Brymore is a
Secondary Technical School providing a unique vocational experience
exploiting pupil's interest in agriculture, horticulture and technology
(including engineering). Although it looks like one, it is not a
private school but a state boarding school for 200 boys between
the ages of 13 and 17, set in 60 acres of parkland close to the
History of the House
While areas of the school have
been purpose built the main School House has a long and interesting
history. The font porch dates from medieval times while the main
building was restored during the late 18th Century. At the end of
the 13th Century the Pym family owned the house and land. The most
notorious Pym being John (1584-16-43) who during the English Civil
War played a leading role in bringing about the downfall of Charles
1. In the 18th Century Brymore passed in to the hands of the Pleydell
Bouveries who were great benefactors of the surrounding area, memorials
to them can be seen in Cannington Church.
Documents show that Brymore
changed hands several times during the 20th Centuryand when World
War II broke out the Girls of Malvern College were evacuated to
Brymore in order that their school be used for Parliament to sit
in. They were only there for one academic year but in 1943 the 535th
Automatic Weapons battalion of the US Army was billeted in the house
and grounds while they prepared for D Day. Some areas of the drive
were used for storing tanks and heavy weapons and as a result nothing
grows on these sites as the ground is so compacted.
In 1951 Brymore was acquired
by the Somerset County Council at a cost of £6,000 to establish
a Secondary Technical School of Agriculture. The success of the
school in it's early days led to the acquisition of Cannington House
- a boarding house in the village where older pupils sleep.
Unique then as now the only
school of its type in the UK it continues to attract parents who
are interested in a more vocational educational experience for their
Facilities on Offer
There are basically four areas
that make Brymore different from other secondary schools.
The boys milk the dairy herd, rear pigs and beef cattle and look
after the flocks of sheep and poultry also run the 60 acre working
farm. This in addition to normal lessons - every boy takes his turn
at doing 'farm duty' before and after school.
The commercial greenhouses,
poly-tunnel and one acre walled garden, dating from 1753, not only
supply fruit and vegetables to the School kitchens, but also contain
individual plots for boys with strong horticultural interests. Flowerbeds
and borders are planted and maintained around the school by pupils
as part of their Horticultural studies.
The workshop complex is considered
to be one of the finest in the Country. It contains specialist areas
for wood, metal, plastics and control technology, as well as foundry
and forges for budding blacksmiths. Brymore's curriculum embraces
traditional craft skills as well as the most modern computer technology.
The school is proud of its outstanding
sporting achievements. Pupils are encouraged to get fit and exploit
their talents, often resulting in remarkable success.
Pupils who benefit most from
Brymore commit themselves wholeheartedly to at least one of the
above areas. In addition there is a vast number of evening classes,
activities and trips available throughout the year.