Bromley Independent Grammar at Wickham Court was the ancestral home of the Heydon and Boleyn families since the 15th Century. The oldest part of the current house dates back to 1469, when Henry Heydon built his house at the height of the Wars of the Roses and its fortifications resemble more of a castle than a manor house.
The house is thought to have been the backdrop to King Henry VIII’s proposal of marriage to the enchanting Anne Boleyn, future mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Our west window of the keep still contains a piece of glass depicting Henry and Anne’s Coat of Arms.
So much history within our walls provides a wonderful environment steeped in interest for your child to learn and flourish. The spacious school grounds contribute to an important part of our students’ education, as we understand that learning must go beyond the bricks and mortar of the classroom.
It is a privilege to have our school at Wickham Court, as in the past five centuries, it has been the setting for many historic events and a place dedicated to the highest order of human aspiration. The sights and sounds of students learning and playing is the school, in a small way, making our own part of history.
It is our vision to guide each student on a global journey toward becoming a mindful leader who is well equipped to define themselves and their future lives, to inspire global leadership through transformational education.
We believe in teaching the whole child and we know that each child is special in his or her own way and they all have greatness. That is why throughout our admission process we seek potential and promise. We focus on creating a learning environment where the student feels valued and respected, where they feel their opinion matters and they are empowered to grow. By the time they leave Bromley Independent Grammar our students are confident in the choices they make, and they are able to embark on a personalised educational track, making their own decisions regarding their future studies and professional development. Our teachers are all actively invested in our students’ success and we are carefully guiding their way, mentoring them on the path to personal success. A positive and open communication with parents is essential in this process and we are proud to say that the sense of community is now stronger than ever.
Our teachers are prepared to encourage independent reasoning, critical thinking and successful learning habits, to ensure all of our students achieve their full potential. Our great student to teacher ratio facilitates interactive lessons, personalised feedback and adaptive teaching and learning.
We go above and beyond in being supportive and caring while delivering outstanding educational opportunities for all our students.
We strongly believe that excellence in education may be achieved only through a partnership with the parents. That is why we provide multiple communication channels to parents in our community and we ensure that we take into consideration their feedback and also their concerns.
Sometimes the best way to find out about a school is to read or hear what people outside the school have said.
Our most recent report is The Office for Standards in Education’s (Ofsted) report from May 2017 (under our former name of Wickham Court). We achieved an overall judgement of Good in all areas. As you are no doubt aware, Ofsted inspections are renowned for being robust and there has been a great deal of publicity recently about the tougher, more forensic approach being taken by inspectors. As a school we are not complacent and we are always trying to improve, but we are very proud of our fine school. The report can be downloaded here.
You and your teachers are incredible. There are so many little things that happen on a daily basis that leave (my husband) and I utterly awe struck and delighted that our children are in such capable hands. It is the first time in their school careers that we have had the pleasure and relief of being able to completely trust the teachers in charge of their education both academically and pastorally. (Both children) have come so far since joining your school. They are truly happy, and we are so excited to see how they will progress as they carry on through the school. As a parent once said to me, when I was a teacher, “A happy child is a child who can learn”.
I can’t thank you, enough for the help and support given to (my child) since he started. (My husband) and I are so proud of how he’s changed over this last year, largely due to the patience, perseverance and nurturing of the team. For a child like him who went through a really rough patch and at times didn’t know how on earth he was going to move forward, to come out the other side. You really have created a uniquely special school and all the students are incredibly lucky.
During the duration of our son’s attendance we have seen him nurtured and have seen genuine interest in his abilities and capabilities. We have watched him mature and blossom under the careful and watchful eye of Mrs Harries and her team.