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Our History and Values

Founded in 1845 by William Aldwin Soames, Brighton College was the first independent school to be founded in the UK county of Sussex. The school has a long history of being innovative and occupies a significant place in the development of British education.

During the 19th century the College helped promote the use of individual classrooms for teaching small groups; was an early pioneer in teaching both modern languages and science, and later built the first purpose-built science laboratory; invented the school magazine; and set up the first gymnasium.

From these foundations a reputation was established for entrepreneurial thinking and for questioning traditional teaching methods. In 1973, the school became co-educational.

Throughout its history Brighton College UK has always been keen to question what has been considered 'the norm'. This spirit continues to the present day throughout the Brighton College family of schools, embracing individuality in a respectful community, and remaining committed to the transformative powers of education.

There is a rich vein of kindness and inclusivity running through the school.

- TATLER SCHOOLS GUIDE

We know that young people who are happy are young people who thrive. And we believe that the best way of achieving a happy community is to ensure that everyone feels valued for who they are. We want our pupils to be first-class versions of themselves, not second-class versions of someone else, and we place great emphasis on tolerance and mutual respect. Brighton College Vietnam is guided by a set of values which ensures our pupils’ well-being:

Curiosity

  • Delivering a broad, challenging and innovative curriculum which encourages curiosity and enquiry.
  • Developing a foundation of knowledge and body of skills to understand and question the world in which we live.

Confidence

  • Providing opportunities for children to build and maintain positive relationships and develop the necessary skills to contribute to the community in a meaningful way.
  • Imparting an enthusiasm for the world beyond the classroom, particularly sports, music and the performing arts.

Kindness

  • Respecting differences in others, and recognising that the efforts and achievements of every individual in our community are valued equally.
  • Making a positive difference in the world.