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Harnessing the power of positivity at Brookes

If you ask parents what they wish for their children, above all they say to be happy and healthy. Here at Brookes we have built our ethos around that concept, giving children a positive foundation for learning, creativity and innovation.

From the moment you arrive at our 7-acre rural campus, you can sense the school’s alternative approach. There’s a close-knit family environment and a positive culture of wellbeing where everyone looks out for one another.

“At Brookes we know that relaxed, happy and confident children are much more likely to flourish and go on to achieve great things,” said Principal Graham Ellis. “We operate an inclusive entrance policy which keeps us grounded and brings wonderful diversity into our school. There’s no entrance exam or tick-box criteria – we assess every pupil based on our ability to unlock their potential.”

Small class sizes and child-centred learning ensure that every child has a voice and can be themselves. That also means teachers really get to know each pupil, allowing tailored support throughout their education, from their earliest years at Cherry Trees Montessori nursery through to their iGCSEs in the main school.

“There’s no one-size-fits-all at Brookes,” said Mr Ellis. “We flex in all directions – and our children come out inspired, resilient and confident to take their next step.” The school is also pursuing a ‘positive education’ model with concepts such as ‘growth mindset’ where setbacks are simply part of the learning journey.

Located near Risby, just a few minutes from the A14, the school joined the international Brookes Education Group five years ago. Since then it has extended its provision to year 11, investing in facilities like a boarding house that’s currently home-from-home to 20 boarders from Britain and overseas.

“Our local students share learning experiences with children from around the world giving them insight into different countries and cultures, and helping them to become global citizens.”


This article appeared in the Bury & West Suffolk Magazine, Autumn 2020

Photo by Amanda Jones