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Brackenfield School

Founded: 1977

Headteacher: Mr Joe Masterson

Size: 150

Age Range: 2 to 11 years

Brackenfield School is a 2 to 11 years co-educational Preparatory School in leafy Harrogate. Founded just over 40 years ago, it was acquired by Forfar in 2019.                                                                   

Brackenfield Nursery offers a 50-week-a-year provision that focuses on preparing children for reception by providing coordinated activities that encourage children in a wide range of key skills.

For those children who continue through the school, curriculum and learning, activities, outdoor learning, and community are the four areas of a powerful mission we use to focus their achievements.

The actions, behaviours, and attitudes at the school are underpinned by the core values of Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Confidence, Initiative, and Perseverance. As a result, children will become not only be academically able but also confident and caring individuals who become proud ambassadors for their school and their community.


  • Independent education for boys and girls aged from 2 to 11 years
  • Only standalone Preparatory School in Harrogate
  • 50 week-a year nursery provision
  • Wraparound care and holiday club provision
  • Specialist teaching from nursery age, increasing through the school
  • Award-winning performing arts department
  • Strong focus on outdoor learning from nursery onwards
  • Extensive extracurricular offering