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Brymore Academy (formerly Brymore School) is a boys' secondary school with academy status, located in Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset, England. It is a day and boarding school for pupils aged 11 to 17 years and had 192 boys on the roll in 2015, 115 of them boarders. It was established in 1951 by Somerset County Council at a cost of £6,000 as a Secondary Technical School of Agriculture.
The school is equipped with a farm, walled garden, greenhouses and workshops including a foundry and forge. The farm includes a dairy herd, beef animals, sows, poultry and a flock of ewes with lambs. Brymore is a state boarding and day school for boys aged 11–17, nestled at the foot of the Quantock Hills, in the heart of Somerset. It is proud to offer one of the most unusual learning environments in the country, with a farm, an acre of walled garden, a foundry, forge and workshops, enabling them to offer a broad and challenging curriculum that ensures that all boys succeed to their potential, surpassing expectations and equipping them with life skills that will help them to achieve a bright and prosperous future. Academic success is achieved through small class sizes, a tailored approach, outstanding facilities, excellent pastoral and boarding care and an emphasis on traditional values. As a school, it prides itself on stretching and motivating every single boy to achieve his best. The school caters for both academic and vocational students, with 23% of students achieving A/A* in English last year, placing the school in the top 1% of the country for progress. Meanwhile, the holistic approach to the curriculum benefits boys across the ability range, leading them to go beyond their limits, which is why they are in the top 2% of schools in the country for student progress across all subjects. 88% of students achieved 5A*-Cs last year, many of whom would not have achieved such results elsewhere. Because it is small, it is able to focus on the individual. As a state boarding school the education is free. Boarding fees are minimal, yet proud to offer an outstanding boarding environment, which rivals much of the independent sector. Brymore teaches boys to value hard work and commitment – hence, the motto ‘Diligentia et Labore’. Boys are expected to carry out duties on the farm and in the gardens and all boys are encouraged to contribute to the sporting excellence of the school. Brymore offers more extra-curricular activities than anywhere, with everything from Blacksmithing to Beekeeping, Canoeing, Cycling and much, much more. Boys are not only active, but well cared for, as the boarding team works tirelessly to ensure that student welfare and happiness is at the heart of all they do. Brymore offers more than academic success. In an age where the only constant is change, it prides itself on the development of the student as a whole. This year, the school is expanding to take in Yr7s for the first time, extending the Brymore experience from three years to five. The school will continue to enter boys in Yr9, provided there are sufficient places available.
The main school building incorporates parts of a medieval house which was owned by John Pym who, during the English Civil War played a role in bringing about the downfall of Charles I. In World War II girls of Malvern College were evacuated to Brymore. In 1943 the 535th Automatic Weapons battalion of the US Army was billeted in the house and grounds while they prepared for D Day. The building is designated as a Grade II listed building. The boarding houses included the Grade I listed Cannington Court.
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