Our School

About Bramley School and Nursery

Bramley is a leading independent day school, for girls rising three to eleven years of age, located in the beautiful village of Walton-on-the-Hill near Tadworth in Surrey.

Bramley’s strength is in its small and dynamic community in which girls achieve their full potential in all areas of the curriculum and in line with the school’s aims.

Bramley is fortunate to be supported by enthusiastic and active governors and parents who readily offer their skills and talents to the benefit of the girls.

As well as concentrating on the academic achievements of the girls, we nurture and develop each girl’s special interests and strengths to give her the best possible start in life.

Bramley's Mission Statement

Bramley School is a non-denominational school with a Christian ethos and is committed to ensuring that each girl reaches her full potential in terms of her physical, academic, creative, social, emotional and spiritual development.

The School provides a happy environment where the girls grow in self-confidence and become responsible, adaptable and caring members of the community.’

Bramley School welcomes girls from all cultural and religious backgrounds.

The School would seek to meet the needs of pupils who have a Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans) of Special Educational Needs and for pupils whose first language is not English.

Values and Aims

We actively promote British Values at Bramley encompassing democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • providing small, single-sex classes;
  • providing a broad, modern, balanced and challenging curriculum, enriched by extra-curricular activities;
  • enabling all girls to grow in self-confidence;
  • promoting the social skills that the girls need to develop relationships and collaborate with others;
  • encouraging the girls to be independent;
  • establishing a positive and fair discipline policy with clear rules, that reinforces appropriate behaviour;
  • developing the girls’ awareness of the wider community and their responsibilities within it;
  • creating a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.

The School would seek to meet the needs of pupils who have a Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans) of Special Educational Needs and for pupils whose first language is not English.

We actively promote British Values at Bramley encompassing democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

The girls learn the importance of Democracy by voting for, for example, who should be elected Head Girl or School Council Representative for the class. And their opinions are sought through School Council, questionnaires, circle time and the like.

The Rule of Law is followed carefully and understood through our Golden Rules and our behaviour and anti-bullying policy. Girls are taught the value and reasons behind rules, their own responsibilities around the rules and the consequences of their actions when these rules are broken.

Individual liberty is recognised when we allow girls to make their own choices. Girls are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be choice through learning challenges or through participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, girls are given the freedom to make choices.

An ability to show Tolerance and understanding of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs  is achieved by helping the girls to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions supported by learning in RE, PSHE and assemblies allows the girls to appreciate many different faiths and practices and you will see some of this learning in classrooms and in displays today.

Mutual Respect has always been central to our ethos at Bramley and we as staff and parents role model respect for each other in our day to day interactions. The respect shown between pupils, staff and parents has been the key to our happy and successful school.

History of the School

Bramley was founded in 1945 by two teachers called Miss Chambers and Miss Flint (known as Flinty) as a day school for boys from 5 to 8, and girls from 5 to 12 or 13.

Looking for a suitable property, they found an empty house, uninhabited and locked up.  It had been used during the war by the Canadian Army as an officers’ mess – which is exactly what it was inside.  The place was filthy – every door had been kicked down, fires had been started on floors, stair banisters had been used as logs for the fires, all the stair-treads were broken.

After substantial repair and redecoration, the school opened for business in September 1945, and local people helped them stock it with desks, chairs and textbooks. There were 50 pupils in that first term, and the school roll never dropped below that number.

There were just three classrooms in those days – one downstairs and two upstairs. Miss Chambers and Flinty lived ‘above the shop’ so to speak.  In due course, they raised enough money from parents to build what was known as ‘The Hut’.  This was used for all school gatherings.  ‘The Hut’ no longer exists in that form, but has been expanded substantially and is now where the kitchen, dining-room and main performing area is.

In those days there were only a few other teachers employed at the school, most notably Miss Butcher who had been at the school since it opened.  She had come over from her native France to marry a local Englishman, and taught French at Bramley until she was forced to retire – in her 90s! – in 1990.  She was a delightful person and a loyal servant of the school, and eventually died aged 103, maintaining close links with the school till the very end which she visited regularly.

During the early 1970s, Flinty retired and, to safeguard the future of the school, it became an Educational Trust, with a Board of Governors. During her thirty years at Bramley, Miss Chambers spent just one day ill in bed.  According to her, on that day she left her class working alone in the classroom opposite her bedroom.  They put their work outside her bedroom door at the end of each lesson for her to correct, after which she put it back outside the classroom door for them to pick up.  She said that she never heard a sound from the pupils all day.  How times have changed ….

Miss Chambers handed over to Mrs Liz Soulsby in 1975.  She in turn was succeeded by Mrs Brenda Johns, who was followed in 2003 by Mrs Paula Burgess.

Many pupils have passed through Bramley’s doors since 1945, and there have – inevitably and thankfully! – been many improvements since the school started all those years ago.  But in all the really important areas, Bramley hasn’t changed at all, something which is consistently recognised whenever we undergo an inspection.  It remains a very special and unique place which provides a wonderful education; a strong sense of caring, community and friendship; terrific opportunities; and, most importantly, happy times for all its pupils.

Charitable Trust

Bramley was established as a Charitable Trust in 1971, and takes its responsibilities very seriously. It has close links with the wider community and actively seeks ways to develop these further.

For example:

  • local Senior Citizens are invited to our Harvest Festival, when the girls also collect and distribute Harvest baskets to the school’s neighbours;
  • the school organises fundraising activities and supports several local charities such as Dyscover,  a charity providing long-term support and opportunities to people with aphasia and their families;
  • the school made a substantial financial donation to the local community project to construct a multi-use games area (MUGA).

Printer cartridges are recycled in aid of the RNIB, mobile telephones recycled in aid of Children in Need, the girls wear jeans to school on Jeans for Genes Day to raise money for children with genetic disorders and they raise money for the Poppy Appeal.

Bramley is also linked overseas via the Charity Child’s Trust which supports schools in India. Staff and pupils hold fundraising activities to raise money to provide schools with much-needed resources and facilities. The Child’s Trust updates us regularly of progress and this helps to develop the girls  understanding of the global community.

Bramley Alumnae

Bramley School & Nursery was founded in 1945 by two teachers, Miss Chambers and Miss Flint, who opened for business with 50 pupils and just three classrooms. Today, the School is a leading day school for girls aged 3-11. The photograph shows the Bramley pupil roll in the early 1960s. If you have any old photos of Bramley that you would like to send us, we would love to receive them! Please email them to us – we look forward to hearing from you!

Please note if you are under 18 years old, we do hope your parents will help you complete the form. Once you have turned 18, we will be in contact again to ask permission to use your own contact details such as your own email address.

We would love to hear all about what you are up to now and we would also like to keep in regular contact with you, letting you know all about Bramley.

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So far, Greenacre has been great.  I have made lots of new friends and I’m having lots of fun here.  The teachers are really nice and I’m especially loving my Cookery & Drama lessons.Antonella

I felt confident to move on to senior school as Bramley had fully prepared me for the change. Having been encouraged by enthusiastic and supportive staff at Bramley my learning is continuing to progress and I appreciate the help given and achievements I made during my years at Bramley. Many thanks to a fantastic school.Madelyne

Sophie has started her new school so full of confidence and that’s down to the terrific start Bramley has given her. She has also been voted Year 7 form captain for her class.Sophie

I am really enjoying CLFS. Everyone is very welcoming and kind. I have made good friends and like the sport.  So far I have had great fun and one of my favourite lessons is music enrichment because we get to play different instruments on the computer.  I really miss Bramley and hope to visit again soon.Isabel