A learning community
Brighton Grammar is one of Australia’s leading independent boys’ school, with strong community traditions and a culture of excellence. Founded in 1882, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy with over 1,400 students from ELC to VCE.
It is a learning community passionate about inspiring and guiding boys on their journey to manhood. Our approach is founded on evidenced-based research, which integrates with best-practice teaching and learning. As a single-campus school, every boy is known, encouraged and celebrated for his individual passions and talents. We are guided by the traditions and practices of the Anglican Church and our four core values of respect, integrity accountability and passion.
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Why a boy’s school?
Boys thrive in a culture that understands, accepts and celebrate them. Studies have shown that boys’ schools help to build positive masculinity and general wellbeing for boys. Their social awareness and interpersonal skills are improved, giving them the confidence to know and be themselves.
With higher rates of self-esteem, boys perform better academically, have higher participation rates in arts and music, and develop closer relationships within cohorts, leading to greater empathy and emotional awareness.
Learning how to learn
Our strong student engagement focus, coupled with a commitment to small class sizes, has resulted in exceptional academic results. We use coaching methods to foster a high-performance learning environment. Boys receive one-on-one coaching, but they also learn to coach one another. Our teachers are trained in instructional coaching, ensuring all staff are continually improving their teaching practice. Via our Effective Learner model, boys acquire the skills to take responsibility for their own learning and engagement. Our senior students recognise the benefit of working together in syndicates to support one another.
Positive School Culture
Our Wellbeing program is embedded in the curriculum, to develop a positive school culture that empowers students in their studies and lives. Mindfulness is a school-wide program designed to focus on the boys’ mental health, to boost emotional intelligence and resilience. Students are offered innovative and evidence-informed initiatives in positivity masculinity, stress-management, personal development and self-health practices. Our Wellbeing Centre provides a physical context for students and parents to learn about positive psychology and wellness programs. Improved wellbeing outcomes have led to greater student engagement and stronger academic performance.
When boys make their own learning choice and make an emotional connection, then learning is enriched. In an era when traditional careers are changing, we recognise that tomorrow’s entrepreneurs should be nurtured at school and encourage boys to adapt to this shift and harness new opportunities. From building a motorbike or designing a sensory rubrics cube to making and racing a miniature F1 car, boys are supported daily to develop an enterprising mindset. They learn the key 21st-Century skills of critical reasoning, collaboration and most importantly creative thinking, identified as the most important leadership competency for a successful enterprise of the future.
Three cornered partnership
BGS recognises that each boy’s success in his educational journey is optimised with the active engagement of parents and advocates for a three-cornered partnership between the boys, families and the school. The Crowther Centre keeps parents up-to-date on effective learning strategies and offers a comprehensive parent education program in the form of webinars, workshops, a podcast, position papers and resources for parents to access.