 were here. I have taught in inner city schools in London and Brighton as well as in a village pre-school. They have three children. She assists in the matronal department as well as in boarding house with all our boarders. Gary has held numerous positions: Inclusion Advisor, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. I completed my PLA Diploma and worked as a Nursery Supervisor for many years before coming to Brambletye school in 2010. It is a proper old-fashioned evening that would be hard to replicate anywhere else. I like to be outside. Next she spent a term teaching at Pembroke,  a boarding school in Kenya where she taught Maths and History and was a Houseparent in the boys’ house, before joining Brambletye in January 2019. She joined Brambletye with Will in September 2015 and is fully involved with school life as well as being responsible for the school’s marketing. She is a trustee at Bradfield College. When we read Goldilocks and the Three Bears, made porridge, went for a walk only to return and find Goldilocks had eaten Flora’s porridge! 2020 / 2021 INSET and training days for If you weren’t a teacher  what would you be? Taking lovely walks with a very stubborn Shih-Tzu, Milly for the Cinnamon Trust (a dog walking charity). Children from Year 2 learn to touch type. She joined Brambletye in 2008 as a Year 4 teacher before being appointed Director of Music in 2009. We have recently finished building our own house and been busy as a family landscaping the garden and making the house a ‘home’. Outside school my family keep me busy. Best Brambletye momentCarols under the Christmas tree with the boarders and residential staff. Brighton is a vibrant seaside city. I may have shed a tear. Shepherding a large ewe off school grounds, back into the neighboring field. I also love water sports, especially those which involve being towed along behind a boat at speed. You can review our privacy policy for more information on cookie use and how to manage your cookie settings. I also lived in southern Spain for eight years, working in an International School. Live Streaming The staff are so caring and nurturing, and the children seem genuinely happy there. I enjoy seeing children having fun and learning through play and seeing them grow in confidence along their journey as they progress through each stage of their development. He is married to Amber and they have three young daughters. Catie joined the Brambletye family in September 2019 and is keen to get stuck in to the busy Brambletye lifestyle! Inspection Report: Brambletye School, 30/06/2011 4 of 12 Service information Brief description of the service The school is a independent co-educational boarding school for boys and girls between the ages of seven and 13 years. He has since become Head of Art, DT and Football. Sarah joined Rugby School Thailand in September 2017 after five years as an ‘outstanding’ Assistant Head and Head of Pre-Prep at Feltonfleet Prep, a private school in southern England. I enjoy gardening and going for long walks with my little dog. Tom went to Cowbridge Comprehensive, in the Vale of Glamorgan before going on to read Criminology at the University of Southampton. I continue to enjoy playing 5-a-side football on a weekly basis and – when I am allowed – playing rugby. I enjoy running, badminton and have recently developed an interest in pottery. I enjoy working with a talented and committed team in a busy, happy, and inspiring learning environment. I love practical science and enthusing children in this area should be reward enough. The Nursery is a wonderful place to work. I  worked as a teaching assistant in the Brambletye Nursery for 3 years. I am mildly obsessed with golf, but also play tennis too. No two days are ever the same. Our website uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience. During the recent lockdown I rediscovered my love of running (I have previously completed a marathon and triathlon but that was many moons ago!) I always have a book (or two!) I love spending time with family and friends, visiting tea rooms rating their carrot cake! Perfect for running, walking, cycling and riding. Whenever I have free-time and the weather is OK I tend to work in the garden or go for a walk, but there is nothing I enjoy more than spending a warm day at the seaside with the family! David read Geography and Geology at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London before selling houses and then spending a year travelling around the world. She started her teaching career as a History of Art and History Teacher and was then a teacher and Housemistress at King’s Canterbury. If you weren’t a teacher at Brambletye what would you be? One of the real joys of teaching is opening pupils’ minds to new experiences so I’m sure I would enjoy planning and leading expeditions to far flung corners of the world. Yet here I am serving in a local parish, alongside my teaching career, as a Priest. Every single time a child bursts into my office for a crystal! Royal Ashdown boasts 2 courses, both of which are over 100 years old. Inspectors were accompanied in a Miles lives in Buxted with his wife Camilla, and has two children currently at Brambletye. “Brambletye’s school rules are very simple – Work Hard, Play Hard and Be Kind – these values apply to staff and pupils and underpin everything we do.” Will Brooks Inside Scoop from a current parent We chose Brambletye over other great schools for its special to a US senator! It really was very special. I am a keen skier and enjoy photography and golf. The belief that I can make a difference – no matter how small! I am also a life-long supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC and get to their matches whenever time (and funds!) The main school building, which is in its own wooded estate of 140 acres, overlooks the Ashdown Forest and Weir Wood Reservoir. Christopher Beazley is CEO of MS Amlin AG, a Swiss based reinsurance company. He joined Cheltenham College as Deputy Headmaster in 2008 and became Headmaster in September 2010. The humour, enjoyment and talent on display was entertaining and lovely to see. Since I have been at Brambletye we have enjoyed having a dog for the first time. Time to do these things is at a premium these days with two small boys so when I’m at home I love fiddling around in the garden. In the Pre-Prep and Lower school National Curriculum guidelines are followed, although the aim is always to extend the pupils as far as possible academically. I currently teach Year 1 and I am the Maths co-ordinator for the Pre-Prep department. I am the first point of contact for general enquiries and visitors. I’d like to think I’d be a professional sportsman; however, there is a distinct lack of talent! Rob Mason has spent his career in the sports marketing business, recently founding the consultancy Inform Network following his time at IMG. He now works as an educational consultant, especially in the prep school sector, and is a Governor of two other independent schools. They are encouraged to reach for the skies, challenge, develop key skills and ideas. Brambletye brings many memorable moments. 1,939 were here. Favourite Brambletye moment – Each Year I take my Year 2 class to create and perform a little play in the Theatre in front of the whole school and parents. At Brambletye we offer prospective applicants the opportunity to work in a school that takes great pride in, and is very proud of, every member of staff. It is always a privilege to share in their progress and watch them gently mold into the person they will one day become. Sports and Speech Day always. I love teaching in a creative and inspiring way and making learning fun and engaging for the children. I’ve been lucky enough to be at Brambletye over some periods of great change, and it’s been exciting to see the school flourish and catch up with the rest of the digital world, while retaining the reassuringly good old-fashioned spirit that drew me to Brambletye in the first place. Prior to that I was at Forest Row Primary School as a teaching assistant with  Years 3,4 and 5. Although I did not necessarily enjoy Science at school I am fascinated now by the chemistry behind how dishes are made. Brambletye was built in 1896 by Donald Larnach, former Director of the Bank of New South Wales, as his country retreat. The sense of community spirit and genuine dedication and pride in everything that happens here is truly unique. Inspection report: Brambletye Junior School, 13−14 October 2011 3 of 14 Introduction This inspection was carried out by three additional inspectors. My favourite memories at Brambletye are the summer fun days, especially the one where I won the wheelbarrow of bottles! An old railway line stretching for 10 miles from East Grinstead to Groombridge. Brambletye School – Term Dates Brambletye School is a coeducational day and boarding preparatory school in East Grinstead, West Sussex, It was founded as a small boys' boarding school in Kent between the world wars. My experience includes working as a programmer for Nestlé, running my own software support business, assisting in the set up of a recruitment agency and a ladies boutique, preparing accounts for a health club and consolidating accounts for a public company. There is always lots going on and the children have endless energy. He is a Brambletye alumnus and his two children were both educated at Brambletye. ), Mrs P. Andrews, G.Mus, P.G.C.E., LLB, LLM. My favourite moment is always the first day of school when everyone is full of excitement for the year ahead. I also enjoy relaxing with a good book or spending time with my family and friends. He holds an MA in Educational Management and a Doctorate in Education, specialising in School Leadership.Alex’s first teaching post was at Charterhouse where he spent 11 successful years in various posts including Head of Theology, Head of Higher Education and Careers and Housemaster. I also have a real passion for cooking and I love learning how to cook new dishes. Passion/HobbiesChoral singing is my great passion. One day you can be visiting the pigs on the lower field, before taking children on the zip wire or doing an English lesson in the tree house. Pupils are prepared for Common Entrance or Scholarship Examinations to a wide range of senior schools. She has taught Science, Geography and DT. I love teaching 4 and 5 year olds because they are so enthusiastic. My children keep me busy enough! It was utterly amazing! Lucy Watts was educated at South Hampstead High School and St.Helen’s and St.Katherine’s School,Oxfordshire. Samantha Price is Headmistress of Benenden School. By continuing and using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device. I love all aspects of teaching young children. After 3 more years at a primary school in Norfolk, Will made the move to Brambletye in September 2017. I felt so  proud that  this must come close to one of the best moments. It was a joy to be a part of. It was an important reminder of what it means to belong to a School such as this. Having the opportunity to inspire and be inspired. I also love the theatre and annually visit the West End with my daughter to watch the musicals. After teaching in London for a couple of years, he returned to Brighton where he taught and completed his Masters in Education. Assistant Head (Academic), Head of History. He is married with three children, all of whom have been educated at Brambletye, and lives in Lye Green in Sussex. It was such a fun day: we had croissants and chocolat chaud for breakfast, we sang French songs and pupils created model Eiffel Towers. Having worked primarily in secondary schools, I find the enthusiasm and the joy of learning demonstrated by the pupils at Brambletye to be a breath of fresh air. And once upon a time I ran a marathon in Edinburgh. When Michelle’s children started school, she began working  as a support worker with Young Epilepsy before completing a PGCE. Jo and I very much look forward to meeting you so that you can meet the children and staff who make Brambletye the special place If I wasnt’ a member of the Brambletye Common Room? Visit the Royal Pavilion, shop in the Lanes or eat out in some of Brighton's amazing restaurants. I am now also the editor of the Brambletye Magazine. The Nursery is such an exciting and fun place to be! Driving in every morning and seeing the vista and grounds never fails to bring a smile to my face and uplift my spirit. After having my two children, who are now both at secondary school, I feel very grateful to have joined Brambletye in September 2018. The children’s exuberance is contagious and the smorgasbord of staff talent is very inspiring. Simon is also a trustee of the charity Help2Read. The sheer variety of opportunity for students at Brambletye is breathtaking and it is great to be a part of this. There cannot be one best moment as there are so many highlights. Having a growing family keeps me busy, but when I get the opportunity I love to visit the theatre; especially the musicals. Best Brambletye momentConducting the musical, ‘The Likes of Us’ with Tim Rice in the audience. My family is my passion and we spend many happy hours discovering the local area on days out or travelling further afield in the holidays. I have been teaching at Brambletye  for 12 years. Unless, perhaps, somebody wants to pay me to read books and eat cake all day …? 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