History & Ethos

Breaside was founded in 1950 by Colonel Chater and the khaki connection continued when another military man called Major Hudson took over.

Our History


Between 1973 and 1990, the School was owned and run by the Armstead family and, when they retired, a group of parents took over.


Breaside needed investment, although it still enjoyed an excellent reputation locally. It was at this point that Asquith Court Schools acquired the School.


Asquith Court Schools were bought by Cognita Ltd, a new education company chaired by Chris Woodhead, the first Chief Inspector of Schools. Cognita has over 45 schools in its portfolio and is the largest independent schools provider in the UK, Europe and Asia.

Our Ethos

The Ethos of Breaside School is to provide high quality all round education and we endeavour to offer a wide range of opportunities for all pupils to develop self-confidence and a sense of responsibility, so that they are well prepared for the challenges that they will face in life. We provide specialist teaching in many subjects including Music, the Creative Arts, PE/Games.  The school provides a challenging and stimulating environment necessary for outstanding academic achievement in the local selective 11+ examinations and in selection examinations for independent secondary schools, which is above the national expectations.

The school aims to foster a caring atmosphere in which pupils and teachers are aware of and are sympathetic to the needs of others.

Our aim is for every individual to be encouraged to achieve their very best and to become responsible individuals who can work together co-operatively and with respect for their peers.

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