Brooke House College is a family run co-educational college. Brooke House offers an international independent boarding college for students aged 12-19, wishing to undertake their general secondary education within the British curriculum. Programmes include; a University Foundation Programme, A-level courses and GCSE courses with a large range of academic subject choice.
Intensive English and Pre Sessional programmes with IELTS preparation classes support international learners in their university destinations. Taster programmes can be arranged by request. There are currently around 220 students from over 35 different countries, an average of 10 – 12 students in a class.
Brooke House College also has a Football Academy, giving students the option to develop their sporting interest alongside their academic achievements. Students take part in competitive fixtures and are given the opportunity to train with professional English clubs.
All boarding houses offer age appropriate accommodation, comfortably equipped with a wide range of facilities. Students may stay at the college over the weekends and during half term, and this is provided at no extra charge.
There are numerous co-curricular activity clubs, both sporting and creative, and the college offers students the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Brooke House is situated in the small, traditionally English town, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. The town lies 55 minutes north of London by train, and is 1.5 hours from London Heathrow airport by car. Leicestershire is in ‘the heart of England’ and major cities of Oxford, Cambridge and England’s second city, Birmingham, are all very accessible.
A day in the life of…
‘We get woken up at about 07:00 ready for breakfast at 07:30. After that we return to our houses for registration prior to lessons starting at 08:30. Mondays are slightly different in that we have an assembly during period one, where we might have the Principal or other members of staff deliver a presentation, perhaps a visit from an external guest speakers, or even sometimes the School Council, which is particularly active here.
We have 5 lessons every morning with a break followed by lunch. After lunch there is one more lesson before the co-curricular programme starts on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesdays and Thursdays see more lessons taking place until 17:45. On Mondays and Fridays, we get to enjoy all sorts of activities and clubs. Some are active, others are not. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is popular here along with music, dance, basketball and table tennis. Other less active clubs run as well, such as photography and other classroom extension activities as well as our EPQ sessions.
Wednesdays operate as a major sporting afternoon, either with training or actual fixtures for football academy students. We also have more fixtures on a Saturday. Once the lessons and activities are over, we have supper at school followed by prep in our houses. Prep is supervised and the staff are always happy to help if you get a bit stuck or you can’t find what you are looking for on the internet. (All our houses are Wi-Fi enabled)’.
After prep, we have free time before lights out, where we can just chill out, or watch TV, play in the games room or use our own laptops and tablets to watch films or downloads. On a weekend, we have a mixture of a later start followed by some sports fixtures or we can just relax after a busy week. Our activity centre is open each weekend for events, like live TV sports fixtures, films or events organised by the School Council. Our Head of Boarding also runs trips out regularly over weekends, so that we can go to places like Alton Towers, city shopping, a sports venue and many other places.
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