The now traditional annual Oxbridge Dinner was held at Jesus College, Cambridge University, to a guest list made up of current and past Oxbridge members, as well as notable members of the schools upper management. Jesus College is remarkable in both its size and ostentatious passageways and mazes that lead you through it. Once we found the Narnia-esque entrance to the hall, the delightful Rebecca Findlay greeted us. A drinks reception of prosecco saw the awkward formalities of having to make small talk with the Oxford clientele that much easier to bare. Needless to say, the comical late entrance of an Oxford geographer made the incessant photography a delight (Thank you William Sayer).
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Pupils throughout the Upper Sixth are receiving offers from their chosen universities at a superb rate. With some 400 offers already made, and more rolling in on a daily basis from the country's leading universities, our Upper Sixth pupils have plenty to be excited about and all their hard work is clearly paying off! Particular congratulations are due to the 29 Brighton College pupils, listed below, who have thus far received offers from Oxford and Cambridge universities – the best in the history of the school, and breaking the record set in 2013.
John Spence (L. 1975-80) gave an inspiring HM Lecture about his multi-million dollar business yesterday evening, regaling the gathered audience with amusing tales of his early working life and experiences, and latterly his success with starting a business from scratch on the beaches of Goa.
Luke Appleton (BCJS. 2005-08) completes the gruelling Tough Guy endurance event in support of the Bremer family
I travelled up to Tough Guy in Wolverhampton on Saturday 26th January with Jess and Mum, and two of my school mates, Yiannos and Conrad who were also doing the run. Dad (Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84)) bottled out as he was still in plaster recovering from ankle ligament surgery. Some excuse! We woke up on the Sunday morning to be greeted by the great British winter weather, high winds and pouring rain. Just what we wanted! Our bravado from the previous weeks now turned to apprehension as the race time grew ever nearer.
Christmas is a time of giving and of time spent with loved ones, and wherever you are this Christmas I wish you well. I am tremendously proud of my connection with the College, and especially with the Old Brightonians. This year I read with great pride about not only the achievements of the school, which are nothing less than astonishing, but also of the wonderful acts of kindness and generosity within the Brightonian community. In his end of term letter Richard Cairns wrote of the sense of community that the College enjoys; 'I want everyone who leaves here to feel that by their presence they can make the world a little bit better. I want them to recognise that they can make a difference and should.' I would like to urge my fellow OBs to embrace this philosophy.
Head's, Abraham and Williams are the winners of the Brighton College Entrepreneurship Programme 2013
The stage was set, the 'dragons' were seated and the cameras were rolling. The seven finalists waited nervously for the chance to present their ideas to the judges and to the assembled L5th, U5th and L6th pupils.
Some of you may perhaps know that Father Robert Easton has been absent for most of this term due to major surgery. We are thrilled that he is well on the way to recovery and wish him all the best. Sadly though this does mean that this year there is no midnight mass in the chapel on Christmas Eve.
Dear Old Brightonians, A day from now, term will end. The signs are clear already. Yesterday, boys and girls were sporting Christmas jumpers in aid of the Rocking Horse charity. Today, the porters are lugging bottles of wine, chocolates and flowers across the quad to favoured teachers and House tutors. Vast quantities of cake and chocolate will be consumed in the final few lessons. Christmas lunches will be served, crackers will be pulled, hats donned, jokes told and so the longest term will come to its inevitable conclusion. The college will fall silent. Only a few cold, sad seagulls (and the Bursar) will remain.
The boys of Ryle House are aiming to raise awareness and funds for the charity Crisis, which helps the homeless.
Victoria Baines (F. 1990-95): "Satire, folk devils and cybercrooks: two thousand years of crime in forty-five minutes"
Dr Victoria Baines never intended to have a life of crime. Twenty years ago, when she was studying for her A Levels, she fully expected to have a career in acting or academic research. But one thing led to another, and after getting a PhD in Roman Literature she suddenly found herself working for the police as an intelligence analyst. She has helped to dismantle international drug trafficking networks, investigate police misconduct and protect children online.
Mia made it through to the Open Mic UK Grand Final which will now take place at the NEC in Birmingham in January! She sang "Empire State of Mind (New York)" by Alicia Keys.
Many thanks to OB John Spence (L. 1975-80) for donating the top two prizes for the pupils fundraising efforts. Three of our terrific Upper Sixth boys (Osaid Ather, Junaid Mahomed and Varadh Kalidasan) are promoting various fundraising events this week. Alongside events held in universities and colleges across the country the boys hope to raise as much as possible for orphans and other children who find themselves in need, often in war-torn parts of the world.
It was smiles all round on Results Day today as we celebrated being the highest performing co-educational school ever in the UK, with 95% of GCSE grades at A* or A. Last year, The Sunday Times named Brighton College UK School of the Year for being the only school to improve its results for seven years in succession. The college has maintained that extraordinary trend.
Brighton College is celebrating yet another terrific year of results. Named UK School of the Year 2011-12 by the Sunday Times for being the only school in England to improve its results every single year for seven years, Brighton College has done it again, equalling the previous record of grades at A*-B.
Head of Performance Drama at Brighton College, Dermot Keaney, is directing the one –man show 'Running With The Firm' at the Edinburgh Festival. Performed by James Bannon, it is the true story of how an undercover policeman went native after infiltrating a Millwall hooligan firm. Bannon was the man behind the 1995 film "I.D.", which was supposedly fiction but was actually based on his own real experiences. The film was I.D., the book is Running With the Firm, and this is the true story told by the man himself.
Brighton College athletes have set a new school record by bringing home a haul of 33 medals from the County Athletics Championships.
A warm welcome to our newest members of the Old Brightonians; our leavers of 2013.
I am delighted to be able to inform you that Julian Withers has been appointed as the next Headmaster of St Christopher's Prep School, Hove. This is from September 2013 and follows the appointment of the current Headmaster, Chris Wheeler (himself a former Housemaster of Leconfield House, as many of you will recall) to be Headmaster of the prestigious Hillcrest group of schools in Kenya.
Brighton College Under 15 Girls have been crowned South East Regional Champions and won a place in the National Finals of the Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Competition, to be held at Lord's on 9th May.
The 6th Form Careers Evening at the College on Thursday 25th April had a small but enthusiastic turn out, and the assembled pupils, parents and staff enjoyed a fascinating and informative evening on careers in investment banking and banking. Our speakers engagingly explained the various different roles in their industries and routes into them, and also on key aspects to be aware of in the financial sector when choosing different career paths. After the talk and an insightful Q&A session the group retired to the PAC for an opportunity to have an informal chat with our speakers.
On the eve of the Brighton Marathon, on Friday 12th April we were lucky enough here at the College to have a visit from Gerard "GP" Pearlberg (BCJS 1971-75, S. 1975-80), who delivered an inspiring talk on "How to run Faster, Longer, Easier...". Cameron Dashwood, Head of School, who went on to run the marathon that weekend, was there, as were many of our pupils, parents, OBs and teachers and a handful of runners from Rockinghorse (who GP was running for himself that weekend).
Cricketing icon and Old Brightonian Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) will be the opener for this year's Brighton Marathon. The Sussex and England wicketkeeper has been unveiled as the official starter for the fourth Brighton Marathon later this month.
It is with great sadness that we report that the much loved Rev Canon C J (Bill) Peters (Chaplain, 1950-69) has died. The College held a Memorial to celebrate his life on Saturday 2nd March 2013.
The pupils in the Brighton College Upper Sixth are receiving offers from their chosen universities at an unprecedented rate. Particular congratulations are due to the 23 pupils who have secured offers from Oxford and Cambridge. This represents a new record for Brighton College. These pupils had to navigate a more demanding range of additional admissions hurdles than at any other university, whilst also demonstrating a long-standing commitment to their chosen academic subject.
Many congratulations to Lucy Beauvallet (Head's House, L6) who came second in BBC1's Young Apprentice competition - an outstanding achievement.
The College is currently enjoying unparalleled success under Head Master Richard Cairns and his team, something which we can all be proud of whenever we were at the College. It has somewhat put the College on the map as it were. It has also been a memorable year for the Old Brightonians, for completely different reasons. The year started with a memorial for Sgt Major Chris O'Connell when a few hundred OBs turned up on a freezing January morning to pay their respects to a man who had inspired and been a father figure to many. It had already been a year since Chris O'Connell died, but the effect that he had upon the pupils under his guidance was as palpable as ever.
Monday 3rd December: the stage was set, the 'dragons' were seated and the cameras were rolling. The six finalists waited nervously for the chance to present their ideas to the judges and to the assembled L5, U5 and L6. Having battled through stiff competition the previous week in the heats, they knew that it was not going to be easy to reach the final three and claim the investment money.
The support that OBs give the College is always appreciated, and this term the 4th form were treated to talks by composer Nina Humphreys (F. 1989-91), opera singer Phoebe Haines (W. 2004-06), TV presenter and journalist Vanessa Cuddeford (W. 1996-98) & Romina Richardson (W. 2003-06), architect Shirley Waldron (F. 1976-78) and chartered surveyor Marcus Dorfman (R. 1997-2002).
Globe trotting Headmaster Richard Cairns clearly has taken a shine to Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. No sooner had he hosted an excellent evening at the China Club in late September than he was planning a return visit in December! This came to pass and we convened for dinner in the Peking Room at the American Club in Central.
The Sunday Times has published its latest table of the UK's Top 400 schools and I thought you would be interested to see the attached extract. The table places Brighton College as the second highest performing co-educational school in Britain, the fifth highest performing boarding school in the country and the only school in Britain to have improved its academic performance every single year for six years. It also places the College above many of the country's most selective schools. Brighton is the only Sussex school in the Top 100.
Congratulations to James Chisholm, (U6th, Durnford), who has been named Canterbury 'Player of the Month' in the December issue of the highly influential magazine, Rugby World. James, who captains the 1st XV, is also the England U18 No 8.
After a superb start to the season, winning five of their opening six matches, Brighton's 1st XV has been named national Team of the Month.
Inspirational, driven, passionate – all words that spring to mind to describe the speakers, judges and advisors involved in the L6 Entrepreneurship Day. Firstly, we met the judges, successful Old Brightonians, Aidan Bowen (L. 1983-87), Robin St Clair Jones (D. 1973-77) and Rob Little (A. 1980-87).
Fourteen current and recently graduated Oxbridge Old Brightonians came back to the College on Thursday evening to talk to our current Oxbridge hopefuls.
I am delighted to inform you that the Head Master has been awarded the title of England's Headmaster of the Year at a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London last night, sponsored by Tatler magazine.
Once again the sun shone on the Diamond Jubilee Pavilion as the Head Master welcomed some 100 donors and supporters of the project to enjoy an afternoon of sport, on Saturday 8th September, at the recently re-named Jubilee Ground. Some had not visited the ground at East Brighton Park for many years – 72 years in the case of Old Brightonian Richard Batt (H 1936-40), who joined the College shortly after the school acquired the playing fields in 1926. Others were more recent and frequent spectators, being current parents at the school, and some admitted that their donations were made from 'enlightened self-interest' as they celebrated the fact that the Diamond Jubilee Pavilion would afford some welcome shelter from the elements on rather less glorious days!
Not to be outdone by the record-breaking Upper Sixth, our GCSE candidates have also enjoyed a record set of results. More than 90% of grades were at A* or A (those grades demanded by leading universities) and, astonishingly, the most common grade of all was an A*.
Both the Simon Smith Building and the Skidelsky Building last week won highly prestigious awards from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence. At their annual awards ceremony, each of the College's most recent buildings won the RIBA's South East Downland regional award for outstanding architecture. Ten awards were made in total out of 179 submissions.
Noah Makower (L5th, School House) has had his talent as an artist recognised by the Royal Academy: one of his paintings, titled 'Pastoral Scene', has been accepted into this year's Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.
The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, visited Brighton College earlier this month and spoke at our education conference.