Life after Brockwood
After leaving Brockwood, most students continue their education at university or at a further education college; generally in the UK, US or in their home countries. The admissions criteria for further education can be based on a number of factors, including consideration of the subjects studied and exams grades obtained, personal interviews/auditions and coursework/portfolios. The acceptance of our students by universities or colleges has never been an issue as Admissions Officers tend to look at the whole person, and this is where Brockwood students often have an advantage.
A class is offered to assist students to clarify and focus on their vocational aims when they are applying for college or university. During this class students are helped to research possible options, make informed choices, prepare résumés, make university or college applications, and prepare for interviews. Brockwood students come from many different countries and cultures, and in keeping with this, and the School's intention that students should discover their talent, they go on to greatly diverse vocations. Alumni of the School include anthropologists, lawyers, musicians, teachers, charity workers, sound engineers, builders, doctors, artists, gardeners, filmmakers and dancers.
Where are they now?
“I am a psychiatrist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California, and
the father of three wonderful children. It has been 35 years since I first
entered Brockwood as a fourteen year old, instantly falling in love with
the beauty, serenity, and the wonderful family I found there. My two years
at Brockwood remain the most enriching, expanding, nurturing and
productive educational years of my life. It was at Brockwood that I
learned to ask deep questions, to persist and insist on thinking things
through for myself, to accept no authority in ultimate questions of the
mind and heart. Subsequent visits have proved to me that not only has
Brockwood maintained its special qualities, it has continued to improve in
important ways. After 35 years, no other place holds such special
significance for me.”
Dr Reuben A.Weininger
“My experience at Brockwood Park was profoundly formative. It freed me from the constraints of formal education. It made me ask questions about what it meant to learn and to live. I asked questions about the nature of human relationships that I didn't understand at the time, but that have stayed with me for the twenty years it has been since I first joined. It provided me with a care and affection I could not have imagined of an educational institution.”
Dr Shabnum Tejani
Lecturer in History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
“It is hard for me to imagine myself not having gone to Brockwood. The spirit of the place has become part of me, as has the spirit people exhibit in the creation of it; to me, it is particularly this symbiotic relationship between the people and the place that was so special. Because Brockwood tends to attract very interesting and special people, the friends I have made there are very valuable, and are still very present in my life. Therefore, I have not really ‘finished’ with Brockwood.
The most important thing I have learnt is the discovery of the energy within myself - as the school does not push you, but rather encourages the finding of your own inner energy, which is one of the greatest challenges in life (and no less a challenge in Brockwood).”
Pianist & Composer, Thailand