One mother was practically moved to tears describing how happy she was that her son was at Bruern. This scruffiest of country preps (think dogs, mud, piles of Beanos) looks after boys with dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia (often refugees from high-powered places where they have been neglected) and prepares them for CE. Boys flourish and leave for Marlborough, Rugby and Bryanston. The majority weekly board in this mini stately with 30 wooded acres, and are occupied with fly-fishing, clay-pigeon shooting and woodwork. The polo team made the nationals and even some of the youngest boys went on a 260-mile cycle ride to France. Food is a big deal, and with it manners, whether it's the twice-weekly candlelit dinners (parents can come too), plucking partridges or trying bouillabaisse in Oyster Club. Head John Floyd (dyslexic himself) and his wife Hen look after these boys with great care and gusto. We just wish there was a Bruern for girls too.
Tel: 01869 242 448
Head: John Floyd
Pupils 109 boys, day and boarding
Faith: Christian non-dom
Term fees Day: £6,949; Boarding: £8,361
Admission: Three stage assessment and interview