School Data

Gender Mixed
Age 3 - 18
Type Boarding Day School Weekly Boarding
Size 1,020 pupils
Headteacher - Richard Cairns

Open Days & Events

Our Open Mornings are the ideal way to see what the College is all about, for all entry points including Sixth Form. These take place on Saturday mornings throughout the year, and give you a chance to see our beautiful campus with the only guides who matter: our pupils.

Brighton College Open Mornings


Bursaries are specific financial grants made to parents which give some form of reduction of school fees appropriate to the individual situation of each family. These are means-tested and reviewed annually.

Brighton College Bursaries

Contact Details

Brighton College

Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 0AL

Brighton College

Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 0AL

At Brighton College, we focus first on the thing that matters most – your happiness. We know that young people only flourish when they are treated with love, kindness and respect. So we celebrate the uniqueness of every individual, whether that person be shy or confident, sporty, scholarly or both. We just want pupils to be true to themselves, happy in their own skins and kind to one another. As The Sunday Times put it in 2019: ‘the currency at Brighton is kindness, pure and simple’.

Head's Welcome

If you were to ask parents why they chose Brighton College, they would tell you the children here are cheerful, balanced, at ease with themselves and each other – yet excited and enthused by the challenges before them. They might add that the College succeeds in combining academic excellence with a wealth of co-curricular opportunities, all underpinned by a commitment to the individual needs of each child.


A love of learning

Everyone’s life can be transformed by an inspirational teacher. And here at Brighton College we have inspirational teachers in abundance. Ask any pupil when you visit what makes Brighton special and one of the first things they will say is: ‘our amazing teachers’. Their passion, commitment and kindness explains why we are now one of the highest performing schools in the world.

Over the past five years our pupils have gone to some of the world’s finest universities:

102 to Cambridge; 56 to Oxford; 81 to Bristol; 41 to Leeds; 46 to Exeter; 65 to UCL

School of the Year

Brighton College has been selected as England’s Independent School of the Year 2019 by The Sunday Times. This is the most prestigious award in UK secondary education.

The College was praised above all else for its culture of kindness which has made possible the remarkable academic success of the school. This has placed Brighton as the highest achieving co-educational school in England. And in a nice nod of appreciation for the Head Master, The Sunday Times writes:

“The Cairns touch is not far off legendary in independent school circles.”

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