Brookes United Kingdom

About Brookes United Kingdom

Brookes UK is one of Suffolk’s leading independent day and boarding schools for children aged 2 to 16. We run Cherry Trees Montessori nursery, a Lower School and Senior School. We are located just outside the market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. We are one of seven dynamic schools that are part of the global Brookes Education Group.

Formerly known as Cherry Trees, the school was founded in 1982 by Mrs Wendy Compson. It started off as a small nursery in Wendy’s home three mornings a week.

After quickly growing in popularity, there was enough demand for Cherry Trees to move to a larger premises and to add pre-prep education. Whilst looking for new premises, they settled on our current site and moved here in 1984.

The house is still there today, but the school has expanded significantly, with the addition of an Early Years unit, a school hall and additional classroom space.

In 2015, the Brookes Education Group bought Cherry Trees and the school became Brookes UK (we are also known as Brookes Cambridge internationally). Soon after, Gryphon House was built. This modern building now acts as the front of the school and includes a boarding facility, a state of the art IT suite, an art studio and a science lab.

That year, Brookes UK began the process of going into secondary education, and every year since, we have added an additional Year Group to the school. In September 2019, we had our first year of going from Year 1 to Year 11. Our senior school is now complete, and growing year on year with increasing educational opportunities.

In March 2020 the Nursery was relaunched as Cherry Trees, Montessori Early Years at Brookes.

Our campus is set seven acres, framed in beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk countryside. Our nearest town is Bury St Edmunds, a historic market town with a variety of award-winning restaurants, shopping, stunning outdoor spaces and lots of annual festivities.

We are also ideally located near the innovative Cambridge Technology and Science Park, as well as the famous horse racing town of Newmarket.