The history of the main campus' beautiful Georgian building is shown above in the Elms document. Brooke House College's involvement at the site started when the former Collegiate School moved from the main High Street in 1957 into what was then The Elms. After permission had been sought and granted from the Brooke and de Capell Brooke family for the new school to adopt the name 'Brooke', and The Elms was re-named Brooke House, the Collegiate School became Brooke House College. The school was bought by Mr Charles Lister and his wife, but it struggled financially and was eventually bought by Mr Donald Williams and Mrs Joan Williams, who founded the new Brooke House College in 1967-68 academic year. To mark the anniversary, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary with events around the world involving its alumni.

In its early days, the school was a 14 - 21 age group school, which was run as a  'crammer' for pupils wishing to re-sit their A levels in order to gain entry to university. As time progressed, the school changed to meet demand and had to adapt to changing economic circumstances. As a result of the changes and adaptations, the school took on more of an international student body, but remained quite small. In 2008 the college added its football academy. Initially starting with 11 players. This side of the school has grown to now have roughly 150 players. The age limit of pupils accepted into the school has been altered as well over the years and after Department for Education approval in 2018, the school transitioned away from 14-21 to an initial 14-19 and then on to 11 - 19, which has seen the school admit 11 year olds into key stage 3 for the first time in the school's history in September 2019.

The football academy has also adapted and is now co-educational like the rest of the school. The non-footballing students enjoy all that a traditional English boarding school has to offer in terms of a broad curriculum, wide-ranging activity programme and a range of possible routes through the school. These are broadly the traditional key stage 3, GCSE and on to A Levels prior to university, or following the Intensive English faculty's programme of elementary, pre-intermediate and intermediate classes as well as the highly respected IELTS qualification. The final academic pathway is following the school's University Foundation Programme. This is predominantly a one-year preuniversity course, but a specially adapted two-year course is also available where levels of English would suggest the one-year course to be too challenging.

The most recent aspect of what Brooke House College has to offer is very much built upon its historic international student body. The college offers its university foundation programme 'in country' overseas and now has 8 centres across the world following this programme. In 2020, the school sees its first overseas branch opening in Wenzhou, China with the first of 5 planned schools running in partnership with Peking University New Century Schools. The development of the college's online teaching programme will see the college develop its programme even more in the coming years.

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First page of the PDF file: the-elms

Brooke House in the days it was still called 'The Elms', and was being used as a convent (Convent of the Nativity). Note the ivy has now gone and the height of the Araucaria is much shorter than it is today.

What we now call the piano room, and is used as an overspill to the main dining room, was the convent's chapel.

A sideways view of the Georgian entrance to Brooke House. Again, note the size of the Araucaria tree compared to today.

The first ever school photograph. How many of our alumni can remember this photograph being taken? Do you have any other historical photographs of our early days and stories to tell of our history? Please get in touch so that we can share the stories and bring alumni together