Public Benefit

As one of the UK's largest independent schools, we take our charitable status very seriously, and the Headmaster in particular is always looking for new ways to enhance our public benefit.

The education of 1,550 pupils in the maintained sector would cost (at £5K per pupil per annum) £7,750,000.  This is the amount saved by the tax payer every year if our students were educated in the maintained sector.

In addition, we provide means tested bursaries amounting to almost £1.5m per annum.  These are awarded to pupils whose families would otherwise be unable to attend Brentwood School.

Our students take part in numerous community service activities, some as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (253 students were involved in this last year). These students performed over 2,500 hours of community service activities, at an estimated value of over £10,000.

Below is a list of projects that we have undertaken, or are currently undertaking, with local maintained sector schools and community organisations.

  • 3 year commitment to Westcliff High School for Boys to assist with their introduction of a Combined Cadet Force.  This ran from 2013 -2016.
  • Current similar arrangement in place with Shenfield High School to help them to introduce a CCF to their school (2017-2020).
  • A national test centre for SAT admissions tests, where students from schools across the region (the majority from state schools) come to sit tests as part of their applications to universities in the USA.
  • Our UKCAT and BMAT courses are available to local state schools at a very low cost (compared to if they sign up for an external course).  
  • The School provides application guidance and interview practice to MDV students from local state schools (e.g. The Brentwood Ursuline) and from schools in Essex (e.g. from KEGS, Boswells and Southend High School) all at no cost.  The School helps students from local state schools with their personal statements for a wide variety of subjects, again always at no cost to them.
  • 6 Able and Talented Enrichment Days hosted by the Prep School every year for local state primary schools.
  • Mathematics, English, Science & Chess Masterclasses for local Primary School children at weekends
  • Whole School Assembly readings are posted on the TES website and are free for anyone. The link is  It currently has this strapline on the profile: Mr Clements has uploaded 100 resources. They have been viewed over 25,000 times, and downloaded over 9,000 times.
  • Annual Science Seminar (a one day workshop) for local Primary Schools.
  • Annual Science Competition for local Prep and Primary Schools.
  • Assisting with Oxbridge tuition for a local state comprehensive School (Goff’s School).  Pupils attend for generic Oxbridge Critical Thinking sessions and interview practice.
  • Invitations to Heads of Politics in other schools in Brentwood to attend meetings with politicians.  Our senior academic enrichment society, the Sir Antony Browne Society, invites local maintained schools to many of its meetings with varied visiting speakers.
  • Partnership with Brentwood and Chelmsford Cathedrals to provide Choral Scholarships.  
  • Providing a place of worship for the congregation of Brentwood Cathedral when the Cathedral cannot be used.
  • Provision of Brentwood School Model United Nations (London wide invitation to maintained and independent schools to participate in a two day programme).
  • Ongoing assistance to Grove House School, a local school for children with special needs (providing facilities, practical help, and classroom based assistance).
  • Providing room space for rehearsals for local Theatre and Music Groups and a venue for productions put on by the Marlborough Players.
  • Providing facilities for local sports clubs to use after school and at weekends. Our athletics track is used by local schools and we also host several fixtures so that other schools can benefit from its use. The Brentwood Ursuline and St Martin’s Schools are regular beneficiaries of our generosity and host their respective sports days on the track. Essex School’s FA also use our football pitches to host Essex FA Cup Finals and Inter-Counties fixtures.
  • A mutually beneficial arrangement with Brentwood Cricket Club to enable Junior Matches to be played at the School.
  • Providing meeting rooms for the Trustees of the South Weald Almshouses and the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Providing Classics teaching to U6 students to prepare for public examinations at Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School
  • Inviting Sixth Form students from Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School to ‘Sir Antony Browne’ debating lectures, featuring visiting politicians, artists, and philosophers.