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Highfield and Brookham
Highfield and Brookham
Highfield and Brookham
Highfield and Brookham
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Highfield and Brookham Liphook, Hampshire Visit
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Highfield and Brookham
Liphook
460 pupils, ages 2-13
Mixed
Day and Boarding

Highfield and Brookham

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Highfield and Brookham is flourishing – it’s got a gloriously family-friendly, homely feel, academics are top notch, and childhood is really valued. All of this helps shape the schools into one of the South East’s top non-selective preps.

Where?

A gorgeous rural location – an hour from London – in the heart of the South Downs National Park on the borders of Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire. There are grounds as far as you can see (175 acres to be precise), woodland for camp-outs, marshmallow-roasting, hide and seek and forest school; masses of playing fields; and even a smart golf course. Architecture is a mix of purpose-built Victorian and modern add-ons (which are all very eco and fuelled by biomass boilers). Pre-prep and nursery Brookham sits alongside the prep to form one big, happy school.

Head

Legendary head Phillip Evitt – who had been at the school since 1999 – retired at the end of summer 2022, handing over the baton to Suzannah Cryer, who arrived from her previous position as deputy head of Thomas's Battersea.   

Mrs Cryer is no stranger to the school – before joining Thomas's, she was head of drama here for seven years, and two of her three children are former pupils. She, along with her counterpart Sophie Baber at Brookham Pre Prep, exudes passion for the school, and the pair are busy innovating across the whole curriculum, especially for Years 7&8 now that Common Entrance is less relevant. The priority here is to develop curious, creative and confident learners. 

Admissions

Highfield and Brookham is popular (there are usually two to three applications per place), and although there’s no formal registration deadline, the advice is to register early. Children can join Brookham at any stage, Nursery, Reception and Year 3 are the most popular entry points and pretty much everyone moves straight on up to Highfield for Year 4. The pre prep is non-selective, and the school is proud of the resulting diversity and natural acceptance which benefits every child. There are no requirements to be ‘a certain child’ and we loved that. For the prep stage, external applicants pop in for an informal assessment morning so the school can assess their reading, spelling and maths, and check they’ll be able to access the curriculum with confidence.

It’s worth knowing about the incredible bursary programme, the likes of which are rarely seen at prep-school level. The school is evangelical about broadening access, and Highfield and Brookham is on a mission to make the biggest possible difference, so bursaries are handed out each year to children whose lives would be transformed by attending Highfield and Brookham. 

Academics and senior school destinations

It’s the combination of a nicely broad curriculum and stellar staff that lead to Highfield and Brookham’s superb academic results. All children are taught by specialist teachers; setting kicks in and builds from Year 5, with a separate scholarship set from Year 7 for those who are heading on that path. There are academic lessons on Saturday mornings, then matches in the afternoons – it’s thanks to this extra weekend teaching time that they manage to cram in so much drama, music, PE and art.

Pupils get their teeth into both French and Spanish (and then pick one to carry on with), and everyone in the top two years gets their own iPad – lots of smart, Mac-stuffed IT rooms here. Prep is kept to a minimum in the younger years. 

The majority of pupils stay on till 13, so there’s a good co-ed mix all the way through. Pupils hop on to a fantastic list of schools – last year there were scholarships to Benenden, Brighton College, Radley and Marlborough, and places at everywhere from Eton to Uppingham, Seaford, Charterhouse and St Cats. The variety of destination schools reflects the diversity of pupils coming here and it’s something they are very proud of. 

Co-curricular

Pupils get five afternoons of sport a week, and there is a huge amount on offer – everything from golf and gymnastics to mountain biking and lacrosse. Hockey is flying; with a new full sized Hockey Astro; several coaches teach at county level; there’s tons of cricket (for boys and girls); and on match days, Highfield and Brookham regularly fields up to 25 teams across all sports (Westbourne House and Lambrook are two of the biggest rivals).

Drama is big here, and part of the core curriculum until Year 8. The recent production of Joseph was, by all accounts, quite some spectacle. Facilities are fab, with the sprung-floored theatre and the significant prop, costume and staging efforts igniting passions in pupils, several of whom bag drama scholarships each year. Music-wise, there’s something for all and a whopping 85 per cent of older children have individual music lessons. Talented musicians can sing in five different choirs or play in chamber orchestras, smaller ensembles or rock bands, while learners get to build up their confidence in ‘cushion concerts’. Mums and dads sing in Highfield Voice, the parents choir. Not forgetting art, we admired Year 6’s Greek pots (every year, pupils win creative scholarships) as well as the woodwork, needlework, metalwork, laser cutting and 3D printed creations of the D&T classes.

There’s a terrific sense of space here and a real emphasis on being outdoors: think bushcraft, orienteering, tree-climbing, survival skills and even alfresco cinema in the woods (pupils perch on logs). The Keys Programme, Highfield’s own mini-DofE, is packed with charity work, life skills (first aid, touch-typing, cookery) and community outreach, and is open to everyone from Years 5 to 8.

Boarding

Pupils can choose between full, ad hoc or ‘steps-to’ boarding: two or three nights per week (particularly popular with the younger pupils, where boarding starts from Year 4). Around half the children board in some capacity, and by Year 8 the majority of pupils board in preparation for the transition to senior school.

Boarders who stay over for the whole weekend can expect trips to Winchester, ice-skating and torchlit games of German Spotlight (we’re assured it’s really great fun). Some parents will be particularly heartened by the schools ‘no phones’ policy which – aside from evening calls home – means that children play and talk together and aren’t reliant on or overly influenced by their tech and the media that comes with it.  Tablets and iPads are handed in at night too.   

The youngest boarders live together in the lovely junior house which felt to us very much like a family home. For everyone else, smart, bright dorms are upstairs in the main house.

School community

Many staff live on site, aided by four graduate assistants (Highfield will often sponsor them through their teacher-training qualification), who pupils often turn to for informal advice or support. Prep school children all have a form tutor with whom they meet every morning. Year 8s are trained as peer listeners, and well over 300 parents have signed up for mental-health first-aid training at the school – there’s a big drive on wellbeing, with a pastoral tracker system electronically recording notes on every single child. No pupil hierarchy; there are no monitors or prefects (except a head boy and girl and boarding house captains who perform a more pastoral role), so no one is singled out as being better than anyone else.

Families tend to be from West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. There’s a strong cohort of international pupils too from Spain, France and Italy as well as China, the US and Japan. Working parents love the wraparound Larks and Owls care – day children can arrive for breakfast from 7.30am and stay for supper until 6.30pm.

And finally...

Highfield and Brookham just keeps on going from strength to strength. It’s nicely unassuming, its pupils are charming, happy, enthusiastic and well-behaved – and the acres and acres of space really are a youngsters' utopia.

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Pupils in navy waterproofs standing outside in the rain
Little boy in a red polo shirt playing with Playmobil figures
Girls in blue jumpers playing on drums
Boys in navy jumpers and checked shirts leaning on a wooden fence rail
pre-prep children in blue overalls and red tops running around outside
Pupils on stage girls in red dresses and boys with yellow green and orange shirts on
External image of Highfield and Brookham
Girls in green and navy sports kit playing hockey on green astroturf
Boy and girl in navy jumpers and blue shirts looking at a clear plastic tube
  • Senior school destinations

    Senior school destinations

    Benenden-1, Bryanston-3, Canford-2, Charterhouse-3, Chrucher's College-3, Cranleigh-9, Eastbourne-2, Epsom-1, Eton-5, Hurstpierpoint-1, King Edward's Witley-1, Marlborough College-9, Oundle-1, Radley College-3, Seaford College-6, Sherborne School for Boys-3, Sherborne School for Boys-1, Wellington College-9, Royal Grammar School-1, Guildford-2, Guildford High School-1, St Catherine's Bramley-1, Dunhurst-1, and St Edmunds-1.

  • Scholarships for senior schools

    Scholarships

    Academic2Marlborough College & St Mary's, Ascot
    Music3 Benenden School, Bryanston School & Wellington College
    Drama3 Charterhouse (2) & Cranleigh School
    Sport3 Bradfield College, Bryanston & Charterhouse
    Art3 Charterhouse (2) & Marlborough College
    OtherFoundation Charterhouse (3)


  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Nursery-
    Reception£4,775
    Year 1£4,775
    Year 2£4,775
    Year 3£6,425
    Year 4£8,125
    Year 5£8,625
    Year 6£8,625
    Year 7£9,125
    Year 8 £9,125
    Boarding fees per term

    Nursery-
    Reception-
    Year 1-
    Year 2-
    Year 3 -
    Year 4 £10,500
    Year 5 £11,000
    Year 6£11,000
    Year 7£11,500
    Year 8 £11,500


  • Transport links

    School Transport
    Escorted train service to/from London

    Public Transport
    Nearest mainline train station: Liphook
    Journey time to London by train: 60 minutes
    Nearest international airport: London Heathrow (38 miles)


School Updates

  • Beehive creates a buzz in pastoral care awards

    Highfield and Brookham named a finalist in national awards thanks to wellbeing hub initiative. Second successive year independent school's pastoral work has been recognised by NAPCE.
    Beehive creates a buzz in pastoral care awards
  • Friends reunited as pupils head to Italy

    Scholars follow in the footsteps of former Highfield and Brookham headmaster who escaped Second World War prison camp. Fontanellato exchange programme as strong as ever.
    Friends reunited as pupils head to Italy
  • All the world's a stage for pupils after Globe visit

    Shakespeare theatre trip inspires Highfield and Brookham School children back in the classroom. Creativity to the fore in storytelling tour de force during English.
    All the world's a stage for pupils after Globe visit
  • Pupils probe effect of 'fast fashion' on the environment

    Highfield and Brookham children highlight worrying eco pitfalls with modern production trends. School keen to bolster its eco-friendly drive
    Pupils probe effect of 'fast fashion' on the environment
  • Head highlights primary school place options

    Long wait finally over for anxious parents. Where to go next if news is disappointing?
    Head highlights primary school place options
  • School puts 'Beehive' forward for awards recognition

    Highfield and Brookham named finalist in national pastoral awards 12 months ago. Hoping to go one better this time around with new wellbing hub
    School puts 'Beehive' forward for awards recognition
  • Daughter fuels racing driver dad's green dream

    Racer of vintage cars changes tack to boost the environment. Rethink follows frank conversation with Highfield and Brookham School pupil
    Daughter fuels racing driver dad's green dream
  • Rule breakers have their hearts in the right place

    Break The Rules Day at Highfield and Brookham raises cash for Highreach. School's cherished charity provides week-long residential breaks for disabled children.
    Rule breakers have their hearts in the right place
  • Bookworms bask in the wonder of World Book Day

    Pupils dress up as their favourite literary characters at Highfield and Brookham School. Head describes colourful and creative homage to the written word as 'brilliant as ever'
    Bookworms bask in the wonder of World Book Day
  • Cutting waste gives school food for thought

    Boarders instigate purge on mealtime leftovers at Highfield and Brookham. Initiative sees fare bound for the bin slashed by 20% since October.
    Cutting waste gives school food for thought
  • Huge numbers rise to cross-country challenge

    Heavy rain and mud no problem as 1,200 children put their best feet forward at Highfield and Brookham School. Annual race attracts runners from 19 schools.
    Huge numbers rise to cross-country challenge
  • Young rockers impress battle of the bands judges

    Highfield and Brookham sextet Granite catch the eye as youngest performers. Drummer named best musician in the competition.
    Young rockers impress battle of the bands judges
  • School celebrates Burns Night in true Scottish style

    Legendary poet honoured by pupils at Highfield and Brookham. Haggis, Highland Games, Irn Bru and ceilidh at the heart of the festivities.
    School celebrates Burns Night in true Scottish style
  • School reaffirms commitment to academic excellence

    NACE membership further strengthens Highfield and Brookham's quest to provide outstanding education. Pupils to benefit from move.
    School reaffirms commitment to academic excellence
  • Good causes boosted by raffle of festive hampers

    Highfield and Brookham School initiative nets £1,200 for charity. Christmas cheer for Liphook Food Bank and Highreach.
    Good causes boosted by raffle of festive hampers
  • Twin charities cash in on Christmas fair

    Festive windfall for Liphook Food Bank and Highreach. Highfield and Brookham proud to support local community.
    Twin charities cash in on Christmas fair
  • Charity boosted by school's 'best ever' fireworks

    Highreach cash injection as Bonfire Night at Highfield and Brookham goes with a bang. Coffers swelled to the tune of £3,300.
    Charity boosted by school's 'best ever' fireworks
  • School again named one of the best for cricket

    Highfield and Brookham appears among top 50 prep schools for fifth successive year, according to The Cricketer magazine
    School again named one of the best for cricket
  • School pays tribute to fallen war heroes

    Staff and pupils at Highfield and Brookham honour brave souls during Act of Remembrance. Children produce symbolic ceramic poppies to mark occasion.
    School pays tribute to fallen war heroes
  • School elects pupil leadership team

    Heads of school, heads of house and heads of boarding at Highfield and Brookham unveiled for new academic year. Prefects announced too.
    School elects pupil leadership team
  • Proud school wins environmental award

    Highfield and Brookham's green credentials recognised by experts from Talk Education. Accolade a boost to school's aim to be carbon neutral by 2030
    Proud school wins environmental award
  • School unveils 'exciting' changes to boarding provision

    Highfield and Brookham takes positive action to meet ever-increasing demand. School proud to remain current and keep its strategy at the forefront of boarding practice in an ever-changing world.
    School unveils 'exciting' changes to boarding provision
  • School again recognised for its environmental work

    Highfield and Brookham in the running for national award. The nursery, pre-prep and prep school has long championed a greener way of life and aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.
    School again recognised for its environmental work
  • Green school secures wildflower grant

    Highfield and Brookham handed £4,250 boost from South Downs National Park Trust. Cash will be used to extend environmental planting programme.
    Green school secures wildflower grant
  • Clean bill of health for school's all-weather facility

    Highfield and Brookham's prized artificial pitch passes latest safety inspection with flying colours. The popular sports site is used extensively by the school and the wider community
    Clean bill of health for school's all-weather facility
  • School celebrates national athletics success

    Athletes from an independent school in Liphook have secured a record medal haul at a prestigious national meeting.
    School celebrates national athletics success
  • Highfield Highreach Holidays Celebrates its Sixth Year

    A residential holiday scheme for disabled children hosted at Highfield and Brookham celebrated its sixth year.
    Highfield Highreach Holidays Celebrates its Sixth Year
  • Pupils harvest another healthy crop of scholarships

    Highfield and Brookham continues strong record of success. Senior school awards now number 137 in less than a decade.
    Pupils harvest another healthy crop of scholarships
  • Caring peer listeners make it a decade of support

    Pastoral initiative enters its tenth year at Highfield and Brookham Schools. Pupil-centric scheme goes from strength to strength.
    Caring peer listeners make it a decade of support
  • Everest conqueror 'peaks' children's interest

    Mountaineer regales Highfield and Brookham Schools pupils with tales of record-breaking climbing exploits. Youngsters hear of successful twin assault of world's highest mountain nearly two decades apart.
    Everest conqueror 'peaks' children's interest
  • Art exhibition nets £18,000 for bursary fund

    Cash injection boosts school's social mobility drive. Twenty bursaries awarded since scheme's inception in 2007.
    Art exhibition nets £18,000 for bursary fund
  • No holds Bard as school thespians strike gold

    Seven successive years of successful public stage plays earns Highfield and Brookham Schools 'Shakespeare Gold School' status. The award was handed out by the Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation
    No holds Bard as school thespians strike gold
  • WATCH: Highfield and Brookham

    WATCH:  Highfield and Brookham
  • WATCH: Early Years at Highfield and Brookham

    WATCH:  Early Years at Highfield and Brookham
  • See Highfield & Brookham in our Town & Country Prep Schools Guide

    From bucolic country preps to schools on the edge of buzzy market towns or slap bang in the centre of a city, there are a myriad of prep school options up and down the UK and within a daily minibus-ride of the Big Smoke. Use our guide to help with your search.
    See Highfield & Brookham in our Town & Country Prep Schools Guide

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Address
Highfield Lane, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7LQ

Contact
admissions@highfieldandbrookham.co.uk
01428 728 000

Website
highfieldandbrookham.co.uk

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