Bradon Forest School

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Bradon Forest School
Motto Challenge and aspire to achieve beyond expectations
Type Academy
Headteacher Dr Andrew Morrison
Location The Peak
Local authority Wiltshire Council
DfE number 865/5408
DfE URN 142316 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Colours Blue, Green, White

Bradon Forest School is a mixed secondary school located in Purton (near Swindon) in the English county of Wiltshire.[1] The school is famous for its theatre works, and that actress Billie Piper once attended the school, as did footballers Matthew Mills and former Swindon Town player Michael Pook. The headmaster of Bradon Forest is Dr A J Morrison.

Bradon Forest School previously held specialist Arts College status. In September 2015 the school converted to academy status and is now sponsored by the Athelstan Academy Trust. The trust also includes Malmesbury School in Malmesbury and The Dean Academy in Lydney.


The school hosts many theatre shows from either professional companies or from the students themselves. Glasshouse Productions, Firebird Theatre and Gonzo Moose companies have performed at the Bradon Forest theatre. Fairly recently, the school hosted a theatre production called "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswoman's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth". The cast consisted of year eleven GCSE students.

School achievements[edit]

Between 2002 and 2006, 70.7% of students gained 5 or more A* to C grades in GCSEs (excluding English and Mathematics). 51% gained 8 or more A* to C grades. The mean number of A* to C grades per student was 6.93.

2014 and 2015's year 11 leavers saw the best grades to date in GCSEs.

Big Top Festival[edit]

In June 2009, Bradon Forest ran an Expressive Arts festival at the school called the Big Top Festival. It hosted The Clive and the Master. Local Primary School Brook Field Primary's Year 6 Students also acted at the Festival acting Bugsy Malone.


External links[edit]

  • The Bradon Forest Website [1]
  • The Big Top Festival Website [2]