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Ian Smith


Donald Williams BA (Hons) PGCE
Joan Williams Dip Ed
Giles Williams MA (Oxon)


Market Harborough
LE16 7AU


+44(0)1858 462 452

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Brooke House welcomes a new principal

After 5 outstanding years of leadership at Brooke House College, Mike Oliver is retiring and is being replaced by Ian Smith as its new Principal,

Ian Smith has taught for twenty five years in state, independent and international schools. He is inspired to connect young people with their passion and purpose, kindling an entrepreneurial mindset in teaching and learning. A published writer, Ian has developed the digital platform IMPACT to promote sustainability and innovation.

Ian was Vice Principal at Surbiton High School between 2008-15 before moving to Geneva, Switzerland with his wife Susan and two children Maya (now 18) and Theo (now 16). He taught the IBDP at Ecolint, The International School of Geneva before taking up the Head of Senior School with GEMS Kochi World School in Kerala.
Additionally, Ian has achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and has an executive MBA in educational leadership. In 2013, he was conferred a lifetime honour in recognition of the promotion of entrepreneurial education in UK schools, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. An ambassador for Swiss NGO SanChild and the Princess Diana Award, Ian co-created the Global Entrepreneurial Leaders (GEL) Youth Summit hosted at Palais des Nations, UN Geneva 2018 and 2019, connecting over five hundred students with social entrepreneurs worldwide.

New Science Building completed

The College’s latest addition to its academic buildings will open next term with 6 new laboratories, 2 IT suites for the teaching of ICT and Computing, along with a new Prep room, reprographics area and associated toilet facilities. The laboratories have been built by Labform, a well-established business specialising in school science facilities. Each subject area of Physics, Chemistry and Biology will have 2 laboratories all equipped with the latest interactive teaching screens, Wi-Fi computing facilities, and resources to teach our pupils all they need to know from key stage 3, through GCSE and onto A Level. The Principal, Mike Oliver said “This is a major investment for us in Teaching & Learning, and signifies our serious intent on raising academic standards in the highly-popular subject area of science”.

New Boarding House for the College

The College is continuing to add to its stock of boarding house accommodation to deliver the best boarding experience possible to our pupils. After the addition of London House as an U18 boarding house this summer, increasing demand has led to the purchase of the historic coaching inn, The Angel Hotel. The building will initially be used from January 2020, but will have extensive work completed over the Easter of 2020 to give additional rooms to our pupils and to have it ready for our ever popular Summer School.

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Introduction to Brooke House

Brooke House College is a family run, co-educational, international college for students aged 11-19, wishing to undertake their general secondary education within the British curriculum. Programmes include; Key Stage 3 courses for the youngest students and GCSE, followed by our University Foundation Programme and A-level courses with a large range of academic subject choice. Our class sizes are typically small with an average of eight students in a class. All students have a personal academic tutor, who monitors their progress and sets attainment targets using the latest national, normalised baseline testing. The college opened its new science & technology building in January 2020, which is now the hub of all science and ICT/Computing teaching.

Intensive English and pre-sessional programmes with UKVI IELTS preparation classes support international learners in their university destinations. Taster programmes can be arranged by request. There are currently around 270 students from over 58 different countries.

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The Football Academy

Brooke House College also has a Football Academy, giving students the option to develop their sporting interest alongside their academic achievements. Students take part in competitive fixtures and are given the opportunity to train with professional English clubs. 2019 saw the introduction of girls in to the academy, joining the boys after eleven very successful years as an all-male programme. In 2019, the college won national titles at U16 with ESFA and ISFA cup competitions, retaining the ISFA title in 2020. The college also saw its largest number of players (13) ever in a single year signing professional terms with clubs throughout Europe and the UK in 2019.



All boarding houses offer age appropriate accommodation, comfortably equipped with a wide range of facilities. Students may stay at the College over the exeat weekends and during half term, and this is provided at no extra charge. Each house has a residential tutor who oversees the personal development of their students. Over the past year, growth in numbers has seen the college investing heavily in new boarding accommodation. London House, a 50 pupil U18 supervised unit of accommodation came online in Sept. 2019, whilst another 50 unit of supervised U18 accommodation was opened in Jan. 2020, after the college bought the former ‘Angel Hotel’, an historic coaching inn, famous in the upper high street of the town.

There are numerous co-curricular activity clubs, both sporting and creative, and the College offers students the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.



Brooke House College is situated in the small, traditional English town of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. The town lies 55 minutes north of London by train, and is 1.5 hours from London Heathrow airport by car. Leicestershire is in ‘the heart of England’ and major cities of Oxford, Cambridge and England’s second city, Birmingham, are all very accessible.


cife Scholarships

Scholarships are available upon request and subject to the following eligibility conditions:

  • Student must be applying for a Two Year A Level programme (accessible to both Football Academy & Non-Football Academy)

Application Process:

  • Submission of completed application form, most recent school transcript and one letter of academic reference;
  • Submission of personal statement;
  • Submission of mock or actual examination results where available;
  • 1,000 Word essay ‘Aside from academics how I plan to contribute to the Brooke House community’; and
  • Scholarship tests & interview [online if face-to-face is not possible]

For further information please email Sarah Doye, Director of Admissions, at or